Tapuya: Call for 2019 cover images

As part of its mission to reach engage with the Latin American STS/Estudios CTS community, Tapuya LASTS would like to invite students, artists, researchers and members of the general public to contribute original images for the design of its 2019 cover. These images will appear above and below the title band, as on the current 2018 cover.

The images can include photographs, works in traditional media, or digital art, that reflect on any sociocultural, historical or political aspect of science and technology in Latin America and any of its territories. Selected images will be chosen not only for their intrinsic artistic or aesthetic value, but should ideally include a significant backstory related to Tapuya’s topic matter.

A preliminary selection of the images will be made by Associate Editor Luis Reyes-Galindo, designer of the Volume 1 cover, and after a curation process three covers will be presented to the Editorial Board for a final decision. The chosen image(s) will feature on the cover of Tapuya Volume 2 throughout 2019. The authors will be given the opportunity to write a small essay on the story behind the images and their significance, which will appear in Volume 2.

The images need to be in as high a resolution as possible, and in colour, TIFF or JPEG format works best. In terms of specific dimensions this can vary as long as they can be made to fit the approximate dimensions of the cover – the spaces should stay the same above and below the title bar (please visit our website at https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ttap20 to see our cover for Volume 1). To participate send the images to tapuya.lasts@udlap.mx.

No financial remuneration will be given for the images.

Frail Modernities: Latin American infrastructures between repair and ruination

Thematic Cluster for Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society – Call for Papers

Frail Modernities: Latin American infrastructures between repair and ruination

Deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2018

Editors: Raquel Velho, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)
Sebastián Ureta, Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile)

Description

Common sense tells us that infrastructures are important, if possibly boring, parts of daily life. Most are seemingly built to blend into the background, being “designed to become invisible as [they are] stabilized” (Lampland & Star, 2009, p. 207). However, a growing amount of STS case studies have shown that infrastructures never become completely stabilized, or even invisible, in the first place. Instead of being perfectly immutable devices, infrastructures are shown to be highly paradoxical things––malleable, yet rigid; future-oriented, yet bound to their context of creation (Edwards 2003; Graham 2010; Howe et al. 2016; Jackson et al. 2007). Continue reading