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Last updated 01/11/2015 by Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone.

Cal for New Members for the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group

September 22 2014 to September 24 2014 | Amersterdam, The Netherlands


Updated: September 19 2014

New members are invited to join the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group (DPHE-IG), in the Research Data Alliance (RDA), an international initiative to facilitate the development of effective data practices, standards and infrastructure in particular research areas, and across research areas – aiming to enhance capacity to archive, preserve, analyze and share data, and for collaboration both within and across research communities.

RDA’s DPHE-IG works to advance data standards, practices and infrastructure for historical and ethnographic research, contributing to broader efforts in the digital humanities and social sciences. Bi-weekly calls move the work of the group forward. Many meetings are “project shares” during which someone leading a digital project describes their efforts and challenges.

Some calls are with other RDA groups (such as the Provenance Interest Group), aiming to draw their expertise into our work in history and ethnography. Our call-in meetings are on Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. EST; see our schedule through May 2015, and let us know if you would like to share a project. Also see our annual report of activities, including a list of project shares thus far. RDA holds two plenary meetings each year at which interests group can meet, and interact with other interest groups. The next plenary is in Amsterdam, September 22-24. The following plenary will be in San Diego, March 9-11. Please join the group (just below the calendar here) and pass on this information to others who may be interested. We would especially appreciate help reaching people outside Europe and North America. Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University), Mike Fortun (RPI), Kim Fortun (RPI), co-chairs

Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures

November 13 2014 to November 15 2014 | University of California, Santa Barbara

Deadline: September 22 2014


Updated: September 15 2014

How can NGOs produce more equitable and sustainable outcomes of new technologies? What are the implications of NGO participation in governance for democracy and technological advancement? These questions are the focus of a multidisciplinary, global conference to be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), November 13-15, 2014.

The NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB is soliciting participants for Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures. The conference features a diversity of speakers – scholars and representatives from NGOs, government, and industry - exploring questions of sustainable development, social responsibility, worker's rights, and global governance in the context of rapid technological advancement. Technologies addressed will include nanotechnology, synthetic biology, new media, robotics, and GIS. Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will kick off the event with a keynote address based on his new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.

This conference aims to attract an engaged community of practitioners who work at the intersection of emerging technologies and nongovernmental organizations. CNS welcomes all interested individuals to attend at tiered registration levels. Basic registration is FREE. To register, please visithttp://www.cns.ucsb.edu/demtech2014/registration.

Call for Poster Abstracts – Now OPEN
The conference organizing committee is now accepting proposals for poster presentations. Please use the link below to submit an abstract (max. 250 words, text only) by September 22, 2014. Posters presenting research as well as NGO projects will be considered. If your contribution is accepted, you will be invited at a later stage to submit your poster for inclusion in the electronic conference proceedings.

With generous support from the US National Science Foundation, the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB has a limited amount of funding to support travel and registration costs for selected poster presenters up to a maximum of $1000. The purpose of these awards is to broaden participation in the meeting, particularly for junior scholars, practitioners, and participants from the developing world who would otherwise be unable to attend. To be considered for a travel grant, please provide a brief explanation of your need (max. 250 words, text only) when you submit your abstract

Submit an Abstract Here

Sponsors: This conference is being organized by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB with significant funding support from the National Science Foundation. It is co-sponsored by Direct Relief and the Fund for Santa Barbara.

Assembling Cities: STS concepts and methodologies in planning studies

January 21 2015 to January 22 2015 | International workshop, ETH Zurich, Switzerland,

Deadline: October 31 2014

Updated: October 10 2014

Organizers: Jean Ruegg and Marko Marskamp, Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD), University of Lausanne; and Monika Kurath and Julio Da Cruz Paulos, ETH CASE, Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich.

The planning community is still trying to come to terms with the rational and functional project of modernist planning. Both theory and practice are revisiting the tools, aims and knowledge of urban planning. To address these issues planning studies are increasingly drawing upon concepts and methodologies of science and technology studies (STS). At this intersection, theoretical and empirical approaches have underlined the complexity and uncertainty in the object of planning, and have brought into focus the relation between planning practices, techniques, expertise and politics. Also in the field of STS and urban studies, the notion of planning as a technocratic and a rational exercise has been challenged. Where STS has turned to the city and its planning in order to examine the relationship between technologies, knowledge and power, urban studies has looked at the city not as a stable and bounded entity but as an object that is continuously made through diverse and situated practices.

The workshop aims at discussing and further developing conceptual, methodological and practical aspects of STS approaches to the planning and making of cities. Particularly inviting theoretical and empirical contributions, the workshop aims

1. to consider cities not as the backdrop but as the object of science and technology in urban planning research. That is, to study how knowledges and technologies such as planning ideas, instruments and procedures come to frame and are being framed by the city

2. to focus on the specific sites and practices that relate planning knowledge and practice. In particular to find out empirically how urban planning is a technical or political exercise legitimized in participatory and expert driven planning processes, and how diverse actors mediate planning intervention

3. and, to explore the ways STS approaches can be productive in planning research and practice. It is interested in how STS concepts retain and gain an analytical and methodological edge among comparative and normative planning studies.

Confirmed speakers are Anders Blok (Copenhagen, DK), Ignacio Farìas (Berlin, DE) Michael Guggenheim (London, UK), Anique Hommels (Maastricht, NL), Mattias Kärrholm (Lund, SE) Francisco Klauser (Neuchâtel, CH), Jonathan Metzger (Stockholm, SE) and Ola Söderström (Neuchâtel, CH).

Please forward your abstracts of a maximum of 400 words to Julio Da Cruz Paulos (dacruz@arch.ethz.ch) and Marko Marskamp (marko.marskamp@unil.ch).

The Sonic Science Festival

January 23 2015 to January 28 2015 | Maastricht


Updated: November 20 2014

Seeing is believing, we often say. No science without images and graphs. Yet scientists use their ears as well. Examples are biologists recording birdsong, or doctors listening to the bodies of their patients. Even data about volcanos and stars have occasionally been converted into sound in order to learn more about them. Why is that? What is the role of sound and listening in scientific knowledge? And why is listening so contested in the sciences?

The Sonic Science Festival answers these questions in lectures, demonstrations, workshops, concerts and a small exhibition. The largely bilingual events are open to people of all ages and presented in the Maastricht inner city. Access is entirely free. The event is hosted by Sonic Skills, a NWO-funded project at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University. You are highly welcome to join, and become all ears!

For more information, see the website.

Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow - international workshop - Call for Papers

March 18 2015 to March 26 2015 | Antwerp, Belgium

Deadline: October 31 2014


Updated: September 16 2014

On 18-20 March 2015 UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow. Scientific Imagination and Development of Society at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

We understand imagination in relation to the scientific context as the art to creatively design, produce, discuss and envisage societal alternatives for the future. In that sense it opens a window on the future and constitutes a source for societal development. Placed within a broader context, imagination processes play a role in the development of sciences and in the construction of societies, as well as in the interaction between sciences and societies, the former stimulating the further development of the latter, and the latter providing an environment in which the former thrives. Sciences and societies shape and further one another’s imagination processes.

The study of the creative and productive use of imagination at the intersection of science and society in view of building and shaping the future constitutes the main purpose of this workshop. This reflection will be stimulated by focusing on four subthemes:
1. Imagination at work in the sciences
2. Sciences as part of the imaginary of societies
3. Imaginaries of the future shaping contemporary reality
4. Politics of imagination

Confirmed keynotes:
• Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, Harvard University (USA)
• Matthias Gross, Professor of Environmental Sociology, University of Jena (Germany) / Head of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig (Germany)
• Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School (USA)
• Tom Moylan, Glucksman Professor Emeritus in the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and an Adjunct Professor, SAUL - School of Architecture of the University of Limerick, UK
• Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zürich (Switzerland) / founding member of the European Research Council

The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. It provides a forum of exchange of research from different disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature and the arts, sociology, economics, physics, science and technology studies, political sciences, policy studies, …

Researchers, doctoral students and other experts are welcome to submit their application until 31 October 2014. Candidates should send in the completed application form, accompanied by an academic curriculum vitae and an outline of the proposed paper. The selection of participants will be communicated by the end of mid-December 2014 at the latest.

The selected participant will present her/his paper in a panel session (20 minutes in English) and will afterwards send in an article to be considered for publication (which will be submitted to careful selection). The aim of the organizer is to publish a selection of articles presented at the workshop.

The organizer takes on charge all costs pertaining to participation and stay in Antwerp of all selected participants, while travel arrangements and costs are incumbent on participants themselves.

Full details on www.ucsia.org.

Organizing committee:
• Arthur Cools, University of Antwerp
• Raf de Bont, KU Leuven and Maastricht University
• Jacques Haers, Director of Academic Affairs, UCSIA
• Barbara Segaert, Scientific Coordinator, UCSIA
• Jean Paul Van Bendegem, VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
• Maarten Van Dyck, Ghent University
• Frédéric Vandermoere, University of Antwerp
• Geert Vanpaemel, KU Leuven
• Gert Verschraegen, University of Antwerp
Contact: Barbara Segaert, Project Coordinator, barbara.segaert@ucsia.be, T +32 (0) 3 265 45 94

Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow

March 18 2015 to March 20 2015 | University of Antwerp, Belgium

Deadline: October 31 2014


Updated: July 02 2014

UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on Scientific Imagination and Development of Society. We understand imagination in relation to the scientific context as the art to creatively design, produce, discuss and envisage societal alternatives for the future. In that sense it opens a window on the future and constitutes a source for societal development. Placed within a broader context, imagination processes play a role in the development of sciences and in the construction of societies, as well as in the interaction between sciences and societies, the former stimulating the further development of the latter, and the latter providing an environment in which the former thrives. Sciences and societies shape and further one another’s imagination processes.

The study of the creative and productive use of imagination at the intersection of science and society in view of building and shaping the future constitutes the main purpose of this workshop. This reflection will be stimulated by focusing on four subthemes: 1. Imagination at work in the sciences 2. Sciences as part of the imaginary of societies 3. Imaginaries of the future shaping contemporary reality 4. Politics of imagination Confirmed keynotes: · Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, Harvard University (USA) · Matthias Gross, Professor of Environmental Sociology, University of Jena (Germany) / Head of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig (Germany) · Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School (USA) · Tom Moylan, Glucksman Professor Emeritus in the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and an Adjunct Professor, SAUL - School of Architecture of the University of Limerick, UK · Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zürich (Switzerland) / Former President of the European Research Council

The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. It provides a forum of exchange of research from different disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature and the arts, sociology, economics, physics, science and technology studies, political sciences, policy studies, … Researchers, doctoral students and other experts are welcome to submit their application until the deadline. Candidates should send in the completed application form, accompanied by an academic curriculum vitae, an outline of the proposed paper and motivation for participation. The selection of participants will be communicated by the mid-December 2014 at the latest. The selected participant will present her/his paper in a panel session (20 minutes in English). The aim of the organizer is to publish a selection of articles presented at the workshop. The organizer takes on charge all costs pertaining to participation and stay in Antwerp of all selected participants, while travel arrangements and costs are incumbent on participants themselves. Full details on the website.

Three Rivers Philosophy Conference

March 19 2015 to March 21 2015 | University of South Carolina in cooperation with the BiCoDa Alliance (Bielefeld, Columbia, Darmstadt)

Deadline: November 03 2014


Updated: September 03 2014

- What are the roles of pictures and diagrams in mathematical proofs, in formal reasoning, and in epistemic justification more broadly? - Can pictures by themselves serve as arguments insofar as they can be persuasive and even convey a sense of demonstrative certainty?

For the most part, these two questions have been discussed separately. We seek to bring them together and thereby take them in new directions. These are philosophical questions that are addressed by many different disciplines: STS, history of science, mathematics, engineering, media studies, and the visual arts. They draw attention to technologies of picturing, the contexts of practice in which proofs and procedures of formal reasoning are employed, and problems and methods of teaching and communication.

Presently confirmed plenary speakers: - James Robert Brown (Toronto) - Gila Hanna (Toronto) - Kenneth Manders (Pittsburgh) - Laura Perini (Pomona)

We invite submissions on any aspect of the relation between pictures and proofs, and especially on these three thematic areas: 1) The role of pictures in logical or mathematical reasoning: What is the role of diagrams as objects of reasoning or as parts of the language of reasoning? 2) Compelling imagery and the power of visual evidence: Do pictures afford evidence and certainty such that they can serve as proofs? 3) Handling proofs and putting them to work: How have mechanical models, graphic procedures, visual and haptic manipulation contributed to mathematical reasoning in a wide variety of disciplines and applications?

Please submit by November 3, 2014, a 400 to 600 word abstract (no manuscript required) via EasyChair the website above.– The conference organizers are Tom Burke (burke@sc.edu), Alfred Nordmann (nordmann@phil.tu-darmstadt.de), Heike Sefrin-Weis (sefrinwe@mailbox.sc.edu). Further information will be posted at the conference website http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/phil/content/trip2015

Workshop Call for Papers: Changing Political Economy of Research & Innovation

March 23 2015 to March 24 2015 | University of California, San Diego

Deadline: January 01 2015


Updated: November 11 2014

The Third Annual Workshop on The Changing Political Economy of Research and Innovation: Geographies, Value(s) and Transitions

‘Science’ – or research and innovation (R&I) – is increasingly tasked with kick-starting the stagnant economy, underpinning a new techno-economic paradigm, while tackling multiple, overlapping global challenges (e.g. climate change, food security, low-carbon transition). However, the cultural and political role of R&I, the political economy of its funding and the impacts of technoscientific innovation are all highly contested. How R&I can and do contribute to economic growth and solving global challenges are not clearly understood and, conversely, it is clear that the current dominant policy understanding of these relations is inadequate. The changing relations of scientific research, innovation and political economy are thus a key site for the investigation of the future of technoscience in terms of its contribution to socio-economic development and the public accountability of scientists and policymakers.
While the 1st and 2nd Workshop in this ongoing series focused on analysis of the multiple crises and their interaction with the changing political economy of R&I, this 3rd Annual Workshop seeks critical understandings of the (re-)construction of new socio-technical settlements. In particular, the Workshop will focus on three key and overlapping issues for R&I, namely. Diverse geographies: the geographies of R&I are changing significantly. Globalization of R&I continues apace – with the emergence of global innovation networks, international science collaborations and mass, distributed open innovation and open science initiatives – even as it contradicts the national focus of orthodox science policy.
These complex geographies illustrate the irreducible local differences that render any taken-for-granted geography of R&I increasingly redundant, if not actively misleading. The participation of R&I in such globalized and materialized networks, including global value and/or commodity chains, is emerging anew as a key site of its influence in shaping the 21st century. Value, values, (e)valuation: a specifically neoliberal globalization may still be mired in crisis, challenging the continuing IP-intensive model of science-based innovation that has dominated in recent years. Yet, notwithstanding these trends in the broader political economy, the privatisation and commodification of science is proceeding at an undiminished, if not accelerated, pace. This conjunction of intense social demands upon R&I, deepening integration of R&I into the core of capitalist accumulation and a context of fluid, profound and systemic contestation raises multiple key questions regarding the relationship(s) between R&I and ‘value’ in its many guises: capitalist (‘value’); normative and social (‘values’); and practical tools of measurement (evaluation).
Socio-material transitions: finally, the themes of geographies and values converge on the key contemporary issue and challenge for R&I, namely their contribution to broader socio-material system transitions to more ‘sustainable’ (ecological, social, financial etc.) social formations. A critical analysis of this process, however, must explore how this process and these discourses are being co-produced with trajectories of R&I and what social forms they are actually constructing, with which winners and which losers. This workshop will thus seek to address four broad questions: What are the changing global geographies of techno-science? How are knowledge, research, innovation and higher education being valorized, valued and evaluated, around the world? How is research and innovation being integrated into and formed by global commodity and/or value chains? What roles are (‘responsible’) research and innovation playing in the mobilization, stalling and trajectories of sustainable transitions? If you have other ideas for papers relevant to the workshop then please do get in touch. Paper Submission Please email your abstracts (250 words max) to cthorpe@ucsd.edu by 1st January 2015.

Feel free to get in touch before the deadline to discuss your ideas. Organization The Workshop will be held at University of California, San Diego. Organizers Professor Charles Thorpe, Department of Sociology and the Science Studies Program, UCSD Professor Martha Lampland, Department of Sociology, Science Studies Program Director, UCSD Series Organizers Dr Kean Birch, Department of Social Science, York University, Toronto, Canada Dr David Tyfield, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK Travel & Accommodation Some funding is available for speakers to cover accommodation including for graduate students. Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for this funding. Decisions about funding will be made on a first-come-first-served basis.

Spaces of Evidence Early Career Researcher Seminar Evidence in Action

March 31 2015 | University of Sussex

Deadline: December 01 2014

Updated: December 10 2014

New perspectives on evidence production in contemporary society.
The Spaces of Evidence Network is delighted to invite you to an international early career researcher seminar. This is the first of two ECR events co-sponsored by Spaces of Evidence. The second will take place at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany in autumn 2015. The seminars will provide PhD and early career researchers a platform to present and discuss their research into influential evidence discourses in contemporary society. In the UK, US and Europe, there is an increasing commitment to an approach to policy that has the stated aim of ensuring that decision-making is well-informed by the best available evidence. Evidence is thus conceptualised as bringing to our attention ‘facts’, intended for use in support of a hypothesis, conclusion or a new action. Yet, such an understanding immediately prompts a series of questions regarding the legitimacy of different forms of evidence and their relationship with the complex goals and apparatus of the policy process.

We encourage contributions from all disciplines and example themes for papers include but are not limited to: • Evidence-based practice and hierarchies of evidence - Randomised Controlled Trials: A gold standard? - Big Data: The future of social research? • Politics of evidence and the sociology of knowledge production - Policy-based evidence and the realities of policy-making - Evidence discourses as a means of control • Ignorance, uncertainty and appeals to evidence in a complex world - Evidence production as management of uncertainty - Decision-making under conditions of ignorance or uncertainty • Evidence, ethics and the politics of life - Ethical appraisal of processes of evidence production - Biomedicine, power and corporate responsibility Attendance is free and speakers will be offered accommodation and reimbursement for UK travel. To be considered for presentation of 15 to 20 minutes in length, please send an abstract (max 400 words) to: *evidence@essex.ac.uk* and put ‘Early Career Research Seminar’ in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is Monday 1st December 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by mid-January 2015. If you have any questions, please email the organising team: Daniela Boraschi, Shadreck Mwale and Philip Sayer at *evidence@essex.ac.uk*

The Ethnografilm Festival

April 08 2015 to April 12 2015 | Paris, France

Deadline: December 01 2014


Updated: November 11 2014

The festival is sponsored by the Society for Social Studies of Science and the International Social Science Council.

For reduced rates submit here at Withoutabox: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1114

Ethnografilm seeks to enhance our understanding of the social world through film.

The first Ethnografilm Festival will be held 17-20 April 2014 in Paris, France. A selection of diverse works by documentary and academic filmmakers will be screened. Filmmakers who attend the festival will be prioritized for the main screen at Cine 13 Theatre.

Ciné 13 Théâtre is an historic site for French film premieres in the 18th arrondissement (1 Avenue Junot. Opened by the renowned French filmmaker Claude LeLouch (A Man and a Woman) as a site for screening in 1981, it is now managed by Salome LeLouch. It is located in the Montmartre district (18th arr.) of Paris, two minutes walk from the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. See Venue tab for details.

Contact Wesley Shrum for questions and additional information.

ST Global

April 10 2015 to April 11 2015 | Washington, DC • US

Deadline: January 05 2015


Updated: December 10 2014

STGlobal is a consortium of American colleges and schools that focus on topics related to science policy and science, technology and society.

The consortium’s main effort is the annual graduate student-run and graduate student-centric international conference, held in Washington DC, in the spring. The next conference will be held on April 10th-11th 2015. The 2015 event also marks STGlobal’s 15th year and signifies a new chapter in the wonderful story that is a conference like none other. Graduate students from around the world who have a particular interest in science and technology studies or in science and technology policy attend every year. The independent student-led Organizing Committee also awards travel funds for those that are not located around the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area

STGlobal inspires and challenges graduate students to contribute to the forefront of research on science and technology studies and policy issues, at whatever stage of the research process.

The 15th Annual STGlobal Conference features a brand new type of submissions, posters, thus allowing students three avenues to present their research: as part of a proposed full panel, as a paper presentation or as a poster. While panels and paper presentations are open to graduate students only, Poster presentations will be open to submissions from exceptional work from undergraduates as well as graduate students.

We welcome abstracts on completed research or work-in-progress on issues relevant to science & technology policy (STP) and science & technology studies (STS). We encourage submissions that highlight creative research and methodologies (ethnography, visual studies, digital media, etc.) in areas such as health, energy, sustainability, social justice, education, space studies, innovation, public policy, ethics, and the many intersections between science, technology and the humanities. New to this year’s Conference, full panel proposals will be accepted.

Starting with the 2014 edition STGlobal accepts panel proposals. Panels should be built around a theme, have a minimum of three paper abstracts that adhere to the same guidelines as those for individual paper abstracts, and optionally a possible discussant.

Paper Abstracts
We welcome abstracts on completed research or work-in-progress on issues relevant to science & technology policy (STP) and science & technology studies (STS). While all types of research within these broad disciplines is welcome, we would like to encourage submissions that highlight creative research and methodologies (ethnography, visual studies, digital media, etc.) in areas such as health, energy, sustainability, social justice, education, space studies, innovation, public policy, ethics, governance, and the many intersections between science, technology and the humanities. All papers will also be considered for poster presentations.

Poster abstracts
This year we are opening up the conference to undergraduate students that are interested or involved in STP or STS and have done some research in these areas. Poster abstracts should also adhere to the general directions for paper abstracts. Graduate students are also welcome to submit poster abstracts.

Panels, papers and poster abstracts are open to students currently enrolled in a graduate program at any institution around the world at the time of submitting an abstract, for work performed while enrolled. Poster abstracts are also open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at any institution around the world at the time of submitting an abstract.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words, setting out the main research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, and findings. For a rubric of the abstract judging process, click here. Use the following information: http://stglobal.org/abstract_submission/

1) Whether is “Completed Research” or “Work-in-Progress”
2) Panel proposal or individual submission.
3) Title of research.
4) Full contact information.
5) University + academic program + expected date of graduation.
6) Whether you are applying for a travel grant Deadline January 5, 2015, midnight MST
Further information Visit www.stglobal.org. You can email us at contact@stglobal.org
STGLOBAL CONSORTIUM MEMBERS ARE: Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes Drexel University Science, Technology and Society George Mason University Center for Science and Technology Policy Georgetown University Communication, Culture & Technology The George Washington University Center for International Science and Technology Policy Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Science and Technology in Society Submission

MISSION PARTNERS: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) The National Academies (NAS)

Symposium “What’s New about New Media? The Technology of Protest Past and Present”

April 23 2015 to April 24 2015 | Department of History Carleton University, Ottawa Canada

Deadline: December 15 2014


Updated: December 10 2014

From the G8 demonstrations to the Occupy Movements, Idle No More, and revolutions in the Middle East, the last few years have witnessed a phenomenal upswing in the use of social media in popular protest. Social technology has played an important role in mobilizing grassroots opposition and, according to some scholars and pundits, it has served to politicize a broader base, bringing about greater participation in and new forms of civic action. Activists use platforms like Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to raise consciousness around lightning-rod issues. New technologies aid in the organization of demonstrations.

They help mobilize emotions, map out logistics, and after all is said and done, they catalogue and document opposition success and further challenges. Social media’s democratizing potential is not without its detractors, however, and alongside concerns for the protection of privacy and surveillance, skeptics question whether networked publics really can serve as meaningful spaces of protest and opposition. In lending shape to everyday opposition, cataloguing images of excess and exuberance, and circulating them in networked publics, there can be no doubt Web 2.0 is writing a history of the present. Yet aside from the thorny issue of impact, it is worth asking how new is new media in the way it shapes protest and opposition? This two-day symposium aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to interrogate what is in fact new, different, and unique about how “old” and “new” media have structured, popularized, given voice to, and helped mobilize protest and opposition across time and space. We will discuss pre-circulated papers of 15 pages in length. Each paper should demonstrate a conceptual engagement with the interplay of time and place-specific media and their relation to public sentiment and opposition.

Dr. Merlyna Lim, Carleton University’s Canada Research Chair in in Digital Media and Global Network Society will provide a keynote. Themes may include: -vernacular forms of protest across time and media -protest and public engagement, diverse publics, counterpublics -protest and affect -protest as performance, the staging of opposition, counter protest and solidarity -visualizing, spatializing, or mapping violence, resistance, and identity -media, self, and subjectivity – forging activist or oppositional selves -networks of opposition and collusion -rethinking the local, the regional, and the global -mediatized protest: chronicle, archive, database, scrapbook -media, protest, and public/social memory
Please forward a short CV and a 1-2 page paper abstract to the following address by December 15th, 2014, newmediaconference@carleton.ca

Call for Sessions - STS Conference Graz 2015

May 11 2015 to May 12 2015 | Graz, Austria

Deadline: October 31 2014


Updated: October 10 2014

The upcoming conference on “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies” in Graz 2015 invites researchers to organize special sessions.

The proceedings of this year’s conference will give you an overview of the thematic issues and topics that are of our interest.

If you are interested in organizing and chairing a session please send a title and an abstract of the session by the deadline to Michaela Jahrbacher (sts-conf-graz@aau.at) - the Call for Abstracts for participants is scheduled for the beginning of November 2014.

The STS Conference Graz 2015 is the joint annual conference of STS - the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt - Vienna - Graz, IFZ - the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture and IAS-STS - the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society.

STS Conference Graz 2015, “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies”

May 11 2015 to May 12 2015 | GRAZ, AUSTRIA

Deadline: January 15 2015


Updated: November 20 2014

We invite interested researchers in the areas of science, technology and society studies and sustainability studies to give presentations. The conference provides a forum to discuss on a broad variety of topics in these fields – especially abstracts are encouraged which refer to aspects of the mentioned conference themes and sessions.


Bodies, Health and Technology
SESSION 1: Intimate Technologies: Embodying Artefatcs, Remaking Bodies, Enacting Norms
SESSION 2: mHealth and Surveillance: Caring for Data?
SESSION 3: Emerging Configurations of Biomedical Technologies Responsible Research and Innovation Studies
SESSION 4: Responsible Research and Innovation
SESSION 5: Beyond Bibliometrics: New Approach to Mapping Science and Technology
SESSION 6: Science and Economy: Sociotechnical Networks and the Use of Knowledge
SESSION 7: Does Quality Count? On the Role of Metrics in Academic Accountability Politics Information and Communication Technologies and Society
SESSION 8: Cloud Computing as Critical ICT Infrastructure
SESSION 9: STS and 'New' Media
SESSION 10: What is so Fascinating with Computer Science? Social Change in Science and Technology
SESSION 11: ICT Use, Energy Consumption and the Changing Practices
SESSION 12: Intersectionality and Diversity Issues in Changing ICT Practices
SESSION 13: Queer Feminist Science, Technology and Society studies
SESSION 14: Music, Materiality and Subjectives Transitions to Sustainability
SESSION 15: Sustainability in Housing
SESSION 16: Local Innovation Impulses and the Transformation of the Energy System
SESSION 17: De-constructing the Smart City, Reassembling Urban Life
SESSION 18: Visibility and Invisibility in Energy Transitions
SESSION 19: STS – Design – Sustainability
SESSION 20: From Vicious to Virtuous Production Chains: Transforming European SMEs Towards Circular Economic Business Models
SESSION 21: Energy, Society and Culture – (Sustainable) Energy Transformations as Transformations of Social Order
SESSION 22: Energy Transformations, Energy Epistemics and Governance – the Role of the Social Sciences and Humanities

For more information on the call and the specific outlines of sessions please visit the website. Submissions should be sent to Michaela Jahrbacher (sts-con-graz@aau.at) until January 15th, 2015 as a *DOC/DOCX-file*. Abstracts should include not more than 250 words, comprising detailed contact information, affiliation and specification of the conference theme and session you are referring to. The STS Conference Graz 2015 is the joint annual conference of STS - the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt|Vienna|Graz, IFZ - the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture and IAS-STS - the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society.

22nd annual International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies

May 18 2015 to May 20 2015 | Dearborn, MI

Deadline: December 31 2014


Updated: December 10 2014

Students are especially encouraged to attend and to participate in student paper and poster competitions with monetary awards, judged by leading academics and practitioners. Abstracts should be about 500 words and will be reviewed relative to originality, relevance, and results. For full consideration, submit abstracts by the deadline.
Topics at ISSST2015 will include:

Resilient Infrastructure Systems. Public Communication of Sustainability Science. Sustainability Education Advances in Life Cycle Assessment Critical Materials Systems Sustainable Energy Systems

All submissions are peer-reviewed. Accepted authors have the option of publishing peer-reviewed, archival articles in the online and open access Proceedings of the ISSST. Contributions are indexed by Google Scholar and each contribution will receive a unique digital object identifier.

To broaden participation and save on travel costs, the entire ISSST2015 program will be broadcast live. All authors have the option of presenting via Skype. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help shape the agenda of the foremost academic community advancing a systems approach to understanding sustainable technologies.

V Reunião de Antropologia da Ciência e da Tecnologia (5th Meeting of Anthropology of Science and Tec

May 20 2015 to May 22 2015 | Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre/RS

Deadline: December 21 2014


Updated: December 10 2014

Está aberto o período para submissão de propostas de trabalhos a serem apresentados na V Reunião de Antropologia da Ciência e da Tecnologia, que acontecerá entre os dias 20 e 22 de maio de 2015 na Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. As propostas devem ser enviadas em formato de resumo (com até 300 palavras) através de formulário (link abaixo) até o dia 21 de dezembro de 2014. O responsável pelo trabalho deve indicar na inscrição um dos cinco eixos temáticos no qual pretende apresentar o trabalho: 1) Corpo, saúde, biomedicina e tecnociência; 2) Transformações climáticas, ambientes e territórios; 3) Efeitos da produção de conhecimento, intervenções e gerenciamentos tecnológicos; 4) Produção de conhecimentos e multiplicidades ontológicas e 5) Ressonâncias dos Estudos Sociais da Ciência e Tecnologia no ensino, teoria e pesquisa antropológicas. Os títulos dos Seminários Temáticos devem orientar as inscrições visando o processo de avaliação, mas é possível que surjam novas temáticas e que os trabalhos aprovados sejam reorganizados em novos STs.

As propostas serão avaliadas pela Comissão Científica da V ReACT e os resultados serão divulgados no dia 15 de março de 2015. Aqueles que tiverem seus trabalhos aprovados deverão enviar a versão completa até 15 de abril de 2015. A V Reunião de Antropologia da Ciência e da Tecnologia está sendo organizada pelo Grupo Ciências na Vida, vinculado ao Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia Social da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, com apoio da Rede de Antropologia da Ciência e Tecnologia.

Informações Gerais:

Normas do resumo: até 300 palavras e indicação do Simpósio Temático ao qual está sendo submetido

Fostering Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice in Times of Crisis

May 23 2015 to May 27 2015 | Old Fire Station, Woods Hole MA, USA

Deadline: January 31 2015


Updated: January 11 2015

New England Workshop on Science and Social Change Location

In this five-day workshop participants will create spaces, interactions, and support in formulating plans to extend our own projects of inquiry and engagement around "Fostering Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice in Times of Crisis." A wide range of projects might fit under this intentionally broad topic, allowing, in 2015, for projects that are not directly related to science and society. Activities will, as they have at NewSSC since 2004, build on what the particular group of participants contribute and employ a range of tools and processes for "connecting, probing, and reflecting" so as to support and learn from each others' inquiries.

The intended outcomes include: a) products that reflect our inquiries and plans, conveyed in work-in-progress presentations (10-15 minutes) and revised in response to feedback so as to be shared outside the workshop, b) experiences that motivate us to take our individual projects beyond their current scope or level of activity, and c) stock-taking towards developing the workshop format. This format, in brief, includes an activity together as a group each morning and again for an hour at the end of the day. In between, time is spent in independent research related to this scenario, in conversations, and in other pursuits that participants find helpful for advancing our projects. (The fifth day has been added to allow for revision of projects in response to feedback.) Applications are sought from teachers, researchers, graduate students, and activists who are interested in facilitating discussion, reflection, avid learning, and clarifying one's identity and affinities in relation to the workshop topic. [*] he workshop format allows for a limited number of participants over the internet. Newcomers and return participants are welcome.

Applications via http://bit.ly/NewSSCa. Target date for applications for May 2015 workshop.

Organizer: Peter J. Taylor, University of Massachusetts Boston, Science in a Changing World graduate track,

3rd Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies:  Law, Policy, and Ethics

May 26 2015 to May 28 2015 | Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Prky., Scottsdale, AZ

Deadline: January 15 2015


Updated: January 11 2015

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned, and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies. The abstract submissions and conference registration should be completed at: conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/get2015.

For more information: http://www.law.asu.edu/lsi/CenterforLawScienceInnovation.aspx

Stories About Science: Exploring Science Communication and Entertainment Media

June 04 2015 to June 05 2015 | University of Manchester

Deadline: December 19 2014


Updated: November 11 2014

We are now in a golden age for science in entertainment. Academy Award winning films such as Gravity and television ratings titans like The Big Bang Theory have proven that science–based entertainment products can be both critically acclaimed and financially successful. In fact, many high profile scientific organizations including the US National Academy of Sciences and the Wellcome Trust in the UK now believe that science communication can, and perhaps should, be both informative and entertaining. These groups have embraced movies and television as legitimate vehicles for science communication by developing initiatives to facilitate scientific involvement in the production of films and television programs. Science communication scholarship on entertainment media has been slow to catch up with the enthusiasm shown by these scientific organizations, as science communication studies of science in mass media still predominantly focus on news media and factual documentaries. Despite the scarcity of academic research on science communication and entertainment media there is a growing interest amongst scholars in seeking to understand the interplay between scientific work and its portrayal in entertainment media including film, television, radio, new media, graphic novels/comics, and computer games.

This two-day symposium seeks to bring scholars from across disciplines together to explore the communication of science through entertainment media in order to uncover new ways of approaching, understanding and theorizing about this topic. We are seeking papers that investigate science communication and entertainment media from a variety of disciplinary and global perspectives as it is practiced and experienced by a diverse array of publics. We aim to move away from approaches to the study of science communication that are restricted to interpretations of the scientific ‘accuracy’ of entertainment media texts. Instead, we are keen to elicit contributions that critically examine the synthesis and mutual reshaping of science and entertainment media. Therefore, we invite paper submissions that critically analyze how stories about science are communicated through production, dissemination, and audiencing of entertainment media texts.

Confirmed speakers include Bruce Lewenstein (Cornell University), Felicity Mellor (Imperial College London), Declan Fahy (American University), Jane Gregory (University of Manchester), and Emma Weitkamp (University of the West of England).

Proposals for 20 minute paper presentations are warmly invited. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a short biographical statement (email attachments in Word format) before Friday 19 December 2014 to the organizers at storiesaboutscience@manchester.ac.uk

We will arrange and pay for accommodation for invited participants during the symposium. In addition, we have limited funds to contribute towards travel costs for those unable to obtain support from their home institution.

This Wellcome Trust-funded event will run from Thursday 4 to Friday 5 June 2015 and is organized by the Science and Entertainment Lab research group (thescienceandentertainmentlab.com) within the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, comprised of David A. Kirby, William R. Macauley, and Amy C. Chambers.

Archive Futures: Operations, Time Objects, Collectives

June 14 2015 to June 20 2015 | Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Deadline: December 10 2014


Updated: December 10 2014

5th Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies Weimar
The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies – a collaboration between the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM) and Princeton University (German Department) – returns to Weimar in 2015 for its fifth installment. The Summer School will be directed by Lorenz Engell (Weimar, Media Philosophy) and Thomas Y. Levin (Princeton, German/Program in Media+Modernity). The faculty will include, among others: Gleb Albert and Monika Dommann (Zürich, History; DFG Research Group Media and Mimesis), Eva von Engelberg-Dockal (Weimar, Architectural History; DFG Research Group Media and Mimesis), Stephan Gregory (Weimar, Media of Historiography; DFG Research Group Media and Mimesis), Mark Hansen (Durham, Media Studies – to be confirmed), Michael W. Jennings (Princeton, German), Meredith Martin (Princeton, English & Center for Digital Humanities – to be confirmed) and Lynn Spigel (Evanston, Screen Cultures – to be confirmed).

The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies invites applications from outstanding doctoral candidates throughout the world in media studies and related fields such as film studies, literary studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, sociology, politics, the history of science and visual culture. Call for Applications We live in an age of feverish archival production: thanks to digitization never before has so much become so readily accessible to so many so easily and so fast. Extant archives are being re- conceptualized and reconfigured, card-catalogues are being replaced by search engines, and entire domains of daily life have become subject to a generalized quotidian archival impulse conducted by individuals (as in the auto-surveillant mimetic narcissism of self-archiving on Facebook or Twitter), corporations (as in the industry of ‘data-shadows’ produced through the aggregation of databases) and the state (as in the dystopic fantasy of the US ‘Total Information Awareness’ program). Interestingly, digitization often goes along with a mimesis of the traditional analog archive in terms of user interfaces or addressing procedures. And yet an astonishing percentage of already-digitized collections has already begun to disappear, victims of the often-fatal consequences of hard- and software platform anachronization. Archives today are threatened both if they fail to engage with the digital and – ironically – if they embrace it wholeheartedly without thinking through the material, institutional and economic consequences of digital longevity.

“Future-proofing” a digital archive requires extensive financial and technical resources in ways entirely different from previous epistemes of library science. The problem of digitization thus reveals that the archive is not – indeed has never been – defined merely as a collection or a storage room, but is rather a set of procedures, practices, or operations, of rules and protocols. These operations, internal and external as well as gatekeeping ones, such as selection, are not only core processes of the making of history, of memory building, of juridical power and political legitimation, and of collective identity production; at the same time, they create the operational frameworks for defining future(s) as possibilities to break with the past. The opening up of archives in post-1989 Central-Eastern Europe can, for instance, be read in just such a context. Long dominated by a largely exclusive focus on paper, the conceptualization of archival work and function must today countenance a vast array of heterodox object types ranging from solid and durable things, samples, and other physical phenomena such as the archival function of architecture, to much more fleeting time-based media such as audio recordings, film and television. From a media studies perspective, different materialities demand different practices and operations and foster completely different regimes of time, place, and power distribution through archival functions. Time- based media, for example, stand in a very particular relation to the digital archive: faced by a very real threat of extinction (numerous support media such as magnetic tape have reached the end of their functional lifespan), major televisual archives such as that of the BBC must be migrated to the digital or risk being lost forever.

Done properly, such digitization allows time-based media for the first time to be subjected to basic scholarly procedures such as citation, close reading, and comparative analysis. Done poorly, digitization can effectively destroy an archive, migrating it into a dysfunctional codec oblivion. Thus, in light of the particular challenges posed by digital archives, and the poly- materiality of archival objects, we must now re-think the archive as a set of material and mimetic operations no longer based solely on storage and physical stability, but as a constant process, as a process of writing and re-writing rather than as a collection of artefacts, as an organization of time through time and by time rather than as a spatial configuration. Once understood as dynamic condition, the archive’s temporal regimes must also be completely re- conceptualized. Archival assets are not only witnesses to a more or less remote past, but are also conditions of possibility of the production of presents and futures. While archives have often led to new and even sensational discoveries that require us to re-think the past, on a most general level they project the present into the future as a past. They are complex time machines whose technical and operational infrastructure as well as the materiality of whatever they collect basically lay the ground for an understanding of time both past and future.

The future of the archive as well as the archive’s myriad futures will be the focus of the 5th Princeton- Weimar Summer School in June 2015. Hosted once again by the IKKM (International Center for Research into Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy) at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, this intensive week-long international gathering of advanced graduate students will engage the unparalleled local resources – Weimar being the site of world-class archives devoted not only to Goethe, Schiller and Nietzsche, but also to the Bauhaus and, let us not forget, to the horrors of Buchenwald – as comparative case studies in the material, institutional, and theoretical challenges posed by the 21st-century archival landscape. In a series of intensive seminars, workshops, and lectures the Summer School will take up and push further the by-now classical theorization of the archive undertaken by Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Giorgio Agamben (in their readings of Nietzsche, Bergson and others), not only as an institution or collection, but as a conceptual model for the formation of all discourses, practices and knowledges which regulate and delimitate what is sayable, thinkable, and conceivable at a certain point in history. Given the importance of new operations and materialities connected to the archive today, these concepts must be rethought and re-actualized.

» How to apply? All applications should be submitted electronically in PDF format and should include the following: Letter of Intent indicating academic experience and interest in the summer school’s annual topic (max. 300 words); Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages); Abstract/Paper of a possible presentation at the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies of no more than 2000 words, double spaced, with standard margins; Contact information (name, institutional address, email) of two potential references. Please use the following naming convention for your application files: Lastname_Letter_of_Intent.pdf Lastname_Curriculum_Vitae.pdf Lastname_Abstract.pdf Lastname_Contact_Info.pdf All application materials should be sent by email to ikkm-conference (at) uni-weimar.de and must be received by December 10, 2014. Applicants who have been admitted will be notified by January 2015. Once admitted, applicants are required to transfer a participation fee of € 600 by February 28, 2015 to guarantee their spot. The fee covers tuition, full accommodation, meals, and all study materials during the entire week of the summer school. A limited amount of travel funding will be available upon application. Coordinators: Christoph Eggersglüß (Weimar), Mladen Gladic (Princeton) Please submit all inquiries to: ikkm-conference (at) uni-weimar.de

Cultures of Mending:A collaborative workshop

June 17 2015 to June 19 2015 | Nottingham UK

Deadline: December 17 2014


Updated: November 11 2014

Nottingham Trent University is pleased to be hosting the first international conference to examine Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) in the context of sustainability.

This groundbreaking event will include keynote presentations, discussion, debate and workshops, an exhibition and gallery of artefacts, and a gala dinner. The call for Abstracts is open until 19 September 2014 at 12 noon and registration will open on 11 November 2014.

Conference aims

We will be reviewing current research on how and why increased product lifetimes have become an important element in resource efficiency, waste reduction and low carbon strategies for sustainability.

Academic researchers, industry representatives and policy stakeholders will share knowledge and experience on the influence that product longevity has on environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Conference themes

PLATE will embrace a multi-disciplinary perspective including design, geography, anthropology, business management, economics, marketing and consumer behaviour, sociology and politics. The conference will explore the following themes, among others:

design approaches to product longevity the role of product longevity in resource efficiency and waste reduction strategies for product lifetime optimisation cultural perspectives on the throwaway society business opportunities, economic implications and marketing strategies consumer influences on product lifetimes policies, regulation and legislation.

Please see our themes and topics tab for more information.

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Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine - 14th Biennial Conference

June 30 2015 to July 04 2015 | Sydney

Deadline: February 09 2015


Updated: November 11 2014

The Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine are holding their 14th Biennial Conference. Submit your paper now to be involved in this exciting meeting.

Papers can be on any topic relevant to medical history but we are particularly interested in the overarching topic of Missions, Methods and Management. Due to time constraints, in the first instance no more than one paper per primary author and one jointly authored paper will be accepted for each presenter.

A limited amount of financial assistance is available for postgraduate students of history (Student Bursary application) and postgraduate students may enter their papers for the Ben Haneman Memorial Prize. For more information on either of these initiatives, please contact the conference organisers HOM2015@dcconferences.com.au. For further information please view the conference website.

The Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine

June 30 2015 to July 04 2015 | Sydney, Australia

Deadline: February 09 2015


Updated: December 10 2014

Submit a paper
The organising committee invites anyone – whether a member of the Society or not – to attend and participate. It promises to provide a resoundingly interesting programme. It invites all who are involved in the history of medicine and related healthcare disciplines to submit abstracts of their work for consideration for acceptance for presentation.

Papers can be on any topic relevant to medical history but we are particularly interested in the overarching topic of Missions, Methods and Management. A limited amount of financial assistance is available for postgraduate students of history (Student Bursary application) and postgraduate students may enter their papers for the Ben Haneman Memorial Prize.

For more information on either of these initiatives or the conference, please contact the conference organisers. HOM2015@dcconferences.com.au.
For further information please view the conference website by clicking here.

Call for proposals

July 07 2015 to July 10 2015 | Valparaiso

Deadline: November 21 2014


Updated: October 10 2014

VII Latin American Workshop of STS Young Reserchers
IV Ibero American Doctoral STS Summer School

Send abstracts and correspondence to 2015 Doctoral School: escueladoctoral2015@gmail.com

En la Universidad de Valparaíso (Chile) durante la primera semana de julio de 2015 tendrá lugar el VII Taller Latinoamericano de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, y la IV Escuela Doctoral Iberoamericana de Estudios Sociales y Políticos sobre la Ciencia y la Tecnología de ESOCITE (la Sociedad Latinoamericana en Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología), en la que se buscará reunir a un colectivo de doctorandos (alrededor de 30) en fase avanzada de redacción de sus tesis, con sus directores de tesis e investigadores consolidados del campo disciplinar, con el objeto de debatir las preguntas y los diseños de investigación así como las metodologías aplicadas, los avances que ya han realizado en sus investigaciones y sus aportes al campo CTS y a las sociedades de la Región. Se pretende que los doctorandos tengan un espacio privilegiado en la formación de una comunidad científica, compartido con investigadores consolidados, con mayor trayectoria en el campo de los estudios sociales y políticos de la ciencia y la tecnología en el espacio iberoamericano. De manera especial, se espera poder incidir en la potenciación de las redes de conocimiento entre los investigadores y las instituciones públicas y privadas de I+D+I de Iberoamérica, enfatizando la inserción y fortalecimiento de la Red CTS-Chile en el campo disciplinar en la Región.

El encuentro cuenta con el auspicio de la Red CYTED (Programa Iberoamericano de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo) “Análisis sobre la Dinámica de la Ciencia y la Sociedad”, del Grupo de Trabajo CLACSO “Ciencia y sociedad: los usos sociales del conocimiento en América Latina y la inclusión social”, de la Universidad de Chile, de la Universidad de La Frontera y de la institución anfitriona, la Universidad de Valparaíso. Comité Científico Dra. Gloria Baigorrotegui (Chile), Dra. Rosalba Casas (México), Dra. Noela Invernizzi (Brasil), Dr. Pablo Kreimer (Argentina), Dra. Olga Restrepo (Colombia); Dr. Sebastián Ureta (Chile); Dra. Hebe Vessuri (Venezuela); Dr. Ronny Viales (Costa Rica), Dr. Irlan Von Linsingen (Brasil) Comité Organizador Local Ronald Cancino, Dr. Andrés Gómez, Dr. Jorge Gibert (Coordinador) Llamado a contribuciones.

Todos los grupos activos en la Región son invitados a que sus investigadores jóvenes presenten resúmenes de hasta 500 palabras, en donde expongan el tema que están trabajando, el abordaje conceptual y metodológico, los principales avances registrados en sus investigaciones y las conclusiones preliminares. Todos los resúmenes deben estar avalados por sus respectivos directores de Tesis. Los trabajos pueden ser presentados en español o portugués. Para una orientación temática, consultar en de www.bibliotecacts.org y en particular el documento de Dagnino y Fonseca “Observações sobre trabalhos do campo dos Estudos Sociais da Ciência e Tecnologia latino- americanos”. Cronograma: Recepción de resúmenes: hasta el 21 de noviembre de 2014.

Evaluación de resúmenes. El Comité científico evaluará los resúmenes presentados, según su calidad y pertinencia, con el objeto de aceptar un máximo de 30 trabajos, respetando una adecuada distribución de la calidad y la representación por países, género e institución. Comunicación de los resultados: Primera semana de febrero de 2015. Presentación de los trabajos completos: en la primera semana de mayo de 2015 los jóvenes investigadores e investigadoras cuyos resúmenes fueron aceptados deberán presentar los textos completos, con una extensión máxima de 25 páginas (hoja A4, márgenes de 2,5, Times New Roman 12, interlineado 1,5 líneas - alrededor de 9000 palabras), para que sean distribuidos entre todos los participantes.

Formato de los trabajos completos: Deben contener indefectiblemente 1. Nombre y apellido del candidato e institución donde está realizando la tesis 2. Nombre del Director/Orientador de tesis 3. Breve descripción de la tesis, alcance, problema de investigación, estructura (una página) 4. El texto presentado debe tener formato de artículo publicable. En ningún caso, debe ser el resumen de la tesis. Las características generales son: a. La pregunta de investigación b. El abordaje metodológico c. La justificación del aporte al campo CTS y a las sociedades latinoamericanas/iberoamericanas d. El desarrollo de la cuestión e. Conclusiones Realización del evento: 07 al 10 de julio de 2015. Posters: Además de los participantes directos en el Taller (estudiantes de doctorado), se espera recibir a un número de participantes como oyentes (estudiantes de postgrado en nivel de maestría y doctorado),pertenecientes a programas de postgrado relacionados del país sede(alrededor de 20), y quienes serán invitados a presentar posters con sus proyectos de investigación patrocinados por sus directores, los cuales serán expuestos y discutidos en conjunto en una sesión especial organizada a tal efecto (una tarde).

Alojamiento: Los organizadores en el país sede garantizarán el alojamiento y almuerzo durante el desarrollo del Taller a todos los participantes directos. Becas: Cada participante buscará financiamiento para su pasaje en su institución y país. Excepcionalmente se prevé el pago de ayudas para algunos estudiantes que no puedan conseguir financiamiento en su país. Entidades Financiadoras previstas: Programa CYTED (Red Cien-Soc), GT CLACSO, Universidad de Valparaíso, Universidad de Chile y Universidad de La Frontera. Contacto: Dr. Jorge Gibert E-mail: gibert.jorge@gmail.com Tel. (+5609 94348265). Recepción de trabajos y correspondencia para Escuela Doctoral 2015: E-mail: escueladoctoral2015@gmail.com

Call for Participants: 2015 Summer Institute: Standards in Society

July 12 2015 to July 25 2015 | Drexel University, Philadelphia

Deadline: December 31 2014

Updated: November 20 2014

Supported by Drexel University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology

The program in History at Drexel University invites applications from graduate students in all disciplines for participation in a two-week summer institute, “Standards in Society,” to be held in Philadelphia, July 12-25, 2015. Participation in the institute, which involves no cost to students and includes housing and meals on Drexel’s campus, is open to masters and doctoral students at any stage, working in all science, engineering, social science and humanities fields. Through seminars, field trips and conversations with scholars and practitioners, this innovative two-week course will support students’ critical inquiry around the performance, safety, and materials standards that have shaped industry and consumerism worldwide.

Standards have played a role in historical and contemporary debates on environmental risk, public health, economic competition, workforce preparation, and other emergent global concerns and this institute will enhance students’ understanding of the technical, legal and ethical aims of standards. Exploring a wide range of scientific and regulatory episodes, we will draw on international examples of standardization efforts in food-related, agricultural, infrastructural, biomedical, pharmaceutical, electronics and other sectors. Institute participants will learn to detect the legal and political interests that have shaped technical standards across different sec- tors and to trace the role of standards in broader patterns of global economic and social change. In a series of hands-on exercises students will analyze standards and policy documents and con- sider implications for practice.

Throughout, we will approach standards as building blocks of modern societies, helping students to frame future standards-related research inquiries in engineering, natural and social sciences, or the humanities.

Applicants should provide a letter explaining their interest in attending the institute, a CV, and the names of two persons who may be asked to provide letters of reference; materials should be submitted by email by December 31, 2014. Participants will be notified by February 1, 2015. Applications and requests for further information should be sent by email to Prof. Amy Slaton, Department of History and Politics, Drexel University, at: slatonae@drexel.edu


July 12 2015 to July 16 2015 | Université du Québec à Montréal in Montreal, Canada

Deadline: February 09 2015


Updated: December 10 2014

We invite you to submit abstracts (250- 300 words) of your research papers. We welcome submissions on a variety of topics pertinent to communication and media studies research. We also encourage submissions that address this year’s conference theme “Hegemony or Resistance? The Ambiguous Power of Communication”. For more information on this year’s conference theme, please refer to the conference theme page ( http://congresiamcr.uqam.ca/en/about/theme.html). The deadline for submission of abstracts is *February 9, 2015 *via the Open Conference System (OCS) at http://iamcr-ocs.org. Submissions must include author name(s), affiliation, address, e-mail address, and paper title.

Please note that this deadline will not be extended. Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted through the OCS from 1 December 2014 – 9 February 2015. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head. An author can submit a maximum of two (2) abstracts to two (2) separate sections or working groups. It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme. Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration. Unlike other sections of IAMCR, if you are submitting a work in progress, ESN welcomes your submission! Please state that it is a work in progress in your abstract.

Please note, however, that presenters are expected to bring to the conference work that has reached some degree of development. Prior to the conference, each presenter needs to upload a completed paper to the OCS. Discussant feedback has a special place in ESN and is often provided by Chairs of other sections or working groups that ESN members may wish to join. Therefore, a timely submission of the full paper ensures comments and questions by esteemed senior scholars in the field. Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual authors by the Section co-chairs on *March 23, 2015*. For those whose abstracts are accepted, *full conference papers* are to be submitted via the IAMCR OCS by *June 19, 2015**. *Please make sure to inform ESN co-chairs if you are unable to present your paper at the conference by *April 14, 2015*. Failure to do so disrupts the flow of the conference and is disrespectful to fellow presenters.

*About ESN:* ESN is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars in the field of media studies and communication. Therefore, we especially look for works in progress from graduate students and new university instructors/professors who are interested in substantial feedback and comments intended to advance their projects. The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other sections. Our emerging scholar panels provide a comfortable environment for the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging scholars can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of their careers and from senior scholars who act as respondents to individual papers. In line with the purpose of our section, the ESN also organizes panels and special sessions about issues affecting emerging scholars, such as: - Publishing research results; - Mentoring and the Student-mentor relationship; - Academic work and academic jobs; - Neoliberalism in the academy; - Language barriers in academia. These panels often feature conversations between senior scholars, emerging scholars, and/or practitioners of media and communication professions. Further announcements on panels and events on such topics, and practical information on the ESN mentorship programme, will follow over the coming months. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the section co-chairs Francesca Musiani (francesca.musiani@cnrs.fr ) and Sandra Ristovska ( sristovska@asc.upenn.edu).

Knowledge from the Margins: Social Justice and Sustainabilit

August 18 2015 to August 19 2015 | East Lansing, MI

Deadline: January 26 2015


Updated: September 03 2014

This will be a meeting of interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals, activists, and community members focused on the following three aims: (1) to showcase new scholarship in science and technology studies on social justice and/or sustainability; (2) to showcase community-oriented and/or activist work that provides social commentary on science, technology and society; and (3) to train scholars on how to create policy-relevant work. We will end the conference with a reflexive exercise so that participants have concrete and actionable ideas to take away with them.

Also, a post- conference activity on Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 will be an optional "Greening Detroit & Lansing" tour of environmental justice and sustainability initiatives in the mid-Michigan region. Within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies, there is an increasing interest among scholars in returning to the study of knowledge from the margins, that is, knowledge from people and institutions who are peripheral to modern knowledge production (e.g. civil society organizations, laypersons); ‘lacking’ modern knowledge production (e.g. non- Western, indigenous); or excluded from modern knowledge production (e.g. female, minority, disabled). Similar to some of the early scholarly work in science and technology studies, newer studies are focused on activism and engagement with scientists, technologists and society, and the longstanding work of various marginalized groups who struggle to create space for their knowledges and perspectives in the face of dominant discourses. This proposed conference is part of this re-turn to knowledge from the margins. It seeks to add to this newer scholarship on social justice and sustainability a more comprehensive understanding of knowledge from the margins to further encourage the production of alternative and appropriate technoscience

We encourage submission from interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals, activists, and community members that speak to the broader conference theme of marginalization, science, technology, social justice and sustainability and the power dynamics of the production and consumption of technoscience. Please contact the Conference Chair Logan Williams (Lyman Briggs College & Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, will2734@msu.edu) with any questions. For more updated information or to submit your abstract, please see the conference website.

Connect and Divide: The Practice Turn in Media Studies

August 19 2015 to August 22 2015 | Germany

Deadline: December 31 2014


Updated: October 08 2014

Call for Papers 3. Medienwissenschaftliches Symposion der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft/ German Research Foundation

Media divide and connect simultaneously: they act as intermediaries between otherwise disconnected entities, and as a »middle« that mediates, but also shields different entities from each other. This ambiguity gives rise to conflicting interpretations, and it evokes all those figures that give a first clue about this janus-faced relationship of »connect and divide«: gate-keeper, parasite, amongst others. And if we give accounts of media before and after their mediated action, we refer to persons and organizations, automatisms and artifacts, signals and inscriptions, and we seem to find it easy to refer to their distinct potentials and dis/abilities. But within the interaction - the »middle« of media itself seems to be distributed right across the mix of material, semiotic and personal entities involved, and the location of agency is hard to pin down. In case of breakdown we have to disentangle the mix; in case of smooth operations action becomes all the more distributed and potentially untraceable – which makes its attribution a matter of the simultaneously occuring distribution of (official and unofficial) knowledge, labour and power. The empirical and historical investigation of this two-faced relationship of »connect and divide« has thus resulted in what may be called a veritable »practice turn in media studies«.

The conference will discuss four aspects of the practice turn in media studies: Section 1: Media History from a Praxeological Perspective, Moderation: Monika Dommann Since its origins in Toronto or Freiburg Media studies have developed what might be called strong narratives of history, identifying causes and origins and often bordering on teleological narratives, and sometimes even making quite specific media both the telos and cause of fundamental historical changes. The challenge of these sometimes mythical narratives has inspired a host of corrections, revisions and reservations from professional historians, who are devoted to a cult of the archives (Lorraine Daston) and used to make accountable which evidence they can use or not use: »How can I know what I want to propose?« (in Marc Bloch's famous words). This skeptical question leads historians - and media historians alike - to a double focus on media practices: their own and those they have to study. Historians developed media studies »avant la lettre« by making the medium the message in their »Quellenkritik«, by making the production, distribution and reception of texts and artifacts both the topic and resource of historical work.

How do we reconstruct and deconstruct the media practices of the past? Which practice theories are helpful for historians, who are used to go against the grain of their sources and their contemporaries alike? Which new questions might arise when a traditional discipline like history and undisciplined fields like Science and Technology Studies and media studies exchange their theories and tools?

Section 2: Religion is as Religion Does: The Practice Turn in Religion and Media Studies, Moderation: Jeremy Stolow In recent years, the study of religion has expanded dramatically, commensurate with the rising public visibility of diverse organizations, movements, and events that constitute the 1 religious field. Scholars have begun to challenge the longstanding theoretical framework in which religions were defined as systems of ideas to which believers assented, and in which religious meaning and action was understood to reside primarily in (relatively fixed) sacred texts, symbols, and ritual dramas. »

Section 3: Connecting and Dividing Media Theories: Gender, Post_Colonial, and Other Agencies, Moderation: Ulrike Bergermann Mediated practices of connecting and dividing resonate with senses of belonging and desire, negotiating hegemonies, exclusions, subaltern people and their im/possible agencies, in moving constellations. Taking into account networks and subjects, Cultural, Gender and Postcolonial Studies consider the constitutive role of certain ›Others‹ which shape our concepts of representation, authenticity, or translation, and look at the agencies and performativities of those and those things that were said to be non-agents. ›Doing media‹, then, comprises diasporas, post_colonies, gendered and racialized subjectivities as places of knowledge production. "Situated knowledge" (Haraway) holds true for "the knowledge of media" as well, while technologies elicit new temporal conceptualizations of precedence and antecedence, including both humans and non-humans. The respective connections and divisions will be discussed in this section, focusing on the uses of mass media, art, and popular culture, and their Kulturtechniken – and the ways they incite media theory.

Section 4: The Current Relationship (After a Longer Non-Relationship) of Media Theory and Practice Theory, Moderation: Erhard Schüttpelz Not long ago, it seems, media theory and practice theory went their separate ways. The original ›practice turn‹ in the social sciences didn't seem to concern media studies, though it partly originated from STS (Schatzki/Knorr Cetina/von Savigny). Research on the ›use‹ of media first appeared to be one of the manifestations of this 2 asymmetrical distinction, until such research slowly transformed into an all-pervading exercise in symmetry: How to derive media from their practices, and how to characterize social practices in their contingency on media? And the challenge is here to stay: If media theory and practice theory started with their backs to one another, how will they proceed in the future? And if we re-assess the ›posthumanist‹ trajectory in which social theory and media technology first met, does the practice turn itself have a specific media historical setting?

We welcome proposals of two pages for all four sections. Your proposal should be submitted by the deadline to Prof Dr. Erhard Schüttpelz at schuettpelz@medienwissenschaft.uni-siegen.de. In case you are invited to the conference, you will be asked to submit a publishable essay (12 pages) for discussion at the conference by May 31, 2015. This paper should meet two demands: Please characterize at least one media practice in all the details necessary for your argument, and please propose a theoretical and/or historical question and its possible answers. See the website for full description of the call.

Symposium - Committee: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Bergermann (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig) Prof. Dr. Monika Dommann (Universität Zürich) Prof. Dr. Erhard Schüttpelz (Universität Siegen) Associate Professor Jeremy Stolow (Concordia University) 3

The Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy

September 17 2015 to September 19 2015 | Georgia Institute of Technology Global Learning Center. T

Deadline: January 01 2015


Updated: December 10 2014

View the 2013 Atlanta Conference Program here: http://atlantaconference.org/sites/atlantaconference.org/files/images/ATLC_2013_Program_0913_v6.pdf
The Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy provides a showcase for the highest quality scholarship addressing the multidimensional challenges and interrelated characteristics of science and innovation policy and processes. Conference attracts over 300 researchers from more than 35 countries and includes: A series of plenary talks Parallel paper sessions to discuss on-going research A young researcher poster competition Next years sessions will explore the research front addressing the broad range of issues central to the structure, function, performance and outcomes of the science and innovation enterprises.

We will open submissions of proposals for papers and sessions by the deadline. Spanning three days, the conference will include plenary sessions reflecting different facets of the science and innovation system, paper sessions for well-developed research, and an early career poster session to allow young researchers to present their work. Submissions should address issues relevant to the science and innovation system, and may fall into one or more of the following topic areas related to the STI/research system:

Conference Workshop on Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments

September 18 2015 to September 19 2015 | Claremont, California


Updated: November 11 2014

This 2-day working conference seeks to workshop a small number of unpublished papers by scholars whose research engages the intersections of contested science, expertise, and toxic environments. We are interested in papers employing historical methods which look at the relationship of technical practices to environmental harms. In particular, we hope to explore moments in which the roles of scientific experts in understanding and reacting to these harms have been challenged, disputed or disrupted in some way.

Our conception of the environment here is purposefully broad in scope—encompassing both the natural world and built environments—and scale—ranging from weapons’ testing grounds and toxic dump sites to scientific laboratories, hospitals, and the human body Topics may include, but are not limited to: *Secrecy and atomic energy *Toxic waste management *Radiation technology *Pesticide manufacturing and exposure *Climate threats and pollution

Our aim is to have conference participants critically and constructively engage each others’ work for the purposes of contributing to an edited book published by an academic press. Please send extended abstracts of 500 words and a 2-page CV to Janet Farrell Brodie (Claremont Graduate University), Vivien Hamilton (Harvey Mudd College), and Brinda Sarathy (Pitzer College) at cete2015@pitzer.edu by January 10, 2015. If accepted, full papers will be due by July 15, 2015, for pre-circulation to all conference attendees. Some funding will be available to assist with travel costs.


November 05 2015 to November 08 2015 | McGill Montréal, Canada.

Deadline: January 12 2015


Updated: December 10 2014

The 10th anniversary and sixth international conference on the histories of Media, Art, Science, and Technology

Re-Create 2015, the sixth international Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science, and Technology will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Re conference series. Re-Create 2015 is devoted to exploring what theories, methodologies and techniques can be used to understand past, present and indeed, future paradigms of creative material practice involving technologies within research contexts from a historical and critical point of view.

The title Re-Create is an abbreviation for the term “research-creation”, part of a growing international movement which goes by many names: “practice-led research,” “research-led practice,” and “artistic research,” among others.

While the link between research and practice seems to be a new horizon, the media-based arts have long been at the intersection of the humanities, sciences, and engineering and present a critical site in which to take up the changing relationships between knowledge, power, and economy.

Research normally signifies modes of acquiring new knowledge that coherently and systematically advance a field and is grounded and validated by both social frameworks (peers) and existing bodies of knowledge. Similarly, research in conjunction with material practice demands that making be historically, theoretically and methodologically framed and valorized.

Re-Create 2015 seeks to interrogate the historical entanglement of research and making within a wide and diverse set of international sites, disciplines and contexts: from non-institutional creative research initiatives driven by artists and designers in the streets, to the labyrinths of industry funded research labs and universities. From unknown or ignored histories of research-based practices in Latin America, Asia and Indigenous communities to government funded initiatives, the conference will thus critically explore the ongoing and productive tensions between theory, method and making in the histories of media, art, science and technology.

Potential contributors to the conference should focus thematic panel sessions or individual papers on one of the following areas of concentration:

LAB STUDIES : Studies on how artists and designers have historically worked in industry, universities and collective, grass roots-based research environments

CURATORIAL ACTIONS AND PRACTICES : How have research paradigms historically entered into curatorial practices and how have they been framed, exhibited and articulated?

ANTI-INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH : Historical profiles of non-institutionally based research-driven explorations.

THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS : How have theoretical paradigms in media, art, science and technology historically evolved structuralism in the 1960s or media studies to current work in affect theory, media archaeology, critical post-humanist approaches derived from STS, appropriation and remix aesthetics, feminist new materialism, queer and postcolonial studies, enactive and distributed cognition?

METHODOLOGIES : What can methodological tools emerging from the human and social sciences like ethnography, historiography, archaeology, genealogy and other qualitative techniques provide to the historical and critical positioning of practice?

INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERSECTIONS AND IMPACTS : Exploration of the formation and rise of interdisciplinary research fields (image science, sound studies, science studies, sensory studies, environmental studies) and their impact on the construction of media art histories.

DIGITAL HUMANITIES : What is the historical relationship between the digital humanities and the histories of media, art, science and technology?

SITES: How historically have sites of research and practice in media art, science and technology evolved outside of the predominant spheres of Europe and North America and what forms have they taken?


The conference program will include competitively selected peer-reviewed individual papers, panel presentations and poster sessions as well as a number of keynotes and invited speakers and a parallel satellite program of events with Hexagram partners including core cultural institutions in Montreal. In the interest of maintaining a concentrated conference program, there will be a series of plenary sessions as well as accompanying poster sessions. Each of the plenaries as well as the poster sessions will mix together scholars and practitioners representing different cultural perspectives. The conference will be held in English and French, with live translation.


Re-Create 2015 welcomes contributions from researchers, artists, designers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices. We particularly encourage scholars and creators from international contexts outside of Europe and North America.


The conference will take place in Montreal hosted by Hexagram, the international network for media, art, design and digital culture (http://hexagram.ca). It is the largest network of its kind in Canada and one of the largest internationally dedicated to research-led creative practices. Ten years after the inaugural Re-Fresh conference at the Banff New Media Institute in 2005, the return of the conference to Canada and specifically to Quebec, offers a pertinent context to address the evolution of research in the histories of media, art, science and technology (http://www.mediaarthistory.org/mah-conf-series).The conference will be held across the two core Hexagram sites at Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The venues are within walking distance from each other, centrally located in vibrant, downtown Montreal – the digital arts and culture capital of North America.


250 word abstracts of proposals, panel presentations and posters should be submitted in either Text, RTF, Word or PDF formats. Texts can be submitted in French and in English. The DEADLINE for submissions is January 12, 2015. Submitters will be informed by mid February 2015. INFORMATION about the submission process and general information can be found at: Re-Create Submission Site

SLSA After Biopolitics

November 12 2015 to November 15 2014 | Rice University, Houston, TX

Deadline: April 01 2015


Updated: November 11 2014

Over the past thirty years, no paradigm has become more central to understanding our own moment than the paradigm of biopolitics—a fact that has left hardly any discipline untouched, resulting in new formations such as bioart, bioethics, biotechnology, biomedia, biocapital, bioinformatics, biovalue, and biocomputing, among many others. The reasons for this are not far to seek: the engineering, canalization, domestication, and commodification of “life” in the era of “synthetic biology,” at a level scarcely thinkable fifty years ago; rapid depletion of the earth’s resources in the context of global warming in what used to be called the “first world”; seemingly endless debates over the political and economic complexities of healthcare, social security, lengthening retirement ages and dwindling personal savings rates in the developed West; confrontations over abortion and immigration in the United States, in which the concepts of “life” and “race” are never far from view; the unequal global distribution of access to medical care and medical technologies at the very moment when pharmaceutical industries have never been more deeply woven into daily life in the developed West (or more profitable); and the post-9/11 context of the “war on terror” and ongoing anxieties about security and borders resulting in the normalization of spaces and practices of juridical “exception” such as Guantanamo Bay, drone warfare, and electronic surveillance at a level heretofore unknown, all revolving around a logic whose biological underpinnings reach back to the very origins of the biopolitical in the concept of the “body politic.”

Add to these an increasing awareness (in no small part under the pressure of global warming and the emergent paradigm of the “Anthropocene”) of the plight of non-human life (whether in discussions of animal rights, factory farming, and the bioengineering of non-human creatures, or in the increasingly undeniable fact of the sixth major extinction event in the history of the planet) and how deeply imbricated t is with the plight of the human and its technology, and you have ample grounds to understand why “life” (in the broadest sense) has become the central object of politics over the past few decades. I

n the face of such developments, the conference theme, “After Biopolitics,” seeks to reexamine the theoretical, cultural, social, and political underpinnings of the biopolitical paradigm, and to explore conceptual resources (both within and outside of the biopolitical paradigm) for the possibility of thinking what has been called an “affirmative” biopolitics that views the intersection of “Life” and the political as a potential space of affinity, community, and creativity, rather than the “thanatopolitics” that has dominated the biopolitical paradigm thus far. Paper/Panel Proposal Due Date: April 1, 2015; Notification of Acceptance: June 1, 2015