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Last updated 11/20/2014 by Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone.

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

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


Updated: September 19 2014

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

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

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

SIGCIS Workshop 2014

November 09 2014 | Dearborn, MI

Deadline: August 10 2014


Updated: August 06 2014

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer S. Light, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society-- welcomes submissions for our annual one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday, November 9 2014 in Dearborn, Michigan. This is immediately after the end of the regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the History of Technology, details of which are available from http://www.historyoftechnology.org/features/annual_meeting/. Questions about the workshop should be addressed to Andrew Russell (Stevens Institute of Technology), who is serving as chair of the workshop organizing committee. Email arussell@stevens.edu.

*WORKSHOP THEME*: When the history of computing began to emerge as a scholarly field forty years ago its first practitioners and consumers were computing pioneers, who favored technical accounts focused on the first electronic computers. Since then the field has developed in many directions, attracting scholars trained in a variety of historical traditions and working on a broad range of topics, time periods, and geographical settings. Work on the history of computing is increasingly influenced by methods and questions from broader fields and, in turn, is influencing scholars in other communities. This undermines the traditional, hardware centered, master narrative of computing and challenges us to integrate computing into a variety of broader historical stories. As a result, scholars working in or near the history of computing face some big questions: * What is the place of “the history of computing in the history of technology,” 26 years on from Michael Mahoney’s classic article on that question? * How can traditional historical narratives in areas such as gender studies, economic history, or environmental history be challenged by taking seriously the role of information technology? Conversely, what might these narratives bring to deepen our understanding of information technology itself? * Can historical questions and methods help to provide a coherent framework for new interdisciplinary areas such as software studies, Internet studies, and information studies? * What does today’s history of computing literature have to offer to computer scientists and other audiences without specialist historical training? * How can we take seriously the complexities and unique features of computing technology while still producing work that transcends technical detail to tell stories and advance arguments of scholarly interest?

We expect most submissions to focus on particular stories rather than on directly answering these weighty questions, but would appreciate it if presenters made an effort to connect their stories to broader narratives and in doing to provide a particular practical answer to one of the questions. SIGCIS has a tradition of welcoming all types of contributions related to the history of computing and information, whether or not there is an explicit connection with the annual theme. Our membership is international and interdisciplinary, and our members examine the history of information technologies and their place within society from a variety of scholarly perspectives including the history of technology, business history, labor history, social history, the history of science, science studies, communications, gender and sexuality studies, computing, and museum studies.

*SUBMISSION AND FURTHER DETAILS*: Proposals for entire sessions and individual presenters are both welcome. We hope to run special sessions featuring dissertations in progress and other works in progress. The workshop is a great opportunity to get helpful feedback on your projects in a relaxed and supportive environment. All proposals will be subject to a peer review process based on abstracts. For information on submission formats and links to our online submission system please view the full call at http://www.sigcis.org/workshop14. As planning progresses we will post updates, the full program, and precirculated materials there. We will provide acceptance decisions by August 24.

*TRAVEL SUPPORT*: The top financial priority of SIGCIS is the support of travel expenses for graduate students, visiting faculty without institutional travel support, and others who would be unable to attend the meeting without travel assistance. Awards are usually in the $200-$500 range and cannot cover the full cost of attending the meeting. Visit the website at http://www.sigcis.org/workshop14

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

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

Deadline: September 22 2014


Updated: September 15 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Submit an Abstract Here

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

International Conference «Social Philosophy of Science

November 18 2014 to November 19 2014 | Moscow, Russia

Deadline: September 01 2014


Updated: July 01 2014

The Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia) will host «Social Philosophy of Science. Russian Prospects» in Honor of Prof. V. Stepin and Prof. E. Agazzi. Papers are accepted on any topic in philosophy, sociology and history of science with a particular emphasis on the topics of the suggested sections. The preliminary list of the planned contributed sections includes:
Constructivism vs. Realism Relativizing Naturalism Social Ontology of Science STS: Hard Science, Soft Science Science as Culture Social Dimensions of Technology Reforming Science
Plenary papers and selected contributed papers will be published in the conference proceedings and the journal "Epistemology & Philosophy of Science". Papers should be prepared for anonymous review and should be up to 1700 words. Submissions should include a 100-word abstract. Please submit your paper electronically at philsci2014@iph.ras.ru All questions about submissions should be directed to Tatiana Sokolova at philsci2014@iph.ras.ru or sokolovatd@gmail.com

Organizing Committee I. Kasavin (Head), F. Blucher, S. Fuller, A. Antonovsky, P. Kuslij, O. Stoljarova, S. Pirozhkova, T. Sokolova (Secretary) Program Committee A. Guseinov (Head), E. Agazzi, V. Archinov, V. Lektorsky, E. Mamchur, N. Kasavina (Secretary) Evaluation Committee V. Stepin (Head), V. Bazhanov, J. Collier, R. Harre, N. Martishina, A. Nikiforov, A. Trufanova (Secretary) Keynote speakers (Please note that this is a preliminary list, it includes only the speakers who confirmed their participation by May 27, we expect up to 11 invited speakers.) Steve Fuller (Warwick, UK), Rom Harré (Georgetown University, USA), Edward Hackett (Arizona State University, USA), Nico Stehr (Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany), Sergio Sismondo (Queen's University, Canada), Inanna Hamati-Ataya (Aberystwyth University, UK) See more details on the Institute of Philosophy's website.

The Radicalisation of Care. Practices, Politics and Infrastructures

November 19 2014 to November 20 2014 | Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona


Updated: November 11 2014

The concept of radicalisation is usually associated to a process by which groups or individuals come to adopt increasingly extreme or immoderate positions, ideals or aspirations. But it also speaks of the attempts at introducing fundamental or far-reaching changes in a certain area or field. Drawing on this second meaning, in this workshop we aim to explore a series of trends that lead us to think that we might be facing a process of radicalisation of care.

Firstly, we would like to focus on the efforts of feminist activists and academics claiming the importance of making care a public issue. This is possible through: a public acknowledgment of needs; the assumption of the interdependence of human and non-human beings; a re-distribution of the possibility of decision-making over those needs; a collectivisation of carework: and front-staging the emotional, corporeal and relational dimensions of care as important political and epistemic matters despite their usual dismissal.

Secondly, we want to pay attention to the way disability movements have raised awareness about the need to redefine care through concepts (and newly crafted practices) such as “help”, “support” or “personal assistance” (Winance, 2010). From their point of view, care has been traditionally linked to a medicalised and individualistic approach that turns those who receive it into passive, dependent and infantilised objects of care. Based on the so-called “social model of disability” (Oliver, 2013; Barnes, 2013), they have defended the need for a more ecological approach to help and assistance, bypassing the emotional dimensions and turning themselves from objects of care into subjects who take control of their lives and decide for themselves. More recently, this redefinition has recently been invigorated by a new wave of patient groups and health-care related organisations. By translating their own experience and needs into evidences, these groups have turned themselves into innovative co-producers and providers of new forms of knowledge and care services related to their own conditions (Rabeharisoa et al. 2014). As such, these actors have played a crucial role in democratising the governance of health and care issues.

Thirdly, yet another form of radicalisation of care –in this case, in its etymological sense–would be the effort of different collective movements to open up the back-stage, underlying, invisible, infrastructural and most mundane aspects of everyday life (Lampland & Star, 2009). Here we might mention groups influenced by a DIY, hacker, maker and fixer culture ethos, seeking to produce ‘open design’ technical aids or challenging and mending urban infrastructures. As studies of maintenance, repair and waste-picking practices have suggested, these activities are contributing to turn care into a political issue with regard to material infrastructures (Graham & Thrift, 2007; Gregson, Metcalfe & Crewe, 2009; Henke, 1999; Denis & Pontille, 2011). As these collectives say, leaving aside the care needed by these material infrastructures has dramatic effects given that it would foreclose: on the one hand, the possibility of shedding light on the vulnerabilities and frailties these infrastructures contribute to maintain and, on the other hand, the possibility of devising infrastructures based on these vulnerabilities and frailties.

Bearing all these threads in mind, we would like to empirically explore these forms of radicalisation of care via the following transversal processes: MAKING VISIBLE

Radicalising care usually implies practices of ‘making visible’ activities and topics usually disregarded. For this purpose, new ethnographic methodologies are being devised to render accountable in our inquiries those aspects and materials traditionally set aside in our reports. How could methodologies contribute to make visible these care practices? What are their consequences both for the practitioners and for the researchers? What is rendered visible and what is not? What is such a politics of ‘making visible’ contributing to? MAKING PUBLIC

Radicalising care has also been related to the ways in which different actors shape issues related to care as matters of public concern. What are the social and political actors involved in reshaping and redefining care as an object of dispute? What are the dimensions, definitions and normativities they oppose to? How do these actors turn care into a matter of collective and public concern? Are they mobilizing new repertoires of action, contestation and representation? What are the objects and subjects, the infrastructures and identities emerging from these controversies? RE-MAKING

Radicalising care might also mean taking the materiality of care and the care of our material infrastructures as a political issue in ways beyond public discussion. For instance, devising new possibilities, bringing to life other material becomings that might lead to practice care otherwise. When and how does public discussion lead to the generation of new care settings and sociomaterial configurations? What sort of material infrastructures and care practices emerge from this? How are these explorations made intelligible, accountable and put into practice?

Dupont Summit 2014

December 05 2014 | Historic Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Deadline: October 30 2014

http://www.ipsonet.org/journals/136-journal-on-policy-and-complex-systems for further information

Updated: October 10 2014

The Journal on Policy & Complex Systems is proud to announce it will be hosting a conference for graduate students, post-docs, and budding scholars as part of the Dupont Summit, which will be held Friday, December 5th, 2014 at the Historic Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC from 4PM until 7PM.

The purpose is for scholars to practice presenting their research, methodological strategies, and/or ideas on how to build scholarship in the area of policy and complexity in a relaxed setting. Presentations will be made from 4PM until 6PM. After the presentations, we will join for a group dinner to further discuss the presentations. There will also be an opportunity for publication in the conference proceedings.

How to Submit a Proposal

In order to be considered to make a presentation, please send a 1-2 page abstract and overview to the Journal on Policy & Complex Systems' Managing Editor, Liz Johnson, at Ljohnson1@carolina.rr.com (704/293-1482) by October 30th, 2014. Please visit our website about the journal.

The Dupont Summit

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concern. Presented every year on the first Friday of December, the conference brings together academics, government, business and social leaders from a variety of backgrounds, for discussion about issues that include but are not limited to health, energy, national security, information and telecommunications, environment and climate change, biotechnology, genetics and stem cells, water and natural resources, science research and education, technology and innovation, space, and ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology. Other topics will be welcome. Our goal is to promote multidisciplinary conversation and networking across the social and political spectrum.

Dupont Summit 2014

December 05 2014 | Washington, DC


Updated: July 01 2014

he Policy Studies Organization (PSO) invites the Society for Social Studies of Science to submit a program proposal for our upcoming Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Historic Whittemore House in Washington, DC. We are looking for proposals from all views and persuasions across the social and political spectrum that prompt discussion of pressing policy issues. Proposals may take the form of panels, individual presentations, talks, workshops, or round tables. Topics considered include, but are not limited to, women and minorities in STEM fields, popular engagement with the scientific community, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging science and technology. In particular, the multidisciplinary nature of the mission of 4S is of great interest to us, and all suggestions are welcome. The goal of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue amongst academics, policy makers, and business and civic leaders from diverse backgrounds about current policy concerns. We aim to provide networking opportunities to promote communication and create connections across disciplines. The PSO disseminates policy research through its numerous journals, book series, and conferences. For more information, and to see videos and programs from past events, visit our website. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. We would very much appreciate your forwarding of this invitation to others who may be interested in participating.

Electric worlds

December 18 2014 to December 19 2014 | Paris, France

Deadline: March 15 2014


Updated: December 10 2013

Creations, circulations, tensions, and transitions, from the 19th to the 21st centuries
This conference builds on recent developments in transnational, global, and imperial histories to explore new approaches to the history of energy and electricity. It will examine the worlds of electricity along four axes:

1. Creations: the dynamics of innovation that shape electric systems and cultures in different contexts; comparisons and connections among these dynamics; electrification of rural spaces; alternative energy sources; smart grids. 2. Circulations: the movement of people, knowledge, and technologies through political spaces. Far from being a purely national phenomenon, for example, the development of commercial nuclear power – or of most other sources of electricity – can be examined in the context of international politics, multinational corporations and lobbies, and civil society organizations whose purview ranges from local to global scales. 3. Tensions: social inequalities mark the development of energy projects throughout the world. The technopolitical nature of electrification is visible through social, environmental, and economic controversies over issues ranging from poverty and precarity to energy consumption and savings. 4. Transitions: relations between electricity and other energies reveal the complex processes of, and discourses on, energy transitions in the long term.

The conference aims to cultivate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the history, politics and culture of electrification. We welcome approaches from history, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, economics, and law. We encourage papers that approach the history of energy through critical examinations of science, technology, consumption, war, urban spaces, culture, gender and environment. The working languages will be French and English. A bilingual publication will ensue. We welcome proposals for single papers, or for thematic panels that include 3-4 papers. Proposals should take the form of a 500 word abstract (per paper) in French or English as well as a 1-page CV. In addition, panel proposals should include a panel abstract of not more than 500 words.

Limited travel funds are available for graduate students and for scholars from non-OECD countries (only one travel grant per paper). Please include any requests for financial support as a separate document in your proposal submission.
Send submission to: comite.histoire.electricite@gmail.com Applicants will be notified by the program committee by the Program committee: 15th of April, 2014. Organising institutions: Committee for the History of Electricity and Energy: http://histoire.edf.com CNRS, UMR Irice: http://irice.univ-paris1.fr/

2015 CNS-ASU Winter School Call for Applications

January 03 2015 to January 11 2015 | Saguaro Lake Ranch, Mesa, AZ

Deadline: October 01 2014


Updated: September 16 2014

The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) will hold its third annual
Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies

The CNS-ASU Winter School is designed to give participants an introduction to and practical experience with the methods and theory employed by CNS-ASU faculty and associates. The curricular content and activities are designed around our four Real-Time Technology Assessments (RTTAs) and two Thematic Research Clusters (TRCs).

Presentations describing the various tools, concepts and methods that guide CNS-ASU research activity will be supplemented by practical activities and rigorous discussion. Ample work time and breaks are built into the Winter School schedule to encourage participants to guide their own learning experience throughout the week. Mentorship sessions with available faculty will also be offered.

Who should apply?

Applicants should be advanced graduate students and/or recent PhDs (post-doc or untenured faculty within 3 years of PhD at time of application) with an expressed 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.

Applicants may come from any country, but they must be demonstrably proficient in English.

Program Cost

A program fee of $650 includes 8 nights at Saguaro Lake Ranch, all meals, and local transportation from Tempe, Arizona.

To Apply

Visit the CNS-ASU website for an application page and more information about the Winter School program.

Assembling Cities: STS concepts and methodologies in planning studies

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

Deadline: October 31 2014

Updated: October 10 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sonic Science Festival

January 23 2015 to January 28 2015 | Maastricht


Updated: November 20 2014

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

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

For more information, see the website.

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

March 18 2015 to March 26 2015 | Antwerp, Belgium

Deadline: October 31 2014


Updated: September 16 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full details on www.ucsia.org.

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

Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow

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

Deadline: October 31 2014


Updated: July 02 2014

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

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

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

Three Rivers Philosophy Conference

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

Deadline: November 03 2014


Updated: September 03 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: January 01 2015


Updated: November 11 2014

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

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

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

The Ethnografilm Festival

April 08 2015 to April 12 2015 | Paris, France

Deadline: December 01 2014


Updated: November 11 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Wesley Shrum for questions and additional information.

Call for Sessions - STS Conference Graz 2015

May 11 2015 to May 12 2015 | Graz, Austria

Deadline: October 31 2014


Updated: October 10 2014

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

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

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

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

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

May 11 2015 to May 12 2015 | GRAZ, AUSTRIA

Deadline: January 15 2015


Updated: November 20 2014

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


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

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

Stories About Science: Exploring Science Communication and Entertainment Media

June 04 2015 to June 05 2015 | University of Manchester

Deadline: December 19 2014


Updated: November 11 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cultures of Mending:A collaborative workshop

June 17 2015 to June 19 2015 | Nottingham UK

Deadline: December 17 2014


Updated: November 11 2014

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

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

Conference aims

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

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

Conference themes

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

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

Please see our themes and topics tab for more information.

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

June 30 2015 to July 04 2015 | Sydney

Deadline: February 09 2015


Updated: November 11 2014

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

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

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

Call for proposals

July 07 2015 to July 10 2015 | Valparaiso

Deadline: November 21 2014


Updated: October 10 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Participants: 2015 Summer Institute: Standards in Society

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

Deadline: December 31 2014

Updated: November 20 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge from the Margins: Social Justice and Sustainabilit

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

Deadline: January 26 2015


Updated: September 03 2014

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

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

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

Connect and Divide: The Practice Turn in Media Studies

August 19 2015 to August 22 2015 | Germany

Deadline: December 31 2014


Updated: October 08 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Workshop on Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments

September 18 2015 to September 19 2015 | Claremont, California


Updated: November 11 2014

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

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

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

SLSA After Biopolitics

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

Deadline: April 01 2015


Updated: November 11 2014

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

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

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