Date of the sub-plenary: July 7, 2022
Format: short talks, panel discussion, short film screenings and discussion
Duration: 90 minutes
Sally Wyatt is Professor of Digital Cultures and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. She was President of EASST, 2001-2005. During lockdown, together with colleagues and students, she co-edited two volumes of poetry and artwork, entitled Quarantine Spring (2020) and Letters in Lockdown (2021). She is currently doing research about the use of AI in image-based clinical decision making.
Michela Cozza is a sociologist and STS scholar. She is Associate Professor at Mälardalen University-Department of Organization and Management, and an elected member of the EASST Council. She has recently published the book "Key Concepts in Science and Technology Studies" (2021, Studentlitteratur).
Speculative and science fiction are often sources of inspiration for scientists, engineers, and popular culture, while science studies can be a source of inspiration for science fiction writers and artists. Companies and governments often use images and words invoking the future to promote new products, such as medical treatments and devices, autonomous vehicles, and big science investments. This panel explores different ways that speculative and science fiction (SSF) are used not only as a source of visions and imaginaries for scientists, engineers and others but also as a method and device for STS scholars to engage with interlocutors during fieldwork and with wider audiences.
Speakers will be invited to explore some aspects of the role of SFF in different domains, including the Anthropocene, energy and climate change; datafication and AI; space exploration, health, and genetics. There are many different aspects to this, including how SFF shapes the hopes, promises, and fears that appear in the discourses of research agendas, public policy, design, media, and education.
The aim of the sub-plenary is to stimulate the (individual and collective) EASST imagination through paying attention to and engaging with poetic, literary, and artistic renderings of techno-scientific futures. To help realize this aim and to stimulate your imaginations, we are organizing the first-ever short story, flash fiction, and poetry competition for EASST members in conjunction with this sub-plenary. Winners will be announced during the conference and winning entries will be published in EASST Review.