Events include paper calls for conferences, workshops, lectures, seminars, and exhibits (listed in chronological order).
Last updated 12/03/2013 by Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone.
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Updated: August 08 2013
The Israel Association for History and Philosophy of Science are pleased to announce a new research group in the field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) on scientific practices, their legitimacy among various publics, and the making of local knowledge. In recent decades, public discussion of scientific and technological domains has undergone a deep democratization process. Experts' authority to adjudicate controversial questions has eroded, while non-experts' legitimacy of participating in scientific debates and decision-making processes has grown. Following these trends, research on sites of production of knowledge and technology has started examining the mutual relations between local non-expert knowledge and credited formal knowledge, as well as scientific consensus formation processes.
We invite scholars whose research deals with issues such as: · Contemporary scientific authority, and the formation of new bases of legitimacy; · Local knowledge as a political concept; · Lay activism and lay participation in science and technology; · The integration of local and scientific knowledge; · Consensus formation mechanisms and dissent; · Scientific controversies, outsiders and rebels.
The group will meet once a month at Tel Aviv University. Leading scholars from Israel and abroad will be invited to take part in the meetings. A final workshop is planned, in which group members will present their papers. We aim at publishing the group members' research papers in a special issue of a leading relevant journal. We call for scholars from relevant disciplines to apply to the group. The relevant disciplines include history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, law, science and technology studies, gender studies, and any other field that studies knowledge generation processes and their outcomes.
Situating Science Fall 2013 Announcements
September 15 2013 | Canada
Updated: September 10 2013
ATLANTIC: Can We Sustain the Plant, and Democracy too? Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University Oct. 3, 2013 7pm Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Isaac Newton’s General Scholium to the Principia: Science, Religion and Metaphysics Tercentenary Workshop October 24-26, 2013 University of King’s College, Halifax, NS
Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association Conference UQAM, Montreal, Qc. November 1-3, 2013
Fall Lecture Series at UQAM All held at 12:30pm in Local N-8150, Pavillon Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, UQAM, Montreal, Qc.
Schedule: Expérience et expérimentalisme chez John Dewey Joëlle Zask, maître de conférences en philosophie, Université de Provence September 11, 2013
Une fuite de phosgène à l'usine Tolochimie en 1973. Réflexions sur ce que contenir veut dire en matière de pollution atmosphérique ? Florian Charvolin, Centre Max Weber et Université Jean Monnet September 13, 2013
In the Kingdom of Solovia: The Rise of Growth Economics at MIT, 1956-1970 Mauro Boianovsky, Département d'économie, Universidade de Brasília et Kevin Hoover (conférencier), Département d'économie et de philosophie, Duke University. Coorganisée avec le Département de sciences économiques de l'UQAM December 6, 2013
Thomas Jefferson, Count Buffon, and a Giant Moose: When Natural History and History Collide? Lee Dugatkin, Department of Biology, University of Louisville. Coorganisée avec la Faculté de sciences de l'UQAM December 13, 2013
Fall Lecture Series at McGill Full details to be posted shortly.
Highlights: Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Director, Max-Plank Institute for the History of Science. In partnership with the department of Social Studies of Medicine.
Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University. In conjunction with McGill's Mossman Lecture.
Liquid Intelligence and the Aesthetics of Fluidity Workshop October 25-26, 2013 McCord Museum, McGill University, Montreal, Qc.
Reading Artifacts Summer Institute August 19-23, 2013 Canadian Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ont.
Science and Society Symposium Oct. 21-23, 2013 University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont.
Technoscience Salon on Critical Itineraries University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
Preliminary Schedule: Celia Lowe, Anthropology, University of Washington September 26, 2013
Kavita Philip, Women’s Studies, UC Irvine November 8, 2013
Others confirmed: Fa-Ti Fan, History, Binghamton University
Stacey Langwick, Anthropology, Cornell University
Alondra Nelson, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University
Connections and Communities in Health and Medicine Conference Manitoba-Northwest Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan (MOMS) & Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate (SSHM) / Early Career History of Medicine (ECHM) Conference September 12-14, 2013 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
ALBERTA: More than Natural Selection: A Lecture Series on Alfred Russell Wallace October 2-30, 2013 Wednesdays at 3:30pm Tory Building 2-58, University of Alberta
Kathleen Lowrey, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta October 2, 2013
Robert Smith, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta October 9, 2013
Andrew Berry, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University October 16, 2013
Martin Fichman, Department of Humanities, York University October 23, 2013
Christine Ferguson, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow October 30, 2013
Ethics of the technology of living
November 25 2013 to November 26 2013 | Lyon, France
Updated: November 05 2013
"Éthique des Technologies du Vivant" - Les Entretiens Jacques Cartier
Le Réseau Ne3LS en collaboration avec le Centre Jacques Cartier, Metagenopolis,
TWB White Biotechnology Center of excellence, la Commission de l’Éthique en Science et en Technologie du Québec, l’Université Catholique de Lyon organise dans le cadre des 26e Entretiens Jacques Cartier un colloque sur le thème «Éthique des Technologies du Vivant». Le colloque se tiendra à Lyon (France) les 25 et 26 novembre 2013. Pour plus de détails (thématiques abordées, programme, etc.) veuillez cliquer ICI. Pour s'inscrire, cliquez ICI.
The Ne3LS Network in collaboration with the Centre Jacques Cartier, Metagenopolis, TWB White Biotechnology Center of Excellence, the Commission for Ethics in Science and Technology of Quebec, the Catholic University of Lyon organizes within the framework of the 26th Entretiens Jacques Cartier a symposium on the "Ethics of the technology of living". The conference will be held in Lyon (France) on November 25th and 26th 2013. For more information (topics covered, program, etc.) please click http://www.ne3ls.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/PROGRAMME-JACQUES-CARTIER-VERSION-FINALE.pdf To re.gister, go to the website listed above.
The Changing Political Economy of Research & Innovation
December 09 2013 to December 10 2013 | York University, Toronto
Deadline: July 31 2013
Updated: June 10 2013
Public Policy, Commercialization, and Neoliberal Technoscience
Neoliberal globalization is in crisis with significant backlash against ‘free markets’ and a groundswell of political opinion calling for ‘responsible capitalism’. These trends profoundly challenge the IP-intensive, neoliberal global model of science-based innovation that has dominated in recent years. Yet, notwithstanding these trends in the broader political economy, the neoliberalization of science in the global North is proceeding at an undiminished, if not accelerated, pace. 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.
These issues form the basis for a two-day workshop to be held at York University, Toronto, which will seek to address four broad questions:
· Why do simple scientific and innovation narratives have such political and policy power?
· How do public policies, projects and innovation promote particular, neoliberal forms of technoscience?
· What are the ways we can re-conceptualize global problems in order to challenge and go beyond solutions based on neoliberal technoscience?
· How might technoscience be democratized and de-commodified so that it better serves collective or public interests?
If you have other ideas for papers relevant to the workshop then please do get in touch.
The keynote speakers include:
- Professor Philip Mirowski, author of ScienceMartTM.
- Dr Erik Conway (tbc), co-author of Merchants of Doubt.
- Professor Alison Hearn, author of numerous articles on immaterial labour and value.
The rise of the big machine: The use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in healthcare
December 10 2013 | Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
Deadline: November 22 2013
Updated: November 04 2013
Since its first introduction into clinical practice during the 1980s MRI has developed rapidly and is increasingly used as a diagnostic technology and a medical intervention. MRI is now widely perceived as a ‘Gold Standard’ in healthcare and the epitome of what is possible in medical visualisation (Joyce 2008). Despite the importance of MRI technology in clinical practice there is currently limited sociological knowledge about this particular visual technology.
ASU CNS 2nd Annual Winter School
January 03 2014 to January 10 2014 | Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, AZ
Deadline: September 01 2013
Updated: August 02 2013
The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) will hold its Second Annual Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies. The CNS-ASU Winter School is designed to give an introduction to and practical experience with the methods and theory used by CNS-ASU faculty and associates. The activities are designed around our Real-Time Technology Assessments (RTTA) and Thematic Research Clusters (TRC). Applicants should be advanced graduate students or recent PhDs (post-doc or untenured faculty within 3 years of PhD) with an interest in studying emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, geoengineering, etc. Applicants may come from any discipline, but priority will be given to those whose research focuses on societal questions. For more information, see the attached filer or visit our website.
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CULTURAL STUDIES
January 16 2014 to January 19 2014 | Balsillie School of International Affairs Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Deadline: September 30 2013
Updated: September 10 2013
ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE des ÉTUDES CULTURELLES NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Dispersions The Canadian Association of Cultural Studies invites proposals on all topics of relevance to cultural studies from both current and future members for its upcoming conference. The conference theme Dispersions encourages submissions devoted to exploring all forms of distributed culture. This may include papers that investigate dispersions of people, social groups and communities; flows of cultural objects and materialities; or the dispersion of cultural studies scholars (so often now housed in vulnerable departments) across disciplines.
We are curious about the implications of these dispersions. Do they result in fugitives? Or new forms of belonging? Do they constitute new forms of culture? Hybridities? Transgressions? Alienations? Transformations? Sedimentations? What does it mean to scavenge cultural belonging in the context of cultural dispersion? Is culture atavised? Or preserved? We hope to open up discussion and critical reflection about culture in the context of fragmentation, convergence, and accumulation. We welcome papers that focus on (but are not limited to):
Please include with your proposal,a paper title, your name and affiliation, 5-8 keywords that represent the major foci of your proposal. Notifications will be sent out by Oct. 30, 2013. Early bird registration for the conference will open Nov. 1, 2013 at http://cacs-acec.ca/ Regul.ar registration fees will apply after Dec. 1, 2013 Host/Location: This conference is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). Waterloo is located in southwestern Ontario, approximately 110km from Toronto. The city is easily accessed from Toronto Pearson Airport. There are also direct flights into the Waterloo International Airport from Chicago, Ottawa, and Calgary (with connections to Vancouver, Edmonton, and other major western cities).
VIA Rail service runs to the city from Montreal,Toronto and points west (Windsor, London, etc.). GO train and bus service also connects Waterloo to Toronto. WLU is one of Canada?s fastest growing universities and is home to a vibrant Faculty of Arts, which houses one of only a handful of dedicated Cultural Studies programs in the country. It is also home to several research groups and centres including the International Migration Research Centre, and is partnered with the think tank Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where the conference will be located. As a city located in the heart of Canada?s ?Technology Triangle,? home to institutions ranging from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics to notable arts institutions including CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener and Area) and The Museum, it is a place that often sees cultural production at the intersection of science, technology and the arts. Further information about Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Waterloo Region (including transportation and accommodation) will be available on our website.
Cultures of Sense, Cultures of Movement
February 03 2014 to February 04 2014 | The Australian National UniversitY
Deadline: December 20 2013
Updated: December 03 2013
This two-day conference casts its net wide to examine the roles of sense and movement in contemporary cultural geographical and sociological thought. It builds on the success of the New Critical Theory Group’s workshop Enculturating Forces in 2013, a joint venture of geographers based at UNSW Canberra and the University of Bristol, and sociologists at the Australian National University. Cultures of Sense, Cultures of Movement develops the synergies between geography, sociology and cognate disciplines, recently explored in the Institute of Australian Geographers Cultural Geography Study Group conference Bodies In Situ-Bodies Ex Situ in 2011 and numerous CGSG sponsored sessions at IAG conferences, together with affect themed sessions at The Australian Sociological Association conferences.
From debates that show how the sense of a place can be most critically grasped through its myriad complex movements, to debates on how these movements are themselves are constituted through sense, relations of sense and movement have been at the heart of cultural geographical and sociological thought. Sustained interest in relations of sense and movement over the past two decades have sought to remedy the cognitive tendencies in geography, sociology, cultural studies and cognate disciplines by exploring how knowledge is generated through the immediacy of sensuous experiences of movement rather than distanced cogitation. In doing so, much research has sought to show how the human body is a locus of sense making, focusing on how we come to know and understand the world through the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, sound, and their interrelationships.
Yet questions of knowledge are only part of the story. Recent work in has sought to explore how it is through relations of sense and movement that human and non-human bodies, objects and places are created and transform. From the sensing and moving body at the heart of the ‘affective turn’, to the role that sense and movement play in the aesthetic appreciation of spaces, cultures and cultural activities, our lifeworlds are beset by relations of dynamism and adynamism, sense and nonsense that demand our critical attention. In the context of the pressing need to more sensitively understand the processes, durations, technologies and experiences of social transformation, we welcome contributions that speak to the broad themes of cultures of sense, cultures of movement. These could include, but are not limited to, work on the ideas of mobilities; corporeality; materiality; affect; emotion; vitalism; becoming; belonging.
Specific themes might include: migration and place-making; bodies and resistance; art and therapeutics; urban and rural mobilities; the porosity of private and public space; affect and knowledge production; nostalgia and the exotic; memory, imagination, anticipation.
This conference is jointly organized by the Australian National University School of Sociology, the Canberra New Critical Theory Group and the IAG Cultural Geography Study Group. This event is sponsored by the ANU School of Sociology and the Institute of Australian Geographers.
February 15 2014 to February 19 2014 | Baltimore, MD
Deadline: November 15 2013
Updated: October 06 2013
We are inviting submissions to a workshop on “Sharing, Re-use and Circulation of Resources in Cooperative Scientific Work” to be held at CSCW 2014.
The goal of this one-day workshop is to discuss and stimulate research on the sharing and reuse of a wide range of scientific resources in cooperative scientific work. As science trends toward increasing geographic and temporal scales, larger collaborations, and greater interdisciplinarity, scientific resources increasingly need to be more mobile and integrated with computer supported information and communication environments. Sharing, reuse and circulation of resources become a central challenge and critical component of cooperative scientific work. We interpret sharing broadly to include circulating scientific materials in any way that makes them available to other scientists. We encourage submissions on a variety of resources such as data, software, materials and specimens, workflows, technical know-how, clinical and laboratory protocols, and algorithms. We invite you to explore a range of sharing and reuse practices past and present, what motivates and limits them, how sharing can be done more effectively, what tools and techniques facilitate or constrain it, and more widely how this relates to systems and science policy.
Important Dates ============= Position Paper Deadline: November 15, 2013 Notification of Acceptance: December 10, 2013 Workshop: Saturday, February 15, 2014 Activities ======== This will be a one-day workshop at CSCW 2014. Participants will be invited based on submitted position statements. Participants will be asked to read all accepted position papers and a small number of articles before the workshop. The morning will be dedicated to exploring themes of potential broader significance that emerge from participants’ various research efforts. Based on the position statements, we will invite some participants to present at the workshop a thematic story, a narrative that highlights a surprising or meaningful insight, drawn from either research experiences or stories found in the literature. In the afternoon we will review and synthesize the themes that emerged from the discussions in the morning’s thematic stories session. We aim to collect and assess themes to identify topics that may serve as focal points in a special journal issue and/or constitute important open research questions. We will then move on to brainstorm how open questions can be turned into fundable research proposals and what funding organizations may be interested in funding the proposed research. The finale of the workshop will be a late afternoon excursion to the Maryland Science Center (http://www.mdsci.org/) providing opportunity for informal networking.
Submission ========== To be admitted to the workshop, submit a 2-page position paper by November 15, 2013 that includes the following elements: 1) The description of a theme of particular interest that is related to the workshop topic. 2) A concrete story that illustrates your chosen theme and draws from your own research (qualitative or quantitative) or from the literature. 3) Three references to relevant literature and a sentence or two for each that ties the reference to the selected theme of the story. 4) A reflection on why you are interested in this particular theme. 5) A brief bio and link to a website with further background about your research. Please email your application in pdf format to t.velden [at] umich.edu and use the phrase: cscw14workshop application in the subject line of your email. Based on these position statements the organizing committee will select participants based on the engaging nature of the stories presented, topic diversity, and workshop balance.
Workshop Organizers =================== Theresa Velden, University of Michigan Matthew J. Bietz, University of California, Irvine E. Ilana Diamant, University of Washington James D. Herbsleb, Carnegie Mellon University James Howison, University of Texas at Austin David Ribes, Georgetown University Stephanie B. Steinhardt, Cornell University Questions? E-mail Theresa Velden at tvelden [at] umich.edu with question
Call for Papers, INTERSECT: Network for Neuro-Cultures Graduate Conference
February 21 2014 to February 23 2014 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Deadline: October 15 2013
Updated: August 08 2013
Theme: Neural Initiatives: Neuropolitics, Technoscience, and the Dynamic Brain
Keynote Speaker: Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Director of the Disability Studies Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Description: In April 2013, President Obama announced the launch of the BRAIN Initiative as part of his administration’s commitment to supporting and encouraging groundbreaking projects in science and technology. Likened to the Human Genome Project, the BRAIN Initiative seeks to accelerate the “development and application of innovative technologies” so that “researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space” (http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/).
The hope is that mapping out the entire activity of the human brain will inspire new understandings of complex neural processes, such as decision making and information processing and storage, as well as new methods for treating, curing, and preventing brain disease.
This large-scale initiative to develop new technologies for investigating how the brain changes and functions raises critical questions about agency, embodiment, gender, disability, bioethics and biopolitics, and other issues concerning identity and selfhood that are core areas of inquiry for the sciences and humanities alike. What are the sociopolitical, economic, technoscientific, and biochemical forces motivating studies, representations, and enactments of neural processes? In what ways can we historically situate the BRAIN Initiative in relation to past projects that have revolutionized popular and scientific discourses on brain dynamics? How can we reimagine and reconfigure the communities and tools that are granted access to the study of brain dynamics such that it remains a fruitful epistemological endeavor but expands its ethical, cultural, and historical consciousness?
Presentation topics include, but are not limited to, the following: - Neuroplasticity and Neurodynamics - (Epi)Genetics - Cognitive Disability, Mental Illness, and Neuropharmaceuticals - Memory, Perception, and Information Processing - Affect and Emotion - Agency, Free Will, and Determinism - Neurotechnologies and Technoscience - The Neurodisciplines (e.g., neurotheology, neuroethics, neuropolitics, neuroeconomics) - Transdisciplinary Research Designs
International conference on climate adaptation and resilience
February 24 2014 to February 25 2014 | Bremen, Germany
Updated: August 08 2013
International Conference hosted by ‘nordwest2050’ . We want regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience! Dealing with climate change impacts is one of the great challenges of the 21st century and its importance is only just being discovered. The challenges arise from uncertainties in climate change and its impacts, from the long time-horizon, from regionally widely varying vulnerabilities, and from a lack in public awareness. Notwithstanding the challenges of adapting to climate change, the long time horizon and the inherent uncertainties suggest to adopt a wider frame of reference for adaptation. When systems are redesigned to be adaptive to climate change, it seems wise to design them better adapted to uncertainty and surprise in general: i.e. to make them more resilient. Therefore, the conference seeks to foster an exchange between the discourses on resilience and adaptation to climate impacts.
Corresponding to the necessity of gaining profounder knowledge of local and regional contexts of adaptation, the conference puts a particular focus on regional approaches and strategies identifying similarities and differences. Recently, numerous regional climate change adaption strategies and measures have been developed. Regional adaptation to climate change impacts depend on localized assessments of vulnerabilities and regional capacities to develop and implement necessary measures. Thus, the conference will bring together experiences from different regions and strives to develop lessons for other regions. The scientific sessions will be arranged around three main topics: *
Analysing impacts and assessing vulnerabilities * Designing and testing solutions for climate adaptation and resilience * Implementing climate adaptation and paths to a resilient future What we have done: ‘nordwest2050’ – Climate adaptation and resilience in northwestern Germany Over the past five years the transdisciplinary project ‘nordwest2050’ has developed methods, strategies and implemented projects to face changing climate conditions in northwestern Germany. Based on experience and findings from various actors involved (science, economy, politics and public administration) we arrange this conference to discuss regional methods and strategies as pathways to a resilient future. Therefore, a second stream of the conference will set the focus on regional adaption strategies and innovative solutions. The experience of ‘nordwest2050’ resulted in recommendations for regional decision makers summarized in the “Roadmap of Change” – a strategy plan for a climate-proof and resilient region.
This Roadmap will also be presented during the conference. Who should attend? The conference is open to all relevant contributions. We are especially inviting contributions on successful socio-economic and socio-technical innovations from coastal regions (call for papers will follow soon on our website).
We are not only inviting scientists but also Business representatives - Public administrators - Politicians (local, regional and national) and Representatives from Non-governmental Organizations! What you will learn about! Research findings from various projects – Analytical methods for assessing vulnerabilities – Hands-on technical and social innovative solutions to cope with climate change - Long-term strategies and action plans for climate adaptation - Roadmaps towards a resilient future
International Conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience Towards
February 24 2014 to February 25 2014 | Bremen, Germany
Deadline: October 31 2013
Updated: September 11 2013
Dealing with climate change impacts is one of the great challenges of the 21st century and its importance is only just being discovered. The challenges arise from uncertainties in climate change and its impacts, from the long time-horizon, from regionally widely varying vulnerabilities, and from a lack in public awareness. Notwithstanding the challenges of adapting to climate change, the long time horizon and the inherent uncertainties suggest to adopt a wider frame of reference for adaptation. When systems are redesigned to be adaptive to climate change, it seems wise to design them better adapted to uncertainty and surprise in general: i.e. to make them more resilient. Therefore, the conference seeks to foster an exchange between the discourses on resilience and adaptation to climate impacts.
We thus cordially invite presentations and poster on the three main topics ‘Analysing impacts and assessing vulnerabilities’, ‘Designing and testing solutions for climate adaptation and resilience’ and ‘Implementing climate adaptation and paths to a resilient future’ (detailed information below). The International conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and Resiliencis open to all relevant contributions. We are especially interested in contributions on socio-economic and socio-technical innovations from coastal regions. Theme 1: Analysing impacts and assessing vulnerabilities Global climate models deliver the background for assessing regional impacts and vulnerabilities in the course of climate adaptation. However, there are a number of challenges involved that make the assessment on the regional level difficult and leads to uncertain results. One of the major challenges lies in scaling down global climate change effects to the regional and local level and analyse their potential impacts, while another challenge lies in assessing the future local and regional adaptive capacity for socio-economic systems that are in constant evolution. There are many more challenges, e.g. resulting from inherent uncertainties of climate and impact models, difficulties in evaluating extreme event statistics, and structural vulnerabilities that may compound climate change vulnerabilities.
For this theme we would like to invite contributions that address one or more of the following questions: · How to deal with uncertainties in the regional impact and vulnerability assessment stemming from various sources (model uncertainties, downscaling problems, extreme event statistics, etc.)? · How to assess future impacts on social systems (e.g. regions or industry sectors) and their adaptive capacity when they are in constant evolution? · How to include structural information on regional systems in the assessment in order to capture the systemic and indirect impacts of climate change? Theme 2: Designing and testing solutions for regional climate adaptation and resilience Solutions for climate adaptation have to be found within the complexities of specific regional setups. Starting from the analysis of potential impacts and the assessment of adaptive capacity, solutions need to be designed that help regions to adapt to climate change with all the long-term uncertainties associated with this.
Solutions must thus be robust, flexible and at the same time cost-effective. Ideal solutions will not only address climate change issues, but increase the regional system’s overall resilience. Even if they do not achieve improvements in all fields, they will not substantially decrease the system’s performance or capacity: they should be no-regret measures. Before they are implemented, they also need to be tested or otherwise verified to work. Monitoring and evaluation schemes need to be developed alongside that measure the effects of the solutions on such complex scales as vulnerability, adaptation and resilience. For this track we invite contributions that address one or more of the following questions: · How can knowledge on potential impacts, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of regional systems or specific actors groups as e.g. companies or communities be used to find and design solutions for climate adaptation and regional resilience? · How can such solutions be properly tested and evaluated before being implemented on a larger scale? · How can monitoring and evaluation schemes be designed that capture the success of these solutions in terms of reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience? Theme 3: Implementing climate adaptation and paths to a resilient future After solutions have been found, they need to be implemented into the regional systems or by specific actors like public agencies, private companies, industry networks etc., whether these are infrastructure systems, ecosystems, governance systems or any other component of the region. Implementation has to be done with care, since adaptation measures will very likely conflict with other long-term development goals. There will also be synergies to be exploited, not to the least with climate protection. Implementation has thus to be organized as to minimize conflicts and costs and maximize co-benefits with other developmental goals for the region.
Since measures for adaptation and resilience will have to be carried out on the level of single organizations (administrative units, companies etc.) or on the local to regional level, they need to have a broad support not only from various levels of the regional governance systems, but also from the public. It is to be debated, whether climate adaptation should be pursued as a stand-alone goal, or whether it is wiser to streamline climate adaptation into all other regional planning processes. For this track we would like to invite contributions that address one or more of the following questions: · How can solutions for climate adaptation, organizational and regional resilience be implemented as to maximise synergies and co-benefits with other regional developmental goals while minimizing costs? · How can implementation be organized as to get the broadest possible support of regional governance systems, the private sector and the public? · What are the arguments for and against streamlining climate adaptation and resilience into other regional development processes as opposed to pursuing it as a stand-alone goal? How to submit an abstract Prospective participants should submit an abstract of no more than 400 words on our website
The deadline for submission is Thursday October 31th 2013. Scientific committee: Prof. Dr. Benno Rothstein, University of Applied Sciences Konstanz, Germany, Prof. Dr. Katrien Termeer, Wagenigen University, Netherlands Prof. Dr. Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Univeristy of Osnabrueck, Germany Dr. Dave Huitema, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
International Conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and
February 24 2014 to February 25 2014 | Bremen, Germany
Deadline: November 15 2013
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Updated: November 10 2013
Dealing with climate change impacts is one of the great challenges of the 21st century and its importance is only just being discovered. The challenges arise from uncertainties in climate change and its impacts, from the long time-horizon, from regionally widely varying vulnerabilities, and from a lack in public awareness. Notwithstanding the challenges of adapting to climate change, the long time horizon and the inherent uncertainties suggest to adopt a wider frame of reference for adaptation. When systems are redesigned to be adaptive to climate change, it seems wise to design them better adapted to uncertainty and surprise in general: i.e. to make them more resilient. Therefore, the conference seeks to foster an exchange between the discourses on resilience and adaptation to climate impacts. We thus cordially invite presentations and poster on the three main topics ‘Analysing impacts and assessing vulnerabilities’, ‘Designing and testing solutions for climate adaptation and resilience’ and ‘Implementing climate adaptation and paths to a resilient future’ (detailed information below).
The International conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience will take place from February 24th until February 25th 2014 in Bremen, Germany and is open to all relevant contributions. We are especially interested in contributions on socio-economic and socio-technical innovations from coastal regions. Theme 1: Analysing impacts and assessing vulnerabilities Global climate models deliver the background for assessing regional impacts and vulnerabilities in the course of climate adaptation. However, there are a number of challenges involved that make the assessment on the regional level difficult and leads to uncertain results. One of the major challenges lies in scaling down global climate change effects to the regional and local level and analyse their potential impacts, while another challenge lies in assessing the future local and regional adaptive capacity for socio-economic systems that are in constant evolution.
There are many more challenges, e.g. resulting from inherent uncertainties of climate and impact models, difficulties in evaluating extreme event statistics, and structural vulnerabilities that may compound climate change vulnerabilities. For this theme we would like to invite contributions that address one or more of the following questions: * How to deal with uncertainties in the regional impact and vulnerability assessment stemming from various sources (model uncertainties, downscaling problems, extreme event statistics, etc.)? * How to assess future impacts on social systems (e.g. regions or industry sectors) and their adaptive capacity when they are in constant evolution? * How to include structural information on regional systems in the assessment in order to capture the systemic and indirect impacts of climate change? Theme 2: Designing and testing solutions for regional climate adaptation and resilience Solutions for climate adaptation have to be found within the complexities of specific regional setups. Starting from the analysis of potential impacts and the assessment of adaptive capacity, solutions need to be designed that help regions to adapt to climate change with all the long-term uncertainties associated with this. '
Solutions must thus be robust, flexible and at the same time cost-effective. Ideal solutions will not only address climate change issues, but increase the regional system’s overall resilience. Even if they do not achieve improvements in all fields, they will not substantially decrease the system’s performance or capacity: they should be no-regret measures. Before they are implemented, they also need to be tested or otherwise verified to work. Monitoring and evaluation schemes need to be developed alongside that measure the effects of the solutions on such complex scales as vulnerability, adaptation and resilience. For this track we invite contributions that address one or more of the following questions:
* How can knowledge on potential impacts, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of regional systems or specific actor groups as e.g. companies or communities be used to find and design solutions for climate adaptation and regional resilience? * How can such solutions be properly tested and evaluated before being implemented on a larger scale? * How can monitoring and evaluation schemes be designed that capture the success of these solutions in terms of reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience? Theme 3: Implementing climate adaptation and paths to a resilient future After solutions have been found, they need to be implemented into the regional systems or by specific actors as public agencies, private companies, industry networks etc., whether these are infrastructure systems, ecosystems, governance systems or any other component of the region. Implementation has to be done with care, since adaptation measures will very likely conflict with other long-term development goals. There will also be synergies to be exploited, not to the least with climate protection. Implementation has thus to be organized as to minimize conflicts and costs and maximize co-benefits with other developmental goals for the region.
Since measures for adaptation and resilience will have to be carried out on the level of single organizations (administrative units, companies etc.) or on the local to regional level, they need to have a broad support not only from various levels of the regional governance systems, but also from the public. It is to be debated, whether climate adaptation should be pursued as a stand-alone goal, or whether it is wiser to streamline climate adaptation into all other regional planning processes. For this track we would like to invite contributions that address one or more of the following questions: * How can solutions for climate adaptation, organizational and regional resilience be implemented as to maximise synergies and co-benefits with other regional developmental goals while minimizing costs? * How can implementation be organized as to get the broadest possible support of regional governance systems, the private sector and the public? * What are the arguments for and against streamlining climate adaptation and resilience into other regional development processes as opposed to pursuing it as a stand-alone goal? How to submit an abstract Prospective participants should submit an abstract of no more than 400 words on our website.
Fields of Inquiry: Science Crossing Scales, Epistemologies, and Environments
March 07 2014 to March 08 2014 | UC Berkeley's Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (http://cstms.berkeley.edu) and Office for History of Science
Deadline: January 15 2014
Updated: December 03 2013
Graduate students and early career Ph.D.s from across the humanities and social sciences whose work focuses on the study of science in society are invited to submit proposals for this interdisciplinary graduate student conference to be held at UC Berkeley in Spring 2014. We welcome proposals that chal- lenge scales, epistemologies, and environments, that is to say the “space and place” of science, in ways that advance the un- derstanding of the relationship between science and society. Panelists will broadly discuss the relationships between sci- ence and space. Possible topics include: natural environments; private and public spaces; architectural artifacts; and laboratory and fieldwork. In addition to presentations of research, some conference panels will discuss the pedagogical aspects of research techniques, particularly in STEM fields, including K-12 and undergraduate.
CFP: Body Burdens, Biomonitoring, and Biocitizenship
March 12 2014 to March 14 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Deadline: June 20 2013
Updated: May 10 2013
Since at least the publication of Silent Spring, scientists, policy-makers, and the general public has focused on pollution in the environment as the object of regulation and control, a source of fear and anxiety, and the subject of scientific testing. As technologies, analytical detection limits, and eco-populist, anti-toxic movements have developed over the decades, scrutiny has increasingly turned to the pollution in the body, captured by the notion of a “body burden:” the presence of industrial chemicals or radiation in the body. Body burdens become legible through practices of biomonitoring, and sometimes through claims of biocitizenship - through which life becomes the basis for making demands on the state (Murphy 2008, Petryna 2002).
This panel seeks to bring scholars into a conversation on the history of the concept of body burdens and the practices of biomonitoring. In particular, how has notion of a body burden challenged or remade older scientific, legal, and policy frameworks on pollution, encouraged new understandings of the porosities of bodies, and altered the everyday experience of toxic risk and ambiguity? Synthetic chemicals in bodies raise questions about the assumed boundaries between bodies and environments, between industrial and personal spaces, and between “matter out of place,” “matters of course” and “matters of concern” in an environment saturated with industrial processes. The concept of body burdens also raise questions about the relationship between exposure and harm, the nature of informed consent, and vulnerabilities within heterogenous populations.
The practices of biomonitoring can enable the democratization of knowledge of environmental toxicity but also the individualization of risk - particularly in the absence of effective state regulation of industrial chemicals. Finally, given that all humans now carry some form of body burden, notions of health and safety premised on acute exposures are shifting to notions of chronic exposure, though this shift is occurring unevenly across stakeholder groups (Kai 1994). We are seeking 10-15 minute presentations for the American Society for Environmental History conference.
Global STS: Exploring Transnational Dimensions of Science, Technology, and Society
March 14 2014 to March 15 2014 | NTU campus in Singapore
Deadline: January 15 2014
Updated: November 04 2013
In marking the 10th Anniversary of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, the Humanities, Science, and Society Research Cluster (HSS@HSS) will hold an international conference.
For the past forty years, the field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) has significantly contributed to our understanding of how science and technology mutually interact with society. Numerous concepts, frameworks, and theories have been developed by STS scholars but only a few touch upon the transnational dimensions of scientific production and technological development. The production system of science and technology has expanded beyond nation-state borders and implications and repercussions of technoscientific risk are rapidly spreading at the global scale
. The conference aims to take STS across new frontiers where the global features of science and technology that increasingly shape the future of society in the 21st century are critically examined. Can we build better explanations to understand rapid developments of science and technology in the globalized society? How have transnational networks of scientific systems transformed epistemological contents and practices of science? How should the notion of technological politics be applied in diverse political regimes across the globe?
These questions provide the grounds for exploring what we might consider as “Global STS”. The conference aims to provide a venue for an interdisciplinary interaction between sociologists, historians, anthropologist, philosophers, and political scientists to examine how precisely globalization shifts the structures and cultures of technoscientific production and how transnationalization of technoscience produce far-reaching implications on the globalized society in terms of the application and commercialization of scientific knowledge and technical systems. As today's world is marked by the rise of Asia as a new center of technoscience production, we also invite STS researchers to probe the future development of STS looking into Asia's influences on global technoscientific enterprises in the 21st century. As an academic event, the conference seeks to extend the existing STS scholarship in exploring new territories to unpack science-technology-society relations, taking into account the histories, cultures, and institutions that mark the global contestation of technoscience. Topics of interest include but not limited to: * · Transnational Technoscience * · Sustainability and Global Development * · Risk and Disaster * · New Media and Game Studies * · Large-scale Infrastructures * · Gender and Technoscience * · Cities and Urban Systems * · Future Energy * · Health and Biomedicine * · Governance and Institutions Selected conference papers will be collected and published in an edited volume or a special issue for international circulation.
Keynote Speaker Wiebe E. Bijker is professor of Technology & Society at the University of Maastricht. Professor Bijker is the author of “Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change” and a co-editor of influential volumes such as “The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology”, “Shaping Technology/ Building Society. Studies in Sociotechnical Change”, and “Paradox of Scientific Authority: the Role of Scientific Advice in Democracies”. He is former president of the Society for Social Studies of Science and the recipient of the 2012 Leonardo da Vince Medal awarded by the Society for the History of Technology.
CFP: Sixth Annual Conference of the STS Society in Taiwan
March 22 2014 to March 23 2014 | National Chiao-Tung University, College of Hakka Studies, Hsin-chu, Taiwan
Deadline: September 20 2013
Updated: September 11 2013
Theme: Creating Appropriate Technology, Mobilizing Social Transformation The idea of appropriate technology started with Mahatma Gandhi, and was expanded by E. F. Schumacher. The main idea of appropriate technology is to closely fit into the natural and social resources of a society, as well as its cultural, social and economic conditions. Given the concept of risk society and vulnerability in modern world, appropriate technology is connecting with sustainability as the new way of seeing the suitable way of using resources and developing technology. In this conference, we welcome proposals on appropriate technology, asking the following questions: what kind of historical and geographic context results in the specific types of appropriate technologies to solve certain problems? What kind of mechanism of technology helps to promote the realization of certain ideas for the application of appropriate technology?
In the case of contemporary Taiwan, what special conditions of climate, geography, culture, economy, politics and history help to shape the types of technologies adopted in Taiwan? This conference invites papers and proposals that delve into the making of the concept of appropriate technology, as well as the issues in contemporary Taiwan. Proposal guidelines: 1. Standard conference paper format. 2. Fit into the theme of 2014 annual conference: Creating Appropriate Technology, Mobilizing Social Transformation. 3. Subjects and topics are not limited, as long as the subjects fit into the concept of STS and appropriate technology. 4. Proposal submitters are encouraged to form panels, which can be presented in the format of full papers, working papers, or a forum for discussion.
CFP: When Nature and Numbers (Don’t) Meet—Symposium
April 04 2014 to April 06 2014 | Holtz Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Deadline: November 14 2013
Updated: November 04 2013
The Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies will host a three-day symposium on the intersections and tensions between sensory or emotive experiences of nature and the bureaucratic, political, and scientific quantification of the environment. Scholarly work from humanities and social science perspectives, and topics on a broad range of time periods and geographies, are welcome. We are especially interested in reflexive moments when numbers become lived experience; moments of cooptation when quantification appropriates the language of experience; and moments of resistance when the mismatch between experience and quantification overwhelms the discussion. Potential research questions include: How is nature defined and valued, and for or by whom? How have sensory and emotive experiences of the environment been translated into numerical or monetary terms, and are there examples of the reverse phenomenon? When and why have environmentalists adopted numbers or monetary values for conservation ends, and what are the trade-offs of this approach compared to, for example, arguments for the intrinsic value(s) of nature? Who has determined the correspondence between qualitative and quantitative measures of value? How? To what end? How have the values societies ascribe to nature changed over time, how are social and political conflicts over these values adjudicated, and what has been the role of scientific expertise?
14th Annual Graduate Student Conference
April 04 2014 to April 05 2014 | Washington, DC
Deadline: November 30 2013
Updated: November 04 2013
STGLOBAL CONSORTIUM Bridging boundaries between Science & Technology Studies & Policy
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 Science & Technology in Society: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference MISSION PARTNERS: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) The National Academies (NAS)
The 4th International Conference on Mobile Communication for Development (M4D)
April 08 2014 to April 09 2014 | Dakar, Senegal, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD)
Deadline: October 01 2013
Updated: September 11 2013
We are happy to announce two exiting keynotes at the M4D2014 conference. Professor Laura Stark from University of Jyväskylä in Finland who will talk about ethnographic approaches to mobile use among the very poor. Our second keynote is Anne Shongwe, founder and CEO of Afroes Transformational Multi-Media & Consulting. Anne has worked with several governments across Africa and South-East Asia as well as with UN, Bill and Melinda Gates foundations and the Nelson Mandela Childrens fund to mention a few. We are also happy to announce that we are going to organize workshop for PhD students attending the conference with among others the two keynotes, Jonathan Donner from Microsoft Research and Rich Ling from IT University Copenhagen and Telenor research. A separate call will follow this autumn. M4D2014 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication for Development.
M4D2014 will combine two days of plenary parallel paper sessions, panel sessions, short presentations, posters and workshops. This conference is the fourth in the M4D biennial series following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and the 3rd in New Delhi, India in 2012. How to Participate? M4D2014 welcomes participants from academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations. If you want to submit a paper, there are two different options. Research papers (8-12 pages including references) will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on theory craftsmanship and analytical rigor. Articles considering critical approaches and theoretical development will be prioritized. The practitioner’s track is open to practitioners to present their experiences, cases and policies (4-5 pages). These contributions do not have to be guided by academic theory and critical analysis.
All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings and allocated a presentation slot. Presenting with Posters, in Short Track or Parallel Sessions? Accepted papers with best reviews will be allocated longer presentation slots in parallel sessions. The other accepted papers will be allocated shorter presentation slots in short track sessions that will be followed by poster sessions. Accepted paper presenters should thus be prepared to bring posters with them. Poster size max. 80x120 cm. Roll-ups are also allowed. You can also participate by organizing a workshop. Workshops submissions for proceedings (2 pages) must contain: title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives.
Finally, there is also the possibility to only submit a poster or a demo (1-page extended abstract). We are particularly interested in (but not limited to): mLearning mLivelihood mAgriculture mHealth mParticipation mGovernance mInnovation mDemocracy Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceeding will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Cheikh Anta Diop and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad.
Smart grids and the social sciences
April 10 2014 to April 11 2014 | Trondheim, Norway. Dragvoll Campus.
Deadline: February 05 2014
Updated: December 03 2013
Over the last decade or so, the smart grid has emerged as a central theme in almost any discussion about electricity. Digitizing the electricity grid and electricity consumption is often described as key to raise user awareness about electricity consumption. In turn, this user awareness should result in altered practices of electricity consumption, markets that are more efficient, reduced workloads on grids and lower needs to invest in new electricity production capacity. Further, the smart grid should facilitate the gradual transitions that many societies strive to make from fossil-intensive societies to renewable, low-carbon societies. In sum, smart grids are generally seen as win-win-win systems with benefits for individuals, households, the economy, technological systems and the climate.
Much of this optimism is anchored in technical research and engineer-based calculations on technical potential, or on economic calculations with regard to what is often called user flexibility. The practical work on smart grid development echoes this: the focus is typically technology-centric. However, in recent years we have seen an increase in social-scientific research engaging in critical dialogue with this development. The workshop is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of such research.
We invite scholarly contributions from the social sciences and humanities who work empirically or theoretically with smart grids. The workshop will be a forum to discuss and share our research across social scientific disciplines and perspectives. Possible topics at the workshop include, but are not limited to:
Discourses and visions of the smart grid . Energy policy, technology regulation and smart grid developments . Public acceptance, public engagement, public resistance . User studies of smart grid technologies and electricity consumption practices . Smart grids and energy markets . Smart grids and "big data": Privacy, surveillance and market opportunities . Smart grid as innovation: new business models, new technology and new actors in the energy sector . Smart grids and the ICT industry . Electric vehicles and the smartgrid: practices, challenges and opportunities . Smart energy transitions? Renewables and Smartgrids . Social scientific methodologies and theories: how should we study and understand smart grids?
We are delighted to announce that Kirsten Gram-Hansen, Tom Hargreaves and Yolande Strengers will join us as participants in this workshop and as keynote speakers for the event. We also have an agreement with the journal Energy Research and Social Science for publication of a special issue based on the contributions to the workshop
Notice of acceptance will be given by February 15th. All participants should submit "Extended abstracts" of 2000-4000 words by April 1st, 2014. These will be discussed at the workshop. Participants should also know that they might be called to act as discussants to one of the other papers given at the workshop.
Instructions and further information will be provided in due time. A selection of papers from the workshop will be invited to submit a full research paper for publication in a special issue on smart grids and the social sciences.
The workshop is a collaborative effort between the research centers CenSES and ZEB. It will be hosted by the Smartgrids in society research group headed by Thomas Berker and Marianne Ryghaug at dept. of interdisciplinary studies of culture, NTNU.
Surveillance & Society Conference
April 24 2014 to April 25 2014 | Barcelona
Deadline: September 30 2013
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Updated: September 06 2013
CALL FOR REGISTRATION OF INTEREST AND ABSTRACTS
Contemporary surveillance is characterised by ambiguities and asymmetries. Surveillance results from different desires and rationales: control, governance, security, profit, efficiency but also care, empowerment, resistance, and play. Furthermore it can have both positive and negative outcomes for individuals and these may lead to intended or unintended consequences. Surveillance is never neutral. Surveillance is always about power and that power is increasingly asymmetric. Surveillance practices are also changing and as 'smart' surveillance systems proliferate utilising and generating 'Big Data' new forms of ambiguity and asymmetry arise. In this context the conference wishes to explore the following key themes:
KEY THEMES INCLUDE
Smart surveillance Democracy and surveillance Resilience and surveillance Cultures and histories of surveillance Representations of Surveillance in Film/Art/Literature/Media Surveillance and empowerment Surveillance and human rights Surveillance in knowledge economies Regulating surveillance Surveillance, privacy and data-protection Participatory surveillance and police surveillance of online social networks Surveillance, games and play Theories of surveillance Ethics of surveillance Gender and surveillance Algorithmic surveillance Politics and governance of surveillance Surveillance and big data STS approaches to surveillance Surveillance and sports Resistance to surveillance Non-technological surveillance Surveillance and mobility
31 May 2013 First call for papers and intent issued 25 September 2013 1st deadline submission of abstracts 30 September 2013 Electronic booking form available - formal registration and payment 22 November 2013 Notification to participants about decisions on abstracts 25 March 2014 Submission full papers 25 March 2014 Final Deadline for registration and payment for all conference attendees without late booking surcharge 7 April 2014 Papers published on Web available to all registered conference attendees 24-25 April 2014 Conference
Energy and Economy
April 24 2014 to April 26 2014 | Austin, TX
Deadline: November 01 2013
Updated: October 06 2013
Anthropologists have a long, if uneven, history of engagement with studies of energy and economy – from the use of wind in ancient exchange and the effects of domestication on production, to the contemporary dependence on the consumption of fossil fuels. While Leslie White most explicitly incorporated energy in his mid-century macroevolutionary model, the discipline’s engagements with energy and economy include a wide variety of approaches ranging from cultural ecology and systems-based theories to political ecology and ecofeminism.
Despite these diverse engagements, economistic understandings of the relationship between energy and economy continue to dominate the intellectual and policy landscape. Anthropological insights, however, make it clear that actual human engagements with energy almost never follow a simple logic of economic efficiency. What can the historical, material and ethnographic records tell us about the empirical relationships between the environment, economy, culture, and energy use? Better analysis of these mutually influencing relationships enriches scholarship and has critical policy relevance – particularly given the urgent need for a transition to less carbon-intensive energy sources.
Human societies have always relied on continued resource inputs, yet explicit consideration of energy is often neglected in social scientific work. Perhaps this is due to energy’s invisibility – its doxic, taken-for-granted flow as mysterious to most people as its effects are profound and ubiquitous. Uneven social, political economic, and environmental impacts simultaneously accompany these flows in a global circuitry of energy and trade that is as cultural as it is physical, bringing different, intersecting forms of power into perspective.
Energy flows, then, are at the very foundations of economic provision and therefore provide a compelling lens through which to examine the economic affairs of any society.
We are especially keen on stimulating interdisciplinary engagement with the meeting theme. SEA 2014 is thus planned in conjunction with the SAA meetings in Austin, Texas and we strongly encourage submissions from archaeologists, and other anthropologists, as well as economists, historians and other scholars of the human condition. Texas will provide a particularly relevant backdrop for SEA 2014 given the state’s notable energy resources and significant influence on US and global energy policy. Austin is an especially pleasant setting, with delightful spring weather and a vibrant music scene.
We welcome anthropologically informed and theoretically relevant papers and posters that address (but are certainly not limited to) the following questions:
Economic Theory: concepts, method, professional practice, interdisciplinarity
What fundamental reorientations of theory and method are needed to widen appreciation of humanity’s past, present and future dependence on energy flows? What theories and methodologies are most useful for understanding shifts between energy regimes? What are the most promising ethnographic frontiers for understanding the transition away from the fossil fuel era? How can a long-term perspective incorporating non-industrial societies bolster how we envision energy flows and human-environmental relations? How might we best think about vulnerability, sustainability and resilience? Should economic anthropologists resume measuring food, fuel and labor in terms related to advances in environmental economics or human ecology? How might renewed attention to energy reunite or reconfigure four-field anthropology?
Production: environmental interfaces, labor, work, societal structuring
How can we best categorize diversity in the cultural and material production of energy – from energy used to fuel human labor and the fire used to smelt iron, to the biological, nuclear and solar technologies now being explored? How have prehistoric and more contemporary social groups resisted particular energy regimes even when technological or labor capacities may have allowed them? What role has energy played in the development and reorganization of societies? How have historical and contemporary energy regimes shaped and been shaped by social and political relations? What are the physical, social, cultural, political and economic ramifications of extracting, processing and using carbon-intensive fuels and growing renewable electricity?
Exchange: energy, social circuitry, markets, commodification
How has energy affected the ways market and non-market exchange shapes social connection and dislocation? How do we best account for the energy embodied in goods and services exchanged? How are gender, age, kinship, class and other dimensions of social organization related to energy? What are the possibilities for incorporating externalities in market-based efforts to speed energy transitions? What are the impacts when we commodify resources necessary for life? How is money related to energy flow?
Consumption: style, status, decision making
How are habitus, consumption styles, status desires, and imaginaries related to the flow of energy involved in people’s ongoing construction of meaning and identity? How can energy and other resource demand from a growing middle class in BRIC and other countries be understood and accommodated? How might we interpret flat to declining energy use in the OECD/developed countries? What can economic anthropologists contribute to understanding peoples’ use of renewable energy technologies, distributed energy, smart grids, private electricity generation, etc.?
Economic & Energy Transitions: governance, finance, movements and the future
What precedents in the archaeological and historical record could help us understand the economic and social implications of slow vs. sudden shocks in energy supply? What is the minimum net energy surplus needed for societal functioning, and how useful is net energy analysis in our fields? What roles do debt and finance, including bubbles, play in the creation and reproduction of existing and potential energy regimes? How are modes of political and economic governance related to control over past, present and future energies? What is expertise, and how do experts affect the forecasting of possible energy futures? How are war and militaries part of past and future energy transitions? How have/can social movements shape(d) energy cultures?
At the annual conference, the SEA always welcomes posters on any topic in economic anthropology. Students and scholars whose work may not fit the central theme of the meeting are encouraged to submit a poster.
The special poster session during the meeting is inclusive and a major event of the SEA conference.
The SEA meetings provide a rare opportunity for a focused and coherent program of presentation, with time for critical discussion in a convivial intellectual setting. Papers are selected for a program that allows 15-20 minutes for presentation and 15-20 minutes for discussion in plenary sessions over two days; additional abstracts will be selected for the poster session. Papers from the SEA annual will be considered for publication in the society’s journal: Economic Anthropology. Submitting a paper for the plenary session represents a commitment that you wish to be considered for inclusion in the journal. We encourage archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, economists, and other scholars concerned with the meeting theme to submit abstracts.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS STS Conference Graz 2014
May 05 2014 to May 06 2014 | GRAZ, AUSTRIA
Deadline: January 31 2014
Updated: November 10 2013
“Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies”
We invite interested researchers in the areas of science and technology 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 special sessions.
CONFERENCE THEMES - Gendered careers and disciplinary cultures in science and technology - Life Sciences/Biotechnology - Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems - Challenges in Green Public Procurement Research - Sustainable Food Systems SPECIAL SESSIONS -- Special Session 1: Social justice and Diversity -- Special Session 2: Energy systems in transition – strategies of incumbent actors -- Special Session 3: Energy Consumption in Organizational Settings -- Special Session 4: Foodscapes Beyond the Alternative/Conventional Food Networks Binary -- Special Session 5: Key Concepts of Agro-Food Studies -- Special Session 6: Bodies – Technologies – Gender -- Special Session 7: The politics of ICTs -- Special Session 8: Inside the Parliament -- Special Session 9: From STS to SSH: Translating STS concepts for the study of social sciences and humanities (SSH) -- Special Session 10: Societal discourse on Synthetic Biology
Changing Life in Times of Crisis
May 18 2014 to May 21 2014 | Old Fire Station, Woods Hole MA, USA
Deadline: January 31 2014
Updated: December 03 2013
New England Workshop on Science and Social Change
In this four-day workshop participants will create spaces, interactions, and support in formulating plans to extend our own projects of inquiry and engagement around "changing life in times of crisis." As at http://sicw.wikispaces.com/newssc14 a wid,e range of projects might fit under this intentionally broad topic. 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 or activities (15 or 45 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.
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. Newcomers and return participants are welcome.
*The workshop format will allow for a limited number of participants over the internet.
2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics’2014
May 23 2014 to May 24 2014 | Chicago Marriott O'Hare, Chicago, IL, USA
Updated: June 24 2013
The Symposium's main theme is "Ethics – A Challenge to the Scientific and Engineering Community". With the evolution of science, technology and engineering, ethical problems often arise. Ethics and ethical conduct have become a critical issue in the 21st Century. The IEEE Ethics'2014 Symposium aims to respond to the needs and aspirations of a rising global professional community and to promote highest standards of ethical conduct among its members.
The Symposium will offer a rich scientific program of highest quality, including but not limited to such topics as Ethics Fundamentals, Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering Disciplines, Ethics, Morality, Law and Culture, Ethics, Society and Environment and Ethics and Education. The Symposium is aimed at scientists, engineers, technologists, but also philosophers, ethicists, lawyers, and other professionals or people who have deep interest in ethics in science, technology and engineering. We invite you to take this opportunity to share your research – theoretical, practical and case studies. Attached please find the first announcement and call for papers for the Symposium. Please plan to submit your paper proposal now. Prospective authors are welcomed to submit original papers on their latest research results. Papers are to be submitted via our on-line.
Fourth Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication Normative Aspects of Science
May 30 2014 to May 31 2014 | Ames, IA
Deadline: January 15 2014
Updated: November 04 2013
This workshop at Iowa State University continues the discussion of science communication ethics opened in previous events. While the principles of effective communication of science has attracted widespread interest in recent years, attention to normative aspects of the interactions among scientists, professional communicators, and publics has lagged.
We invite work from relevant disciplines including communication, rhetoric, philosophy, science and technology studies, and the sciences themselves, on topics such as: • What are the underlying goals of science communication? What obligations do scientists have to communicate to broader publics? What institutions and practices meet the demands of social justice? • When everyone can be a (science) journalist, does anything go? What are the obligations of those serving in new roles such as public information officer, science blogger, and advocacy group scientists. • What are the boundaries of appropriate advocacy and responsible promotion? • When are persuasive techniques such as metaphor, narrative, “framing,” and appeals to emotion appropriate in communicating science? • What ethical requirements should govern discussions of risks, benefits, “facts,” and uncertainties? • What are the normative issues in the design of public participation processes? • What normative expectations do various stakeholders in the science communication process have of each other?
Call for Papers 2nd Energy & Society Conference
June 04 2014 to June 06 2014 | Krakow(Jagiellonian University), Krakow, Poland
Deadline: December 15 2013
Updated: December 03 2013
Midterm conference of ESA RN 12, in cooperation with ISA RC 24
Energy Transitions as Societal Transitions: Challenges for the Present and the Future It is clear that energy transitions are strongly linked to wider societal change. Questions remain, however, regarding how these links can be characterized and whether proposed energy transitions currently place enough emphasis on the implied transformations to societal structures, including habits, life styles, social structures and norms. Further, it is unclear whether the extent of change and the sometimes quite radical implications for society are adequately captured in existing attempts to chart transitional pathways.
Two key overarching concerns are at the centre of this conference. First, issues relating to whether non/changing societies are enabling or blocking wider technological or infrastructural transformations. This includes problems of societal acceptance, participation and living cultures, as well as political structures and the nature of contemporary societies (e.g. capitalist, neo-liberal societies). Second, questions about the ways that technological or infrastructural transition intersects with economic, cultural, social, and political routines. This incorporates concerns about environmental justice and capability effects and social sustainability that may be disrupted through technological and infrastructural transition.
We invite all researchers interested in the social aspects of energy transitions to submit abstracts. The conference aims at bringing together researchers interested in the relations between energy and society, providing an opportunity for them to connect with others for the purpose of international exchange and possible research collaboration in this area. The conference will feature a keynote by Elizabeth Shove. In addition to thematic panels of regular paper presentations, the program will include workshops and scheduled time and space for discussions. Additionally, optional excursions will be organized, likely to include a visit to the Laboratory of RES and Energy Safe Technologies or to a Coal Mining site. Submissions We encourage submissions on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to the following: - Energy policies as public policies: social impacts of energy transitions, socially conscious shaping of transitions. - Structural changes to the energy system and changes in society: decentralization, shifts from “big players” to a multitude of actors, from consumer to prosumer. - Energy transition as local project: local initiatives, citizen power plants, local strategies, and the interplay of governance levels. - Conceptual approaches to energy transition research: existing concepts-new applications, innovations in theory. - Energy transition in context: national and regional conditions, paradigms and pathways, energy cultures. - Interlinking socio-technical systems: energy – water, energy – waste, energy – food. - Practice, materiality, energy and social change: innovations in practice, embeddedness, technology and change - Energy poverty, justice and development: energy poverty research and concepts, environmental justice, political and personal conceptions. - Public acceptability: implications for energy system transitions, approaches to understanding acceptability. - Energy demand, markets and innovation: the shaping of demand, implications of energy market innovation for demand.
Science and innovation policy: Dynamics, Challenges, Responsibility and Practice
June 18 2014 to June 20 2014 | Manchester, UK
Deadline: November 05 2013
Updated: October 06 2013
The EU-SPRI conference provides an opportunity to review our research agenda in the broad field of science, technology and innovation policy studies. For the Manchester conference, we hope to encourage creativity and exploration beyond approaches and assumptions that may be reaching the limits of their utility.
Our key concerns are:
· Understanding policy dynamics, and the links between policies, funding patterns, interventions, out-comes and effects
· Understanding the rise of goal, challenge or mission orientation in science and technology policies
· Addressing questions of responsible governance in science and technology policies
· Addressing the challenges of co-ordination and implementation of policies
In this first step, we invite proposals for sessions only. This will be followed in December 2013 by an invitation for papers, both linked to the accepted sessions as well as thematically open papers.
We encourage session proposals that aspire to go beyond the standard approaches. We especially welcome proposals for sessions that genuinely make connections with, and draw real value from, cognate fields such as policy analysis and evaluation studies, science and technology studies, the economics of innovation and development studies.
We have initially identified the following (suggestive rather than exhaustive) list of topics that proposals for con-ference sessions may wish to address:
· Rationales and goals for science and technology policies: Old missions, new missions?
· Where do policies come from, and where do they go? Policy emergence, implementation, diffusion and transfer
· How do we know what works? New approaches to impact assessment and evaluation
· Public or private? State versus non-State actors in the conduct of research and the governance of science and technology
· National science policies and the global scientific enterprise
· Being responsible? The responsible governance of research and innovation, in theory and in practice
· Old actors, new roles? Research performing organisations, research funders, intermediaries and other actors in the research and innovation policy system
· Open science, impact agendas and public engagement: the changing practices of science in the policy context
· The multi-level governance of research and innovation and the challenge of co-ordination
· One size does not fit all? STI policies for less-developed and emerging economies
Each session proposal should outline the topic, broad rationale and state the expectations as to the kinds of con-tributions expected in the actual call.
The overall length of a session proposal should be between 1000 and 1500 words.
The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism
June 30 2014 to July 11 2014 | South Africa
Deadline: November 30 2013
Updated: November 04 2013
The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (under the umbrella of WISER) and the Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (UCHRI) are joining forces in organizing a two-week Workshop on Archives of the Non-Racial.
The Workshop represents in a leading way the innovative modes of working in the human sciences.
The call for participant applications will open in November 2013.
Please visit the website or http://www.jwtc.org.za for details.
CROSSWORLDS: THEORY, DEVELOPMENT, & EVALUATION OF SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY
June 30 2014 to July 01 2014 | Chemnitz, Germany Chemnitz University of Technology
Deadline: January 31 2014
Updated: November 10 2013
Organizers: Research Training Group Crossworlds, Department of Computer Science and Institute for Media Research We invite researchers from various disciplines to submit short papers to CrossWorlds 2014, the 1st international conference on theory, development, and evaluation of social technology. Social technologies include both technologies that directly interact with users (e.g. social robots, virtual agents, assistance systems) and technologies that facilitate the interaction between two or more users (e.g. computer mediated communication, multiplayer games, multitouch tables). Digital technologies have become an inherent part of our society, thus evolving into social actors themselves. This development changed the focus of research from questioning the general potential of technologies to more specific issues. Research from different disciplines addresses topics from modeling social aspects of technology to the design of human-computer interfaces. Following these focused approaches, it becomes even more important to understand the emerging connections between users, contexts and social technologies. The conference addresses this issue and provides a platform for vital discussions about different aspects of social technology. To enable a broad debate on the subject, approaches from various disciplines, methods and perspectives are encouraged. Presentations may feature algorithms, technology, implemented systems, empirical research, and theoretical considerations.
Please make sure, that you remove any author information including author names and references as well as acknowledgments and funding information. However, you should send your author and contact information on a separate cover page for the program committee. Papers should make absolutely clear what the current status of the proposed work is. A preference is given to finished work ready for presentation (note: this also includes theoretical/conceptual papers, if the concept itself is the main subject of presentation). By submitting a paper the authors agree to personally present their research at the conference. Conference Papers will not be published/indexed, but are electronically distributed to the conference attendees. However, selected papers will be invited to extend their papers to full papers to be published in an edited collection of the conference proceedings. Please use the IEEE template for your submission. Further information on the paper layout can be found here: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html Notification of acceptance: 31.03.14 Camera-Ready-Deadline: 13.04.14 Conference: 30.06./01.07.14
XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology
July 13 2014 to July 19 2014 | Yokohama
Deadline: September 30 2013
Updated: September 11 2013
Being jointly convened by RC17 Sociology of Organizations and RC39 Sociology of Disasters. Abstracts can now be submitted via the ISA 2014 site
Yet studies featuring both “organization” and “disaster” have produced very different kinds of accounts of the relationship between the two – sociologists of disaster and sociologists of organization only rarely confronting opportunities, and indeed tensions, that emerge from bringing these objects of exploration together. We invite papers with an interest in both the sociology of disasters and the sociology of organization. What do these two fields and their objects have to say to each other? What might a more symmetrical understanding of disasters and organizations afford? How could links between studies of disaster and the sociology of organization be strengthened? What insights on organizational continuity, maintenance and basic economic infrastructure of the wider society, does a collaboration between these two research areas afford?
Science, Technology and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities FEMMSS5/CSWIP 2014
August 10 2014 to August 13 2014 | University of Waterloo
Deadline: February 15 2014
Updated: November 05 2013
Submissions are invited for joint meeting of the The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP . FEMMSS is a multidisciplinary organization. This conference welcomes submissions from across the disciplines. We invite feminist papers, posters, panels, and workshops related to Science, Technology and Gender. Conference presentations are eligible for submission for consideration and review in a resulting anthology or special journal issue.
Topics can include but need not be limited to: 1. Challenges to and challenging scientific literacy 2. Implicit bias and stereotype threat 3. Creating equitable Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics organizations and institutions 4. Gender, oppression, and the public understanding of science 5. Rhetoric, argumentation, and gendered communication 6. Epistemologies of ignorance 7. Policy of/for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 8. Intersectionality in practice and study of science and technology 9. The ethics and politics of science and technology 10. Science, technology and global justice 11. Feminist methodologies in the humanities, social and natural sciences 12. Production of biological “differences” 13. Feminist scholarship of teaching and learning 14. Professional development (ex. interdisciplinary communication/ teaching/ research) Submission instructions You are permitted one submission, unless you are submitting a poster. If you are submitting a poster, you can additionally submit an abstract for a paper, panel, or workshop.
Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place
August 14 2014 to August 16 2014 | The Quarantine Station, Sydney, Australia
Deadline: September 16 2013
Updated: July 15 2013
We invite abstracts from historians, geographers, heritage scholars and archaeologists for papers on: • place-making and place-marking • quarantine and dark tourism • graffiti and incarceration • shrine creation in places of isolation • heritage, materiality and immateriality • traces and spaces of disease • landscapes of quarantine.
The practice of quarantine has always been grounded in contested locations. The history and heritage of quarantine stations and places of isolation the world over remain in these landscapes, as built environments and in artefacts. In this way, sites of segregation have been both enduring and ephemeral. These vestiges intersect in powerful ways with memory and history, but what is being invoked? Who – or what – were the actors bound up by quarantine regulations? How can the material, documentary, legislative and spatial heritage of quarantine help us untangle narratives of global movement that were interrupted by incarceration? Encompassing people and pathogens, vectors and vessels, flora and fauna, this conference seeks new interpretations of the place of quarantine. Moving in scale from intimate marks made by internees to multi-site or cross-regional comparisons, we seek to bring together maritime histories of quarantine with analyses of the inland islands of terrestrial quarantine. Above all, we hope to prompt surprising and productive conversations between archaeologists, historians, cultural and human geographers, and heritage scholars.
This international conference builds from a large multidisciplinary investigation of more than 1,000 sandstone inscriptions that cover the stunning Quarantine Station in Sydney, Australia (http://www.qstation.com.au). This unique site will form our venue for the conference, inspiring themes that are both local and global: mark-making, isolation, identity, and place. Keynote speakers: Nadav Davidovitch, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Gareth Hoskins, Aberystwyth University Harold Mytum, University of Liverpool Nayan Shah, University of Southern California Alexandra Minna Stern, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor University of Sydney Organizing Committee: Alison Bashford, Annie Clarke, Ursula Frederick, Peter Hobbins. The Quarantine Project: sydney.edu.au/arts/research/quarantine/
Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine
September 04 2014 to September 13 2014 | Lisbon
Deadline: January 10 2014
http://www.eshs.org/ and http://eshs2014.ciuhct.com/
Updated: November 04 2013
The 6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science will be organized by the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology(CIUHCT),a research centre associated with the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon. The theme of the conference is "Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine”. Communicating science, technology and medicine has always been central to the scientific and technological enterprise, but across ages and spaces agents, audiences, means, aims and agendas behind this complex process have varied considerably. The interpretations put forward by historians of science, technology and medicine have also changed considerably. Historians have been compelled recently to move away from former historiographical categories opposing creative producers to passive recipients and consumers, and contrasting the production of knowledge with its transmission. The vertical model of diffusion has been superseded by a horizontal conception of circulation and appropriation of science, technology and medicine, which gives voice to various actors and to their different, often contradictory, agendas. Within this framework, practices of science, technology and medicine appear as involving in an essential way forms of communication, to such an extent that the distinction between the making and the communicating of science, technology and medicine is ultimately blurred.
The 6th ESHS aims at stimulating historical and historiographical studies and debates on the communication of science, technology and medicine along the following sub-thematic clusters. 1) Human and non-human agents: experts, amateurs, and institutions; 2) Networks of circulation and communication of knowledge; 3) Means of communication: correspondence, papers, books, textbooks, popularization outlets, newspapers, radio, theatre, films, cartoons and internet; 4) Spaces and modes of communication: conferences, classrooms, public demonstrations, exhibitions, instruments, collections and museums; 5) Audiences: lay and specialized audiences, consumers; 6) Rhetorical devices; 7) Communication in the European Periphery; 8) Communication in a globalized world: challenges and constraints; ideology of communication, hegemonic values and commercialized science, technology and medicine
Deadlines NEW Symposia Submission (theme and rationale of symposium and abstract of papers) – 10 Jan 2014 Decision regarding accepted symposia – 10 February 2014 Abstract Submission for stand-alone papers)– 10 March 2014 Decision regarding accepted papers – 10 April 2014 Language Abstracts, presentations and proceedings should be in English, preferably. Fees ESHS member Non ESHS member Non ESHS member who joins ESHS (*) deadlines Early registration fee Euro 150 Euro 170 Euro 180 30 April 2014 Standard registration fee Euro 200 Euro 240 Euro 250 30 June 2014 Late and onsite registration fee Euro 220 Euro 260 Euro 270 After 1 July 2014 (*) Non ESHS members who want to join ESHS benefit from a special offer of one year membership including the online ESHS journal, CENTAURUS.
Call for Papers – Pre-organized Session on “STS and the City”
October 30 2014 to November 02 2014 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Updated: November 04 2013