This forum was conceived with diverse emotions—excitement and uneasiness, inspiration and confusion. Its fertilization occurred when John Law received the 2015 Bernal Prize in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the field of STS. He delivered a twenty-five-minute talk during the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) meeting in Denver on a snowy November day. We had held the EASTS editorial board meeting the previous day, and Law had joined us as an advisory committee member. The editorial board took the opportunity to congratulate him and told him we looked forward to the presentation of the award. In his acceptance speech, Law, a founder of actor-network theory (ANT), told the audience that instead of reviewing what he had done in the past, he preferred to move forward, so he presented his latest innovation: an experiment using “non-Western” concepts as STS...
Body-Head Separation, or a Multihanded/Multiheaded Guanyin: Note on the Birth of the “Provincializing Sts” Forum
Chia-Ling Wu is professor of sociology at the National Taiwan University. Her recent publications address the topics of women's risk negotiation of new reproductive technologies, the making of multiple embryo transfer regulation, and architectural design for the postdisaster reconstruction. Her current research projects examine the risk governance of multiple embryo transfer in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. She served as the editor-in-chief of EASTS from 2013 to 2015 and is currently the editor-in-chief of Women's and Gender Studies (in Chinese).
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Chia-Ling Wu; Body-Head Separation, or a Multihanded/Multiheaded Guanyin: Note on the Birth of the “Provincializing Sts” Forum. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 June 2017; 11 (2): 209–210. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-3833196
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