The Routledge Handbook of Art, Science & Technology Studies
Edited by Hannah Star Rogers, Megan K. Halpern, Dehlia Hannah and Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone
The convergence of art and science and technology studies in both theory and practice in the early 21st century offers a rich array of critical methods through which to examine science in and as culture. The Handbook of Art, Science & Technology Studies, to be published by Routledge in Spring 2019, charts the contours of an emerging field of scholarship and creative practice.
The natural sciences have long played the role of muse for the arts, inspiring new images of nature and imaginative interpretations of scientific and technological ways of knowing. Likewise, the arts have historically played a crucial role in the illustration, communication and popularization of scientific knowledge. In light of recent historical, sociological, philosophical and anthropological scholarship, it is no longer considered tenable to draw a sharp distinction between the "two cultures" of art and science. This insight is matched by trends within contemporary art, where the materials and methods of biotechnology, ecology, geology, information sciences and space research are being used as new media through which to explore the cultural implications of emerging science.
The Handbook of Art, Science & Technology Studies will present a diverse collection of scholarship and examples of creative practice in order to establish the historical and theoretical groundwork of this emerging field of inquiry and articulating its central questions, practical applications, and future directions. Guided by key principles of STS and the demand issuing from contemporary hybrid art-science-technology practices themselves, the volume approaches the arts and sciences symmetrically in search of insight into the manner in which they shape knowledge and experience.
Resisting the instrumentalization of the arts and emphasizing the continuity of creative and epistemic practices across disciplines, the essays collected here will elaborate the distinctive and complementary contributions of the field's most thought provoking practitioners. Contributions are sought from artists, scholars, curators and others engaged STS discourse that address themes including cultures and social worlds of art and science; forms of collaboration and exchange; modes of experimentation; power relationships, institutions and infrastructures; production and curation of art-science projects; users, audiences, and publics; commodification and culture; democracy and activism, among others.
For more information see the Call for Chapters.