Design Worlds and Science and Technology Studies

Paolo Volonté


Abstract: Design is a notoriously ambiguous word in English. Similarly, it is also an ambiguous research field for Science and Technology Studies (STS). Introducing the special section A Matter of Design, the paper discusses the place of design in the overall context of Science and Technology Studies, with an emphasis on relevancies and difficulties in making two different epistemic cultures meet.

Keywords: Design; epistemic cultures; cross-fertilization; objects; artefacts; technoscience.

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