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On Reflections and Reflexivity: Unpacking Research Dispositifs
[en] À propos des réflexions et de la réflexivité: problématiser les dispositifs de recherche
Thoreau, François mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Gouvernance et société >]
Quantum Engagements: Social Reflections of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies
[fr] Engagements quantiques: réflexions sociales sur les nanosciences et les technologies émergentes
Zülsdorf, Torben
Coenen, Christopher
Ferrari, Arianna
Fiedeler, Ulrich
Milburn, Colin
Wienroth, Matthias
IOS Press
[en] reflexivity ; Nanotechnologies ; engagement
[en] Abstract. Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars increasingly engage with science and technology (S&T) practitioners, scientists, engineers, and the like. The actual dynamics of these engagements differ from one project, framework or school to the next. However, to be reflexive, such engagements need at some point to deal with the ambiguous relationship between ‘engager’ and ‘engaged’. In an attempt to disambiguate these interactive ties, this chapter takes inspiration from Vinciane Despret, a philosopher of science who has provided ethnographic studies of ethologists. It specifically draws on two of Despret’s arguments about experiments on animals, more precisely rats, and the paradoxical relationships to which they give rise. By means of analogy, it then illustrates the similar ways in which we, as STS scholars, might happen to frame our interactions with S&T practitioners. It argues that any experimental research dispositif necessarily implies a specific relationship dynamic with whoever is engaged. This should not be considered as an obstacle, but instead an opportunity for learning—yet only if the dispositif is open to protest. The analysis here took shape during an engagement study conducted at a large-scale R&D center in Flanders, Belgium. It is informed by ongoing involvement in a broader research project (STIR) that aims at fostering reflexivity among S&T practitioners.
Spiral - STS
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
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