STS is not short of studies on postcoloniality. Collectively the discipline has explored how technoscience works differently in different global locations, and fine case studies have explored postcolonial forms of domination. For instance, we have learned about Indian nuclear power (Abraham 1998, 2000), sub-Saharan therapeutic inequalities (Rottenburg 2009), the extractions of bioprospecting (Hayden 2007), how broken-down European technologies achieve an afterlife in the global South (Beisel and Schneider 2012), the complexities of transnational movements of Chinese medicine (Zhan 2009), how psychotropic drugs open people to spirit attack in Chile (Bonelli 2012), mapping and crafting as alternative modes of knowing (Turnbull 2000), and the entanglements of dogs and people in colonial histories (Haraway 2008).1 These are just a few of the many postcolonial case...
Provincializing Sts: Postcoloniality, Symmetry, and Method
John Law is emeritus professor of Sociology at the Open University, UK, and holds visiting positions in STS at Lancaster University and the Sámi University of Applied Sciences in Guovdageaidnu, Norway. He works on postcoloniality in collaboration with colleagues, including Wen-yuan Lin (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan) and Solveig Joks (Sámi University of Applied Sciences). Continuing his long-standing interest in method, he seeks to understand and interfere in epistemological, ontological, and political domination to make space for so-called indigenous knowledges. His Web page is at www.heterogeneities.net.
Wen-yuan Lin is a sociologist and a STS practitioner by training. He uses STS material semiotic approaches to explore the emerging alternative knowing spaces and politics of empirical ontology in technological and medical practices. He currently is researching the formation of a chronic illness regime in contemporary Taiwan and is working on a project that is exploring an alternative Chinese medical mode of knowing to provincialize STS. His Web page is located at cge.gec.nthu.edu.tw/regular/wylin/index.html.