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Latin American Science, Technology, and Society

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Latin American Science, Technology, and Society

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Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society calls for submissions to the following thematic clusters that are planned for publication in Volume 1 (2018) and Volume 2 (2019). Approximately half of the essays published in any single volume (calendar year) will consist of three or four such thematic clusters. All submissions will be double-blind externally reviewed. For submission guidelines, please see the Instructions for Authors. Submissions can be made via the Journal’s Editorial Manager® site: www.edmgr.com/ttap.

Ends in Other Terms: Uncommoning Extinction

Deadline for abstracts: May 15th, 2020

Manuel Tironi, P. Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)

Marcelo González Gálvez, P .Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)

Marisol de la Cadena, UC Davis (USA)

Extinction is around the corner. And not any extinction, but that of the human. ‘We’, as biological inhabitants of the Earth, face the real and concrete possibility of disappearance. Indeed, after decades of anthropogenic aggression to soils, airs, rocks, and waters, after having exhausted resources and exploited ecosystems, after having pushed and stressed all planetary boundaries, finitude is not anymore a scatological horizon for our species, but a present-future ready to be actualized—and to be acted upon. New imperatives arise. There’s no time for contemplation nor speculation. Our house is on fire. We are summoned to intervene and change, and fast. Now, always now, before it’s too late (Colebrook 2016). https://tapuya.la/2020/03/05/cfp-special-issue-for-tapuya-ends-in-other-terms-uncommoning-extinction/ 


Cross-Border Healthcare: the interaction between countries, cities, and cultures in healthcare

Deadline: October 2019

· Sandra P. González-Santos

How do bodies, knowledges, tissues, ideas, instruments, policies, cross borders in today’s globalized healthcare scenario? Where do they come from and where do they travel to, and why? What do these displacements do to the local healthcare practice in each point of the journey? What do these border-crossings imply in terms of healthcare services, conceptions of health, illness, western medicine, and other forms of healthcare knowledges? What sort of reflection can the notion of ‘cross-border’ healthcare produce? What about the other terms circulating in the literature, in the market, and in legislations? For example, terms like: medical tourism, healthcare mobilities, healthcare industry, healthcare displacements, healthcare industrial complex, or medical / healthcare exile. The present cluster seeks to bring together sociological, anthropological, or historical work done within areas such as:

◦ Reproduction (assisted reproduction, including but not exclusively surrogacy and LGTB+ reproduction)
◦ Birthing practices
◦ Surgery
◦ Pharmaceutics
◦ Clinical trials and biomedical research
◦ Bioprospecting
◦ Health insurance
◦ Ways of conceiving health, illness, disease, sickness, healthcare, and medicine
◦ The interaction between non-biomedical healthcare practices and biomedical practices


Entangled Sciences of Gender, Sexuality, Race: Latin American Issues

· Sandra Harding, University of California Los Angeles, USA · Manuela Fernández Pinto, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia · Manuela Fernández Pinto, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

The miscegenation policies that the Spanish and Portuguese introduced into the Americas in the sixteenth century established more hierarchical and rigid categories of gender, sexuality, and race than had existed earlier. These new, pre-Darwinian, sciences of race, sexuality and gender were complexly entangled with each other from the beginning. In what ways has this colonial scientific legacy persisted, and/or been revised? How has it influenced conceptions of gender as an analytic category, as well as theories of ethnicity, race, and cultural diversity in Latin America? How do Latin American feminists, both in Latin America and in the North, discuss this issue? How has it shaped (or not) STS methodological projects in Latin America? What role have such discussions played in democratizing projects?


Clashing environments and environmentalisms in Latin America

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2018

· Raoni Rajão, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
· Susanna Hecht, University of California Los Angeles, USA

STS discussions of environmental issues tend to have a distinctively Northern perspective, taking as a starting point the emergence of post-industrial risk societies in Europe and North America. At the same time, environmental literature concerned with Latin America and other developing countries tends to focus mostly on power struggles while ignoring the central role of science and technology in framing environmental issues. This cluster welcomes studies that look at different aspects of the relation between the environment and science, technology and society in Latin America. How can such work bring new perspectives to contemporary environmental controversies in the region, such as climate change adaptation, the Yasuni initiative, REDD+, and Mariana’s tillage dam burst, as well as payments for environmental services, urban pollution, (post)colonial conservation, local environmental knowledges, socioenvironmental conflicts, and the production of environmental knowledge across the north/south divide?

The Grey Zones of Innovation. The Illegal and the Informal in the Marginal Worlds

Deadline for abstracts: 31st July 2019

· Óscar Moreno-M, The University of Edinburgh, UK
· Javier Guerrero-C, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Colombia

This special cluster aims to put together works analysing grey processes of illegal and informal innovation in Latin America and other geographies in the global south. The objective is to overtake the security and economic approaches to see the kind of knowledge, designs, technologies, techniques, learnings or shrewdness flowing through contexts of illegality and informality. Creativity expressed in workarounds, repair, maintenance, reuse, as well as the production of craft machines and artefacts are crucial for this call. How does the informal or illegal nature influence innovation? How is the illegal and informal related to the legal and formal? How could the type of creativities that emerges in these grey environments be characterized? How is the relationship between production and consumption in these grey areas? How can we overcome the malevolent, disdained or tropical vision and start seeing the productive and creative dimensions of illegality and informality?

A longer version of this Call for Papers can be viewed here on our blog (Tapuya.la) for further information.

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