Calls for Papers
Find here non-event related calls for papers, such as special issue journals.
Last updated 10/10/2014 by Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone.
SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS BULLETIN OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, & SOCIETY
Deadline: February 01 2015
Updated: October 10 2014
& for more info on BSTS: E DITOR - IN - CHIEF Susan Carol Losh Florida State University firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT DUE February 1 st 2015 • A manuscript length between 5000 - 7000 words in length is strongly recommended • Format in Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced). • For Book Reviews, we invite authors to review science fiction novels for their scholarly value in 600 - 800 words .
The relation between science and society is often heavily influenced by and identified in the intermediary figurations portrayed in the genre of science fiction. This depiction evokes a simultaneously important and yet all too simple dimension: Western popular culture has reflected on the signs and portents, utopian and nightmarish potentials, and promised comforts and current and future ethical crises of science in form of narrativizations from Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, Ursula LeGuin , Iain Banks, Gene Roddenberry, Octavia Butler, Ron Moore, Margaret Atwood, and Charles Stross , in the form of novels and short stories, whether the Island of Dr. Moreau , Starship Trooper , or Halting State , Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders , Dune , Oryx and Crake , to movies and television, such as Star Trek, Babylon 5, The Jetsons , Orphan Black, ReGenesis , I, Robot, A.I., Minority Report, Gattaca , Battlestar Galactica , etc..
The influence on the popular perception of the potentials and promises of science as well on many innovative ideas that would become science offer exciting opportunities for critical reflections on these texts and media. We welcome both general reflections on this discourse as well as specific contributions that focus on a particular aspect of science or a chosen fiction, as well as social studies of “geek” or “nerd” culture that focus on the relation of geeks and science in this special issue. But the issue (whether the issue of Science/Sci - Fi or our SPECIAL ISSUE ) is not exhausted with discourse on science and science fiction that identifies Western popular culture with a global popular culture.
And even within the Western or Northern Sci - Fi discourse, ideologies, imperialisms, and biases determine the inclusion/exclusion of authors, characters, plots, etc. An author such as Octavia Butler is to this day the exception rather than the rule in a genre that is still dominated by white male writers. We therefore also actively invite authors who want to address the issue from within feminist, standpoint, intersectional, and queer discourses. Science Fiction is also not a Western invention nor exclusive to the Western discourse, in the same terms that STS has interrogated the Western colonial attitude towards non - Western and indigenous knowledges and their disqualification. Along those lines, we want to encourage writers who work with non - Western, postcolonial and decolonial subject matters. Finally we encourage what we would like to call ‘Experiments in Social Science Fictions’; we approve of writers who use STS and social and political science ideas creatively, as tools to ‘think with,’ rather than producing ‘yet another case study’. Science Fiction includes promises and predictions about what the future would, could, or should look like.
An active contribution by the science studies and the social sciences may prevent us saying one day “ Woulda , Coulda , Shoulda ”.
SCIENCE & SCIENCE FICTION with Special Issue Editors Alexander I. Stingl & Sabrina M. Weiss
got questions? CONTACT SPECIAL ISSUE EDITORS : Alexander Stingl , Drexel University email@example.com Sabrina Weiss , RIT firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Authors
Deadline: January 01 2015
Updated: October 10 2014
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (this is also open to graduate students)
We are inviting academic editorial contributors to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging, a new multi-volume reference to be published in 2016. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging includes approximately 1,700 articles organized A-Z in the following categories:
Abuse and Crimes
Biological Theories and Processes
Biomedical Aspects of Aging
Comparisons: United States
Creativity , Learning, Leisure and Consumption
Culture: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays and Poetry
Culture: Film, Popular Music, and Television
Death and Dying
Health and Health Care
Income, Inequality, and Poverty
Political Processes and Organizations
Psychological and Cognitive Teories and Processes
Research on Aging
Social Theories and Processes
Work and Retirement
Each 1,000 to 5,000-word article will include the name and affiliation of the contributor in the byline of the entry. This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Publications and the General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Madonna Harrington Meyer, Syracuse University.
If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications, offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.
The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.
Please contact Kara Ward, Author Manager at Golson Media at email@example.com for further information.
Special Issue Revue Française de Sociologie/French Sociological Review
Deadline: November 15 2014
Updated: October 06 2014
“Sociology of the Internationalisation of Sciences” Scientific Editors: Michel Dubois (GEMASS, CNRS), Yves Gingras (UQAM, Montréal), Claude Rosental (CEMS-IMM, CNRS)
The internationalisation of scientific research is frequently considered from two opposing perspectives. The first focuses on its normality or commonality. Science only exists as a worldwide community and in historical terms scientists were involved at a very early stage in developing their work within a global context (Schott 1993). The cosmopolitan ethos of science develops through the mobility of researchers, the circulation of their results, but also their collective commitment to the value of universality (Merton 1973). The second perspective focuses instead on the illusory or even obsolete nature of the internationalisation process. From this point of view, it is important not only to account for the inequality of the international division of scientific labour, but, more importantly, for the rise of forms of scientific regionalism that can be conceptualised in “counter-hegemonic” terms (Keim 2011).
In short, in science as in other fields, the focus should be on “post-globalisation.” This call for contributions from the Revue Française de Sociologie/French Sociological Review invites contributors to develop, on the basis of their material, perspectives on the changing nature of the internationalisation of science. Although the process at work since the 1980s may not be completely novel, this does not mean it is identical to those analyzed by historians of science for earlier periods. It is essential, for example, to account for the exceptional dynamism of contemporary scientific productivity on a geographical scale never previously encountered.
Similarly, regionalist claims do not necessarily mean the end of the global vocation of science. They could be interpreted as the most recent manifestations of tensions that are either local- global (Glaser 1963) or nationalization-denationalization (Crawford et al. 1993. Mallard et al. 2009), that have long affected the development of science. Different types of article can be submitted for this special issue: (1) Studies of the dynamics of the spaces where scientific knowledge is produced— the emergence of world hubs for research, international mobility of researchers, etc. These studies may develop an approach at the border of sociology and geography (cf. Bonaccorsi and Daraio 2005; Grossetti et al. 2013). (2) Research focusing on the renewal of collaborative practices (cf. Wagner 2008; Millerand and Bowker 2008), due for example to the building and use of large-scale resources such as world databases (cf. Stephens et al. 2011), major facilities in particle physics, special banks for biological materials, etc. (3) Papers on the institutional and socio-economic means used to regulate research at an international level and in a standardized way, including: the development of supranational institutions (for instance, IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), lobbying strategies of large industrial groups and the mobilization of groups of citizens (cf. Gaudillière and Joly, 2008; Brunet and Dubois, 2012). (4) Articles examining the internationalization of research policies and of their instruments, including European programmes (Rosental 2013), project-based funding (Leresche et al. 2009), indicators and global rankings such as the Shanghai ranking (Gingras 2014), etc.; studies focusing on the ability of scientific communities to politically mobilize on a large scale (Frickel (5) Critical reviews of recent and important publications closely related to the topics of this Proposals—from 500 to 1,500 words—should be written in English or in French and present: 1) The scope of the study and the relevant literature 2)
The empirical basis and methods 3) The main expected results 4) A short bibliography (no more than 5 references). Any proposal that does not comply with this format will be automatically rejected. Proposals should be sent before November 15, 2014 to the Revue Française de Sociologie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to the three guest editors of this special issue: Michel Dubois (email@example.com), Yves Gingras (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Claude Rosental (email@example.com). The guest editors will review the proposals and notify the authors of their decision before December 15, 2014. Authors whose proposals are accepted will be required to submit their article to the journal by May 15, 2015. The length of each paper should not exceed 12,500 words—notes, references figures and tables included. The journal will peer-review each article anonymously.
Deadline: January 15 2015
Updated: September 03 2014
Editores: Nicolás Viotti, Carlos Uribe
CulturasPsi/PsyCultures, an on-line, peer reviewed, free access journal, invites scholars to submit papers for the dossier: “Psychologization of Religiosity/Sacralization of Psychotherapy.” The deadline for the reception of manuscripts is January 15, 2015 and those accepted will be incorporated into the dossier in March 2015. Articles should have a maximum extension of 8,000 words. Papers could approach the topic from sociological, historical or anthropological perspectives.
We accept papers in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Those accepted will be published in their original language. Papers must have an abstract in English and another in Spanish, and include five key words.
For guidelines for the submission of papers, please visit our site.
La Revista on-line, de acceso libre CulturasPsi/PsyCultures invita al envío artículos (8000 palabras de extensión como máximo) destinados al dossier “Psicologización de la religiosidad/sacralización de la psicoterapia” que aborden el tema desde una perspectivas sociológica, histórica o antropológica.
Los saberes y las prácticas psicoterapéuticas poseen fuerte afinidad con los saberes y las prácticas religiosas en tanto todos ellos suponen búsquedas del bienestar y, por lo tanto, formas singulares de construcción de la subjetividad. Los conflictos, complementariedades y síntesis entre religiosidades y psicoterapias, pasados o contemporáneos, son aspectos todavía poco estudiados por las ciencias sociales. El dossier pretende contribuir a esa discusión, privilegiando análisis sobre los vínculos entre psicoterapias y religiosidades en relación con modos de vida, culturas de clase y culturas nacionales específicas.
Los manuscritos pueden ser enviados en español, portugués, inglés o francés y, en caso de ser aceptados, serán publicados en idioma original. Todos los envíos serán sometidos a un doble arbitraje ciego. Los textos deben incluir necesariamente un abstract en inglés y otro en español y cinco palabras clave.
Para los aspectos formales de los artículos, remitirse al sitio de la revista.
Los artículos serán recibidos hasta enero 15 y aquellos aceptados serán incorporados al dossier en marzo del 2015.
The Journal of Deliberative Mechanisms in Science (DEMESCI)
Deadline: February 28 2015
Updated: September 03 2014
We are now inviting contributions for the fourth issue in 2015. We are looking for articles on the topics of science and democracy, public participation in science, risk and environmental decision-making, citizen science, and related subjects. Especially welcome are articles from one or several analytical perspectives in the field of Science and Technology Studies. Generally, articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. DEMESCI also accepts book reviews no longer than 700 words. The journal publishes articles in four languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, and German.
For more information contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the DEMESCI website.
Special Issue “Methods of Innovation Research” in HSR (“Historical Social Research / Historische Soz
Deadline: November 30 2013
Updated: October 06 2013
The special issue "Methods of Innovation Research" aims at exploring a broader set of research methods and theory-method-bundles for approaching processes of innovation in social sciences. Papers should address one of the questions below either at a more general methodological level or using a concrete example in a specific research project: \
Which qualitative and/or quantitative methods are best suited for which kind of theoretical problems in innovation research? Are there new ways of linking theory and methods? What methodological innovations concerning innovation-research can be observed? How can we use the whole set of traditional social science methods or how can they be adjusted to address problems in innovation research? Which types of comparison can help us to grasp processes of innovation more adequately? Which sampling strategies are appropriate for grasping processes of innovation? What are the specific data requirements for analysis of innovation and how can these data be collected? Which strategies of data analysis are appropriate? Which techniques of case-selection are appropriate? How can we combine different forms of data or data-analysis to gain new insights in innovation- research?
We especially welcome contributions beyond the narrow aisle between thick ethnographic descriptions of activities in labs or indicator-based observations of whole regions or nations dominant in innovation research today. Researchers can ask how we can grasp the special, highly complex processes of invention and diffusion of new symbolic or material artefacts methodologically or which combination of theories and methods are appropriate for such an endeavour.
If you are interested in contributing a paper, please send an extended abstract with your paper proposal to Robert J. Schmidt (email@example.com) by November 30th should state which methodological aspect you will discuss and how you will address the problem. The preliminary timeframe for the special issue is: November 30th January 15th August 15th October 16th for selected international authors) December 15th 2015 – publishing of the Special Issue About the Journal HSR (http://www.gesis.org/en/gesis-publications/journals/hsr/ & http://www.hsr-retro.de/ ) “Historical Social Research/ Historische Sozialforschung (HSR)” is an international peer-reviewed journal on historical social research in English and German which exists since 1976 and is edited by the “Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung” (Cologne, Germany).
It is listed in the most important data bases, such as SocINDEX with FULL TEXT (EBSCO), Social Science Citation Index (Thomson Reuters), SCOPUS (Elsevier), Sociological Abstracts (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), Historical Abstracts (ABC- CLIO), International Political Science Abstracts (SAGE), Social Research Methodology Database (SAGE / NIWI) and Social Science Literature Information System (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences). 2013. The abstract 2013 – submission of abstracts with paper proposals 2014 – notification of acceptance of paper proposals for the Special Issue in HSR 2014 – submission of first draft of full paper – October 18th 2014 – submission of the final version of the paper 2014 – Author Conference (voluntary, there will be travel allowances
The ESRC Genomics Network - Genetics and Society Book Series
Deadline: June 01 2015
Updated: April 14 2011
The ESRC Genomics Network - Genetics and Society Book Series provides an outlet for outstanding scholarship in the multiple fields of genetics and genomics social sciences research. Published with Routledge since 2006, the research monographs, handbooks, textbooks, and edited collections offer authoritative, cutting edge perspectives on issues covering the ethical, legal, social, economic or political aspects of:
* tissue engineering, enhancement, and cloning * genetic modification of foodstuffs and other organisms, * neuroscience and neuroethics * genetic screening and testing * stem cell research and reproductive technologies * psycho-social aspects of medical genetics and gene therapy * the social and ethical issues surrounding biomedical innovation * public engagement and political discourse * representations of genetics across the media and cultural spheres * regulatory policy and governance of biomedical research and its human applications * the sociology and anthropology of bio-science and bio-technology * bioethics * the economics of new biomedical technologies and their place in the ‘knowledge economy’
Proposals for new titles within the scope of these topic areas are encouraged from individuals and groups. Please see the book proposal submission guidelines and application form.
Further information, requests and queries contact:
Helen Greenslade, Editorial Manager Cesagen Cardiff University 6 Museum Place Cardiff CF10 3BG
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 02920 – 875389 Fax: 02920 – 870024
Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR): Call for Articles, Reviewers
Updated: May 16 2010
The Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR) is a peer reviewed journal published by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) from New Delhi, India. It is supported by Life Science Division of UNESCO and Department of Biotechnology of Government of India. This Journal is abstracted in CAB Abstracts. ABDR is guided by an Editorial Board and Editorial Advisory Board with distinguished experts, policy makers, academics, representatives of UN organizations as members.
ABDR is now into its 12th Volume ABDR has been a forum for informed views and perspectives on biotechnology and development issues. The contents of past issues except the last two issues can be downloaded from RIS website. ABDR is listed under journals in the publications section in the RIS website www.ris.org.in
ABDR has published articles on a wide variety of issues ranging from Access and Benefit Sharing to Bioethics in Asia, from regulation of stem cells to biosafety and international trade, from Bt. cotton in India to regulating biotechnology in Australia. ABDR has published Special Issues also focusing on a particular theme.
Besides articles ABDR publishes Book Reviews. Articles that provide a perspective on an issue or analyze an important case (e.g. Decision by WTO Panel/Appellate Body) can be considered for publication.
The guidelines for contributors are available in the website. When an article is submitted it is immediately acknowledged and the review process is set in motion. We strive to publish the accepted articles as early as possible. ABDR welcomes articles, book reviews and other contributions. ABDR does not publish articles that are solely of scientific or technical in nature. The readership of ABDR is spread across the globe. While the contents of the past issues will give an idea about the nature and scope of the articles and book reviews published in ABDR, articles on themes and topics not covered before particularly articles on socio-economic impacts of emerging biotechnologies and developments in life sciences, and bioeconomy will be considered for publication. The scope of the contributions to ABDR need not be restricted to biotechnology related issues in Asia or developing countries.
ABDR is also interested in empanelling reviewers for doing peer-review of articles. Those interested in doing peer review are requested to submit a brief CV and their areas of specialization/expertise. Submissions can be sent by email to the Managing Editor and there is no need to send the same in CD/hard copy if submission is by email.
For more information about ABDR and work of RIS on biotechnology please visit www.ris.org.in Submissions can be sent by email to email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org For more information please contact Dr. K.Ravi Srinivas, Managing Editor, ABDR email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +91-11-24682173-74
The Construction of Personal Identities Online: a Special Issue of Minds and Machines
Deadline: December 15 2011
Updated: January 15 2010
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are building a new habitat (infosphere) in which future generations will spend an increasing amount of time. So, how individuals construct, shape and maintain their personal identities online (PIOs) is a problem of growing and pressing importance. Today, PIOs can be created and developed, as an ongoing work-in-progress, to provide experiential enrichment, expand, improve or even help to repair relationships with others and with the world, or enable imaginative projections (the "being in someone else's shoes" experience), thus fostering tolerance. However, PIOs can also be mis-constructed, stolen, "abused", or lead to psychologically or morally unhealthy lives, causing a loss of engagement with the actual world and real people.
The construction of PIOs affects how individuals understand themselves and the groups, societies and cultures to which they belong, both online and offline. PIOs increasingly contribute to individuals' self-esteem, influence their life-styles, and affect their values, moral behaviours, and ethical expectations. It is a phenomenon with enormous practical implications, and yet, crucially, individuals as well as groups seem to lack a clear, conceptual understanding of who they are in the infosphere and what it means to be a responsible informational agent online. This special issue of Minds and Machines seeks to fill this important gap in our philosophical understanding. It will build on the current debate on PIO, and address questions such as:
- How does one go about constructing, developing and preserving a PIO? Who am I online?
- How do I, as well as other people, define and re-identify myself online?
- What is it like to be that particular me (instead of you, or another me with a different PIO), in a virtual environment?
- Should one care about what happens to one's own PIO and how one (with his/her PIO) is perceived to behave online?
- How do PIs online and offline feedback on each other?
- Do customisable, reproducible and disposable PIOs affect our understanding of our PI offline?
- How are we to interpret cases of multiple PIOs, or cases in which someone's PIO may become more important than, or even incompatible with, his or her PI offline?
- What is going to happen to our self-understanding when the online and offline realities become intertwined in an "onlife" continuum, and online and offline PIs have to be harmonised and negotiated? Papers comparing and evaluating standard approaches to PI in order to analyse how far they may be extended to explain PIO are also very welcome. Submissions will be double-blind refereed for academic rigor, originality and relevance to the theme. Please submit articles of no more than 10,000 words to D.Ward2@herts.ac.uk in .doc or .pdf format.
The special issue is part of a series of workshops organised in connection with the AHRC-funded project The Construction of Personal Identities Online. Authors may also wish to submit their papers to one of the workshops organized on the same topic. Submissions will also be considered for publication in the special issue.
The Body in Breast Cancer: a Special Issue of Social Semiotics
Deadline: October 01 2010
Updated: January 15 2010
Social Semiotics invites submissions to a special issue “The Body in Breast Cancer” in order to mobilize new critical interventions into the materiality of breast cancer.
The body, at the level of the breast, is the terrain on and through which breast cancer registers. This body, as understood through poststructuralist theory, is always already constructed and negotiated in relation to technology. This body, then, is a technologized body. The experience of breast cancer at once compels particular interfaces of body and machine in detection, treatment, and “recovery,” and the necessity for corporeal reworking in relation to the machine. Stressing the material breast as a technologized terrain necessitates grappling with the myriad of troubled relations of/to the breast, such as the prosthetic breast, the absent breast, fear of the lost breast, refusal of the breast, the scrutinized fleshy breast. In order to enable such exploration, we solicit papers in the fields of science and technology studies, queer studies, cultural studies, performance studies, and disability studies that enter into dialogue with scholarship on (bio)technologies and/or the posthuman. Foregrounding the technologized materiality in breast cancer will yield new ways of understanding subjectivity and somatic resistance, crafting corporeality, and practicing critique/politics in order to extend “livable lives.”
We are especially interested in accounts of queer, non-white, crip, male, classed bodies, and other particularities of subjecthood, that explore the practices of the technologized body in breast cancer at the level of machine and science, and imagined through biotech, the cyborg, cybernetics, prostheses, biometrics, and so forth.
We welcome articles that investigate:
• Excavations of the breast that foreground the policing, containment, mutilation, resignification, and crafting of the breast
• Bodies in breast cancer surveillance
• Bodies and breast reconstruction
• Bodies in treatment (radiation, the chemotherapy ward, detection, ultrasound, MRI, biopsy, mammogram, the breast clinic)
• Bodies and traces of military technologies; marks of cancer treatment
• Body-erotics/sexuality and breast cancer
• Visual economies of the breast and legalities of breastlessness
• The body and prognosis in breast cancer
• Altered notions of bodily capacity in relation to breast cancer
• Breasted aesthetics as self-crafting/disciplining
• Renegotiations of subjectivity at the interface with machines
• Unstable assemblages between flesh and machine in detection, risk assessment, prognosis
• Cancer and matter
• Regeneration and illness
We invite traditional essays as well as a variety of alternative forms: short performative pieces, short critical etymologies, visual essays, case studies. We are hoping to put together a range of different submissions for this issue in order to encourage unorthodox approaches to breast cancer. If submitting a traditional paper, the word count should be no more than 8000, including notes and bibliography. Alternative formats should be between 1 and 15 pages (maximum). For all submissions, please note that one image is equivalent to 250 words (half page). The journal citation style is Chicago Author-Date. For style guidelines and further information about figures and formatting, please see the journal website instructions for authors: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/csosauth.asp Articles should be prepared for anonymous review. Please provide a separate short author biography and an abstract of no more than 150 words. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2010, with a final publication date scheduled for January 2012. Papers should be submitted by electronic attachment as a Word document (.doc or .txt) or pdf. The subject line of your email should state the special issue title “The Body in Breast Cancer” and be addressed to: email@example.com.
General Call for Papers: East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal
Updated: January 13 2010
Daiwie Fu, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney, Australia / University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
Pingyi Chu, Academic Sinica, Taiwan
Sungook Hong, Seoul National University, South Korea
Togo Tsukahara, Kobe University, Japan
EASTS is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal based in Taiwan guided by editorial boards of STS scholars from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and the West. Founded in 2007, EASTS provides an international platform for STS scholarship on East Asia. The goal of the journal is to bring Western and East-Asian STS communities together to share ideas, knowledge and research on the full range of topics encompassed by STS. EASTS promotes STS studies from and to the East Asian and worldwide STS communities.
Submit Your Paper Now!
Papers should be submitted via Editorial Manager: http://www.editorialmanager.com/east
Editorial queries can be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Recent Special Issues:
Constructing Intimacy: Technology, Family and Gender in East Asia
Guest Editor: Francesca Bray
Gender and Reproductive Technologies in East Asia
Guest Editors: Adele E. Clarke, Azumi Tsuge and Chia-Ling Wu
The Globalisation of Chinese Medicine and Meditation Practices
Guest Editor: Elisabeth Hsu
Emergent Studies of Science and Technology in Southeast Asia
Call for Chapters Lecture Notes in Social Networks
September 30 2014 |
Updated: July 14 2014
Special Topic From Problem Framing to Problem Solving: Applications of Systems Thinking and Soft Operations
Research in managing complexity (An edited book - to be published by Springer in 2015)
Today we find ourselves confronted with problems of dynamic complexity and interdependency. Such ‘wicked problems’ and messes are seemingly intractable and are characterized as value-laden, ambiguous, and unstable, and thereby resist being tamed by classical problem solving. Actions and interventions associated with this complex problem space can have highly unpredictable and unintended consequences. Examples of such complex problems include health care reform, global climate change, transnational serious and organized crime, terrorism, homeland security, human security, disaster management, and humanitarian aid. Moving towards the development of solutions to these complex problem spaces depends on the lens we use to examine them and how we frame the problem. Systems Thinking and Soft Operations Research has had great success in contributing to the management of complexity. This book captures current trends and developments in the field of systems thinking and soft operations research.
Topics This book entitled: ‘From Problem Framing to Problem Solving: Applications of Systems Thinking and Soft OR in managing complexity’ will discuss relevant theoretical frameworks and applications of systems thinking and soft OR in various domains. Recommended topic areas include, but are not limited to: Soft OR/ Hard OR synergies Systems thinking System Dynamics/ Agent Based Models Management Science Visual analytics Modeling and Simulation Human Security Humanitarian Aid/ Disaster Relief Defence Security Safety Health Care Climate Change Disaster Management Important dates Abstract (Proposal) Submission Deadline: 30 September 2014 Notification of Proposal Acceptance: 15 October 2014 Full Chapter Submission deadline: 15 Feb 2015 Notification of Full Chapter Acceptance: 28 Feb 2015 Revised Chapter Submission Deadline: 30 March 2015 Final Submission to Publishers: 15 April 2015
Submission Information Academics, researchers and industry practitioners are invited to submit 1-2 page manuscript proposals in the form of an abstract detailing the background, the objective and structure of their proposed chapter as well as a broad indication of the subject matter to be covered - by the date shown above. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified within two weeks and will be given instructions and guidelines for full chapter preparation. Full chapters should be about 10,000 words or 15-20 pages in length. All chapters will be reviewed with an emphasis on relevance, quality and originality. Case studies are especially welcome. The book is scheduled to be published by Springer in Q2 of 2015. Proposals and final chapters (WORD or PDF format) should be sent to: Dr Anthony J Masys, Advisory Board: Lecture Notes in Social Networks and Special Edition Editor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For enquiries, please contact the Special Edition editor: Dr Anthony Masys on the above email address. You can visit his profile on LinkedIn. Further details: http://www.springer.com/series/8768
SIGCIS Workshop 2014
November 09 2014 | Dearborn, MI
Deadline: August 10 2014
Updated: August 06 2014
*COMPUTING THE BIG PICTURE: SITUATING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BROADER HISTORICAL NARRATIVES
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer S. Light, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society-- welcomes submissions for our annual one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday, November 9 2014 in Dearborn, Michigan. This is immediately after the end of the regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the History of Technology, details of which are available from http://www.historyoftechnology.org/features/annual_meeting/. Questions about the workshop should be addressed to Andrew Russell (Stevens Institute of Technology), who is serving as chair of the workshop organizing committee. Email email@example.com.
*WORKSHOP THEME*: When the history of computing began to emerge as a scholarly field forty years ago its first practitioners and consumers were computing pioneers, who favored technical accounts focused on the first electronic computers. Since then the field has developed in many directions, attracting scholars trained in a variety of historical traditions and working on a broad range of topics, time periods, and geographical settings. Work on the history of computing is increasingly influenced by methods and questions from broader fields and, in turn, is influencing scholars in other communities. This undermines the traditional, hardware centered, master narrative of computing and challenges us to integrate computing into a variety of broader historical stories. As a result, scholars working in or near the history of computing face some big questions: * What is the place of “the history of computing in the history of technology,” 26 years on from Michael Mahoney’s classic article on that question? * How can traditional historical narratives in areas such as gender studies, economic history, or environmental history be challenged by taking seriously the role of information technology? Conversely, what might these narratives bring to deepen our understanding of information technology itself? * Can historical questions and methods help to provide a coherent framework for new interdisciplinary areas such as software studies, Internet studies, and information studies? * What does today’s history of computing literature have to offer to computer scientists and other audiences without specialist historical training? * How can we take seriously the complexities and unique features of computing technology while still producing work that transcends technical detail to tell stories and advance arguments of scholarly interest?
We expect most submissions to focus on particular stories rather than on directly answering these weighty questions, but would appreciate it if presenters made an effort to connect their stories to broader narratives and in doing to provide a particular practical answer to one of the questions. SIGCIS has a tradition of welcoming all types of contributions related to the history of computing and information, whether or not there is an explicit connection with the annual theme. Our membership is international and interdisciplinary, and our members examine the history of information technologies and their place within society from a variety of scholarly perspectives including the history of technology, business history, labor history, social history, the history of science, science studies, communications, gender and sexuality studies, computing, and museum studies.
*SUBMISSION AND FURTHER DETAILS*: Proposals for entire sessions and individual presenters are both welcome. We hope to run special sessions featuring dissertations in progress and other works in progress. The workshop is a great opportunity to get helpful feedback on your projects in a relaxed and supportive environment. All proposals will be subject to a peer review process based on abstracts. For information on submission formats and links to our online submission system please view the full call at http://www.sigcis.org/workshop14. As planning progresses we will post updates, the full program, and precirculated materials there. We will provide acceptance decisions by August 24.
*TRAVEL SUPPORT*: The top financial priority of SIGCIS is the support of travel expenses for graduate students, visiting faculty without institutional travel support, and others who would be unable to attend the meeting without travel assistance. Awards are usually in the $200-$500 range and cannot cover the full cost of attending the meeting. Visit the website at http://www.sigcis.org/workshop14