Editor's Note

Redazione Tecnoscienza


This third issue of “Tecnoscienza” is a special one from different points of view and in various respects, first of all by being the first issue totally edited in English.
Its specialness mainly lies in the fact that it is entirely dedicated to the EASST Conference “practicing science and technology, performing the social” held in Trento in September 2010. The conference was co-organized by EASST and STS Italia, and hosted more than 800 people from all over Europe and abroad. It was organized by aggregating contributions on the basis of 42 thematic tracks outlined autonomously by convenors from all around the world, so introducing an innovation respect to the EASST routine.
As a partial but representative follow up to the conference’s aims and results, the present issue of “Tecnoscienza” proposes excerpts deriving in some way from the experience of the Trento assembly and from our experience within the EASST.
The more relevant section of the journal consists into the “Lectures” section, which is fully devoted to the keynote speeches from of Trento Conference. Each lecture interpreted in different ways and from distinct perspective the performative role of technoscience in and for the social. Some of the papers attempt to (re)produce – somewhat performing it differently – the socio-materiality of knowledge which circulated during the conference “act”. This is the case of Ehn’s and Gherardi’s contributions, which heavily draw on the use of images and visual apparatuses. In other cases – Charek, Michael, Suchman –, while displaying a more “canonical” format, the focus stays on the relationship between articulation, performance and the technoscientific constitution of the social.
The section “debates” hosts other two texts that derive in some way from the EASST Conference. The first one consists in the debate involving more authors around one of the books presented at the conference – Care in practice –, which has been discussed for “Tecnoscienza” by three Italian scholars, to whom the book’s authors gave an answer. The other debate consists into an interview with Cristina Hine, who is the past-president of EASST and has been supportive of the “Tecnoscienza” initiative from its beginning.
Last but not least, the cover captures an instant of the performance hosted by the Trento conference, based on the work of the Slovenian artist Sašo Sedlaček and its “beggar robot”.
In order to enrich not only the international breath of the issue, but also its willingness to widen the geographical focus on the STS world, the Journal estab lishes a new section called “Carthographies” which aims at mapping the reception and enactment of STS in countries different from the more usual locations for STS scholars – The Netherlands, Great Britain, North America and Scandinavia. We start this new section by presenting a review of Spanish studies influenced by Actor-Network Theory. Following the same logic, also the book review section assumes a somewhat “renewed” form, presenting reviews of many non-English books to an international, English speaking audience.
As a result, and for the first time, “Tecnoscienza” is in English only; this is a particular achievement we aimed to pursue as part of the journal project. Not by chance, since the very beginning, “Tecnoscienza” defined itself as “Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies” (subtitle in English), presenting bilingual abstracts of articles and debates and soon proposing increasing parts of the journal in English.
Our aim for the future is to preserve the national character of the journal project – offering an otherwise absent space for debate and discussion to STS Italian scholars in Italy and beyond – always looking at the international English speaking arena. We think that such a “compromise” is a necessary but also a challenging horizon to bind and make sense of the never-ending, fluid and hybrid character of (STS in) contemporary society.

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