Events include paper calls for conferences, workshops, lectures, seminars, and exhibits (listed in chronological order).
Last updated 04/09/2014 by Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone.
Online Collaborative Explorations focusing on “Scientific and Political Change”
January 16 2014 to April 16 2014 |
Updated: January 10 2014
Collaborative Explorations (CEs) are an extension of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and related approaches to education in which participants shape their own directions of inquiry in response to a scenario in which the problems are not well defined. The online CEs consist of live 60-minute sessions each week for a month and exchanges on a private community between sessions.
The format is designed to address the needs of onlne learners who want to: * participate for shorter periods than a semester-long MOOC * dig deeper, make "thicker" connections with other learners * connect topics with their own interests * learn without needing credits or badges for MOOC completion. In short, online CEs are "moderately open online collaborative learning."
Schedule: * * February: The democratic control of science-A self-guided e-trail * March: Policy and practices around new genetic technologies, here and there * April: Preparing people to be informed participants in political debates about science, technology, and social change May: Science-policy connections to improve responses to extreme climatic events: Briefings requested-quickly!
Day and time is set to suit the people who register. Open to the public--please spread the word. For more information and link for registering on the website. Organized in collaboration with UMass Boston's Science in a Changing World graduate track and Inter-college Seminar in Humanities and Sciences.
The 4th International Conference on Mobile Communication for Development (M4D)
April 08 2014 to April 09 2014 | Dakar, Senegal, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD)
Deadline: October 01 2013
Updated: September 11 2013
We are happy to announce two exiting keynotes at the M4D2014 conference. Professor Laura Stark from University of Jyväskylä in Finland who will talk about ethnographic approaches to mobile use among the very poor. Our second keynote is Anne Shongwe, founder and CEO of Afroes Transformational Multi-Media & Consulting. Anne has worked with several governments across Africa and South-East Asia as well as with UN, Bill and Melinda Gates foundations and the Nelson Mandela Childrens fund to mention a few. We are also happy to announce that we are going to organize workshop for PhD students attending the conference with among others the two keynotes, Jonathan Donner from Microsoft Research and Rich Ling from IT University Copenhagen and Telenor research. A separate call will follow this autumn. M4D2014 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication for Development.
M4D2014 will combine two days of plenary parallel paper sessions, panel sessions, short presentations, posters and workshops. This conference is the fourth in the M4D biennial series following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and the 3rd in New Delhi, India in 2012. How to Participate? M4D2014 welcomes participants from academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations. If you want to submit a paper, there are two different options. Research papers (8-12 pages including references) will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on theory craftsmanship and analytical rigor. Articles considering critical approaches and theoretical development will be prioritized. The practitioner’s track is open to practitioners to present their experiences, cases and policies (4-5 pages). These contributions do not have to be guided by academic theory and critical analysis.
All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings and allocated a presentation slot. Presenting with Posters, in Short Track or Parallel Sessions? Accepted papers with best reviews will be allocated longer presentation slots in parallel sessions. The other accepted papers will be allocated shorter presentation slots in short track sessions that will be followed by poster sessions. Accepted paper presenters should thus be prepared to bring posters with them. Poster size max. 80x120 cm. Roll-ups are also allowed. You can also participate by organizing a workshop. Workshops submissions for proceedings (2 pages) must contain: title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives.
Finally, there is also the possibility to only submit a poster or a demo (1-page extended abstract). We are particularly interested in (but not limited to): mLearning mLivelihood mAgriculture mHealth mParticipation mGovernance mInnovation mDemocracy Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceeding will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Cheikh Anta Diop and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad.
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.
Workshop on Self-Governance in Science and Technology
April 14 2014 to April 15 2014 | Potsdam, Germany
Deadline: February 07 2014
Updated: January 16 2014
Discussions on appropriate governance for currently emerging issues in science and technology (S&T) – including climate engineering, synthetic biology and nanotechnology – have been gaining momentum in academic and policy circles. These are frequently characterized as novel and unprecedented; however, there are aspects to these debates that are not new, and there is much that can be learnt across different cases. The last century has seen the evolution of S&T governance across fields as disparate as transportation, communication, agriculture, energy, medicine, and dual-use military technology.
Surveillance & Society Conference
April 24 2014 to April 25 2014 | Barcelona
Deadline: September 30 2013
http://www.surveillance-studies.net/documents/cfp_SSN2014_Barcelona_final.pd f http://www.surveillance-studies.net/documents/cfp
Updated: September 06 2013
CALL FOR REGISTRATION OF INTEREST AND ABSTRACTS
Contemporary surveillance is characterised by ambiguities and asymmetries. Surveillance results from different desires and rationales: control, governance, security, profit, efficiency but also care, empowerment, resistance, and play. Furthermore it can have both positive and negative outcomes for individuals and these may lead to intended or unintended consequences. Surveillance is never neutral. Surveillance is always about power and that power is increasingly asymmetric. Surveillance practices are also changing and as 'smart' surveillance systems proliferate utilising and generating 'Big Data' new forms of ambiguity and asymmetry arise. In this context the conference wishes to explore the following key themes:
KEY THEMES INCLUDE
Smart surveillance Democracy and surveillance Resilience and surveillance Cultures and histories of surveillance Representations of Surveillance in Film/Art/Literature/Media Surveillance and empowerment Surveillance and human rights Surveillance in knowledge economies Regulating surveillance Surveillance, privacy and data-protection Participatory surveillance and police surveillance of online social networks Surveillance, games and play Theories of surveillance Ethics of surveillance Gender and surveillance Algorithmic surveillance Politics and governance of surveillance Surveillance and big data STS approaches to surveillance Surveillance and sports Resistance to surveillance Non-technological surveillance Surveillance and mobility
31 May 2013 First call for papers and intent issued 25 September 2013 1st deadline submission of abstracts 30 September 2013 Electronic booking form available - formal registration and payment 22 November 2013 Notification to participants about decisions on abstracts 25 March 2014 Submission full papers 25 March 2014 Final Deadline for registration and payment for all conference attendees without late booking surcharge 7 April 2014 Papers published on Web available to all registered conference attendees 24-25 April 2014 Conference
Energy and Economy
April 24 2014 to April 26 2014 | Austin, TX
Deadline: November 01 2013
Updated: October 06 2013
Anthropologists have a long, if uneven, history of engagement with studies of energy and economy – from the use of wind in ancient exchange and the effects of domestication on production, to the contemporary dependence on the consumption of fossil fuels. While Leslie White most explicitly incorporated energy in his mid-century macroevolutionary model, the discipline’s engagements with energy and economy include a wide variety of approaches ranging from cultural ecology and systems-based theories to political ecology and ecofeminism.
Despite these diverse engagements, economistic understandings of the relationship between energy and economy continue to dominate the intellectual and policy landscape. Anthropological insights, however, make it clear that actual human engagements with energy almost never follow a simple logic of economic efficiency. What can the historical, material and ethnographic records tell us about the empirical relationships between the environment, economy, culture, and energy use? Better analysis of these mutually influencing relationships enriches scholarship and has critical policy relevance – particularly given the urgent need for a transition to less carbon-intensive energy sources.
Human societies have always relied on continued resource inputs, yet explicit consideration of energy is often neglected in social scientific work. Perhaps this is due to energy’s invisibility – its doxic, taken-for-granted flow as mysterious to most people as its effects are profound and ubiquitous. Uneven social, political economic, and environmental impacts simultaneously accompany these flows in a global circuitry of energy and trade that is as cultural as it is physical, bringing different, intersecting forms of power into perspective.
Energy flows, then, are at the very foundations of economic provision and therefore provide a compelling lens through which to examine the economic affairs of any society.
We are especially keen on stimulating interdisciplinary engagement with the meeting theme. SEA 2014 is thus planned in conjunction with the SAA meetings in Austin, Texas and we strongly encourage submissions from archaeologists, and other anthropologists, as well as economists, historians and other scholars of the human condition. Texas will provide a particularly relevant backdrop for SEA 2014 given the state’s notable energy resources and significant influence on US and global energy policy. Austin is an especially pleasant setting, with delightful spring weather and a vibrant music scene.
We welcome anthropologically informed and theoretically relevant papers and posters that address (but are certainly not limited to) the following questions:
Economic Theory: concepts, method, professional practice, interdisciplinarity
What fundamental reorientations of theory and method are needed to widen appreciation of humanity’s past, present and future dependence on energy flows? What theories and methodologies are most useful for understanding shifts between energy regimes? What are the most promising ethnographic frontiers for understanding the transition away from the fossil fuel era? How can a long-term perspective incorporating non-industrial societies bolster how we envision energy flows and human-environmental relations? How might we best think about vulnerability, sustainability and resilience? Should economic anthropologists resume measuring food, fuel and labor in terms related to advances in environmental economics or human ecology? How might renewed attention to energy reunite or reconfigure four-field anthropology?
Production: environmental interfaces, labor, work, societal structuring
How can we best categorize diversity in the cultural and material production of energy – from energy used to fuel human labor and the fire used to smelt iron, to the biological, nuclear and solar technologies now being explored? How have prehistoric and more contemporary social groups resisted particular energy regimes even when technological or labor capacities may have allowed them? What role has energy played in the development and reorganization of societies? How have historical and contemporary energy regimes shaped and been shaped by social and political relations? What are the physical, social, cultural, political and economic ramifications of extracting, processing and using carbon-intensive fuels and growing renewable electricity?
Exchange: energy, social circuitry, markets, commodification
How has energy affected the ways market and non-market exchange shapes social connection and dislocation? How do we best account for the energy embodied in goods and services exchanged? How are gender, age, kinship, class and other dimensions of social organization related to energy? What are the possibilities for incorporating externalities in market-based efforts to speed energy transitions? What are the impacts when we commodify resources necessary for life? How is money related to energy flow?
Consumption: style, status, decision making
How are habitus, consumption styles, status desires, and imaginaries related to the flow of energy involved in people’s ongoing construction of meaning and identity? How can energy and other resource demand from a growing middle class in BRIC and other countries be understood and accommodated? How might we interpret flat to declining energy use in the OECD/developed countries? What can economic anthropologists contribute to understanding peoples’ use of renewable energy technologies, distributed energy, smart grids, private electricity generation, etc.?
Economic & Energy Transitions: governance, finance, movements and the future
What precedents in the archaeological and historical record could help us understand the economic and social implications of slow vs. sudden shocks in energy supply? What is the minimum net energy surplus needed for societal functioning, and how useful is net energy analysis in our fields? What roles do debt and finance, including bubbles, play in the creation and reproduction of existing and potential energy regimes? How are modes of political and economic governance related to control over past, present and future energies? What is expertise, and how do experts affect the forecasting of possible energy futures? How are war and militaries part of past and future energy transitions? How have/can social movements shape(d) energy cultures?
At the annual conference, the SEA always welcomes posters on any topic in economic anthropology. Students and scholars whose work may not fit the central theme of the meeting are encouraged to submit a poster.
The special poster session during the meeting is inclusive and a major event of the SEA conference.
The SEA meetings provide a rare opportunity for a focused and coherent program of presentation, with time for critical discussion in a convivial intellectual setting. Papers are selected for a program that allows 15-20 minutes for presentation and 15-20 minutes for discussion in plenary sessions over two days; additional abstracts will be selected for the poster session. Papers from the SEA annual will be considered for publication in the society’s journal: Economic Anthropology. Submitting a paper for the plenary session represents a commitment that you wish to be considered for inclusion in the journal. We encourage archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, economists, and other scholars concerned with the meeting theme to submit abstracts.
Theorizing the Web
April 25 2014 to April 26 2014 | Brooklyn, NY
Deadline: January 19 2014
Updated: December 10 2013
What does it mean that digital technologies are increasingly a part of everyday life? We begin with such a broad question because, though the relationship between society and digital technologies is profound, we are only just beginning to make sense of their entanglement. Our understanding is limited, in part, because so much thinking about the Web is rooted in empirical analyses too disconnected from theory, from questions of power and social justice, and from public discourse. We need new priorities in our conversations about the Web. We invite you to propose a presentation for the fourth annual Theorizing the Web, which—by popular demand—is now a two-day event. Theorizing the Web is both inter- and non-disciplinary, as we consider insights from academics, non-academics, and non-“tech theorists” alike to be equally valuable in conceptualizing the Web and its relation to the world. In this spirit, we’ve moved the event away from conventional institutional spaces and into a warehouse. We have some plans for how to use this space to help rethink conference norms (and also to have some extra fun with this year’s event). We are looking for contributions that advance clear theoretical arguments; represent a diverse range of perspectives; embrace accessibility by demystifying jargon rather than using it as a crutch; and which, importantly, appeal to concerns of power, social (in)equality, and justice—themes that will also be emphasized in a keynote panel on race and social media. Some specific topics we’ll be looking for include (but are not limited to):
- Race, racism, ethnicity - Sex, sex work, sexuality - Gender - Embodiment, cyborgism, post-humanism - The self, subjectivity, identity, affect - Privacy/publicity - Surveillance, drones, the NSA - Protest, social movements, revolution - Capitalism, rationalization, exploitation, Silicon Valley - Hate, harassment, trolling, the “anti-social” web - Disconnection, unplugging, loneliness, anomie - News, journalism, knowledge, algorithms/filters - Virality, memes, the sharing/attention economy - Photography, video, GIFs, art - Music, music production, the music industry - Fiction, speculative fiction, scifi, futurism, literature - Games, gamification, game culture theory, video/board/role-playing games - Intersections of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, disability, and other forms of inequality (taken separately or woven into any of the above)
Theorizing the Web is a conference for works-in-progress. Full papers are not required in order to submit, and papers need not be in finished form when presenting. However, we plan to curate a proceedings for full papers, essays, and art connected to the conference. Because Theorizing the Web deeply values public engagement, we seek abstracts that clearly convey the logic of the argument being made and that have titles that appeal to a general audience. While we are open to different forms of presenting one’s work, we are giving priority to presentations that can be enjoyed by people outside the presenter’s field of expertise. We expect the same spirit of accessibility in accepted presentations. Submissions will be blindly reviewed by a selections committee, and we expect selection to be competitive; in past years, we have only been able to accept ~25% of submissions. Abstracts should be 300-500 words and focus on the argument being made and its conclusions. Only the first 500 words of the abstract will be reviewed.
Submission are due by 11:59 EST on January 19th, 2014.
In addition to the open submission sessions, #TtW14 will feature invited sessions. A keynote panel on race and social media will feature Lisa Nakamura (co-editor of *Race After the Internet*), Latoya Peterson (Owner/Editor of *Racialicious*), Ayesha Siddiqi (Editor at *The New Inquiry*), and Jenna Wortham (Staff Reporter for *The New York Times*). More invited speakers will be announced soon. More information can be found at the conference website:theorizingtheweb.org Registration for Theorizing the Web is whatever you deem fair or can afford, minimum 1$. Registration information can be found here: theorizingtheweb.org/registration The conference hashtag is #TtW14
Localities: Science and Technology in Places, Spaces, and Times,
May 03 2014 to May 04 2014 | York University, Toronto, Canada
Deadline: March 31 2014
Updated: April 09 2014
The Science & Technology Studies Program at York University announces the forth annual graduate student conference. It will be held on May 3–4, 2014. This year’s theme challenges us to consider how places, spaces and times take active roles in shaping the science and technology we research, and our research of science and technology. As places, spaces and times create boundaries, the concepts surrounding them are something considered and vigorously debated within STS. Their definition and construction reflect the social nature of the ways science is conducted, technologies developed, and the manner in which both are disseminated, debated, and considered, both publicly and within their respective communities. What are the localities created by such boundaries, in which science and technology and their subsequent consideration and debate reside? Do they reside within them at all, or are the very idea of localities, within which science and technology and the discourse surrounding them takes place, even something that exists or something that needs to be considered? This year’s graduate student conference looks to explore these bounded localities, hoping to bring attention to the various realms, in which science and technology reside, and to encourage discussion on how the tangible and intangible is presented across localities, as well as how they impact individuals and communities.
We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities and social sciences that will inspire, challenge, and stretch personal assumptions, academic categories, and pedagogical approaches to the practices of STS. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to share research as well as to meet other like-minded up-and-coming academics and researchers.
We welcome contributions on the following topics:
Education, Pedagogies and Methodologies of Locality Public Dimensions of Science & Technology Science & Technology in Academic Localities Science & Technology in Nature and Space Science & Technology in Fiction and Media Technicalities of Science & Technology Extraordinary Localities Embodiment and Identities Material Dimensions Policies, Regulations, Law Political Localities Historical Localities Localities / (Con-)Temporalities Thinking and Making Multispecies Ethnography
Submission & Registration Please submit a maximum 350-word abstract, which includes your name, affiliation, year of study, and e-mail address to STS2014 at yorku dot ca.
Deadline: March 31, 2014
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS STS Conference Graz 2014
May 06 2014 to May 07 2014 | GRAZ, AUSTRIA
Deadline: January 31 2014
Updated: November 10 2013
“Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies”
We invite interested researchers in the areas of science and technology studies and sustainability studies to give presentations. The conference provides a forum to discuss on a broad variety of topics in these fields – especially abstracts are encouraged which refer to aspects of the mentioned conference themes and special sessions.
CONFERENCE THEMES - Gendered careers and disciplinary cultures in science and technology - Life Sciences/Biotechnology - Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems - Challenges in Green Public Procurement Research - Sustainable Food Systems SPECIAL SESSIONS -- Special Session 1: Social justice and Diversity -- Special Session 2: Energy systems in transition – strategies of incumbent actors -- Special Session 3: Energy Consumption in Organizational Settings -- Special Session 4: Foodscapes Beyond the Alternative/Conventional Food Networks Binary -- Special Session 5: Key Concepts of Agro-Food Studies -- Special Session 6: Bodies – Technologies – Gender -- Special Session 7: The politics of ICTs -- Special Session 8: Inside the Parliament -- Special Session 9: From STS to SSH: Translating STS concepts for the study of social sciences and humanities (SSH) -- Special Session 10: Societal discourse on Synthetic Biology
Social Sciences & Medical Innovations
May 15 2014 to May 17 2014 | Tomsk, Russia
Deadline: February 20 2014
Updated: December 10 2013
Center for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies (PAST-Centre, Tomsk State University, Russian Federation) and Department of Health, Ethics and Society (HES, Maastricht University, the Netherlands) are pleased to invite you to this conference. The conference is organized as a collaborative endeavor between Maastricht University and Tomsk State University. *** Innovations in medicine and public health - genetic technologies, e-health, monitoring technologies, etc - are commonly presented as key to improving health, wellbeing and quality of life as well as to decreasing the costs of health care. However, new medical and health care technologies often are not implemented in practice as is promised, innovations raise moral and social issues and an ''implementation gap'' becomes a challenge.
This conference aims to explore the complexity of innovation processes in medicine and health care from a perspective of social sciences, including science and technology studies (STS), medical anthropology and sociology of biomedicine.
The Conference will involve: * Key-Note lectures by Klasien Horstman (Professor of the Philosophy of Public Health, Leader of the Research Programme Health, Ethics and Society; Maastricht University) and Jessica Mesman (Associate Professor at the Department of Technology and Society Studies; Maastricht University); followed by discussion sessions with professionals and academics from various fields.
Changing Life in Times of Crisis
May 18 2014 to May 21 2014 | Old Fire Station, Woods Hole MA, USA
Deadline: January 31 2014
Updated: December 03 2013
New England Workshop on Science and Social Change
In this four-day workshop participants will create spaces, interactions, and support in formulating plans to extend our own projects of inquiry and engagement around "changing life in times of crisis." As at http://sicw.wikispaces.com/newssc14, a wide range of projects might fit under this intentionally broad topic. Activities will, as they have at NewSSC since 2004, build on what the particular group of participants contribute and employ a range of tools and processes for "connecting, probing, and reflecting" so as to support and learn from each others' inquiries. The intended outcomes include: a) products that reflect our inquiries and plans, conveyed in work-in-progress presentations or activities (15 or 45 minutes) and revised in response to feedback so as to be shared outside the workshop, b) experiences that motivate us to take our individual projects beyond their current scope or level of activity, and c) stock-taking towards developing the workshop format. This format, in brief, includes an activity together as a group each morning and again for an hour at the end of the day. In between, time is spent in independent research related to this scenario, in conversations, and in other pursuits that participants find helpful for advancing our projects.
Applications are sought from teachers, researchers, graduate students, and activists who are interested in facilitating discussion, reflection, avid learning, and clarifying one's identity and affinities in relation to the workshop topic. Newcomers and return participants are welcome.
*The workshop format will allow for a limited number of participants over the internet.
Summer Training Seminar
May 19 2014 to May 23 2014 | Nashville, Tennessee
Deadline: February 01 2014
Updated: December 10 2013
Circling the square: Research, politics, media and impact
May 20 2014 to May 22 2014 | University Park Campus, University of Nottingham*
Updated: March 11 2014
*Organised by the Science, Technology and Society Priority Group* The conference will explore the role of knowledge in policy making, bringing together international scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, practitioners at the science-policy interface, the public and the media. Panel speakers include: David Colquhoun (UCL), Dame Athene Donald (Cambridge), Dominic Dyer (The Badger Trust), Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard), Sylvia McLain (Oxford), Beth Taylor (Institute of Physics), the science writer Jon Turney, Chris Tyler (Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) and many more. Conference rates start at £50 (£20 for students). Please book soon as only a limited number of places are available. For more details and to book your place please see our conference website. Please do pass on to any interested friends or colleagues! Best wishes and hope to see you there
2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics’2014
May 23 2014 to May 24 2014 | Chicago Marriott O'Hare, Chicago, IL, USA
Updated: June 24 2013
The Symposium's main theme is "Ethics – A Challenge to the Scientific and Engineering Community". With the evolution of science, technology and engineering, ethical problems often arise. Ethics and ethical conduct have become a critical issue in the 21st Century. The IEEE Ethics'2014 Symposium aims to respond to the needs and aspirations of a rising global professional community and to promote highest standards of ethical conduct among its members.
The Symposium will offer a rich scientific program of highest quality, including but not limited to such topics as Ethics Fundamentals, Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering Disciplines, Ethics, Morality, Law and Culture, Ethics, Society and Environment and Ethics and Education. The Symposium is aimed at scientists, engineers, technologists, but also philosophers, ethicists, lawyers, and other professionals or people who have deep interest in ethics in science, technology and engineering. We invite you to take this opportunity to share your research – theoretical, practical and case studies. Attached please find the first announcement and call for papers for the Symposium. Please plan to submit your paper proposal now. Prospective authors are welcomed to submit original papers on their latest research results. Papers are to be submitted via our on-line.
Fourth Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication Normative Aspects of Science
May 30 2014 to May 31 2014 | Ames, IA
Deadline: January 15 2014
Updated: November 04 2013
This workshop at Iowa State University continues the discussion of science communication ethics opened in previous events. While the principles of effective communication of science has attracted widespread interest in recent years, attention to normative aspects of the interactions among scientists, professional communicators, and publics has lagged.
We invite work from relevant disciplines including communication, rhetoric, philosophy, science and technology studies, and the sciences themselves, on topics such as: • What are the underlying goals of science communication? What obligations do scientists have to communicate to broader publics? What institutions and practices meet the demands of social justice? • When everyone can be a (science) journalist, does anything go? What are the obligations of those serving in new roles such as public information officer, science blogger, and advocacy group scientists. • What are the boundaries of appropriate advocacy and responsible promotion? • When are persuasive techniques such as metaphor, narrative, “framing,” and appeals to emotion appropriate in communicating science? • What ethical requirements should govern discussions of risks, benefits, “facts,” and uncertainties? • What are the normative issues in the design of public participation processes? • What normative expectations do various stakeholders in the science communication process have of each other?
Social construction of technology coming of age: new challenges and opportunities ahead
June 03 2014 to June 05 2014 | Trondheim, Norway
Deadline: March 07 2014
Updated: January 16 2014
Call for papers and information about a workshop.
In 1984, Trevor Pinch and Wiebe Bijker published their seminal paper “The social construction of facts and artifacts - or how the sociology of science and the sociology of technology might benefit each other” in Social Studies of Science. This workshop is meant as a celebration but also as an invitation to look forward. How should we assess the achievements of social construction of technology efforts? What are the promising avenues for the future of technology studies? Where are the theoretical challenges and opportunities that will take the field forward?
Life, in Theory
June 03 2014 to June 06 2014 | Turin, Italy
Updated: January 16 2014
8th SLSA-EU (European Society for the Study of Science, Literature, and the Arts) Conference.
Our call for papers may be found on the website.
In the past forty years, research in genetics and genomics, the convergence of the latter with digital technology, and the intrusion of technology into all forms of life have called into question the idea that life is anything simple, natural or biological, and have made available knowledge and resources that may determine mutations or new aggregations in the constitutive elements of life forms and living systems, likely transforming the conditions of existence of life on the planet beyond reversibility. Today, biopower is a crucial node of social transformation. It directly affects societies by interpreting and responding to their reproductive, medical, food-related needs, by redefining the notion of sustainability, by intercepting public and private funding, and by reorienting political aims and policies in ways that will heavily impact the future life of individuals, communities, and ecosystems. The VIII European Meeting of the Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts aims to continue the conversation between science and the humanities on the implications for our projected futures of the manipulation, administration, and governance of life forms. The concept of life today no longer provides sufficient ontological ground to distinguish among different forms of life and to guide ethical, political, legal, or medical actions. Thus, a discussion across disciplinary forms of knowledge and theories of life, and the practices they authorize, is literally to confront issues of life and death.
Spanish Science and Technology Studies Network,
June 04 2014 to June 06 2014 | Salamanca
Deadline: March 22 2014
Updated: March 11 2014
Abstracts are welcome in all the official languages of the Spanish state, plus English and Portuguese. Attendance is open and free of charge.
“If you love me, go away!” yelled Lola Flores on the edge of desperation at her daughter Lolita’s wedding in an iconic moment of grotesque cañi… “If you love me, go away!”: a call to affection and a bond disguising a kick in the butt. “Go away!… if you love me…”. A bit of emotional blackmail that leads us to an immobilising paradox? Or is it a paradox that mobilises us and reveals some of the contradictions in which we currently find ourselves? “If you love me, go away!” is what many young people, who have decided, showing an immense “curiosity for travel”, to take off on the path of diaspora seem to hear all the time… Young people and not so young people who say: “we’re not leaving, we are being kicked out,” and yet are presented by the authorities as an example of “international mobility” – Fátima Báñez dixit.
Now that the austerity scissors are busy cutting, dismantling and thinning out public services, the science and technology system and social life in general; now that healthcare services are being eliminated and the spectrum of public healthcare beneficiaries is being shortened; now that education fees are being raised and grants are becoming somewhat unattainable with the resulting expulsion of those with less resources from higher education; now that projects and training contracts are being paralysed, making it impossible to continue the research work of many young people; now we are yelling “If you love me, go away!”.-…
That outburst is perhaps what best summarises that sort of blind and non-promising invitation that seems to open up before our eyes. Is it a leap in the dark or a springboard? Such an expression, however, also contains somehow the irony of resistance. It reveals the daily mechanisms of sketching out liveable lives – the networks working in the back room that allow us, dwarves as we are, to make the maintenance and care work that sustains the precarious fabric of science possible. It is not the giants of “excellence”, from the Shanghai rankings or the impact factors that really sustain scientific activity but rather a myriad of “dwarves”, of routine practises not at all “heroic”, of non-recognised work made invisible.
By adopting the expression “If you love me, go away!”, we would like to bring the importance of this back room work out into the sun and to walk along that fine wire between nonsense and misery, between resistance and survival, between gripsack and precariousness, between again another flight and a work overload, trying to make visible those informal spaces, those material and affective networks and that essential care that has been forgotten but that really allow us to hold each other and the scientific system up.
Diasporas speaking of those who have gone but also those who remain, of the possibilities and limitations of the journey, of the networks needed for it, of the ties mobilised for its establishment…
Care highlighting this space for routine tasks in the practise of knowledge, which ensure its maintenance: from the systematic attention to the results of an experiment or detailed observations gathered in an ethnographic project to the material and affective maintenance of networks and people… Back rooms and dwarves facing off against the brightness of supposed excellence and the giants in the headlines, that is… all of this fundamental work that is obscured, neglected and gets quickly devalued…
…and resistance created from within these spaces made invisible.
Participate The encounter is aimed at anyone interested in doing research in social studies of science and technology, in any of the many disciplines this involves (history, sociology, history of science, philosophy of science, medicine, feminism, engineering, anthropology, psychology, environmental studies, law, gender research, etc.) irrespective of their academic position or level of training.
Spanish Network for the Social Studies of Science and Technology (esCTS) The esCTS is a non-profit network of professionals whose aim is to put people who work in the area of Social Studies of Science and Technology (CTS) into contact and foster communication among them. Our intention is to consolidate CTS studies in Spain and create a place for participation, communication and reflection for established researchers and younger people who are just starting out in their careers (doctoral students and recent graduates).
Call for Papers 2nd Energy & Society Conference
June 04 2014 to June 06 2014 | Krakow(Jagiellonian University), Krakow, Poland
Deadline: December 15 2013
Updated: December 03 2013
Midterm conference of ESA RN 12, in cooperation with ISA RC 24
Energy Transitions as Societal Transitions: Challenges for the Present and the Future It is clear that energy transitions are strongly linked to wider societal change. Questions remain, however, regarding how these links can be characterized and whether proposed energy transitions currently place enough emphasis on the implied transformations to societal structures, including habits, life styles, social structures and norms. Further, it is unclear whether the extent of change and the sometimes quite radical implications for society are adequately captured in existing attempts to chart transitional pathways.
Two key overarching concerns are at the centre of this conference. First, issues relating to whether non/changing societies are enabling or blocking wider technological or infrastructural transformations. This includes problems of societal acceptance, participation and living cultures, as well as political structures and the nature of contemporary societies (e.g. capitalist, neo-liberal societies). Second, questions about the ways that technological or infrastructural transition intersects with economic, cultural, social, and political routines. This incorporates concerns about environmental justice and capability effects and social sustainability that may be disrupted through technological and infrastructural transition.
We invite all researchers interested in the social aspects of energy transitions to submit abstracts. The conference aims at bringing together researchers interested in the relations between energy and society, providing an opportunity for them to connect with others for the purpose of international exchange and possible research collaboration in this area. The conference will feature a keynote by Elizabeth Shove. In addition to thematic panels of regular paper presentations, the program will include workshops and scheduled time and space for discussions. Additionally, optional excursions will be organized, likely to include a visit to the Laboratory of RES and Energy Safe Technologies or to a Coal Mining site. Submissions We encourage submissions on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to the following: - Energy policies as public policies: social impacts of energy transitions, socially conscious shaping of transitions. - Structural changes to the energy system and changes in society: decentralization, shifts from “big players” to a multitude of actors, from consumer to prosumer. - Energy transition as local project: local initiatives, citizen power plants, local strategies, and the interplay of governance levels. - Conceptual approaches to energy transition research: existing concepts-new applications, innovations in theory. - Energy transition in context: national and regional conditions, paradigms and pathways, energy cultures. - Interlinking socio-technical systems: energy – water, energy – waste, energy – food. - Practice, materiality, energy and social change: innovations in practice, embeddedness, technology and change - Energy poverty, justice and development: energy poverty research and concepts, environmental justice, political and personal conceptions. - Public acceptability: implications for energy system transitions, approaches to understanding acceptability. - Energy demand, markets and innovation: the shaping of demand, implications of energy market innovation for demand.
Embodied Being, Environing World: Local Biologies and Local Ecologies in Global Health
June 05 2014 to June 06 2014 | Paris, France
Deadline: March 25 2014
Updated: March 11 2014
The Interdisciplinary Chair in Anthropology and Global Health in the College d'Etudes Mondiales and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme seeks submissions for a one-day symposium. The event is intended to spark conversation among scholars who are attempting to bring critical studies of global health into conversation with critical environmental studies and science and technology studies (STS). The goal is to address the increasing entanglement of human biologies with transhuman and nonhuman ecologies: to situate health in what Don Ihde has called "embodied being and environing world." Through a themed discussion of short, precirculated working papers (rather than completed articles or chapters), a group of anthropologists, geographers, and STS scholars will discuss the theoretical challenges and opportunities presented by, among other things, the rise of epigenetics, the concept of the microbiome, chemical and other forms of "exposure," and the persistence of zoonotic and vector-borne disease. The aim of the symposium is to build upon the body of critical scholarship on global health that has coalesced around the concept of "local biologies," as originally conceived by Margaret Lock (Lock 1993; Brotherton and Nguyen 2013).
Manchester International Summer School on Emerging Technologies
June 08 2014 to June 13 2014 | Manchester, United Kingdom
Deadline: March 21 2014
Updated: March 11 2014
The Summer School will provide participants with enhanced capabilities to conceptualize and use
advanced methods of analysis to probe and anticipate research and innovation trajectories and their outcomes. Particular attention will be given to strategies for linking research questions, methods, and results with broader concerns related to research, management, and policy in emerging and convergent technology domains including science networking, commercialisation, and responsible research and innovation. Novel large-scale data methods will be examined, alongside advances in foresight and anticipatory approaches.Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from 21 March 2014 onwards.
Fist annual conference on the history of recent social science (HISRESS)
June 13 2014 to June 14 2014 | École normale supérieure de Cachan, France
Deadline: January 31 2014
Updated: January 10 2014
This two-day conference will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. It will provide a forum for the latest research on the cross-disciplinary history of the post-war social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, psychology, political science, and sociology as well as related fields like area studies, communication studies, history, international relations, law and linguistics. We are especially eager to receive submissions that treat themes, topics, and events that span the history of individual disciplines. The conference aims to build upon the recent emergence of work and conversation on cross-disciplinary themes in the postwar history of the social sciences.
A number of monographs, edited collections, special journal issues, and gatherings at the École normale supérieure de Cachan, Duke University, the London School of Economics, New York University, the University of Toronto and elsewhere testify to a growing interest in the developments spanning the social sciences in the early, late, and post-Cold War periods. Most history of social science scholarship, however, remains focused on the 19th and early 20th centuries, and attuned to the histories of individual disciplines. Though each of the major social science fields now has a community of disciplinary historians, research explicitly concerned with cross-disciplinary topics remains comparatively rare. The purpose of the conference is to further encourage the limited but fruitful cross-disciplinary conversations of recent years. A related purpose is to consider the creation of a Society for the History of Recent Social Science, with the aim to bring together scholars working in the area on an annual basis.
Submissions are welcome in areas such as: - The uptake of social science concepts and figures in wider intellectual and popular discourses - Comparative institutional histories of departments and programs - Border disputes and boundary work between disciplines as well as academic cultures - Themes and concepts developed in the history and sociology of natural and physical science, reconceptualized for the social science context - Professional and applied training programs and schools, and the quasi-disciplinary fields (like business administration) that typically housed them - The role of social science in post-colonial state-building governance - Social science adaptations to the changing media landscape - The role and prominence of disciplinary memory in a comparative context
Science and innovation policy: Dynamics, Challenges, Responsibility and Practice
June 18 2014 to June 20 2014 | Manchester, UK
Deadline: November 05 2013
Updated: October 06 2013
The EU-SPRI conference provides an opportunity to review our research agenda in the broad field of science, technology and innovation policy studies. For the Manchester conference, we hope to encourage creativity and exploration beyond approaches and assumptions that may be reaching the limits of their utility.
Our key concerns are:
· Understanding policy dynamics, and the links between policies, funding patterns, interventions, out-comes and effects
· Understanding the rise of goal, challenge or mission orientation in science and technology policies
· Addressing questions of responsible governance in science and technology policies
· Addressing the challenges of co-ordination and implementation of policies
In this first step, we invite proposals for sessions only. This will be followed in December 2013 by an invitation for papers, both linked to the accepted sessions as well as thematically open papers.
We encourage session proposals that aspire to go beyond the standard approaches. We especially welcome proposals for sessions that genuinely make connections with, and draw real value from, cognate fields such as policy analysis and evaluation studies, science and technology studies, the economics of innovation and development studies.
We have initially identified the following (suggestive rather than exhaustive) list of topics that proposals for con-ference sessions may wish to address:
· Rationales and goals for science and technology policies: Old missions, new missions?
· Where do policies come from, and where do they go? Policy emergence, implementation, diffusion and transfer
· How do we know what works? New approaches to impact assessment and evaluation
· Public or private? State versus non-State actors in the conduct of research and the governance of science and technology
· National science policies and the global scientific enterprise
· Being responsible? The responsible governance of research and innovation, in theory and in practice
· Old actors, new roles? Research performing organisations, research funders, intermediaries and other actors in the research and innovation policy system
· Open science, impact agendas and public engagement: the changing practices of science in the policy context
· The multi-level governance of research and innovation and the challenge of co-ordination
· One size does not fit all? STI policies for less-developed and emerging economies
Each session proposal should outline the topic, broad rationale and state the expectations as to the kinds of con-tributions expected in the actual call.
The overall length of a session proposal should be between 1000 and 1500 words.
2nd international workshop: Personal Health Records and patient-oriented infrastructures
June 19 2014 to June 20 2014 | Trento, Italy
Deadline: March 02 2014
Updated: February 15 2014
Healthcare systems of the western countries are invested by significant transformations under the growing pressure of demographic and epidemiological changes. In a landscape characterized by the growth of elderly people and the rise of chronic conditions they are called to modify not only what they offer but also the very nature of their role. Originally built around the care of acute cases and long-term institutional stay, healthcare sectors are promoting new models of care based on prevention, shorter hospital stay, patient education and empowerment, self-management of chronic condition. In this context Personal Health Records (PHRs) and patient-oriented infrastructures are often regarded as transformative tools to help reshape the existing healthcare systems. These technologies, have rapidly come to be considered as the cornerstones of new forms of patient-centred services redesigned around empowered citizens willing to commit themselves to a proactive style of health and wellness self-management. This has led to the flourishing of implemented systems designed by research institutions, healthcare authorities and private vendors.
Despite some significant failures (i.e. GoogleHealth, NHS' MySpace) the trend does not seem to be close to change in the near future. At a closer inspection, though, the acronym PHR covers for many diverse systems, designed having in mind quite different ideas of what patients are or should be. These technologies, in fact, are not neutral tools. Rather, they carry the inscriptions of the desires of designers and stakeholders. They embody the visions of healthcare services and the expectations about each actor's behaviour. They are imbued with the ethics and morals of new forms of patienthood and in their features and limitations are hardcoded the signs of desired patient-doctor relationship and technologically-mediated therapeutic alliance. At the same time and despite the intentions of designers, these systems are reshaped by the use of patients as they learn how to take care of themselves, collect and manage health information and experiment new forms of communication within their network of care. In this perspective PHR and patient-oriented infrastructures provide researchers significant standpoints to analyse new forms of patient empowerment and education, the strengthening of traditional relationship with doctors but also the creation of more articulated care networks and, in more general terms, the ongoing transformations of healthcare systems. In this workshop we wish to offer an arena for discussion about these and related issues to researchers, healthcare and IT professionals, healthcare managers.
Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to: · representations of patient role and patient-doctor relationship inscribed in the technological artefacts; · the strengthening or the redefinition of patient-doctor relation or healthcare practices brought about by the adoption of PHRs; · design process of Personal Health Records and patient-oriented infrastructures; · appropriation or unexpected uses of PHRs; · new forms of technologically-mediated patient empowerment, education, and patient-doctor communication; · the ethic of care and PHR · conflict and mediation concerning the use and limitation of PHR and patient-oriented infrastructures; · PHRs and their role in the regional-national healthcare infrastructural system
The first edition of the workshops has resulted in a special issue
*Important dates* Submission: 2 March 2014 Notification: 30 March 2014 Registration starts: 1 April 2014 Workshop: 19-20 June 2014
Generative Justice: Value from the Bottom-up
June 27 2014 to June 29 2014 | RPI, Troy NY
Deadline: March 31 2014
Updated: February 15 2014
Social problems are often addressed through the top-down forms of "distributive justice": intervention from government agencies and regulations for example. But science and technology innovations have opened new possibilities for "generative justice": bottom-up networks that strive for a more equitable and sustainable world through communitarian value generation.
Some examples of generative justice involve lay innovation: maker spaces, DIY movements, and "appropriated" technologies. Other examples are more focused on nature as a generator of value, such as urban agriculture, food justice, and indigenous harvesting. Some focus on the framework of Open Source, putting code, blueprints and manufacturing processes into the public domain. Still others concern composite networks: for example community waste projects that link recycling and organic composting with artistic production, "fixer" movements and other forms of community development. Generative justice can apply to social entrepreneurship, restorative justice, community media, social solidarity economies, and many other structures that allow those who generate value to directly participate in its benefits, create their own conditions of production, and nurture sustainable paths for its circulation. We invite presentation and panel proposals on the theory and practice of generative justice.
What theories of ethics, law, epistemology and politics can help to define this concept and improve its utility? What research methods are best used to explore it, and in what analytic frameworks can it be deployed? Are the relations between distributive and generative justice best viewed as opposite ends of a continuum? As mutually supportive symbiosis? How might generative justice experiences and outcomes differ across identities such as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation; across geographic and national differences; across ideological and institutional spectrums? How can we distinguish generative justice from bottom-up forms of exploitation, oppression, or unsustainable ecologies? What kinds of technologies and scientific programs might foster more generative justice, and conversely, how might generative justice contribute to better STEM education, research, and infrastructure?
Generative Justice: Value from the Bottom-up
June 27 2014 to June 29 2014 | RPI in Troy, NY
Deadline: March 31 2014
Updated: January 10 2014
Call for Papers Social problems are often addressed through the top-down forms of “distributive justice”: intervention from government agencies and regulations for example. But science and technology innovations have opened new possibilities for “generative justice”: bottom-up networks that strive for a more equitable and sustainable world through communitarian value generation. Some examples of generative justice involve lay innovation: maker spaces, DIY movements, and “appropriated” technologies. Other examples are more focused on nature as a generator of value, such as urban agriculture, food justice, and indigenous harvesting. Some focus on the framework of Open Source, putting code, blueprints and manufacturing processes into the public domain. Still others concern composite networks: for example community waste projects that link recycling and organic composting with artistic production, “fixer” movements and other forms of community development. Generative justice can apply to social entrepreneurship, restorative justice, community media, social solidarity economies, and many other structures that allow those who generate value to directly participate in its benefits, create their own conditions of production, and nurture sustainable paths for its circulation.
The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism
June 30 2014 to July 11 2014 | South Africa
Deadline: November 30 2013
Updated: November 04 2013
The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (under the umbrella of WISER) and the Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (UCHRI) are joining forces in organizing a two-week Workshop on Archives of the Non-Racial.
The Workshop represents in a leading way the innovative modes of working in the human sciences.
The call for participant applications will open in November 2013.
Please visit the website or http://www.jwtc.org.za for details.
CROSSWORLDS: THEORY, DEVELOPMENT, & EVALUATION OF SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY
July 01 2014 to July 02 2014 | Chemnitz, Germany Chemnitz University of Technology
Deadline: February 28 2014
Updated: November 10 2013
Organizers: Research Training Group Crossworlds, Department of Computer Science and Institute for Media Research We invite researchers from various disciplines to submit short papers to CrossWorlds 2014, the 1st international conference on theory, development, and evaluation of social technology. Social technologies include both technologies that directly interact with users (e.g. social robots, virtual agents, assistance systems) and technologies that facilitate the interaction between two or more users (e.g. computer mediated communication, multiplayer games, multitouch tables). Digital technologies have become an inherent part of our society, thus evolving into social actors themselves. This development changed the focus of research from questioning the general potential of technologies to more specific issues. Research from different disciplines addresses topics from modeling social aspects of technology to the design of human-computer interfaces. Following these focused approaches, it becomes even more important to understand the emerging connections between users, contexts and social technologies. The conference addresses this issue and provides a platform for vital discussions about different aspects of social technology. To enable a broad debate on the subject, approaches from various disciplines, methods and perspectives are encouraged. Presentations may feature algorithms, technology, implemented systems, empirical research, and theoretical considerations.
Please make sure, that you remove any author information including author names and references as well as acknowledgments and funding information. However, you should send your author and contact information on a separate cover page for the program committee. Papers should make absolutely clear what the current status of the proposed work is. A preference is given to finished work ready for presentation (note: this also includes theoretical/conceptual papers, if the concept itself is the main subject of presentation). By submitting a paper the authors agree to personally present their research at the conference. Conference Papers will not be published/indexed, but are electronically distributed to the conference attendees. However, selected papers will be invited to extend their papers to full papers to be published in an edited collection of the conference proceedings. Please use the IEEE template for your submission. Further information on the paper layout can be found here: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html Notification of acceptance: 31.03.14 Camera-Ready-Deadline: 13.04.14 Conference: 30.06./01.07.14
Netherlands Graduate School of Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) Summer School 2014
July 07 2014 to July 11 2014 | The Netherlands
Deadline: April 23 2014
Updated: April 09 2014
What is STS for? What are STS scholars for? With professor Gary Downey, Virginia Tech Including contributions from Stuart Blume, Erik Fisher, Brian Martin, Jessica Mesman, Sheila Jasanoff and Teun Zuiderent-Jerak Soeterbeeck, Ravenstein,
The field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has had many successes critiquing the diffusion model of knowledge. Yet this model, which assumes separate phases of creation, dissemination and utilization, provides a safe haven when STS scholars assess and celebrate their own work. We highlight the production of articles and books for academic audiences and many of us hope our messages travel beyond the boundaries of the field to have consequences, whether modest or profound, among other audiences.
The asymmetry is striking: if the practices we analyze turn out to rely on more dynamic models for successful knowledge production and transfer, then why not so for STS? Do STS notions – whether we prefer ‘translation’, ‘(social) construction’, or ‘socially robust knowledge’ – only apply to the fields we study? They don't. Many STS scholars develop practices that help them to make a difference beyond the field, in both academic and non-academic arenas. Many such practices are crucial to the production of STS knowledge and expertise, yet the community of STS scholars rarely gives them privileged attention. They get bracketed and subordinated rather than empirically unpacked in our writings, discussions, and annual meetings. This Summer School moves these practices to center stage. What can we learn from analyzing what STS scholars do to produce their knowledge and techniques and make these count in public debates, policy practices, scientific controversies, pedagogy, or technology development? To what extent have STS scholars been able to scale up their knowledge? How has this affected practices within STS itself? And how does it affect our understanding of STS as a scholarly discipline? What can we learn from this to address the twin, almost-existential questions that frame this Summer School: What is STS for? What are STS scholars for? The anchor teacher These concerns have been at the heart of the scholarly contributions made by Gary Downey over many years. His own empirical work has focused on engineering studies, a sub-field within STS he has helped to develop. His key works include The Machine in Me; An Anthropologist Sits Among Computer Engineers (Routledge, 1998) and Cyborgs and Citadels; Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences and Technologies (School of American Research Press, 1997, with Joe Dumit).
He is founding editor of the journal Engineering Studies. Moreover, the questions raised during this Summer School are central to his presidency of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). The theme of this presidency is "critical participation." The contributors The questions mentioned above become more interesting when they receive many different answers and reformulations. For this we rely on you in interaction with senior contributors. Some of these will be physically present, others will join via Skype, but in all cases your questions will guide the discussions. Confirmed contributors are Stuart Blume (U Amsterdam), Erik Fisher (Arizona State U – Skype interlocutor), Brian Martin (U Wollongong – Skype interlocutor), Jessica Mesman (U Maastricht), Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard U – Skype interlocutor) and Teun Zuiderent-Jerak (Linköping U). Why join? The questions raised in this Summer School fit cutting-edge developments that seek to travel across the boundaries of the field in ways other than the diffusion model proposes. All generations of STS scholars are involved. By joining, you will gain a chance to be part of these developments. You will experience focused opportunities to formulate and share what makes STS meaningful to you, as well as what else you might like it to be. By wrestling with the twin questions, What is STS for? What are STS scholars for?, you will challenge yourself to reflect critically on your expertise, identity, and commitments in STS, while also helping others (including the anchor teacher and contributors) do the same. In addition to working through these issues, the Summer School will include skill-training activities, including practice at articulating research-based analysis with scholarly activities that critically inflect arenas beyond the field. Credits and practicalities
Annual Conference of the Commission on Urban Anthropology [CUA-IUAES]
July 08 2014 to July 11 2014 | University Jean Monnet, St Etienne, France
Deadline: March 01 2014
Updated: February 15 2014
Title: Dreamed/planned cities and experienced cities
Call for Workshops opens: 16 January 2014 Call for Workshops closes: 1 March 2014 Notification of approved Workshops: 15 March 2014 Call for Paper Presentations opens (by the workshop convenors, the CUA and the general convenors): 30 March 2014 Call for Paper Presentations closes: 1 May 2014 Notification of approved Paper Presentations: 15 May 2014 Conference: 8-11 July 2014
Call for Participation: 2014 Digital Societies and Social Technologies (DSST) Summer Institute
July 08 2014 to July 10 2014 | University of Missouri -- Columbia, Columbia, MO
Deadline: March 20 2014
Updated: April 09 2014
MOOCs, Education and learning; personal health and well-being; open innovation, eScience, and citizen science; co-production, open source, and new forms of work; cultural heritage and information access; energy management and climate change; civic hacking, engagement and government; disaster response; cybersecurity and privacy -- these are just a few problem domains where effective design and robust understanding of complex sociotechnical systems is critical. To meet these challenges a trans-disciplinary community of scholars has come together from fields as wide ranging as CSCW, HCI, social computing, organization studies, information visualization, social informatics, sociology, information systems, medical informatics, computer science, ICT for development, education, learning science, journalism, and political science.
Through summer institutes (CSST), extended workshops (Social Webshop), preconference workshops at a wide variety of venues, and other activities (Digital Societies and Technology Research Coordination Network) this community of researchers from academia and industry has developed a strong focus on problems and opportunities arising from the interplay of social and technological systems which span individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.
The 2014 Summer Institute builds on this tradition to strengthen and expand this diverse community by bringing together graduate students, post doctoral students, faculty, and other researchers in four groups at the University of Missouri -- Columbia on July 8 -- 10, 2014: Doctoral students, post doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers -- Through mentoring, peer networking, and skill-building tutorials, doctoral students, post doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers will identify substantive ways that the theories, approaches, and tools within the larger community can advance their work with the design and study of sociotechnical systems. Established researchers -- Prior summer institute/workshop participants and established researchers will network with other researchers (senior and junior), explore ideas and new directions, shape emerging research agendas, articulate critical challenges, and share knowledge about practices, tools, and approaches which have the potential to advance the design and study of sociotechnical systems. Emerging multi-disciplinary research teams -- Nascent groups of researchers seeking to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations will work with peers and mentors to refine problem statements and research goals; connect with collaborators with complementary skills and interests; and create actionable research agendas and funding proposals. Preference will be given to groups interested in designing and studying sociotechnical systems that address societal grand challenges such as (but not limited to) healthcare; energy management and climate change; cybersecurity and privacy; education and learning; disaster response; technology development and innovation; economic development and work; and civic engagement and participation. Research infrastructure development teams -- Groups of researchers interested in creating computational or analytic tools, data resources, training materials or other infrastructure to support the design and study of sociotechnical systems will work with one another, other Summer institute participants, and local developers. These infrastructure "hackathon" sessions will result in the creation of use cases, prototypes, draft materials, and when possible deployable systems and resources.
"What is the research focus/problem domain? What types of activities/studies are needed to engage that domain? How will pursuing this agenda help advance our ability to design and understand critical sociotechnical systems?" References potential funding sources can be included, if known, to situate the proposal within the larger research community. Groups invited to the Summer Institute will have between 4-6 people. However, only 3 individuals need to be part of an application for it to be considered (assistance will be provided prior to the Summer Institute to help invited teams recruit additional participants as needed). Preference will be given to cross-institutional teams in which junior/mid-career researchers play significant leadership roles. Research infrastructure development teams should apply as a group, sending their CVs and a short (~ 1 page) response to: "What is the problem you are seeking to address? What will you do to address that problem? How will creating these technologies, tools, materials or infrastructure improve our ability to design and understand critical sociotechnical systems?"
XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology
July 13 2014 to July 19 2014 | Yokohama
Deadline: September 30 2013
Updated: September 11 2013
Being jointly convened by RC17 Sociology of Organizations and RC39 Sociology of Disasters. Abstracts can now be submitted via the ISA 2014 site
Yet studies featuring both “organization” and “disaster” have produced very different kinds of accounts of the relationship between the two – sociologists of disaster and sociologists of organization only rarely confronting opportunities, and indeed tensions, that emerge from bringing these objects of exploration together. We invite papers with an interest in both the sociology of disasters and the sociology of organization. What do these two fields and their objects have to say to each other? What might a more symmetrical understanding of disasters and organizations afford? How could links between studies of disaster and the sociology of organization be strengthened? What insights on organizational continuity, maintenance and basic economic infrastructure of the wider society, does a collaboration between these two research areas afford?
Spaces of Technoscience Workshop: A Call for Papers
July 21 2014 to July 23 2014 | National University of Singapore,
Deadline: March 01 2014
Updated: February 15 2014
The Science, Technology, and, Society cluster and the Department of Southeast Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, invites interested scholars to submit abstracts for an inter-disciplinary workshop.
. Workshop Organizer: Associate Professor Itty Abraham Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and sent to *firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposed paper should be based on original work, written for this workshop, and not published or committed elsewhere. We encourage you to identify the particular theme your paper speaks to (see below), although we are also open to considering papers on aspects of technoscience and space that are not identified in the project statement. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer travel or other financial support, however, partial funding for local expenses for scholars based in developing countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deadline for submitting abstracts: *March 1, 2014*. Successful candidates will be notified by March 15, 2014. Final Papers will be due on *July 1, 2014*
Project Description. The need to focus on "Spaces of Technsocience" begins from the recognition that much of contemporary technoscience can no longer be contained by analysis at the national scale. From flows of expertise and movements of bodies to the mutations of labour, value, instruments, and artifacts, technoscience is increasingly determined by transnational horizons. The inertial weight of the national scale, however, has not disappeared from our concepts, scholarship, or policy recommendations, and this tension opens up a productive point of departure for this workshop. "Spaces of Technoscience" thereby offers STS scholars the opportunity to explore technosciences in one location or many, through networks and across different scales of theory, action, and struggle. In the process, it also offers the possibility of side-stepping intellectual aporias that have plagued STS for too long, namely, the varieties of cultural essentialisms that typify "East v. West" distinctions, familiar markers of difference that are nonetheless reliant on shallow and reified concepts of space. For convenience, we find it useful to break down the idea of "Spaces" as follows.
*New Sites*: Technosciences always come from somewhere. While the scientific laboratory has long been privileged as a site for specialized knowledge production, the conceptual turn to technoscience, rather than Science or Technology, has upset the lab's analytic and intellectual centrality. First, the boundaries around laboratories were disassembled and its material and political allies and adversaries exposed. We now appreciate that there are important differences between scientific and corporate labs, for example, but also that meaningful technoscientific knowledge can emerge from places as different as zoos and science parks. Museums, military bases, buildings, clinics, asylums, and farms have all been or become sites of technoscientific activity. Moreover, rather than single sites, we may often be called to examine networks that include a variety of nodes, from factories and power stations to mines and hospitals. Networks in turn are rarely static, or for that matter, permanent. The dynamism of technoscientific transformations requires attention to the passages, circulations, and immobilities that characterize networks, that lead to intersections between them, and that distinguish one technoscientific chain of production and dissemination from another.
*New Geographies*: An entirely different set of spatial coordinates is mapped by technoscientific activity seen through the lens of geopolitics. Some of these connections go back centuries, others are ongoing negotiations between places separated by boundaries of power and wealth. The close linkages between colonial medicine and metropolitan public health institutions, or, the indispensability of tropical landscapes for the creation of biomedical knowledge and commercial value mediated through botanical gardens, are well known examples of how colonial technoscience brought far-flung locations into a common space of uneven circulation and unequal exchange. Imperial divisions of the world have given way to joinings and separations produced by national and transnational capitalisms, within and across state borders. Nowadays, not all net value flows from South to North. Complex new geographies of technoscience are shaping an unequal world along fault lines both old and new. The remarkable expansion of clinical drug trial infrastructures in poor countries and the growth of international medical tourism, are, in the own way, are examples of how structural differences in political economy maps technoscientific chains onto discrete spatial locations.
*New Bodies, New Publics*: With new geographies and new sites of technoscience comes the interpellation of new publics. Some have been tacitly invoked already: "reserve armies" of potential mothers, organ donors, and clinical drug recipients joined by battalions of young and globally mobile skilled professionals, typified by IT "techno-coolies." Some publics emerge due to their locations: villagers and fisherfolk who live near sites of radioactivity and nuclear power stations, migrant workers who are denied access to the technology parks they build, forest dwellers who find themselves blocked from access to forest produce in order to allow "wild" animals to live more easily in their "natural" habitat, urban dwellers who find themselves subject to new public health concerns due to the increased mobility of viruses that come from far away. Other publics have emerged through contestation. The feminist activists who successfully mobilized to force the end of amniocentesis devices being used to identify female fetuses and the villagers who organized themselves in a campaign that led to the national Right to Information in India are both examples of publics forged in techno-struggle. A different set of technoscientific relations are situated in and through the bodies of subjects. These may range from embodied resistances to antibiotic drugs to mass inoculation campaigns and the systematic mapping of populations to locate genomic value, "bio-capital." Individual bodies as well as biopolitical "populations," in other words, constitute publics interpellated by technoscience. Worries over regulation, citizenship, participation, consent, traveling diseases, and biomedical surveillance constitute the political counterpoint to proliferating spaces of technoscience, even as it is increasingly clear that conventional sites and modes of governmentality may no longer be adequate to monitor or cope with them.
Epidemic entanglements: Exploring the interrelation between cities and infectious disease
July 24 2014 to July 25 2014 | Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main
Deadline: April 15 2014
Updated: March 11 2014
The twenty-first century has thus far been marked by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases: malaria, SARS, FMD, avian flu, HIV, MDR-tuberculosis, MERS-CoV and dengue pose some of the greatest challenges to health care worldwide. Some areas, however, appear to be more prone to infectious disease outbreaks than others. As the example of SARS has aptly illustrated, cities, with their high population density, complex human-animal interfaces and global connectivity, seem to play a crucial role in the emergence and distribution, but also in the management of pathogens. In addition, rising poverty and often poor sanitary conditions provide a fertile breeding ground for infectious disease outbreaks. Research on the complexity of disease ecologies has shown how urban areas and their hinterlands integrate each other mutually through processes of exchange and change, taking place on various levels: norms, standards and regulations as well as flows of commodities, animals, water, people and pathogens intermingle within and among cities, questioning any attempt to understand the urban as bounded or determinate space. These flows make their distant origins present and at the same time assemble the city as a place of becoming and uncertainty.
Furthermore, the messy nature of globalised infectious disease aetiologies not only poses a threat to numerous city dwellers worldwide, but might contest conventional models of urban health governance, its institutional routines and norms. Given the complexity and fragmentation of these epidemic entanglements, serious questions remain: How do categories of space, the urban or the local impact on the way public health thinks about infectious disease control? How are human-animal-pathogen interfaces enacted differently in various contexts? How are current ontological conceptions of the city reconfigured by locating biological agents inside the social production of urban space? The interdisciplinary conference aims to open up the interrelation between cities and infectious disease as a focal point of interest for the social, medical and political sciences. We encourage contributions from diverse disciplines such as anthropology, geography, STS, sociology, public health, political science or history.
In particular, we welcome papers that investigate the complex intermingling of urban environments and infectious disease by focusing on the multitude of heterogeneous actors and practices involved in the aggregation, governance and securing of urban space. Papers may include (but are certainly not limited to) the following topics: - Governance of infectious spaces and borderlands - Vectors and their ecological niches and urban habitats - Visualising disease threats - Risk, prevention, preparedness - Urban natures, urban wildscapes - Vaccination policies - Networked cities and the globalisation of pathogens - Surveillance of urban wildlife - Outbreak narratives - Food chains as disease actor-networks - Public health, urban health - Social ordering and social significance of infectious diseases - Border management - Assemblage perspectives on infectious disease - Disease ecologies
STS Summer School: Science and Governance at the Frontiers of Life
July 27 2014 to August 02 2014 | Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Deadline: April 04 2014
Updated: March 11 2014
This weeklong summer school is intended for graduate students and early postdocs in science and technology studies, history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology of science, legal studies or related fields. We also invite applications from students in the biomedical sciences, life sciences and bioengineering who can demonstrate strong commitment to investigating the interconnections between science and society. Graduate students must have completed at least one year of study at the doctoral level.
Developments in the biosciences in the last half-century have posed novel challenges for governance. These have emerged as biological knowledge becomes more central to matters of safety, health and welfare; as biology is called upon to address moral uncertainty around ideas of human nature, identity and dignity; and as biology plays an increasingly central role in the technological alteration of human bodies, non-human entities and environments. Governance challenges have unfolded across several domains: internally within the research enterprise itself; externally where the biosciences are called upon to address social problems; and in moments of ethical doubt, for example, when institutions of governance are called upon to distinguish bioengineered artifacts from entities with human dignity. Scholarship in Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed varied approaches and techniques for examining such phenomena, and drawing theoretically grounded generalizations from site-specific studies. This summer school will introduce participants to major approaches, and explore new research frontiers and possible directions for synthesis and innovation. It will emphasize engagement with theoretical issues in STS, with particular attention to moments of friction between science and institutions of democratic governance.
Through a mix of lectures, group workshops and discussions of individual projects, participants will be exposed to contemporary STS research frontiers. The main emphasis of the summer school will be on discussion and exchange of ideas and insights across different research topics, methodologies and theoretical frameworks. Each day during the workshop faculty participants will give overview presentations addressing different themes. These will be accompanied by interactive, in-depth discussion sessions. Students in the summer school are expected to be present and actively involved throughout the course.
Room and board will be provided. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses and for their visa status, if relevant. Modest subventions may be available upon request, based on a demonstration of need.
Conveners: Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University), Krishanu Saha (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Benjamin Hurlbut (Arizona State University)
· Ulrike Felt (University of Vienna)
· Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University)
· Steve Hilgartner (Cornell University)
· Benjamin Hurlbut (Arizona State University)
· Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University)
· Pierre-Benoit Joly (INRA and IFRIS)
· Shobita Parthasarathy (University of Michigan)
· Joanna Radin (Yale University)
· Jenny Reardon (University of California, Santa Cruz)
· Krishanu Saha (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
· Giuseppe Testa (University of Milan, European School for Molecular Medicine)
· David Winickoff (University of California, Berkeley)
The Regulative Capacity of Knowledge Objects: Opening the Black Box of Knowledge Governance
July 28 2014 to August 01 2014 | University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
Deadline: March 28 2014
Updated: February 15 2014
The Post?Graduate Program in Philosophy, Science and Values (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, and National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM) and the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) invite PhD students to apply for the interdisciplinary and international Summer School:
Think of Climate Change, Wikileaks, nanotechnology, Responsible Innovation, neural implants, Linux, GMOs or the German Energy Transition. But when we think about it, do they actually exist? And if they do what should they be like in the future? What exactly are they? Are they symbols, technical artifacts, discourses, constellations of actors, scientific disputes? Are they political issues, societal problems, human-nonhuman-hybrids, modifiers of existence, problems for governance and regulation? In a way, they are all of these things and less ? and probably more.
They are what this Summer School refers to as ?knowledge objects?. These objects are peculiar, blurry, constantly unfolding and transforming entities that increasingly challenge contemporary societies and sciences and our understanding of knowledge. The knowledge in knowledge objects is always plural: scientific, public, mundane, interdisciplinary, speculative, uncertain. It is heterogeneously produced about, with, through or in them and contributes to their identification, contestation and transformation. Yet, knowledge objects are also enablers of such knowledge productions and the societal controversies that go along with them. This intricate entanglement of knowledge objects and society poses various normative and regulative questions ? which are part of these objects and due to them the problems societies face. This entanglement could be viewed as a fundamental challenge for knowledge governance. To address these complex challenges to societies and sciences, the Summer School aims to bring together two strands of science and technology studies (STS) which so far haven?t combined: the focus on ?knowledge objects? and the perspective of ?knowledge governance?.
The starting point of this summer school is the assumption that knowledge objects are subject and object of knowledge governance. They create the need for and they enable various forms of knowledge governance. In a way, this synchrony is a black box of knowledge governance. The Summer School proposes that this ?governance black box? can be opened by focusing on an extended concept of knowledge objects and by analyzing their governance dimensions.
Keynotes by: David Guston, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University, US Graham Harman, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, American University, Cairo, Egypt Karin Knorr-Cetina, PhD, Professor emeritus of Sociology, University of Constance, Germany, and George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, US Noortje Marres, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Call for papers: National Races: Anthropology, classification and politics in the nineteenth and twe
July 28 2014 to July 29 2014 | University College Cork
Deadline: March 15 2014
Updated: March 11 2014
São Paulo Advanced School on Biotechnologies, Biosocialities and the Governance of the Life Sciences
August 04 2014 to August 08 2014 | State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
Deadline: April 30 2014
Updated: February 15 2014
Call for Participants: Brazilian and International Graduates, Post-Graduates and Post-Docs* Rapid developments in the life and medical sciences in the fields of genomics and biotechnology have raised important social, political, legal and ethical issues across global and in transnational contexts. In areas such as genetic medicine, stem cell research, data banking, reproductive technologies, epigenetics and synthetic biology there are new challenges regarding the appropriate implementation, likely impact and consequences for both science and society of these developments. This five day summer school will bring together leading experts from across a broad field of the social and historical sciences (including Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science, History of Science) from world class research and educational institutes inside and outside Brazil to examine these issues.
Combining a programme of talks and workshops with an emphasis on interactive dialogue with professors and students the school responds to the urgent need to provide training and education that can address some of the pressing social and ethical issues raised by developments in the life and medical sciences. There will also be the opportunity to present on-going student research and/or poster sessions. *Topics covered in the five days course will include:* • Global Politics and the Governance of the Life Sciences • Public Health, Genomics and the Social Sciences • Innovation in the Life Sciences, Transnational Research and International Cooperation
*Confirmed Professors on the course:* *Rayna Rapp* (New York University, USA) *Sahra Gibbon* (University College London, UK) *Marko Synesio Monteiro* (State University of Campinas, Brazil) *Kenneth Camargo* (State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) *Jane Calvert*(University of Edinbrugh, UK) *Maria Conceicão da Costa* (State University of Campinas, Brazil) *Aditya Bharadwaj* (Geneva Graduate Institute, Switzerland) *Target groups:* The main target groups are graduates, post-graduates and post docs with an interest on Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and History of Science as applied to the study of the Life and Medical Sciences. In addition, researchers, research scholars and students aiming at an advanced level research and education are welcome to apply.
*How to apply:* There are 50 places available for Brazilian students and 50 places for international students. All confirmed participating students will have their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs covered by FAPESP. The final selection of participants will be made by the organising committee for the event. *Application procedures for FAPESP’s São Paulo School:* Application procedures for FAPESP’S São Paulo School has three parts: 1. Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages). 2. Research Abstract (a half page that describes briefly your current research and/or study project) 3. A letter of recommendation (written by your doctoral supervisor at your institution/workplace or anyone else who is well informed about your academic research project) All documents must be sent to the e-mail *email@example.com*
Science, Technology and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities FEMMSS5/CSWIP 2014
August 10 2014 to August 13 2014 | University of Waterloo
Deadline: February 15 2014
Updated: November 05 2013
Submissions are invited for joint meeting of the The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) and the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP . FEMMSS is a multidisciplinary organization. This conference welcomes submissions from across the disciplines. We invite feminist papers, posters, panels, and workshops related to Science, Technology and Gender. Conference presentations are eligible for submission for consideration and review in a resulting anthology or special journal issue.
Topics can include but need not be limited to: 1. Challenges to and challenging scientific literacy 2. Implicit bias and stereotype threat 3. Creating equitable Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics organizations and institutions 4. Gender, oppression, and the public understanding of science 5. Rhetoric, argumentation, and gendered communication 6. Epistemologies of ignorance 7. Policy of/for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 8. Intersectionality in practice and study of science and technology 9. The ethics and politics of science and technology 10. Science, technology and global justice 11. Feminist methodologies in the humanities, social and natural sciences 12. Production of biological “differences” 13. Feminist scholarship of teaching and learning 14. Professional development (ex. interdisciplinary communication/ teaching/ research) Submission instructions You are permitted one submission, unless you are submitting a poster. If you are submitting a poster, you can additionally submit an abstract for a paper, panel, or workshop.
Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place
August 14 2014 to August 16 2014 | The Quarantine Station, Sydney, Australia
Deadline: September 16 2013
Updated: July 15 2013
We invite abstracts from historians, geographers, heritage scholars and archaeologists for papers on: • place-making and place-marking • quarantine and dark tourism • graffiti and incarceration • shrine creation in places of isolation • heritage, materiality and immateriality • traces and spaces of disease • landscapes of quarantine.
The practice of quarantine has always been grounded in contested locations. The history and heritage of quarantine stations and places of isolation the world over remain in these landscapes, as built environments and in artefacts. In this way, sites of segregation have been both enduring and ephemeral. These vestiges intersect in powerful ways with memory and history, but what is being invoked? Who – or what – were the actors bound up by quarantine regulations? How can the material, documentary, legislative and spatial heritage of quarantine help us untangle narratives of global movement that were interrupted by incarceration? Encompassing people and pathogens, vectors and vessels, flora and fauna, this conference seeks new interpretations of the place of quarantine. Moving in scale from intimate marks made by internees to multi-site or cross-regional comparisons, we seek to bring together maritime histories of quarantine with analyses of the inland islands of terrestrial quarantine. Above all, we hope to prompt surprising and productive conversations between archaeologists, historians, cultural and human geographers, and heritage scholars.
This international conference builds from a large multidisciplinary investigation of more than 1,000 sandstone inscriptions that cover the stunning Quarantine Station in Sydney, Australia (http://www.qstation.com.au). This unique site will form our venue for the conference, inspiring themes that are both local and global: mark-making, isolation, identity, and place. Keynote speakers: Nadav Davidovitch, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Gareth Hoskins, Aberystwyth University Harold Mytum, University of Liverpool Nayan Shah, University of Southern California Alexandra Minna Stern, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor University of Sydney Organizing Committee: Alison Bashford, Annie Clarke, Ursula Frederick, Peter Hobbins. The Quarantine Project: sydney.edu.au/arts/research/quarantine/
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 (*firstname.lastname@example.org*
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
SITUATING SOLIDARITIES: SOCIAL CHALLENGES FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
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?
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
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
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
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.
The Semiotic Society of America
October 02 2014 to October 05 2014 | Seattle, Washington
Deadline: May 16 2014
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.
*** 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.
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.
- 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!
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.
Call for Papers – Pre-organized Session on “STS and the City”
October 30 2014 to November 02 2014 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Updated: November 04 2013
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.
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.