Finding a place for engineering studies in disaster STS? Creating the STS Forum on the 2011 East Japan Disaster

TitleFinding a place for engineering studies in disaster STS? Creating the STS Forum on the 2011 East Japan Disaster
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAkera, A, Mohsin, A
JournalEngineering Studies
Volume6
Pagination191-209
Date Published2014/09/02
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1937-8629
AbstractDuring the opening panel at the recent Society for the Social Studies ofScience/Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia (4S/ESOCITE) meeting in Buenos Aires, the 4S president (and editor of this journal), Gary Downey, challenged us to move beyond the traditional linear model of knowledge creation and utilization by reflecting on how many Science and Technology Studies scholars pursue novel ways of acting upon the world through scaling up their scholarship. This critical participation piece describes our attempt to forge an international research forum in the wake of the 2011 East Japan Disaster that constitutes one such attempt to produce scalable scholarship. Inspired by the deep reflexivity of autoethnography, this account examines the tensions inherent to such an endeavor, including the tensions between scholarship and engagement; personal and professional goals; research ethics and different international standards for scholarship; and the desire to make engineering visible versus the dominant STS (science and technology studies) framing of disasters research. This account should serve as a useful guide for others seeking to build international collaborations involving engineering studies, and other similar efforts to produce scalable scholarship.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19378629.2014.979830
DOI10.1080/19378629.2014.979830

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