Doris Lydahl, University of Tampere/University of Gothenburg, doris.lydahl (at)
Elena Bogdanova, University of Gothenburg, elena.bogdanova (at)
Linda Soneryd, University of Gothenburg, linda.soneryd (at)
Lisa Lindén, University of Gothenburg/Lancaster University, lisa.linden (at)


Appointed chairs:

1st session slot: Doris Lydahl
2nd session slot: Lisa Lindén
3rd session slot: Linda Soneryd
4th session slot: Elena Bogdanova
5th session slot: Elena Bogdanova
6th session slot: Linda Soneryd



Care has – after being an important topic in feminist research since the 70’s – in recent years gained increased momentum in science and technology studies (STS). Building on a feminist ethics of care, STS scholars have emphasised local solutions rather than general ethical principles (Mol et al. 2010). By attending to care as a material and political doing, focus has been on care as something being enacted in diverse practices, such as farming (Singleton 2012), health care (Mol 2010), soil and permaculture (Puig de la Bellacasa 2017) and laboratories (Giraud & Hollin 2016). Moreover, feminist STS scholars have noted that care is not a taken-for-granted good; it should not be conflated with affection and positive feelings (Martin et al. 2015), and it can include harm and vulnerabilities (Singleton & Mee 2017). In the process of cherishing some things, care also excludes others. Importantly, this points towards the possibilities and problems of care as a topic for STS research. What is gained from studying practices as care practices and what is lost? What is made present and what is made absent? When and where is it fruitful to think about science and technology as matters of care? We are, thus, interested in further pushing care as an analytical and empirical resource for STS scholars.

This panel welcomes contributions that engage with care in various ways, and from a range of empirical areas. We welcome papers that empirically, methodologically and theoretically approach the growing importance of care for STS analysis. This can for example be about:


  • Pushing care in new empirical areas
  • Care as a matter of (translocal) responsibility
  • Care as doing bads and goods
  • Tensions between care as empirical practice and research practice
  • Care research as ethico-political practice
  • Methods as a way of doing care