4S home Society for Social Studies of Science

The STS Profession



Calls for Papers


Fellowships & Postdocs

Professional Associations

Web Resources

Submitting items to 4S and Technoscience Updates

Please email items for the 4S “Profession” pages and the Technoscience Updates newsletter to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Items may be edited for length. Please include a URL for the complete and authoritative information.

The monthly deadline for inclusion in the newsletter is the 7th.


Events include paper calls for conferences, workshops, lectures, seminars, and exhibits (listed in chronological order).

Last updated 08/08/2014 by Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone.

Science for the People:  The 1970s and Today

April 11 2014 to April 13 2014 | University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Updated: December 11 2013

This conference on the history of the 1970s-1980s organization Science for the People (SftP) and its implications for science activism today will bring together veteran members of the organization along with other scientists, Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars, science activists, graduate students, and undergraduates. The conference will include keynote speakers representing SftP and STS perspectives, panels on the historical and sociological significance of SftP, and panels on approaches to issues (e.g., energy policy, agricultural science and food justice, and the scientific construction of race and gender) that SftP addressed and that our society continues to face now.

Science for the People arose out of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War era. With a Marxist analysis and non-hierarchical governing structure, SftP tackled the militarization of scientific research, the corporate control of research agendas, the political implications of sociobiology theories, environmental consequences of energy policy, inequalities in health care, and many other issues. Its members opposed racism, sexism, and classism in science and above all sought to mobilize people working in scientific fields to become active in agitating for science, technology, and medicine that would serve social needs rather than military and corporate interests. They organized in universities and communities, published a magazine offering sharp political analysis, and sought meaningful scientific exchange internationally in Vietnam, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, and other countries.

Some of the issues we face today have changed in important ways, but fundamental questions of power, ideology, and democracy in science remain. The time is ripe to gather SftP veterans with other scientists, activists, students, and STS scholars in an exploration of what the history of SftP can teach us. Scientists need to develop more effective analyses of the social and political causes of the problems they seek to address. Activists need to obtain a better grasp of the scientific dimensions of their causes and a clearer sense of who their allies are in the scientific world. Students need to learn strategies for putting their science education to work in ways consistent with their social and political goals. And STS scholars need to deepen our understanding of an organization that had an important, though under-acknowledged, early influence on our field and to explore how re-establishing engagement with activist scientists might enrich our own research and writing.

Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics Conference

May 27 2014 to May 29 2014 | Scottsdale, AZ

Deadline: March 01 2014


Updated: May 31 2014

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

Call for abstracts: The co-sponsors invite submission of abstracts for proposed presentations. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2014, and successful applicants will be notified by April 1, 2014. Information on the papers and topics covered at last year’s conference is available at conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/emergingtechnologies2013. Additional information is provided below.

Funding: For each abstract selected for presentation at the conference, the co-sponsors will provide one complimentary registration for its author (or one of its authors) to attend the entire conference; registration includes admission to all conference sessions, meals, and social events. Depending on final funding availability, some participants may also apply for and receive additional funding for travel and/or hotel accommodations. Any such additional funding will be awarded based on the strength of the abstract, demonstration of financial need, and/or the potential to encourage student authors and early-career scholars. Accepted presenters for whom conference funding is not available will need to pay their own transportation and hotel costs.

Abstracts and Papers: Abstracts for proposed presentations should be submitted by March 1, 2014 – in PDF format. The abstract should not exceed 500 words. Authors wishing to apply for additional funding may do so when submitting their abstract through the online form.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified, and decisions on additional funding will be made, by April 1, 2014. Draft full papers are encouraged but not required by the conference date, and will be circulated to all conference participants. We plan to submit sets of conference papers (optional) for publication in one or more special issues of journals. Click here to submit abstract

Hotel/venue: The conference will be held at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona (http://www.talkingstickresort.com). This scenic resort, one of the largest in Arizona, is located 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It features two swimming pools, a spa, Las Vegas-style entertainment, two 18-hole championship golf courses, and fine dining at its Orange Sky restaurant. Rooms are available for this conference at a rate of $129 per night, plus taxes and fees.

Registration fees: Unless selected as a presenter, participants will be required to pay a registration fee that will help to cover the facility costs and all conference materials, two breakfasts, two lunches, a conference dinner, and all break refreshments.

The registration fees are as follows:

Early bird registration (by March 1, 2013): $250 Regular registration: $300.
A limited number of student registration slots will be available for $25 each.
For more information, please contact Josh Abbott at (480) 965-2465 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Gold Level Sponsors
Center for Law, Science & Innovation, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University
Silver Level Sponsors
Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan Synberc
Bronze Level Sponsors
NC State University Genetic Engineering and Society Center Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, University of Minnesota Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa

For additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gary Marchant at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.

To submit please go to the website and sign up for an account. If you have questions, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). · Individual papers and posters: Please provide a title, 300-word abstract, and 3-10 keywords. At the beginning of the abstract please indicate if your submission is a poster. There is no need to upload anything, so please tick the box that says, "abstract only." · Panels: Please provide a title, 300-word abstract, and 3-10 keywords for the panel as a whole. Also, upload a single document that includes the title and 300-word abstract for each paper. Please take care not to identify authors. · Workshops: Please provide a title, 300-word abstract describing the workshop rationale, and 3-10 keywords. Also, upload a 300-word description of the activities in which your audience will engage. Please take care not to identify authors. https://uwaterloo.ca/science-technology-society/conferences/science-technology-and-gender-challenges-and-opportunities

Summer Graduate Workshop Ethics, Culture and Community-based Research

August 13 2014 to August 15 2014 | Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Deadline: June 15 2014


Updated: May 08 2014

This summer, Northeast Ethics Education Partnership (NEEP) will host a three-day graduate training workshop, part of the NSF-funded, Northeast Ethics Education Partnership (NEEP) sponsored by Brown University's Center for Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Syracuse University's School of Engineering. Led by Dr. Dianne Quigley (PI) and Carli Flynn (post-doc engineering), the workshop is designed for up to 20 graduate students in Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and related fields. It will be held on the Syracuse University campus.

** Schedule: The workshop will include 12 hours of classroom training, plus 3 hours of follow-up, online training. On-campus accommodations will be provided for up to 6 participants from outside the Syracuse area; lunch will be provided for all. To Apply: Send an email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), describing your research interests and aims for this workshop. Deadline: All applications must be received by e-mail no later than 5:00 pm EDT, June 15, 2014.

Further Information: Please contact Dianne Quigley at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Workshop Benefits: • Learn New Research Models, Including Community-based Participatory Research: If you are a graduate student interested in carrying out research adapted to community needs and sensitive to cultural diversity, this workshop will provide a review of case/field studies with new approaches to research design, methods and outcomes that reflect various ethical approaches to research (community-based research, distributive justice, postmodern, care ethics and virtue-based approaches).

• Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application Training: If you are planning to conduct field-based environmental research for your dissertation or thesis work, and you need or desire training on protection of human subjects, including for Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, this workshop will provide guidance and preparatory training for those applications. • Cultural Diversity/ Sensitivity Training: Research approaches will be assessed to ensure that exploitation, community stigma harms and culturally-inappropriate practices can be prevented. Communities and cultural groups increasingly require that research activities produce beneficial change and positive outcomes to their local community settings. Guidance from international ethics recommendations, ethical theories, and international / national field studies will be reviewed for use in research design and research beneficence.

• Certificate of Completion: Students completing 15 hours of training will receive a Certificate of Completion for Research Ethics and Cultural Competence/ Diversity Training. This can be included on CVs to indicate gaining of much-needed professional skills/ expertise that can be shared with others. Students will have access to online resources in research ethics and cultural diversity from the NEEP Website and Blackboard Course Pages. *Funded by NSF Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Grant #GEO-1032754, Dianne Quigley, PI; David A. Sonnenfeld, and Phil Brown, co-PIs. **PhD and Masters students in Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and related fields from SUNY-ESF, Syracuse University, Upstate Medical University, Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Binghamton University, Colgate University, Clarkson University, University of Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and other upstate New York institutions are invited to apply.

Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place

August 14 2014 to August 16 2014 | University of Sydney

Deadline: June 30 2014


Updated: June 16 2014

This is an international conference convened by historians, archaeologists and heritage scholars. 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. In this way, sites of segregation have been both enduring and ephemeral, invoking memory and history. How can the material, documentary, legislative and spatial heritage of quarantine help us untangle narratives of global movement that were interrupted by periods of incarceration? This conference seeks new interpretations of quarantine and its landscape. It will bring together maritime histories of quarantine with analyses of inland islands of terrestrial quarantine. 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. This unique site will form our venue for the conference, inspiring themes that are both local and global: mark-making, isolation, identity, and place. Early registration closes 30 June. See our website for additional information.

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.

Please send 300 word abstract + short CV for consideration to Peter Hobbins .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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/

Technology Policy Institute’s 2014 Aspen Forum

August 17 2014 to August 19 2014 | St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colorado

Deadline: July 01 2014


Updated: June 16 2014

The TPI Aspen Forum brings together leaders from business, government, and academia to discuss key public policy issues affecting information and communications technology. This year’s theme is, "Tech in Transition: Policy Challenges." New policy challenges are emerging from technological advances across the Internet ecosystem. The transition from switched to IP networks raises questions regarding the scope of regulation and the need for a new Telecommunications Act. The rise of big data and recent data breaches have renewed calls for federal action. Policy makers are taking a fresh look at how well our intellectual property regimes stimulate creativity and innovation in the digital world. On the international front, many countries and organizations are challenging the foundations of traditional internet governance. What does this all mean for tech policy in the years ahead? Discussion panels and speakers at the 2014 TPI Aspen Forum will focus on how the communications, technology and content industries are transforming and how public policies are adapting, or not, to the changing environment. Registration is now open and a discounted registration rate is available for industry attendees until July 1.

Details on the agenda will be announced soon. For additional information, contact Jane Creel at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
The Technology Policy Institute The Technology Policy Institute is a think tank that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. TPI produces independent, rigorous research and sponsors educational programs and conferences on major issues affecting information technology and communications policy. TPI is a 501(c)(3) research and educational organization. More information is available at http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/.

IFIP WG 9.4 Latin American Workshop 2014

August 18 2014 to August 19 2014 | Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Deadline: June 15 2014


Updated: June 09 2014

South-North-South dialogues on Science, Technology and Development
Organising Committee: Raoni Rajão, Rick Duque and Rodrigo Ribeiro
We welcome submissions of abstracts or full papers (max 15 pages) in Portuguese, English and Spanish on the following themes: § ICT for development § Social implications of ICT § E-Government in developing countries § ICT and environmental management § Science-policy interface in the South § North-South relations in technoscience § Social technologies § STS and engineering studies
IMPORTANT DATES: Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15/06 Acceptance confirmation: 20/06 Deadline for submission of full papers (optional): 15/08 Workshop date: 18-19/08
Submissions and questions should be sent to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Co-producing socio-technical futures: challenges and inspirations

August 26 2014 to August 29 2014 | London

Deadline: January 24 2014


Updated: January 10 2014

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference 2014 and Anna Krzywoszynska (Durham University) and Helen Holmes (University of Sheffield) invite papers which discuss the role of co-production in the construction of futures as tools for acting on the present. The wicked problems of anthropocene are said to require integrated responses and strategies. Yet everyday visions of the future, including political visions, continue to be dominated by implicit belief in technological progress, silencing or side-tracking both complex socio-technical dynamics and the physical limits of technology.

Exploring futures as elements of everyday life in particular places and particular social networks offers a different entry point for approaching these challenges. Additionally, opening the debate about the role of future socio-technologies to a variety of academic and non-academic publics promises to diversify the futures landscape, and provide new ways of influencing the present. The papers in this session may want to explore: · Co-production of knowledge about and for the future · The role of interdisciplinarity and public participation in the construction of futures · Materials, practices, and methods of co-production · Emplacing and unfolding of socio technical futures or the placing and spacing of sociotechnical futures · the role of aesthetics in futures' creation · Theorising everyday futures Please send a 250 word abstract and contact details by *24th January 2014* to Anna Krzywoszynska (*anna.krzywoszynska@durham.ac.uk*

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.

Visionary or Fantasy? Creating open spaces for science communication and social inclusion

September 10 2014 to September 12 2014 | University of Vienna, Austria


Updated: July 01 2014

The particular focus of the 2014 SiS-CATALYST/EUCU.NET annual conference is on social inclusion in science engagement programmes for children and young people like Children’s Universities and similar initiatives. Do such programmes support participants of all societal groups in the same way in developing meaningful life trajectories and in fostering positive aspirations towards (higher) education - without being hindered by stereotypes or being frustrated by reality of life? The conference is addressing all experts and practitioners committed to academic research, science communication and social inclusion. (University managers, public engagement and outreach program coordinators, science communicators, researchers, teachers, NGOs, educational authorities, municipalities etc.) The conference is co-organised and hosted by the University of Vienna and the Vienna University Children’s Office. Conference details and online registration are available on http://www.eucu.net/conference_vienna Participation in the conference is free, but seating capacity is limited – so please register soon! We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna in September 2014!

Science and the Public in the Nation-State

September 11 2014 to September 13 2014 | University of Tübingen


Updated: June 16 2014

Historic and Current Configurations in Global Perspective: Interdisciplinary workshop
Conveners: Andreas Franzmann (Tübingen), Axel Jansen (Cambridge/UK), Peter Münte (Bielefeld)
The workshop allows for the exploration of the relationship between science and the nation-state from a new perspective. In nation-states that have traditionally supported research science (such as England, France, Germany, and the US), the profession evolved under the protective wing and as an ally of the political sovereign. Academic professions have played a significant role in the consolidation of national states. The conference focuses on historical configurations of science and the nation-state in Europe and in North America in order to compare these configurations to emerging science-oriented states such as China and India – countries that have significantly expanded their science budgets in recent decades. The relationship between science as a profession and the nation-state will provide an analytical framework for discussing important historic developments in different countries. What has been the public role of the academic professions? And what are the effects on research of “national policy decisions”?
Speakers include Fa-ti Fan (Binghamton), Dieter Langewiesche (Tuebingen), Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner (Sussex), Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn), Shiju Sam Varughese (Gandhinagar), and Jessica Wang (Vancouver). The workshop is supported by the Volkswagen Foundation (Project "Public Context of Science") and the Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität Tübingen (Universitätsbund) e.V. For the conference program and additional information, visit the website.

Analyzing the societal dimensions of synthetic biology” summer school

September 15 2014 to September 19 2014 | Berlin

Deadline: March 10 2014

Updated: February 15 2014

The target groups are graduates, Ph.D.-students, and post-docs in synthetic biology, science and technology studies, philosophy, and associated fields in the natural and social sciences. Please find details of this call in the pdf file attached and at http://www.ta-synbio-summerschool.de.Applications including an abstract of max. 400 words and a CV should be sent by *10 March 2014* to: Kristin Hagen, Europäische Akademie GmbH, Wilhelmstr. 56, 53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany; or via e-mail to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The summer school is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and organised jointly by: Kristin Hagen and Margret Engelhard (Europäische Akademie Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler , http://www.ea-aw.de), and Georg Toepfer (Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin , http://www.zfl-berlin.org). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Analyzing the societal dimensions of synthetic biology

September 15 2014 to September 19 2014 | Berlin

Deadline: March 10 2014


Updated: January 16 2014

Synthetic biology is a rapidly developing new approach to biotechnology. Its main aim is to use engineering principles to create living organisms for human use. Societal implications have been a topic from the start, but major disagreements remain regarding the appropriate frameworks for the assessment and governance of synthetic biology. The aim of this summer school is to critically analyze different approaches to the evaluation of new techno-scientific areas, as exemplified by synthetic biology, with a particular emphasis on conceptual foundations.

The summer school will accept up to 15 young researchers (graduates, Ph.D.-students, post-docs) in synthetic biology, science and technology studies, philosophy, and associated fields in the natural and social sciences. Participants will present and discuss their own work in a genuinely interdisciplinary group of young scientists together with some of the leading experts, including: Michael Bölker, Nediljko Budisa, Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Christian Illies, Rafael Pardo Avellaneda, and Georg Toepfer. The summer school will take place at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin. It will include an excursion to Nediljko Budisa´s laboratory at TU Berlin and close with a public discussion. To apply please send an abstract of 400 words or less describing the paper that you would present and a CV by the deadline to: Kristin Hagen, Europäische Akademie GmbH, Wilhelmstr. 56, 53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany; or via e-mail to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses. Participants will also be expected to submit a manuscript for publication as a book chapter, for which a honorarium of € 300 will be paid. Organisers: Kristin Hagen and Margret Engelhard, Europäische Akademie Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler Georg Toepfer, Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin The summer school is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Licence to kill: the organization of destruction in the 21st century

September 15 2014 | Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Deadline: May 01 2014


Updated: April 09 2014

War, the intentional destruction of human beings, of human lifeworlds and modes of livelihood, may appear far from the usual preoccupations of organization studies but nevertheless constitutes a prominent manifestation of the organized character of the contemporary world.

The relationship between the organization of production (as exemplified by the factory) and the organization of destruction (as exemplified by the battlefield) is of course as longstanding as it is well-known. Weber saw violence and its monopolisation as crucial to the development of state bureaucracies and it might also be argued that the institutional form of the ‘arsenal’ has been the site of many organizational innovations such as Eli Whitney’s development of the ‘American System of Manufacture’ or the rejection of Taylorism at the Watertown Arsenal. More recently, the RAND Corporation came to be seen as synonymous with the development of military-managerial techniques which aspired to be as applicable to the organization of destruction as they were to the organization of production.

Yet, important and well-documented as such histories may be, what we wish to encourage in this workshop is a more direct engagement with contemporary forms of organized destruction such as ‘war’, ‘terror’ or ‘insurgency’ and with the apparatuses through which they are enacted. We therefore seek to understand the links between organization and destruction by military/para-military forces within the very circumscribed time frame of the still young (but already quite bloody) 21st century.

Interested participants should submit an abstract (1000 words) of their proposed paper to Jill Meadows at ‘Organization’ (email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).
Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by 1 July after which a full paper should be produced prior to the workshop by 1 September.


September 17 2014 to September 19 2014 | http://www.easst.umk.pl/call-for-papers/

Deadline: April 23 2014


Updated: April 09 2014

All proposals must be made to specific tracks (including the Open track) via the ‘Propose a paper’ link found beneath the track abstract on that track’s webpage. Proposals should consist of:

a paper title authors/co-authors a long abstract of fewer than 250 words. Your abstract should make clear how the paper addresses STS concerns and approaches (either generally and / or specifically in relation to a particular track). It should also make clear the type of empirical data (if any) that it will draw on.

You do NOT need to be a current member of EASST to propose a paper (but you will need to provide us with contact details as part of the process).

Follow the link to review themes and follow the theme link to review tracks. When you are ready move on to propose a paper by following the ‘propose paper’ link at the bottom of your chosen track.

On submission of the proposal, the proposing author (but not the co-authors) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the Login environment (see toolbar above right) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email has been classed as spam or otherwise lost; if it is not, you will need to re-submit, as for some reason the process was not completed.

Subsequent communication will be with all authors of a paper.

Proposals will be marked as pending until the end of the Call for papers (23/04/2014). Convenors will then be asked to make their decisions over the papers proposed to their track by 6th May and to communicate those to the proposers, marking them up within the login environment. Papers which are neither accepted nor rejected, but marked for ‘transfer’, will then be considered by the Scientific Committee to see where else they might fit in the conference programme. There is no guarantee that such papers can be re-housed. We aim to resolve all transfers by 6th June 2014.

While we cannot prevent you from making multiple proposals, we would encourage colleagues to make just one. The ‘transfer process’ aims to ensure that good papers will have a chance to be presented even if the track to which they were initially proposed has no space. You will be able to present only one paper at the conference. In the event of more than one being accepted you will be required to choose between them.

Other useful information for after you’ve proposed your paper

Paper authors can use the login link in the menu on the left to edit their proposals. Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn through this environment – please email conferenceadmin(at)easst.net to do this.

We’d ask that all presenters with accepted papers inform the convenors (copying the conference administration) if they subsequently decide to withdraw.

Summary of tracks within themes

Changing knowledge communities

A1 Synthesising futures: analysing the socio-technical production of knowledge and communities

A2 Science and technocrats in socialism and post-socialism: trajectories of knowledge production in a semi-peripheral context

A3 Technoscience and cognition

A4 What are the pillars of stability and endurance of sociotechnical networks? Studying research and innovation in post-communist transitions

A5 Stuck between theory and practice? The creative arts in times of new governance of science

A6 STS and Media Studies: Empirical and conceptual encounters?

Collective contestation

B1 Inclusive innovation contesting inequalities and promoting social justice

B2 Social movements as actor-networks

B3 Beyond the neoliberal city: using STS to explore alternative sociotechnical configurations of governance, production and exchange

B4 Situating solidarity: community-based technology and innovation concepts

Engaging publics

C1 Studying science communication

C2 Solidarity and plurality: dimensions of 'the public' in scientific engagement

C3 Stakeholder involvement: an inclusive or exclusive practice?

C4 Non-concerns about science and technology and within STS

Governing as practice

D1 Technologies of Care and Participation: Shifting the Distribution of Expertise and Responsibilities

D2 Epistemic issues in the play of governance

D3 STS and "the state"

D4 Addressing societal challenges by governing towards responsible research and innovation: Understanding underlying governance dynamics and instruments

Health, caring, technology

E1 Technological innovations in caring communities: new solidarities

E2 Coproduction of emerging biomedical technologies

E3 Measuring health and illness: quantification and changing practices of health, illness, and solidarity

E4 Health innovation and the grand challenge of ageing: governing the personal health systems revolution

E5 Lifestyle interventions and health technologies: the role of ethnography in optimising health in everyday life


F1 Solidarities and asymmetries in spaces of standardisation

F2 Can markets solve problems?

New methods in STS

G1 The development of digital tools in STS and digital humanities: watching, muddling through and reflexivity

G2 Digital mediation and re-mediation: what prospects for a future STS?


H1 Open Track

Security and Surveillance

I1 Understanding Techno-security: on pre-emption, situational awareness and technological superiority

I2 Big brother ? big data

Situated practices

J1 Situating gendered solidarities in epistemic cultures of science, technology, and other areas of academic practice

J2 Steps towards pragmatist solidarities at sociotechnical sites

J3 Solidarity in TDEs: work and organisation between humans and machines

Sociotechnical innovation

K1 Participation in socio technological innovation

K2 Cross-breeding science and technology studies and innovation studies

K3 Conceptualizing the practice of responsible research and innovation

K4 STS and social innovation: key issues and research agenda

Sustainability in transition

L1 Sociotechnical asymmetries in energy issues

L2 Situated Agency in Environmental Sustainability

L3 Scientific and imagined narratives on biodiversity: impossible solidarities?

L4 Energy controversies and technology conflicts

Call for Papers: Spinoffs of Mobility: Technology, Risk & Innovation

September 18 2014 to September 21 2014 | Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Deadline: March 31 2014


Updated: January 10 2014

The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 12th International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, to be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia on 18-21 September, 2014, co-sponsored in association with Drexel's Centers for Mobilities Research and Policy and Science, Technology and Society, and the Pan- American Mobilities Network. Papers may address any social, cultural, economic, technological, ecological and political perspectives on the history, present, and future of transport, traffic and mobility. However, preference will be given to our conference theme: Spinoffs of Mobility: Technology, Risk & Innovation. The conference theme addresses intended and unintended positive, negative, surprising and alarming side effects and collateral damages of mobility in relation to the fields of technology, innovation and risk – especially in situations of war, disaster, terrorism and new modes of securitization which unsettle existing law around human rights, civil rights, political rights, and mobility rights.

Panels could focus on topics such as: • New frontiers of transport technology transitions • Risk management and risky mobilities • Disrupted Mobility: natural disasters and system failures • Energy, transport, and climate change: moving to safety • Vulnerable populations, mobility, and disaster • Comparative histories of infrastructure: highways, airways, bike lanes • SciFi, HiFi, WiFi: changing visions of “smart” transport & “smart cities” • War, conflict, terrorism: blurred boundaries and mixed entanglements • Military Mobilities: the politics of infrastructure, war and conflict • The Space Race, satellites, UAV’s and their unintended spinoffs • Imaginary mobility and forecasting: fact, fiction, or future? • IT and social networks: surveillance, privacy, displacements • Cyberinfrastructure and emergency planning for transport • Disability, active mobility, and designing for accessibility • Mobilities of pleasure and pain: light and dark tourism • Urban mobilities and innovations in the Global South • Smart infrastructure and connected mobility • Towards sustainable transportation systems • Racialized/gendered movement-space and transportation justice • Researching risky mobilities: methodological challenges and research ethics It is a T2M tradition that paper and session proposals are not limited to the general topic.

We ask for paper and session proposals for all themes in the field of transport, traffic and mobility. By this, the annual conference will give, in a broad way, an up-to-date overview on the field of historical transport and mobility studies. A panel consists of a chair and normally up to three speakers; no commentator is required. We especially encourage transnational, comparative and interdisciplinary approaches, and welcome proposals exploring theoretical or methodological issues as well as those of a more empirical nature. We especially invite recent entrants to the profession and graduate students to submit proposals. This conference will be hosted by Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. The conference language is English (only). The deadline for abstracts and a short cv (max. 1 page each; Word or rich text format only) is 31 March 2014.

CFP Nordic Africa Days

September 26 2014 to September 27 2014 | Uppsala, Sweden

Deadline: May 20 2014


Updated: May 08 2014

Governing African Cities: Hybrid Arrangements and Data for Development
We hereby invite paper contributions to an extra panel at the upcoming symposium.
Organizers: Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam), Berit Aasen (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research) and Marianne Millstein (Nordic Africa Institute).
This panel explores changing modes of urban governance in Africa as city authorities struggle to respond to ongoing urban transformations. The governance of rapidly changing African cities is often achieved through a heterogeneous assemblage of actors, technologies and policy models, in which formal and informal modes of governance are imbricated. In this panel, we are specifically interested in exploring the ways in which a range of state and non-state actors and institutions come together in urban governance, in sectors such as security, housing and environmental service provision.

We focus on hybrid governance arrangements that involve politicians, policymakers and bureaucrats as well as international financial institutions, NGOs, corporate actors, and even criminal organizations. What are the implications of the pluralization and privatization of public goods provision for efficiency, transparency and accountability? Beyond an interest in the composition and operation of such public/private, formal/informal arrangements, we are also interested in exploring the politics of knowledge in urban governance. What power struggles surround the collection and use of digital data and spatial data in the name of "development" and "urban best practices"?

Who owns new sets of "big data" and who has access to it? We are interested in the opportunities that exist for democratic modes of participatory mapping or counter-mapping, as well as the ways that these spatial data sets result in surveillance. New forms of data, whether produced "from below" or "from above", can both be a source of power in community dynamics and the citizen participation in urban processes, and tie into existing categorizations that delineate specific groups of beneficiaries and exclude others. Please submit an abstract directly to Marianne Millstein via e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by May 20 (the announced date for submissions is May 15 but we have been given permission to accept papers for a few days after this date). We expect to finalize the selection of papers before May 31. For more information about the Nordic Africa Days. Please note that the panel is not announced on the official NAD site, but once papers and sessions have been selected the panel will be included in the program.

16th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum: Engaging the Future Responsibly

October 02 2014 to October 04 2014 | Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale Arizona

Deadline: August 15 2014


Updated: June 09 2014

The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum’s annual conference will focus on issues and methods regarding responsible engagement of the future. · Science and Technology Change · Social and Institutional Change · Methods of Public Engagement

Submissions are encouraged on issues and methods regarding responsible engagement of the future. Topics could include: Science and Technology Issues · Emerging technologies (e.g. robotics, human enhancement, nanotechnology) · Sustainability (e.g. energy, water, agriculture, urban infrastructure) · Climate change (mitigation, adaptation) · Biodiversity · Public health · Cybersecurity Social and Institutional Issues · Governance · Aging populations · Conflict & terrorism · Human rights · Status of women · Economic disparity · Immigration policy · Corporate social responsibility Methods of Engagement · Ethics advisory mechanisms (e.g. clinical ethics consultation, advisory panels) · Cultural prediction/response (e.g. art, film, literature) · Public engagement (e.g. town halls, social media, online education) · Embedding ethicists in research and practice · Anticipatory ethics · Scenario building

Although the theme of the conference highlights issues concerning engaging the future responsibly, the Society encourages submissions on any subject or thematic area that advances the mission of the SEAC to promote ethical inquiry and teaching across the curriculum. Submissions may include full papers or session abstracts; session formats will include paper sessions, panels, case study analysis and discussion, and pedagogical demonstrations. Upload submissions, in PDF format and formatted for blind review, by August 15, to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=seac2014
Please visit our website for details.

Plenary sessions · Keynote Speaker: Deborah Johnson, The Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at the University of Virginia · Misti Ault Anderson, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Full conference information


Full call for papers

Upload submissions, in PDF format and formatted for blind review to

The Semiotic Society of America

October 02 2014 to October 05 2014 | Seattle, Washington

Deadline: June 20 2014

http:// http://www.semioticsocietyofamerica.org

Updated: April 09 2014

Paradoxes of Life
Challenge - Determination - Resilience

Ever since the paradoxes of Zeno (on the impossibility of motion) and Heraclitus (on the possibility of ever-present change)—through the work of Baudrillard, Eco, Escher, Hegel, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Peirce, Picasso, Russell, Whitehead, and others—philosophers, scholars, and artists have been exploring the phenomenological nature of paradoxes. Contemporary societies seem to be especially challenged by paradoxes in all aspects of life. And yet, antinomies in life are not fortuitous, nor do they result from incompetence. They are inherent in the human condition and innate forces in cultural and natural systems.

The irony is that when societies face crises, there is a tendency to confuse paradoxical situations with problems. This habitual tendency seems to be generated by intolerance for those ambiguities and uncertainties that are unavoidable features of paradoxes. But whenever paradoxes are perceived as problems, they can never be solved or dissolved. Rather, sooner or later, apparent solutions are discovered to be illusions, leading to ever-more-tangled problems. Thus, it is important to be aware of the difference between what we perceive as problems and what we experience as paradoxes.

Paradoxes present contradictions between irresolvably opposing aspects of life. But life feeds on these contradictory relations, and the evolution of life itself is paradoxical. Because we are born into a world of paradoxes, we are compelled to learn how to survive, to persevere, and to thrive in a reality that is constantly in a state of disequilibrium. Although we are challenged by the tension among various opposing forces, the resulting paradoxes can offer unique opportunities for engaging in crucial meaning-making processes. However, the manner in which we deal with the paradoxes of life is contingent upon our personal capacity for meeting challenges with determination and resilience. Indeed, how we deal with paradoxes can give us insight into the nature of complex semiotic processes. We invite you to consider this theme when planning your contribution to the annual meeting. A list of possible topics (in no way exhaustive) follows:
- The Structure of Paradox
- The Paradox of Teleology and Absurdism
- The Paradox of Continuity and Discontinuity
- The Paradox of Stability and Change
- The Paradox of Determinism and Free Will
- The Paradox of the Absolute and the Contingent
- The Life and Death Paradox
- The Paradox of the Whole and the Part
- Paradoxes of Self and Others
- Paradoxes of War and Peace
- The Semiotic Paradox of the Lie and the Truth
- Transmodernity and Paradoxes
- The Paradox of Language
- The Paradox of Troping
- The Paradox of Beauty and the Grotesque
- Religious Paradoxes
- Gender Paradoxes
- Paradoxes of Love
- Paradoxes of Communication
- Paradoxes of Space and Time
- The Paradox of the Real and the Imaginary
- The Paradox of Comedy and Tragedy
- Paradoxes of the Digital Age
- Finite and Infinite Paradoxes
*"Paradoxes of Life" is a non-restrictive theme of the 39th Annual Meeting. Any topic related to semiotics can be submitted as a paper, a panel, or a poster.

Submission of Abstracts and Proposals

Please visit http://semioticsocietyofamerica.org/index.php/ssa-meetings to submit your abstract or proposal for poster presentation. The deadline for submission is May 16, 2014. Please include the following information in your submission:

1. Author’s Name(s)
2. Institutional Affiliation and Academic Status
3. Email Address
4. Title of the Abstract
5. 150- to 200-Word Abstract (in Times New Roman 12)
6. Keywords (maximum 6 words)

Abstracts for individual papers or panels and organized sessions (3-4 papers) as well as poster presentations must include all of the above information. Papers are for a 20-minute presentation. Early submission of abstracts and proposals is highly recommended. An acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receiving your submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2014.

Papers presented at the meeting will also be considered for publication in Semiotics 2014, the Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America (SSA). The SSA Yearbook is an annual peer-reviewed publication series sponsored by the Semiotic Society of America, providing both a timely overview of current developments in semiotic research and a regular outlet for members of the society to publish papers on their current work. Further details and deadlines will be specified in the Annual Meeting Program.

Student submissions are eligible for the Roberta Kevelson Award, which will honor the best student paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Students who wish to be considered for the Kevelson Award should indicate their interest in their abstract submissions, and submit their full papers to Prof. Farouk Y. Seif at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by September 2, 2014.

Special Events

*** Pre-Conference Marketplace of Semiotics: This year’s Annual Meeting will use the innovative, self-organizing process known as Open Space Technology to energize and engage participants in stimulating seminars/workshops. The process will generate a “Marketplace of Semiotics” that contains diverse sessions. These sessions will form 5–8 distinctive seminars/workshops for students and scholars new to semiotics, but also of interest to experienced scholars. The Marketplace of Semiotics will include lunch and will commence with an exceptional keynote speaker; thereafter, experienced facilitators will conduct these self-generated seminars/workshops. More information and further details will be provided in the Program.

*** Poster Presentations: Poster presentations will be peer reviewed. Poster sizes should not exceed 3x3 feet in dimension and be done on matte finish or coated paper. Posters are intended to highlight best practices and research projects. Submission of poster proposals should include 150–200 words of brief description and a PDF of the actual poster. Presenters should make sure their final printed posters are received by the SSA Registration Desk at the Westin Seattle Hotel no later than 12:00 noon on October 1, 2014. All posters will be on display in a gallery throughout the duration of the annual meeting.

Conference Venue

Seattle, also known as the “Emerald City,” is the host city for the 39th SSA Annual Meeting. Seattle is one of the most beautiful and fastest-growing cities of North America. It was named after the prominent Native American figure Chief “Seathle,” who creatively dealt with the paradox of accommodating white settlers with Native Americans through a robust call for ecological responsibility. The Seattle metropolitan area is the home of leading companies such as Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks.

The Annual Meeting will take place at The Westin Seattle Hotel in the heart of downtown. The Westin Hotel has exceptional amenities and is within walking distance of the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Symphony (Benaroya Hall), Pike Place Market, and the beautiful waterfront.

To make your room reservations, please visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2014SemioticSociety or call +01-888-627-8513. We encourage you to make your reservation by August 22, 2014. After this date, it will be at the Westin’s discretion whether to accept reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability. The single or double room SSA special rate is $195.00 per night, including complimentary guest-room wireless Internet access.

Registration and Fees

Please note that, according to the SSA Constitution, “Only Individual, Student, and Honorary members in good standing may offer papers to the Program Committee for oral presentation at meetings of the Society” (Article 4, Section 4). Membership must be in good standing at or before the time of abstract submission.

Registration Fees:
- SSA Membership Dues (Regular) -- $50.00
- SSA Membership Dues (Student) -- $30.00
- Conference Registration Fee (Regular) -- $150.00 (late registration $175.00 after August 17, 2014)?
- Conference Registration Fee (Student) -- $70.00 (late registration $85.00 after August 17, 2014)
- Pre-Conference Seminars/Workshops Fee -- $30.00 (access to all seminars/workshops)
Meals Fee (includes the following) -- $100.00
• Breakfast (3 days)
• Lunch (3 days)
• All-day Beverage Service (3 days)
• Plated Dinner (1 night)
• Welcome Reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer/sodas

How to Register:
Please visit http://www.pdcnet.org/wp/services/2014-ssa-conference/ or call: +01-434-220-3300 or the toll free number 1-800-444-2419 (U.S. & Canada).
More information will become available over the coming months at http://www.semioticsocietyofamerica.org.
We look forward to welcoming you in Seattle!

Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology

October 10 2014 to October 11 2014 | Red Gym, Madison, WI


Updated: August 08 2014

Join us as we consider how to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology.
Keynote speaker: Anne Fausto-Sterling Brown University
Open to faculty from all disciplines, researchers, and graduate students!
The Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce the Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology to deliberately examine creating new research, new topics, new methods, new theories that remove the gender bias in biological research. Click on the link for complete conference details including directions on how to submit a poster.

At a glance: Cost: Full symposium early bird $55 until Oct 1st, $70 after. Students $10. Register online» | Details» Questions? Contact Janet Shibley Hyde: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 608-262-9522
Made possible through the Gertraude Wittig Endowment Co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Medical History and Bioethics, and the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute Supported, in part, by the University Lectures Committee

EXPERIENCE AS EVIDENCE? A Symposium on the Sciences of Subjectivity in Healthcare, Policy and Pract

October 13 2014 to October 14 2014 | St Hugh’s College, Oxford


Updated: May 08 2014

‘Experience’ has long been referenced as a valuable, if ‘subjective’, resource in a variety of fields. Especially in healthcare, highly personal, embodied understandings of illness have been studied as an alternative to ‘objective’ biomedical knowledge and are often used to critique biomedical reductionism. In the wake of this critique, as well as burgeoning patient activism and health consumerism, over the last fifty years an industry has emerged that aims to capture, process and distribute the patient ‘experience’. This raises a number of questions about the nature of the knowledge generated by these ‘technologies of experience’: – What does it take to turn experience into evidence? What new methods and expertise are emerging in this field? – What promises, pitfalls and politics come with these approaches? – And what are the implications for research, policy and practice?

The symposium brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars and practitioners to discuss these and related questions, critically engaging with how the concept of ‘experience’ is articulated, studied, and developed within medical sociology, science and technology studies (STS), health services research, healthcare policy and practice. Speakers include: Samantha Adams, Madeleine Akrich, Susannah Fox, Havi Carel, Trisha Greenhalgh, Tiago Moreira, Jeannette Pols, Vololona Rabeharisoa, Glenn Robert, Tanja Schneider, Natasha Schüll, Paul Wicks, Alex Wilkie For more information and registration, see: http://experience-as-evidence.org/ Organizing committee: Angela Martin, Fadhila Mazanderani, Louise Locock, John Powell, Steve Woolgar, Sue Ziebland, Malte Ziewitz Hosted by the University of Oxford’s Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) and made possible with the support of NIHR and the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

Meaningful Play 2014

October 16 2014 to October 18 2014 | East Lansing, MI, USA

Deadline: July 01 2014


Updated: March 15 2012

Whether designed to entertain or to achieve more "serious" purposes, games have the potential to impact players' beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, emotions, cognitive abilities, physical and mental health, and behavior. Central to all of these goals is the idea of Meaningful Play: a player's sense that actions matter and the context of play matters. Meaningful Play 2014 is a conference about theory, research, and game design innovations, principles and practices. Meaningful Play brings scholars and industry professionals together to understand and improve upon games to entertain, inform, educate, and persuade in meaningful ways. The conference includes thought-provoking keynotes from leaders in academia and industry, peer-reviewed paper presentations, panel sessions (including academic and industry discussions), innovative workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions of games and prototypes. Meaningful Play 2014 and the journal Games and Culture (G&C) have partnered to bring a special issue of G&C containing top papers from the Meaningful Play 2014 conference. Top paper authors will be invited to revise their Meaningful Play paper for publication consideration in the special issue. G&C is a peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to the theoretical and empirical understanding of games and play. Paper, Panel, Poster, Roundtable, Workshop, and Game submissions are sought from both researchers and practitioners in academia and industry. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to submit either jointly with an academic/member of industry or alone. Details on the conference, including the call for submissions, is available at: http://meaningfulplay.msu.edu

The World’s Fair Since ‘64

October 24 2014 to October 25 2014 | Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Deadline: April 21 2014

Updated: April 09 2014

This workshop proposes to examine world’s fairs since (and including) 1964, a period marked by tremendous variability in the location and impact of the genre. Participants may wish to cover any of the fairs from 1964 to the present, as well as fairs planned for future dates. The themes below are of interest—Asian themes, and comparative Asian/western themes are particularly encouraged.

+Formal International Expositions since 1964

+National-level world’s fairs since 1964

+World’s fairs proposed but never realized

+Urban planning/development and the world’s fair

+Cold War and Post-Cold War international relations and the world’s fair

+New technologies and science, new design aesthetics and the world’s fair

+Comparative analysis of fairs pre and post-1964

+World’s fairs and historical memory

+World’s fairs and identity (race, class, gender, ethnicity and nationality)

+The emergence of Asian world’s fairs

+Key historical figures in recent world’s fairs

+Comparative analysis of world’s fairs and Olympics, (and other intl. events)

+Other themes welcome!

Though the core analytical focus will be historical, scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and art/design fields are welcome to participate. Participants will prepare an essay (2500-5000 words) to circulate one month in advance of the workshop. The workshop will consist of brief presentations, followed by in-depth discussion of each paper, as well as thematic sessions looking at cross-cutting aspects of the works presented.

Accepted participants may receive a subsidy to defray expenses.

This workshop is supported by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution, the College of Arts and Sciences of Drexel University, and the Department of the History of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Scott Gabriel Knowles (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Robert H. Kargon (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by April 21, 2014.

Call for Papers – Pre-organized Session on “STS and the City”

October 30 2014 to November 02 2014 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Updated: November 04 2013

Session Organizers: Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan; Thaddeus Miller, Portland State University Cities both shape and are shaped by science and technology (S&T) and are a locus for S&T innovation, politics and policy. Planning scholars are increasingly drawing on theoretical and empirical perspectives from the interdisciplinary field of science, technology, and society (STS) in order to examine urban planning topics. Similarly, cities are emerging as critical sites for STS analyses to explore the relationship between knowledge, technology, power and politics. We are organizing a session (or two, depending on the level of interest) exploring the use of STS theory and perspectives on urban topics. We invite paper proposals that explore this intersection, whether they are theoretical or empirical, including (but not limited to) those that focus on the following areas: durability and change in the urban environment; urban socio-technical systems, including barriers and opportunities for navigating them toward sustainability; how infrastructures are (re)shaped in response to social, political and environmental problems and the work required to repair and maintain them; the use of physical artifacts in planning dialog; planning support systems and the role of the computer models, representations, and mediating interfaces in the planning process; political contests and controversies related to S&T in urban settings; the role of expertise in policy and planning, including how cities act as “truth-spots” to support claims to credibility; comparative analyses of how cities are evoked to perform political and technological work; and, public engagement in planning and S&T decision-making. Timeline Nov. 15 - Submit a title and draft abstract (no more than 250 words) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Dec. 1 – Notification of inclusion in panel proposal January 2014 – ACSP deadline for complete abstracts October 15, 2014 – ACSP deadline for final papers

Society for the History of Technology

November 06 2014 to November 09 2014 | Dearborn, MI

Deadline: March 31 2014


Updated: April 09 2014

Accordingly, the Program Committee invites paper and session proposals on any topic in a broadly defined history of technology, including topics that push the boundaries of the discipline. The Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or complete sessions from researchers at all levels. We also welcome proposals from all researchers, whether veterans or newcomers to SHOT's meetings, and regardless of primary discipline. Submitters are encouraged to propose sessions that include a diverse mix of participants: multinational origins, gender, graduate students and junior scholars with senior scholars, significantly diverse institutional affiliations, etc.

For more information, or to submit an individual paper or a panel proposal, please visit the website.
If you have any questions about the call, or the submission process, please contact the secretary's office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

*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

The Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

November 18 2014 to November 19 2014 | Moscow, Russia

Deadline: September 01 2014


Updated: June 09 2014

The Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia) will host International Conference «Social Philosophy of Science. Russian Prospects» in Honor of Prof. V. Stepin on 18-19 November 2014.

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: 1. Constructivism vs. Realism 2. Relativizing Naturalism 3. Social Ontology of Science 4. STS: Hard Science, Soft Science 5. Science as Culture 6. Social Dimensions of Technology 7. Reforming Science Selected contributed papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Papers should be prepared for anonymous review and should be up to 1700 words. Submissions should include a 100-word abstract. The text should be in Word document format, Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 interval, margings left 2 cm and right 2 cm, with page numbering. All Citation should be in the form of footnotes Papers are accepted until September 1. Please submit your paper electronically at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

All questions about submissions should be directed to Tatiana Sokolova at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) More information can be found at http://eng.iph.ras.ru/page17188836.htm 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)

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) All questions about submissions should be directed to Tatiana Sokolova at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

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: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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/

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.