2005 Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Technology 3 — 6 November 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Roundtable Discussion: “How can Ethnic Studies and Science and Technology Studies Relate to and Benefit from Each Other?”

Why does the literature of Science and Technology studies often overlook the historical and sociological relationship between science/technology and ethnic populations? Why is there relatively little Ethnic studies scholarship published in Science and Technology studies literature?

The establishment of Ethnic studies programs—-broadly defined as the respective scholarship in, yet not limited to, Indigenous Nations, the First Nations, American Indian, African American, Hispanic, Latino/a, and Asian American populations and histories—-was one of the more significant collective accomplishments of intellectuals who worked to create consequential spaces for the production and circulation of non-monocultural scholarship and knowledge in U.S. academia.

Over the last thirty years, Ethnic studies practitioners have labored to decolonize and reorient such disciplines as Literature, Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, American studies, and History, yet there remains relatively little scholarship on the overlapping interests of Ethnic studies and Science and Technology studies.

This roundtable will begin with the participants providing a brief overview of the contested and multifaceted roles played by theory, methodology, and historiography in the construction of (or lack of) productive alliances between Ethnic studies and Science and Technology studies. The participants will facilitate a discussion about how Science and Technology studies practitioners can specifically engage Ethnic studies, and how Ethnic studies practitioners can specifically engage Science and Technology studies. This discussion will include challenges and strategies in the maintenance of beneficial alliances between the two fields of studies. The roundtable participants will encourage—-and expect—-dialogue and participation from the audience.

Science and Technology studies and Ethnic studies scholars and practitioners interested in participating in this roundtable are invited to submit a one-page C.V. and a one-page abstract of the remarks and insights that you propose to bring to the roundtable. Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.

Proposals can be sent to <[email protected]>. Please indicate “SHOT proposal” in the subject line.

The deadline for abstract proposals is Sunday, 13 March 2005, 5:00 pm (CST).

Questions about this roundtable can be directed to Julia GoodFox, Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies & Center for Indigenous Nations Studies, University of Kansas, 785.864.2660, and <[email protected]>.