“Manufacturing Refused Knowledge in the Age of Epistemic Pluralism”, edited by Federico Neresini, Maria Carmela Agodi, Stefano Crabu and Simone Tosoni

We are delighted to announce the release of the book, “Manufacturing Refused Knowledge in the Age of Epistemic Pluralism”, edited by Federico Neresini, Maria Carmela Agodi, Stefano Crabu and Simone Tosoni. 

This open access book explores contemporary practices that challenge science, arguing that this matter cannot be simply disregarded as a new manifestation of “anti-scientism”. It scrutinizes the processes through which knowledge claims, refused by established institutions and the scientific community, seek legitimacy. Assuming an agnostic analytical stance, it explores the actors involved in such processes and their social worlds, their interactions with epistemic institutions, and the ways in which they enact such refused knowledge in their daily lives. Drawing on a three-year mixed-method research project, this collection demonstrates how refused knowledge can be seen as a distinct mode of knowing, employed in response to the uncertainties of everyday life. Thus, it offers a deeper understanding not only of how refused knowledge garners credibility, but also of how knowledge at large – including scientific knowledge – emerges from specific sociotechnical assemblages.

The book is available in Open Access on the publisher’s website at the following link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-99-7188-6.

Call for participants in a Workshop within the ISRF 2021-2022 “Digital Intimacies and Emerging Adults in Southern Europe: Crisis, Pandemics and Resistances project”

We invite doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who are working in the following fields to participate in the Digital Intimacies and Emerging Adults two-day workshop which will take place at University of Padova (Italy) on 02 and 03 September  2022:

  • Sexual content production and consumption 
  • Sex workers and digital platforms
  • Discourses about platformed sex labour 
  • Sex industry and representations of the sexual body
  • Intersections of age, gender, race and sexuality
  • Sex work as aesthetic labour
  • Intimacy repertoires in public and private spaces
  • Social movement organizations around sex work and / or digital platforms
  • Debates about labour precarity and digital forms of work
  • Digital / online harassment connected to sex work
  • Censorship and regulation of the sex industry
  • The impact of mainstream financial companies in the pursuit of self-managed sex work
  • The multiple meanings of pornography, post-pornography and diversity in sexuality representation
  • The roles of physical media in a digital, networked, society
  • Porn literacies and intimate citizenship

The workshop will provide the participants the opportunity to discuss their research with the colleagues and a team of scholar experts in the field.

At the opening of each day the workshop will host a keynote speech from two relevant scholars in the field: Jamie Hakim and Katherine Tiidenberg that will also take part in the discussions with the participants.

For this Call, please kindly submit, in no more than 1000 (a thousand) words:

  • A short overview of the area of work you’re developing or plan to develop
  • A short overview of the type of data that you are collecting, and that you would like to discuss and present during the Workshop
  • A few ideas about the type of feedback that you would like to receive during this Workshop by the research specialists that will be attending
  • A short rationale about why you think this workshop will considerably develop your research skills and how it aligns with the topics and framework(s) you are currently working on, or intend to work on.

We also ask you to include your current academic status (e.g., postdoctoral research fellow, PhD student), your host institution(s), country of origin, and whether you have any specific accessibility requirements that might impact your participation in this event.

Please send your submissions by 22nd May 2022 using the form that you can find here: https://ulusofona.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6R0mYCLhWv6CIxo

The team:

Cosimo Marco Scarcelli – University of Padova, Italy (cosimomarco.scarcelli@unipd.it)

Daniel Cardoso – Universidade Lusófona, Portugal; Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal (daniel.cardoso@ulusofona.pt

Despina Chronaki – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (dchronaki@jour.auth.gr

Scientific Committee

Daniel Cardoso, Despina Chrnoaki, Mirco Costacurta, Jamie Hakim, Cosimo Marco Scarcelli, Katherine Tiidenberg.

Organisational Commitee

Mirco Costacurta, Matilde Francisca, Davide Gerardi, Giulia Giacomelli, Rachele Reschiglian, Maria Zappi.


DAY ONE – 2nd September 2022

14.30 Introduction

15.00 – 16.30: Keynote Jamie Hakim

17.00 – 19.00: Participants’ presentations 1

DAY TWO – 3rd September 2022

10.30 – 12.00: Keynote Katrin Tiidenberg

12.00-14.00: Break

14.00 – 16.00: Participants’ presentations 2

16.00-16.30: Break

16.30 – 18.30: Participants’ presentations 3 

18.30 – 19.00: Conclusion

Visualising Science on Screen: a new project on Science Film Festival is ongoing!

A new project is ongoing on the case-study of the Rassegna Internazionale del Film Scientifico-Didattico, the University of Padua and the Venice Film Festival, between 1956-1975 in Italy.

This archival-based research project investigates how science film festivals are privileged sites for studying the relationship between science, cinema, expertise and audiences during the twentieth century. The period examined runs, more specifically, from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s. For more information visit the project page in the “Projects” section of our website.


The special issue “The intricacies of power relations and digital technologies in organizational processes”

The special issue “The intricacies of power relations and digital technologies in organizational processes” (edited by Francesco Miele with Attila Bruni, Daniel Pittino and Lia Tirabeni) has been published in the journal Studi Organizzativi. The volume, hosting six contributions by Italian and international authors, aims at contributing to overcome the deterministic vision of the relationship between technological change and power asymmetries at the workplace. Sitting at the intersection between organizational studies, sociology of work and science and technology studies, the proposed articles explore the entanglements that involve technologies and their emerging uses, organizational processes as a whole and the dynamics of power and control in contemporary organizations.

Seminar on Science, Technology and Media Studies: a Showcase of Empirical Research

During the month of June PaSTiS organizes a series of seminars on Science, Technology & Media Studies within the PhD program in Social Sciences: Interactions, Communication, Cultural Constructions at the University of Padua. The seminars will take place online on 14, 22 and 30 June and will be presented by Paolo Magaudda and Marco Scarcelli. During the seminars several scholars will share and discuss their research experiences. The first meeting “Media, Sexualities and Masculinities” will be held by John Mercer from Birmingham City University, presenting a talk on research questions and challenges in masculinities and media studies; the two following meetings will focus on Science and Technology Studies, including a talk by Attila Bruni from the University of Trento on Airbnb digital infrastructures and a second talk by Barbara Morsello from the University of Padua about the role of online Refused Knowledge Communities (RKCs) during the Sars-Cov2 pandemic. The seminar series will be closed by a last meeting on Media, Gender and Intimacy with Jamie Hakim from King’s College University London.

JOURNALISM BEYOND ‘THE COUPLE’ Representations of consensual non-monogamies in Portugal and UK

A public seminar with a guest Daniel Cardoso, a research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University will be held on December 3, 14.30-16.30, as part of Prof. Marco Scarcelli’s course on Sociology of Media. The seminar, which is part of the Media, Gender & Sexuality series, will discuss Cardoso’s research, funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme. The seminar is financed by the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua and in collaboration with the Pastis research unit.

The meeting will be held online via the Zoom platform and will be accessible through the following link: http://unipd.zoom.us/j/96269849110