Category Archives: 2023

Assunta Viteritti (University Sapienza)

2023

I am Associate Professor of Sociology of Education and STS at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, where I am in charge of a Research Unit that develops teaching and research projects in STS fields.

At Sapienza I’m member of the Working Group called “Quality and Innovation of Didactic in Higher Education – QuID”, where I conducted research works on the transformation of the academic profession according to an STS vision.

Over the last 20 years my scientific trajectory has developed as an STS scholar. Since 2005 I have been a member of the STS Italia Scientific Association and, since 2010, I have contributed to the Editorial Project of the Journal Tecnoscienza (http://www.tecnoscienza.net/index.php/tsj/issue/current/showToc).

From 2018 to 2021 I was President of the STS Italia Scientific Association. As STS Italia President, I contributed to the organization of the 8th STS Italia International Conference (Dis/Entangling Technoscience. Responsibility, Vulnerability and Justice, Trieste, Italy, June 2021).

Over the last years, I have been coordinator or research partner in several research projects on STS topics. My research interests are situated at the intersection of laboratory studies, analysis of scientific practice, technofeminism and study of educational contexts (school and university) as sociomaterial networks.

In the last year, I started a research project on educational robotics in Italy and Europe with the EDU-Robot research unit (in collaboration with a group of STS researchers from Lausanne). I am also involved in investigating digitization processes in education according to an STS vision.

By applying for EASST Council, I wish to contribute to shaping the future of STS in Europe. As my specific contribution to the work of the board, from my experience over the past few years, I could perhaps make some contribution to the editorial work of the EASST journals, but I am also opened to contributing to other fields. Finally, I would like to become more familiar and involved with the STS international context.

With these motivations I propose my candidature for one of three positions of the EASST Council (ordinary members).

W: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/it/users/assuntaviterittiuniroma1it

 

Richard Tutton (University of York)

2023

I am the Co-Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) at the University of York in the UK. I have worked in the field of STS for twenty years and co-chaired the Local Organising Committee for the EASST 2018 conference at Lancaster. I have recently completed one term as a member of EASST Council, during which time I served in different roles, including administering the EASST Fund, chairing the Amsterdamska Book prize, and being a member of the future conferences sub-group. I have also been an ‘active citizen’ in the wider STS community, joining the 4S 2022 Program Committee and the Madrid 2022 Scientific Committee. I have had a very positive experience of serving on EASST Council, even with the challenges of the past two years, and would very much welcome the opportunity to continue the work that I have started! To this position, I combine considerable experience of conference organisation, leadership of STS research centres, with a strong commitment to supporting the STS community in Europe (and beyond). Further, I have a positive and inclusive attitude to working with colleagues and very much enjoy the challenges of working across national borders.

W: https://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/our-staff/academic/richard-tutton/

 

Alex Rushforth (Leiden University)

2023

I am a researcher, based at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University. I have long felt affinity and admiration for those serving the community through EASST and would be honored to serve as Council Member. Many issues face EASST and its members at present and I am particularly keen to give visibility to: inequities in career and job security among our members, varying degrees of access to critical infrastructures like conferences and journals, and issues surrounding the climate emergency.

I bring to the position strong administrative and event management skills, having regularly run team meetings and reading groups, as well as larger seminars, workshops and conferences across my post-doctoral career at Leiden and Oxford. I served as PhD representative during my PhD and as a member of my University’s Research Ethics Committee. Currently I coordinate a Thematic Hub in my department on Responsible Evaluation, working across disciplines and seniority levels to coordinate events and activities about reforming research assessment.

If elected, I pledge to speak up for future EASST conferences becoming hybrid, to help improve access for our members less able to attend and to help the community reduce its flight emissions. I also will speak up for members of the EASST community in precarious employment positions and those who struggle to access conferences and other critical resources. Through helping to tackle these and other challenges I hope I can repay EASST for what is has given me over my time in the field.

W: https://www.cwts.nl/people/alex-rushforth

Miquel Domènech (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

2023

I’m associate professor at the Department of Social Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. My research interests are mainly related to the study of care technologies (with a special focus on social robots at this moment) and citizen participation in technoscientific issues. I have been member of the EASST Council in the past, from 2015 to 2020. The first two years as a coopted member, due to my involvement in the organization of the 4S/EASST 2016 joint conference in Barcelona. As a member of the council, I have been especially committed to issues related to the preparation and organization of meetings. Besides, I have some experience leading groups and organizing processes (in the past I was the Dean of my Faculty and I’m currently the Head of my Department). If I get your confidence, I would like to put these skills at the service of our Association again.

W: https://portalrecerca.uab.cat/en/persons/miquel-domenech-argemi-4

 

Andrea Núñez Casal (Spanish National Research Council/University of Santiago de Compostela)

2023

I am an inter/transdisciplinary researcher of the entanglements between microbes, embodiment and inequalities with a long-standing intellectual preoccupation with issues of biological individuality and embodiment in relation to alterity, health disparities and more-than biomedical approaches to infections/AMR. My PhD (Goldsmiths, 2019) examined the biosocial configurations of human microbiome science at the crossroads of ongoing histories of racial, classed and gendered capitalism. I am a Margarita Salas Research Fellow at the Department of Science, Technology and Society of the Institute of Philosophy at the Spanish National Research Council (IFS-CSIC) and the Department of Philosophy and Anthropology of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). I am currently conducting a research project, ̈GERMEN: Gender, Microbes and Buen Vivir ̈ (2022-2024), centred on local transgenerational knowledges-practices and embodied experiences of microbial healing and their subsequent imprint on contemporary microbiological research.

My past and present research, teaching and collaborative public engagement and editorial experiences are informed by how inequalities are being (re)produced in science as they move from and between the laboratory, the governmental, the popular and the embodied. Channeled by my compromise on a plurality of knowledges and a deep commitment to social justice, I would like to bring these experiences to serve as an EASST Council Member. My dedication to re-passion EASST community would be focused on inclusiveness, particularly around three key issues:

  • Precarisation, ́burn out ́ and institutional viability of so-called ̈early ̈ career researchers (ERC) by co-creating programmes in which mentorship meets intergenerational solidarity and action
  • Liaise with underrepresented European countries, regions, and STS local communities (e.g., in Southern and East Europe) including an effort in translation(s) and social media dissemination of opportunities in the field
  • Bidirectional, bottom-up, critical awareness between academic and non-academic publics around key STS concerns and debates by establishing a inter/transgenerational activities and programmes, reaching the youngest and the oldest of our local communities

W: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5707-3441

 

Gian Marco Campagnolo (University of Edinburgh)

2023

I am Senior Lecturer in Science Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK Centre for Data Science. I am developing a Sociology of Data Science and my current empirical focus is the application of data science to sport. In the UK, I have been part of the ESRC Digital Social Research Network and member of the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships Peer Review College for Social Data Science. Internationally, I have been a Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS), the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation at MINES ParisTech and the University of Trento. In Edinburgh, I have been Director of Online Learning for the School of Social and Political Science in 2019-22 where I coordinated the School response to the pandemic, pivoting 256 staff and 200 courses to remote delivery in 4 months. In my career I contributed to organise more than 17 international academic conferences including the Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in 2006. If appointed as EASST Council Member, I believe my leadership in the online delivery of academic events can contribute with new and sustainable ways to the efforts of the European STS community to maintain a sense international collegiality in a time of crises. The hybrid approach adopted by the PDC 2022 conference for example, held in-person at multiple venues all at once, could be productively translated to the case of EASST and its multi-sited structure of national hubs.

w: https://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/gian-marco-campagnolo