This year’s annual meeting for the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) had an intriguing new component: an exhibition on the histories of STS in flux internationally, befitting the theme of transnational STS around which the conference was developed. The exhibition represents the various turns and epistemological orientations towards the critical studies of science and technology in locations decidedly outside of the Euro-American sphere where much of STS has publicly emerged, although Euro-American institutions are also represented within the exhibition. The exhibition intends to show a clear progression of STS as a field coming of age independently across nations. Aptly titled STS Across Borders, the initiative behind the exhibition aims to make legible the traditions of critical social, cultural and political studies of science and technology including those that have at times evaded the label of STS. Several different regional formations of STS across the world, including ones centered in India, Japan, Chile, Australia, the US, and Africa were explored through a variety of key questions guiding the exhibition.
Exploring anthropologies of medicine and health across borders