Backchannels 4S – The Sixth Annual Meeting of CTS-Chile took place in Osorno 2019

Por Nicolás Sanhueza and Catalina González-Tringa

Last year was very prolific for the Chilean STS community. Some of the main events and initiatives were the organization of the Latin American Congress ESOCITE 2018 in Santiago, the beginning of the first Master degree program in Science, Technology and Society and the presentation of STS project Across Borders in Sydney. Nevertheless, the entrance of this new year has been equally challenging. Between January 16 and 18th, the sixth annual meeting Infrastructures, Temporalities, Spaces: Creations, Tension, and Continuity hosted by Marco Rosas, head of Innovation and Humanities at the Universidad Tecnológica de Chile INACAP, happend in the town of Osorno in northern Patagonia.

A group of researchers and practitioners (ourselves) took the initiative to collaborate closely in this academic event with the purpose to engage local academic community, practitioners and citizens in STS discussions.

A hundred of exponents came from many sites in the country and Latin America. Our binational brazilian-chilean member Arthur Arruda did not miss, nor did our intention to present Patagonia as chilean-argentinean cultural region through invited conferencists Professors Paula Nuñez and Sandra Muriello, from the STS community of Rio Negro National University at Bariloche, Argentina.

The professor Paula Núñez reflected on how social technologies could been identified and developed in Patagonia, how the social technology is understood from the south and how it is crossed with the ideas of progress, modern development and innovation. She invited us from a feminist and situated perspective to conceive technology’s subjects from the margins. After that Sandra Murriello, exposed about STS studies and museums of Patagonia. Her presentation invited us to rethink the contexts of production and communication of science from museums as spaces for trans-epistemic debate of science and society.

The conference was organized in eight main lines: 1) Critical Spaces for the Institutionally of STS in Latin America, 2) Legal and Political challenges in Technology and Digital Environments, 3) Forms and Uses of Knowledge in Controversies, 4) Socio-Cultural and Territorial Dimensions of the use of Firewood, 5) Education and Circulation of Sciences and Engineering, 6) Technological Advances and Socio-territorial Impacts, 7) Cultural Conflicts and STS Studies, 8) Appropriation of Technoscience in Everyday Life.

The event had an unusual media coverage and a fantastic audience of academics, professionals, students and civil society, which participated in panels, keynotes and the traditional CTS-Chile Network Assembly, where the recent STS Across Borders Project was presented. The launching of the new book: ¿Conectar o Desconectar? Comunidades y Transiciones energéticas hacia la sustentabilidad, edited by Gloria Baigorrotegui and Cristian Parker has taken place in conjunction with a panel discussion conformed by Marco RosasCecilia Ibarra (University of Chile) and Tomás Ariztía (Diego Portales University). The purpose of the book was to reflect and share national and international experiences around the notion of energy communities, showing the collective forms that exist between resistance and autonomy around energy, with contributions from the South of Chile, Europe, and Asia.

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