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Workshop on Science, Technology, Society (STS)/History, Technology, Society

April 19 2018 to April 20 2018 | Historical Archive of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Deadline: December 10 2017

Updated: November 21 2017

Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Medical Technologi
The workshop is organized in the context of the research project “The public debate on umbilical cord blood banking in Greece: Approaches from the interdisciplinary field Science, Technology, Society (STS)”. This project is funded by the Onassis Foundation and is hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science , School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

This 2-day research workshop will focus on recent approaches to biotechnology and medical technologies from the fields of Science, Technology, Society (STS) and History, Technology, Society (HTS). The emphasis is placed on the growing economy of biobanks, especially in connection to the bioeconomy of umbilical cord blood (UCB) banking. The workshop will bring together scholars working on UCB biobanking and the STS/HTS research community. We invite contributions from scholars who are interested in critical approaches to the theoretical framework and the methodology involved in STS/HTS perspectives on UCB biobanking. *Possible topics include:* - Commercialization initiatives in UCB biobanking / the production of biovalue(s). - Ideologies of UCB biobanking. - Varieties of UCB biobanking institutional configurations and regulatory issues. - Public awareness and citizen participation in UCB donation/storage: the perspective of the voluntary donor, the organization of patient engagement, other non-expert involvement in UCB banking settings. - UCB biobanking in global, national and local media (newspapers, tv broadcasting, social media). The connection between media coverage/framing and UCB banking practices and health policies. - Futuristic discourses and science/technology forecasting of UCB bioeconomies: challenges, public health policies and cooperation strategies (e.g. the financial sustainability of UCB banks, the future value of UCB as inscribed in current banking configurations). - Big data issues in UCB banking settings. - Approaches to the use of UCB in therapeutic practices (allogeneic and autologous transplants) and regenerative medicine. *Structure of the research workshop:* The workshop will consist of two parts. During the first part, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers will present their ongoing research projects on biomedical technologies and will discuss theoretical and methodological challenges with STS/HTS scholars. During the second part, the sessions will focus on theoretical reflections and empirical research regarding the configurations of UCB biobanking. Τhe workshop will additionally include a discussion with stakeholders active in the field of UCB biobanking in Greece. During the first day of the workshop, there will be a keynote speech (name: TBA).

*Participation* in the workshop is free of cost. A limited number of travel grants will be offered. *Proposals*: Proposals should include an abstract (ca. 300 words) and a brief biographical note (ca. 100 words). Please indicate whether you are applying for a travel grant and the grant amount that you apply for. Proposals are to be submitted by email to by *December 10th of 2017*. *You will be notified if your proposal has been accepted by January 12th of 2018. *

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers at

Nuclear Diplomacies

November 09 2018 to November 11 2018 | SOKENDAI’s Hayama Campus in Kanagawa, Japan

Deadline: February 15 2018

Updated: November 21 2017

​Nuclear Diplomacies: Their Past, Present, and Future.
National Technical University of Athens, *Greece*, June 2019 Responding to the recent North Korea crisis the US President Donald Trump tweeted on August 30, 2017 that “talking is not the answer.” Minutes later the US Defense Secretary James Mattis argued to reporters, contradicting President Trump’s statement that “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.” While the president undermines the role of diplomacy, diplomats and scientists remind us in the blandest way the power of science diplomacy, one of the emerging key elements of the Cold War era. A turning point in the global socio-economic environment for science and technology, the Cold War has been strongly connected to the rapid growth of government and military spending on research and development; the development of closer ties between the military and the academia; the proliferation of large scale research projects. It was the time that international relations began to play even more significant roles in shaping science and technology than before, highlighting the role of diplomacy in resolving political conflicts among nations with an emphasis on those dealing with nuclear energy and military programs. But although for scientists international collaborations have long been constitutive and natural part of their work even in periods of intense political upheavals, to diplomats and policy makers the institutional link of science to diplomacy has been fairly new. In 2009 in a founding text the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) described science diplomacy through three types of activities: a. science informs issues of diplomatic concern (science in diplomacy); b. diplomacy facilitates scientific cooperation on an international level (diplomacy for science) and c. science functions as a diplomatic tool when other diplomatic mechanisms fail (science for diplomacy).

A year later the British Royal Society organized a landmark meeting in collaboration to the AAAS enforcing the idea that although science diplomacy is not new, it has never been more important. Given the recent US-North Korean conflict over the latter’s nuclear program, nuclear diplomacy emerges once again as key in international relations. This workshop seeks to bring together scholars working on the history of nuclear sciences and the role of international organizations in shaping nuclear diplomacy; diplomatic historians and political scientists focusing on the ways nuclear scientists and engineers have contributed, and, continue to do so, in international negotiations. We are interested in papers employing historical, philosophical, sociological methods and methodological tools from political sciences and international relations in order to a. investigate the notion of nuclear diplomacy/ies and explore its various aspects including diplomacy concerning nuclear energy production as well as the circulation of related knowledge and materials. b. critically analyze those national, political,economic, and technological interests that have shaped nuclear diplomacies throughout the post World War Period (without excluding earlier instances of nuclear diplomacies) c. understand the significance of nuclear diplomacies in today’s international geopolitical order and their future evolvement. Possible topics include, but not limited to, nuclear diplomacy in and around international organizations such as IAEA; bilateral negotiations as well as public diplomacy in relation to exchange of material and human resources; science diplomacy concerning radiation protection, nuclear safeguards, and technical assistance programs; and the historical role of diplomats and science/technical experts in negotiating nuclear agreements. This workshop is also concerned with the historical formulation of nuclear issues as a discrete diplomatic and cultural concern. This concern may point to conducts beyond the official actions of institutions and states, and the possibility of yet to be identified material and discursive factors in those conducts. We welcome papers examining historically indeterminate nature of nuclear knowledge, subjects, and power.

The first workshop takes place in SOKENDAI’s Hayama Campus in Kanagawa, Japan, which is located approximately two hours from the Haneda Airport. Accommodations and meals will be provided, but participants are responsible to fund their transportation. Paper proposals (no more than 400 words) are due *February 15th, 2018.* Participants will be notified by *mid-March 2018*. Those accepted are expected to submit full *first draft papers on August 30, 2018*. A second-follow up workshop will take place in *June 2019* in Athens, Greece where full papers are expected to be submitted and presented. The two workshops will lead to the publication of a peer review collected volume. Launching a pilot effort we call *editorial sponsorship*, the editors of *History + Technology* will provide editorial support during the two workshops, with the aim of helping participants produce manuscripts for a special issue of the journal based on the project’s themes, and for submission to other publications.

Reformatting the World: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Technology and the Humanities

February 23 2018 to February 24 2018 | York University (Canada)

Deadline: December 08 2017

Updated: November 21 2017

The Graduate Program in Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Student Association (HuGSA) at York University are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary conference interrogating the critical role of technology, both past and present, in shaping human culture and society. Technology, in the broadest sense, has enriched our lives by opening up new vistas of knowledge about ourselves (or our selves) and the natural world. Digital technologies, for example, have made possible new, highly-advanced forms of social organization. They have also revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, from travel, communication, entertainment, culture and the arts to food, medicine, education, politics, and science.

However, technology is also associated with the rise of technical rationality and a cold, calculating approach to the creation and application of technological innovation. From the industrial revolution to the development of the atomic bomb, politics in alliance with private interests have wreaked havoc on the environment, peoples and communities across the world, and threatens to alter or destroy the things we value the most. Where, for instance, is the place for privacy, freedom, spirituality, and other aspects of the human experience as we move forward in increasingly technologically administered bodies and societies? Are we destined to become slaves to our own creations, the “sex organs of the machine world,” as Marshall McLuhan predicted? Can humanism and morality withstand—or even make use of—technology for the genuine betterment of humankind?

Or, perhaps it is technology itself that must be rethought. What changes if we conceive of a technology as anything instrumental (a material, tool, text, medium, digital platform, etc.) and/or social (writing, discourse, institution, etc.) that exerts its own subtle pressure, penetrating deeply into in human experience or culture? What happens when our discourses of social/political/cultural technological “progress” are supplemented with that of “affordances” and “constraints?” In other words, can we attend to the stakes of technicity itself as an increasingly prominent (and often assumed) conceptual framework? How can such interdisciplinary approaches trace the real and imagined effects of a given technology across past and present human societies, and where do discourses and practices of technology and the humanities converge?

Panel themes and topics might include (but are not limited to):
• Digital Humanities: collaboration, new perspectives and communicative technology
• Technology and the Arts: literature, fine arts, music, film, theatre, sound, fashion, etc.
• Human–Machine Interaction: cyborgs, the social and the technological,
• Biotechnology and Biopolitics: policies, ethics and technologies of living organisms
• Epistemologies: disciplines, divides and the production of knowledge
• Media Studies: communication and culture, social impact of media
• History and Philosophy of Technology: past and present perspectives
• Profit and loss: Potentials of new technologies and what is made antiquated in turn
• Prophets and the lost: how varieties of spirituality have adapted with/to technology

We welcome submissions from graduate students of any level, as well as early career researchers, from a wide cross-section of disciplines, fields and critical approaches, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, classics, communications and culture, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural memory, digital humanities, education, film studies, fine arts, futurism, historicism, history of science and technology, media studies, medical humanities, medicine, philosophy, popular cultural studies, religious studies, representation studies, sociology, translation studies, and women’s studies.

Submissions may take the form of 20-minute papers, or 12–15 minute roundtable papers in either English or French. Those wishing to participate are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to by 8 December, 2017.

Submissions must be accompanied by:
• the presenter’s name
• institutional affiliation, program and level of study
• e-mail address
• tentative title
• a short (150-word) bio
• as well as an indication of whether any computing or electronic equipment (e.g., laptop, projector) is needed

We are also very pleased to welcome practitioners of digital technologies who wish to present their work. We are offering access to the Digital Media Studio in the York University School of the Arts, Media, and Performance & Design building in the evenings for post-panel workshops. This room is equipped with Oculus Rift and Vive virtual reality hardware and Unreal virtual reality software. For those wishing to organize such a session, please contact us with technology requirements. Other submissions, in the form of poster sessions, visual art, or performance, will also be considered.

Reformater le monde: Une conférence interdisciplinaire sur technologie et les Humanités

Université York (Canada)

février 23 - 24, 2018

L'Association des étudiants des cycles supérieurs en humanités (HuGSA) de l'Université York est heureuse d'annoncer une conférence interdisciplinaire sur le rôle crucial de la technologie, passée et présente, dans la formation de la culture et de la société humaines. La technologie, au sens le plus large du terme, a enrichi nos vies en ouvrant de nouvelles perspectives de connaissances sur nous-mêmes (ou sur nous-mêmes) et sur le monde naturel. Les technologies numériques, par exemple, ont rendu possibles de nouvelles formes d'organisation sociale très avancées. Ils ont également révolutionné presque tous les aspects de nos vies, du voyage, de la communication, du divertissement, de la culture et des arts à la nourriture, à la médecine, à l'éducation, à la politique et à la science.

Cependant, la technologie est également associée à la montée de la rationalité technique et à une approche froide et calculatrice de la création et de l'application de l'innovation technologique. De la révolution industrielle au développement de la bombe atomique, la politique en alliance avec des intérêts privés a dévasté l'environnement, les peuples et les communautés à travers le monde et menace d'altérer ou de détruire les choses que nous apprécions le plus. Où, par exemple, est le lieu de la vie privée, de la liberté, de la spiritualité et d'autres aspects de l'expérience humaine à mesure que nous avançons dans des organismes et des sociétés de plus en plus technologiquement administrés? Sommes-nous destinés à devenir esclaves de nos propres créations, les «organes sexuels du monde de la machine», comme l'avait prédit Marshall McLuhan? L'humanisme et la moralité peuvent-ils résister - ou même utiliser - la technologie pour le véritable salut de l'humanité?

Ou peut-être que c'est la technologie elle-même qui doit être repensée. Ce qui change si nous concevons une technologie comme instrumentale (matériel, outil, texte, support, plateforme numérique, etc.) et / ou sociale (écriture, discours, institution, etc.) qui exerce sa propre pression subtile, pénétrant profondément dans l'expérience humaine ou la culture? Que se passe-t-il lorsque nos discours de «progrès» social / politique / culturel sont complétés par celui de «affordances» et de «contraintes»? En d'autres termes, pouvons-nous prendre en compte les enjeux de la technicité elle-même? cadre conceptuel? Comment ces approches interdisciplinaires peuvent-elles retracer les effets réels et imaginaires d'une technologie donnée à travers les sociétés humaines passées et présentes, et où convergent les discours et les pratiques de la technologie et des humanités?

Les thèmes et sujets du panel peuvent inclure (mais ne sont pas limités à):
• Digital Humanities: collaboration, nouvelles perspectives et technologie communicative;
• La technologie et les arts: littérature, beaux-arts, musique, cinéma, théâtre, son, mode, etc.;
• Interaction Homme-Machine: les cyborgs, le social et le technologique;
• Biotechnologie et biopolitique: politiques, éthique et technologies des organismes vivants;
• Epistémologies: disciplines, divisions et production de connaissances;
• Études médiatiques: communication et culture, impact social des medias;
• Histoire et philosophie de la technologie: perspectives passées et présentes;
• Profit et perte: Potentiels des nouvelles technologies et ce qui est rendu archaïque à son tour;
• Les prophètes et les perdus: comment les variétés de spiritualité se sont adaptées avec / à la technologie.

Nous accueillons les candidatures d'étudiants diplômés de tous les niveaux, ainsi que des chercheurs en début de carrière, issus d'un large éventail de disciplines, domaines et approches critiques, incluant (mais non limité à) anthropologie, histoire de l'art, classiques, communication et culture, littérature, théorie critique, mémoire culturelle, humanités numériques, éducation, études cinématographiques, beaux-arts, futurisme, historicisme, histoire de la science et de la technologie, études médiatiques, sciences humaines médicales, médecine, philosophie, études culturelles populaires, études religieuses, études de représentation, sociologie , des études de traduction et des études féminines.

Les soumissions peuvent prendre la forme de documents de 20 minutes ou de tables rondes de 12 à 15 minutes en anglais ou en français. Les personnes souhaitant participer sont invitées à soumettre un résumé de 250 mots à avant le 8 décembre, 2017.

Les soumissions doivent être accompagnées par les suivantes:
• le nom du présentateur;
• Affiliation institutionnelle, programme et niveau d'études;
• adresse e-mail;
• titre provisoire;
• une courte biographie (150 mots);
• ainsi qu'une indication de la nécessité d'équipement informatique ou électronique (par exemple, ordinateur portable, projecteur).

Nous sommes également très heureux d'accueillir des praticiens des technologies numériques qui souhaitent présenter leur travail. Nous offrons l'accès au Digital Media Studio dans les locaux de l'École des arts, des médias et de la performance et du design de l'Université York le soir pour des ateliers post-panel. Cette salle est équipée du matériel de réalité virtuelle Oculus Rift et Vive et du logiciel de réalité virtuelle Unreal. Pour ceux qui souhaitent organiser une telle session, veuillez nous contacter avec les exigences technologiques. D'autres soumissions, sous forme de séances d'affiches, d'art visuel ou de performance, seront également considérées.

Contact Info:
Department of Humanities Graduate Conference Committee, York University

34th EGOS Colloquium 2017

July 05 2018 to July 07 2018 | Estonian Business School (EBS), Tallinn, Estonia

Deadline: January 08 2018

Updated: November 21 2017

Surprise in and around Organizations: Journeys to the Unexpected

If you intend to submit a short paper, please take note of the “Guidelines and criteria for the submission of short papers at EGOS Colloquia”.

The convenors of the sub-theme to which you have submitted your short paper will let you know by mid/end of February 2018 whether your short paper is accepted or rejected.

However: if the convenors of “your” sub-theme have decided to send your short paper to the so-called “Re-Routing Pool” – because they think that your paper would fit better in another sub-theme –, it may happen that you will be notified only by beginning/mid of March 2018.

If your short paper is accepted, you are expected to submit [via the EGOS website] a full paper version (approx. 20–25 pages) by June 25, 2018 at the latest – which you [and/or your co-author/s] will then personally present in your sub-theme at the 34th EGOS Colloquium 2018 in Tallinn.

Furthermore, please note:

You can only submit ONE short paper to ONE sub-theme with your EGOS number!

You are expected to attend all 7 sessions (= Sessions I to VII) of the sub-theme to which you have submitted your accepted short/full paper!

10th conference DIAGRAMS

June 18 2018 to June 22 2018 | Edinburgh

Deadline: November 30 2017

Updated: November 21 2017

It will include presentations of refereed Papers, Abstracts, and Posters, alongside tutorials, workshop sessions, and a graduate symposium. It provides a united forum for all areas concerned with the study of diagrams.

We invite submissions for peer review that focus on any issue pertaining to diagrams. In particular, we welcome papers on visualization in science communication.

Submissions can be: - Long Papers (16 pages max.) - Short Papers (8 pages max.) - Posters (4 pages, min. and max.) - Abstracts (3 pages max.) Long Papers and Short Papers categories should report on original research contributions. Abstracts category should report on significant research contributions, which may have been published elsewhere (such submissions must clearly cite prior work) or are intended to be published elsewhere. Poster submission category should be used for work-in-progress.

How to Submit For all categories, the new deadlines are:

- Pre-submission of a title and a short descriptive abstract (200 words) due by 30th November 2017. - Submission of full versions due by 7th December 2017

For all categories, submissions should be made by the respective deadline via EasyChair: All submissions must follow Springer’s LNCS formatting guidelines: The Proceedings will be published by Springer. The Long papers, Short papers, and Posters will be indexed by Springer, whilst the Abstracts will not.

Please find the detailed call for papers and the program committee at the following page:

Navigating Habitats: Feminist Explorations of Disability, Climates, Ecosystems, and Technologies

August 01 2018 to August 05 2018 | Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Deadline: February 26 2018

Updated: November 21 2017

Submission deadline noon February 26th, 2018 PST; acceptance notifications by noon April 2nd, 2018, PST.

Submissions are invited for the seventh meeting of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies hosted by Sharyn Clough, to be held at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Corvallis, Weds. August 1 through Sunday August 5, 2018. FEMMSS is a multidisciplinary organization. We welcome papers, posters, panels, and workshops from any academic discipline and from outside the academy. We especially encourage work that crosses traditional boundaries—disciplinary and academic/non-academic, among others—to expose how issues of disability, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and other areas of difference shape our understandings of the world, including science scholarship, participation, policies, outcomes, and practice. In addition to showcasing innovative work, FEMMSS aims to build a supportive network in feminist science studies, epistemologies, metaphysics, and feminist methodologies across disciplines, from humanities to social sciences to STEM fields. It especially aims to include and encourage those who are underrepresented or are in other ways disadvantaged within their home disciplines.

Topics for FEMMSS 7 include but need not be limited to:

1. Disability, its technologies, and epistemologies 2. Ecosystems, their climates, and ways of knowing them 3. Indigenous ways of knowing, the environment, and disability 4. Public understanding, the environment, and disability 5. Disabling, racialized, and gendered epistemologies and methodologies in the disciplines. 6. The ethics, politics, ontology, and epistemology of biomedical research 7. Engineering technologies for environmental justice and global peace 8. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education: Strategies for equity throughout the pipeline (pre-K through gray) 9. Accessibility and STEM education: Supporting disabled students and staff 10. Professional Development: Thriving when you are ‘the only…’ in your unit 11. Professional Development: Promoting interdisciplinary scholarship/service/teaching Submission instructions: You are permitted one submission, unless you are submitting a poster. If you are submitting a poster, you can also submit an abstract for a paper, panel, or workshop. To submit please go to and sign up for an account. Guidance on making presentations accessible will be provided to presenters on notification of acceptance of a submission. Direct questions regarding submissions to

● Individual papers and posters: Please provide a title, put a 300-word abstract in the text box, and select 3-10 topics/keywords. At the beginning of the abstract indicate if your submission is a poster. Please do not include any identifying information in your abstract. ● Panels: For the panel as a whole, provide a title, include a 300-word abstract in the text box, and select 3-10 topics/keywords. Upload a single document that includes each paper’s title and 300-word abstract. Please take care not to identify authors in the abstracts. ● Workshops: Provide a title, include a 300-word abstract with goals and rationale in the text box, and select 3-10 keywords/topics. Workshops require audience/participant engagement of some kind beyond a Q/A session. Upload an additional 300-word description of the activities in which your audience/participants will engage. Consider activities that are broadly accessible, or that have variants that make them accessible. We can help you with questions of accessibility. Please take care not to identify authors in the abstract or activity description. ● Keywords/Topics: Easy Chair requires submission of 3 keywords. You can copy keywords from the topic list or create unique keywords if your topics are not on the list.

FEMMSS was founded in 2004. Central aims of the organization include the encouragement of networking and collaboration among scholars in diverse fields; the development of analytic and pedagogical skills to aid such interdisciplinary work; the support of women and other underrepresented scholars in the various humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields, and the sharing of strategies for facilitating their success; and the mentoring of junior scholars. FEMMSS has a strong commitment to work that crosses boundaries among disciplines and between the academy and the public.

Note: Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located in the traditional territory of the Chepenefa ("Mary's River") band of the Kalapuya. After the Kalapuya Treaty (Treaty of Dayton) in 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to what are now the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations, and are now members of Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon ( and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (

ADA guest rooms have been reserved at the conference hotel for participants. Further accessibility information for the venue can be found here:

Intimacies online, online intimacies

May 30 2018 to June 01 2018 | Roskilde University, Denmark

Deadline: January 15 2018

Updated: November 21 2017

We are delighted to announce this international conference about intimacy online, digitally mediated intimacies and how intimacies influence (new) mediascapes.

Online media are increasingly intersecting and intertwined with our daily lives, bodily and intimate practices, and relationships. This conference highlights how different digital, social and online media enable and/or produce new intimacies, as well as how practices and understandings of intimacy are both embedded in digitally mediated communication and generate innovative uses or forms of new media.

We invite papers (or other forms of expression) that explore various media sites and forms, including (but not limited to) social media, digital media, online media and mobile devices. And we invite papers investigating various intimacies, including but not limited to intimate and/or affective encounters, relationalities, practices, belongings, desires, proximities, kinships, friendships, or communities, as well as online and /or digital affective intensities, viralities, and connectivities. Papers discussing both methodological and empirical aspects are welcome.

Papers analysing the bodily and intimate doing of technology, and papers questioning the boundaries between body, media, technology and affect are welcome. Also, papers discussing the commercialization and capitalization of intimacies online are of interest. In particular, we welcome papers analyzing the ways in which new mediated intimacies (re)produce, configure and/or challenge power relations and hierarchal structures in relation to: • Sexual cultures, dating and hook-up, sexualities, and sexual identities • Kinship and new (queer) families and reproduction • Bodies and bodily markers of difference • Migration, nation, borders, and surveillance • Activism, resistance, counter publics, and subcultures

The confirmed keynotes include Prof. Jack Halberstam (University of Southern California and Columbia University, US), Dr. Debra Ferreday (Lancaster University), and Dr. Sharif Mowlabocus (University of Sussex).

The conference will take place at Roskilde University, Denmark, May 30th– June 1st, 2018. Please send your abstract to Abstracts should be maximum 200 words long and written in English. Please include your name, title, and affiliation. Deadline of submission of abstract: Jan. 15th, 2018.

LIMITS 2018 Fourth Workshop on Computing within Limits

May 12 2018 to May 13 2018 | Toronto, Canada

Deadline: February 02 2018

Updated: November 21 2017


The ACM LIMITS workshop aims to foster discussion on the impact of present and future ecological, material, energetic, and societal limits on computing. These topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research. A key aim of the workshop is to promote innovative, concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that focuses on technologies, critiques, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental economic and ecological limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. We hope to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits. This year we are colocating for the first time with ICT4S.


Abstract registration deadline: Feb 2, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Time
Paper submission deadline: Feb 9, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Time
Paper reviews available: March 7, 2018

CSHPS Annual Conference

May 26 2018 to May 28 2018 | Regina, Saskatchewan

Deadline: January 12 2018

Updated: November 21 2017

Congrès annuel de la SCHPS Regina

[La version française suit]

The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is holding its annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Regina, Saskatchewan, May 26-28, 2018 (

The Program Committee invites scholars working on the history and philosophy of science to submit abstracts for individual papers or proposals for sessions (3 and 4 papers). We particularly encourage scholars to engage with the theme for Congress 2018 – “Gathering diversities”. Unrelated topics and themes are also welcome. Meeting languages: The CSHPS is a bilingual society. Individual papers may be given in English or French, but efforts to broaden participation are appreciated (e.g. a presentation in English could be accompanied by a PowerPoint in French, and vice versa). Similarly, sessions can be presented in either English or French, but bilingual sessions are especially welcomed. Joint sessions: The CSHPS meeting overlaps with the meeting dates of a number of other member societies of the CFHSS, including the Canadian Historical Association, Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, and Canadian Society for the History of Medicine.

We welcome proposals for joint sessions with these and other societies (please mention this specifically in your session proposal). However, no talk will be accepted for presentation at more than one society. Number of submissions: Individuals can only submit one abstract for the CSHPS meeting (i.e. either an abstract for an individual paper or an abstract part of a session proposal). Submissions In order to preserve the anonymity of authors, it is important that contact information and other identifying information be excluded from the file containing the abstract. Individual paper submissions should consist of a title, a brief abstract (150-250 words), a list of keywords, and—in the accompanying email—the author’s name and contact information. Session proposals should consist of a session title, titles and brief abstracts (150-250 words) for each paper, a list of keywords, and—in the accompanying email—the names and contact information of the presenters and session organizer. Proposals should be in MS Word, pdf, odt or rtf format. Deadline: January 12th, 2018 Submission email address: Presenters: All presenters must be members of the CSHPS at the time of the meeting. For more information about CSHPS membership, consult: Student Prize: The CSHPS offers the Richard Hadden Award, a book prize for the best student paper presented at the meeting. To be considered for the award, students should submit a copy of their paper by e-mail by May 4th, 2018. Details of this prize can be found at: CFHSS: Information about Congress registration and accommodation will be available at the CFHSS congress website:

Program Committee (2017-2018): François Claveau (Sherbrooke) Chair, Vivien Hamilton (Harvey Mudd College), Jennifer Hubbard (Ryerson) Local Arrangements: Yvonne Petry (Regina)

La Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences (SCHPS) tiendra son congrès annuel dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines, Regina, Saskatchewan, 26-28 mai 2018 (

Le comité de programme invite les historiens et philosophes des sciences à soumettre un résumé pour une communication individuelle ou une proposition de séance pour le congrès. Les propositions de séances pour 3 ou 4 communications seront particulièrement bienvenues. Nous sommes notamment à la recherche de contributions sur le thème du Congrès des sciences humaines 2018, « Diversités convergentes ». Les contributions qui ne sont pas liées à ce thème seront également considérées.

Langues du congrès : La SCHPS est une société bilingue. Les communications individuelles peuvent être en français ou en anglais, mais les efforts pour faciliter une participation diversifiée sont encouragés (par exemple, une communication en français accompagnée d’une présentation PowerPoint en anglais, ou vice-versa). De façon similaire, les séances peuvent être en anglais ou en français, mais les sessions bilingues sont particulièrement appréciées. Séances conjointes : Le congrès de la SCHPS se déroule en même temps que ceux de plusieurs autres sociétés membres de la FCSH, comme la Société historique du Canada, Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches féministes, et la Société canadienne d’histoire de la médecine. Nous encourageons les propositions de séances conjointes avec d’autres sociétés (merci de bien préciser cela dans votre proposition). Cependant, aucune communication ne peut être présentée à plus d’une société. Nombre de soumissions : Une personne ne peut soumettre qu’un résumé de communication (c.-à-d. soit pour une communication individuelle soit pour une communication faisant partie d’une séance). Soumissions Afin de préserver l’anonymat des auteurs, aucune coordonnée personnelle ne doit être incluse dans le fichier contenant une proposition de communication. Les propositions de communication individuelle doivent comprendre un titre, un résumé (entre 150 et 250 mots), une liste de mots clés, et, dans le courriel les accompagnant, les coordonnées de l’auteur. Les propositions de séance doivent comprendre le titre de la séance, les titres et résumés (entre 150 et 250 mots) de chaque contribution, une liste de mots clés, et, dans le courriel les accompagnant, les noms et coordonnées des auteurs et de l’organisateur de la séance. Les propositions doivent être soumises dans des fichiers de format MS Word, pdf, odt ou rtf. Date limite de soumission: 12 janvier 2018. Adresse courriel pour les soumissions: Présentateurs : Tous les présentateurs doivent être membres de la SCHPS au moment du congrès. Pour plus d’information sur l’inscription à la SCHPS, consulter le site: Prix étudiant: La SCHPS décerne le prix Richard Hadden pour le meilleur texte étudiant présenté lors du congrès. Les candidats qui souhaitent concourir devront envoyer par courriel une copie de leur article avant le 4 mai 2018. Pour plus d’information sur le prix, voir: Les informations concernant l’inscription et les possibilités d’hébergement pour le congrès se trouveront sur le site Internet du congrès de la FCSH:

Comité de programme (2017-2018) : François Claveau (Sherbrooke) président, Vivien Hamilton (Harvey Mudd College), Jennifer Hubbard (Ryerson) Organisation locale: Yvonne Petry (Regina)

Call for Papers: DASTS Biennial Conference Theme: Engaging ‘the Data Moment’

May 24 2018 to May 25 2018 | IT University of Copenhagen

Deadline: February 01 2018

Updated: November 21 2017

Our contemporary moment is increasingly characterized by and through data. Imaginaries run wild; data is the new oil, the new currency, our new vehicle of growth, even. From quantified-self movements, to newly emerging forms of economics (such as bit coin and platform capitalism), to sensing-based environments (the internet of things), to the Janus-faced potentials of data analytics, data continues to proliferate, and in the process, transform people, organisations and societies. Given the speculative and hype infused conjuncture we find ourselves in, this conference encourages an engagement with the making and unmaking, potentials and pitfalls, of data, in all its various nomenclatures, guises and manifestations – data work, data practices, data imaginaries, models and infrastructures, and so forth. The so-called ‘data moment’ poses compelling empirical, theoretical and ethical challenges and is an opportunity to take stock of how STS might engage, and think with, data. One move is to rethink data through STS’s long history of engagement with, for example, classification and quantification, as well as the making of data in the sciences and beyond. At the same time, STS’s more recent foray into the arenas of Big-data, algorithms, machine-learning, as well as a host of state and governance issues relating to data citizenship, rights, and privacy, opens up fertile grounds for new forms of analysis, critique and intervention. Reflexively, how might we think about the making of research ‘data’ in STS vis-à-vis the various data producing, data defining activities studied by STS-scholars? The theme is inspirational only, and we welcome papers which address other issues, forms of analysis and concerns related to STS and neighbouring academic fields. We also hold open a space for alternatives to paper presentation sessions, so please feel free to submit abstracts that reflect this or contact us about your idea.

Important Information - nAbstracts should be submitted to no later than February 1st - nNotification of acceptance by March 1st - bAbstracts should be no longer than 300 words and contain the name(s) and institutional. affiliation(s) of the author(s). They should also include a selection of 1-5 keywords. - Abstracts can be submitted in either English or Danish. - Registration details will be posted on closer to the conference date . Keynote speakers

Amade M’charek is Professor Anthropology of Science at the department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests are in forensics, forensic anthropology and race. She is the PI of the project Dutchness in Genes and Genealogy, a project examining how Dutchness is enacted in collaborations between population geneticists, archaeologists and genealogists. Amade is also the PI of the project Sexuality & Diversity in the Making. She is the founding chair of the European Network for the Social Studies of Forensics (EUnetSSF) and the convenor of the seminar series Ir/relevance of Race in Science and Society. Her most recent research is on face making and race making in forensic identification, for which she received a five-year ERC consolidator grant in December 2013. Alberto Corsín Jiménez is Associate Professor at the Spanish National Research Council, and an anthropologist of cities and science. With an interest in the history and ethnography of science and experimentation he has been drawn to the study of ‘interfaces’, understood as technical and experimental designs between nature and culture. For the past ten years he has been studying the work of “free culture” urban activism and is interested in how such expressions of “free urbanism” compare with other accounts of informality in the city (auto-construction, makeshift urbanism, slum urbanism, etc.), as well as in the socio-technical assemblages through which such free and open-source prototype projects problematize anew forms of urban complexity.

13th East Asian STS Network Conference

December 01 2017 to December 03 2017 | Yonsei University International Campus, Incheon, Korea

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: November 21 2017

"The Past, Present, and Future of East Asian STS"

Following its 12th conference in Beijing, China, last year, the East Asian STS Network will hold the 13th conference this coming December in Korea. The conference will take place on December 1(Fri) - 3(Sun) at the Yonsei University International Campus, Incheon.

The overarching theme of the conference is "The Past, Present, and Future of East Asian STS." With decades of efforts, the field of STS has now established itself as an important area of academic inquiry in East Asia. The academic and societal relevance of this promising endeavor is all the more apparent as the global influence of science and technology-related activities in the East Asian region is becoming more visible -- politically, economically, and culturally.

It would thus be useful for us to reflect on the past and current status of East Asian STS and discuss the prospects for the future. Sub-topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- History of East Asian STS - Science, Technology, and East Asian Identities - Science and Technology in National and Transnational Contexts - Technoscientific Controversies in East Asia - STS and East Asian Studies - STS and Science and Technology Policy Studies - STS and Environmental Studies - STS and Innovation Studies

We apologize for the short notice but hope that many East Asian STS scholars and students will be joining us. The conference website will soon be available. If you have any further questions, please contact the local organizing committee at --------------------- o Theme: The Past, Present, and Future of East Asian STS o Date: December 1 (Fri) - December 3 (Sun), 2017 o Proposal Submission: If you wish to present a paper or to organize a session, please submit your proposals to by October 15, 2017. Individual proposals should include the title, abstract (~300 words), keywords, and a short curriculum vitae. Session proposals should provide an additional abstract explaining the rationale for a session. o Venue: Yonsei University International Campus, Incheon City (where the Seoul/Incheon International Airport is located) o Registration Fee: $100 (Faculty), $50 (Student) (The registration fee will be charged at the conference site.) o Accommodation: We have reserved several rooms (single & double bedrooms) at the college guest house for two nights (December 1-2) for those who are presenting papers. If you are not presenting but want to stay at the college guest house, please let us know. There are also several cheap hotels near the campus. o Local Organizing Committee: - Sungook Hong (Seoul National University) - Sang-Hyun Kim (Hanyang University) - Chihyung Jeon (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) - Kiwon Song (Yonsei University) - Sam Yeol Lee (Yonsei University) - Sung-Soo Song (Pusan National University)

- Philip Cho (Yonsei University o Contact:

Sensing the Voices of Others

May 24 2018 to May 28 2018 | Prague

Deadline: October 13 2017

Updated: October 16 2017

Interrogating the digital in human/non-human intimacies

A couple of doctoral students and I are hoping to put together a roundtable for the International Communication Association annual meeting, which will be in Prague in late May ( We're planning to propose to the Philosophy, Theory, and Critique section ( The very short description right now is: Sensing the Voices of Others: Interrogating the digital in human/non-human intimacies

This roundtable addresses how social and natural worlds manifest as sense-able and communicable. It interrogates what it means to communicate across constructed boundaries of difference, particularly the human and non-human. In particular, it explores how digital media are implicated in the interplay of intimacy, engagement, and detachment by human and non-human entities. ("Voices" is the theme of the conference, and we're open to a broad interpretation of this stuff, anything to do with sensing/communicating, nonhuman entities, and natureculture.) What we'd need would be an affirmation of interest, a title, and a 150-word abstract. We'd then put that together with other abstracts and submit the whole thing as a proposal. We'll expand and tailor the above description to include the other submissions. Inquiries and submissions should go to me at by October 13.

CALL FOR PAPERS 2018 American Association of Geographers

April 10 2018 to April 14 2018 | New Orleans, LA

Deadline: October 20 2017

Updated: October 16 2017

Digital Natures: Critical Practices of Environmental Modeling in the Age of Big Data
Session Organizers: Eric Nost (University of Wisconsin) & Lily House-Peters (California State University, Long Beach) Session Sponsorship: Digital Geography Specialty Group (DGSG), Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group Aiming to confront coastal wetlands loss, Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan presents an explicitly data-driven and model-based framework to guide future environmental decision-making, taking advantage of big environmental data sets and tools powerful enough to mine and process them. Louisiana’s Master Plan is hardly unique in this regard; in fact, it is emblematic of a growing trend.

The proliferation of big environmental data and powerful modeling tools is rapidly rescripting how we understand and govern environments, and may be casting environmental data itself as a (new) resource. In this session, we explore what such “data-driven” governance and environmental data as resource mean for environments and their inhabitants around the world. We are especially interested in understanding the practices by which actors make data available to “drive” governance. Associated with the rise of big data is the birth new discourses: “data as the new oil”, data as a hoard, data as a resource to be “mined” (e.g. Toonders 2014). Increasingly, data managers believe there is value in data just waiting to be realized, like oil waiting in the ground, ready to be extracted, refined, transported, and consumed to realize its value. But as (resource) geographers and political ecologists have long shown, resources become useful only in relation to what they are asked to do and the practices that make them legible within particular governance regimes. This implies actors must work with the data, and this is no more evident than in environmental modeling.

On the one hand, big data discourse disavows modeling when it emphasizes automaticity, unsupervised algorithms and machine learning, and the “end of theory.” On the other hand, modeling - practiced with people - is fundamental to producing and making sense of data in the first place. The work of having to sort through big data and determine appropriate models can just as easily inspire dread for analysts as it can inspire hopeful visions of data-driven decision-making. In this way, modeling represents an important moment where both fractures and opportunities in the project of data-driven governance may become legible - through modelers’ practice or the technology itself. For instance, resource geographers have shown how resources themselves can be resistant to extraction and other aims of their users (Bakker and Bridge 2006; also, Kinsley 2014).

And while digital technologies are often promoted as “disruptive,” scholars emphasize the conservative dimensions of modeling, including “algorithmic injustices” that reinforce racism, sexism, and other kinds of discrimination (Crawford 2016). At the same time, certain kinds of modeling, like simulations, can generate abundant representations of possible, even radical, futures. In this session, we aim to interrogate and draw attention to the roles of big data and modeling in the production of certain natures, human and more-than-human resistances to these processes and practices, and the conditions through which modeling transforms data into a resource. Seeking to bridge political ecology and digital geography, we welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that bring diverse perspectives and approaches to examine a series of critical questions: Who models? · Given the neoliberalization of science (Lave et al. 2010), what are the political economic arrangements by which modeling is organized? · In what ways can political ecologists employ modeling? · How do modelers navigate working under increasingly constrained budgets that limit data collection and tool development? · What are the affective dimensions of modeling? How do modelers bring not just “values” but emotional investments to bear in making models work? How does big data drive decisions? · How exactly do decision-makers learn with models? In what ways are decisions algorithmic or not? · What roles do (geo)visualization and representation play in translating modeling into policy? · In what ways are models contested? What are the landscape effects? · How do modelers understand the relationships between models and real world systems in a big data era? (Salmond et al. 2017) · How do different ecosystems enable or resist modeling? · In what ways does modeling and and data-driven environmental governance shape landscape outcomes? What natures are produced?

Those who would like to participate in the session should contact us by October 20 with a brief statement of interest and/or a title & abstract (250 words). Session participants will need to submit an abstract and register for the conference by October 25. Contact Info: Eric Nost ( & Lily House-Peters ( References Bakker, K., and G. Bridge. 2006. Material worlds? Resource geographies and the `matter of nature’. Progress in Human Geography 30 (1):5–27. Crawford, K. 2016. Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem. /artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.html (last accessed 20 September 2017) Kinsley, S. 2014. The matter of “virtual” geographies. Progress in Human Geography 38 (3):364–384. Lave, R., P. Mirowski, and S. Randalls. 2010. Introduction: STS and Neoliberal Science. Social Studies of Science 40 (5):659–675. Salmond, J. A., M. Tadaki, and M. Dickson. 2017. Can big data tame a “naughty” world?: Environmental big data. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien 61 (1):52–63. Toonders, J. 2014. Data is the New Oil of the Digital Economy. (last accessed 20 September 2017).

WTMC Workshop (Re)inventing Responsibility and Innovation

December 18 2017 to December 20 2017 | Conference centre Soeterbeeck, Deursen-Dennenburg (previously Ravenstein), the Netherlands

Deadline: October 31 2017

Updated: October 16 2017

In this WTMC Workshop, we look at innovation in its social context, as well as current perspectives on how innovation can and should be made ‘responsible’. We will discuss some of the standard views of innovation, and see how research from innovation studies and innovation management provide handles to think through innovation, and to manage it in specific ways. STIS (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) has intensively engaged with this new discourse of *Responsible Research and Innovation* (RRI). How is RRI new – if at all – given the historical engagement of STIS with issues of responsibility and normativity? We will also look at how STIS scholars critically engage with some of the field’s built-in assumptions. What tends to be assumed under ‘innovation’, and what kinds of phenomena does that tend to make invisible – think of social innovation, resistance, recycling, repair and maintenance? What normativities are built into the framework of RRI – is innovation always ‘good’, and should we always have more innovation? What is meant by ‘responsible’, and for whom? Who are assumed to be the key actors in innovation? How can we enrol actors who are often excluded from innovation discourses and processes, such as users, and more particularly users in the ‘Global South’? And how can we conceptualize non-use and resistance?

This workshop is aimed at PhD students across STIS. An explicit background in innovation studies is not required.

Confirmed speakers include: Lotte Asveld, Stefan Kuhlmann and Annapurna Mamidipudi.

The registration form for this workshop is now available *here* . *Please register by 31 October 2017!*

Costs for WTMC members: meals 10 EUR /day. Costs for everyone else: 695 EUR, including fee, accommodation and meals.

If you have any content-related questions regarding this workshop, please feel free to contact Govert Valkenburg: or Bernike Pasveer: For practical questions please contact Elize Schiweck:

Symposium on The Management of Work in the Sharing Economy

December 15 2017 | University of Sussex, Brighton

Updated: October 16 2017

What is the sharing economy and how is management of labour in it different from before? How do we study the sharing economy? What are the downsides and the benefits of such new, algorithmic forms of organisation?

Talking About Organizations Podcast are excited to announce a unique, one-day interdisciplinary symposium on the forms and effects of management in the contemporary sharing (a.k.a. gig) economy. Blending individual and panel presentations from leading scholars and commentators with group conversations, we invite you to critically examine the continuities – as well as disruptions - in the ways that work is organised through, and in light of, online platforms such as uber, deliveroo, upwork.

The aim of the symposium is to advance understanding of the sharing economy, with particular attention to its relation to the classics in management and organizational scholarship; and to explore methods suitable to grasp the sharing economy as an object of inquiry.

Confirmed speakers include: Prof Natalia Levina (NYU) | Dr Mareike Möhlmann (WBS) Dr Greetje Corporaal (University of Oxford) | Ms Arianna Tassinari (WBS) Ms Sarah O’ Connor (Financial Times) | Dr Rebecca Prentice (University of Sussex)

The event is open to all interested scholars and is free to attend, although registration is required as spaces are limited. Small number of stipends is available to PhD students and early career researchers to cover travel expenses. Don’t forget to indicate in application if you would like to be considered for one of these.

To register, please send an email to outlining why you are interested in the event, including information about how attending will aid any current or future search you may be undertaking to Deadline to apply is 10th November, with notifications of acceptance (based on fit) issued the following week.

Technoscience from Below

June 14 2018 to June 15 2018 | University of Padova , Italy

Deadline: November 15 2017

Updated: October 16 2017

The conference will be an opportunity to present empirical and theoretical work from a variety of disciplines and fields : sociology, anthropology , design , economics, history , law , philosophy , psychology and semiotics . This work will focus on diverse aspects of the social study of science , technology , and innovation . The focal theme of the 7 th STS Italia Conference will be Technoscience from Below . The conference will be organized around multiple thematic tracks , which will be selected by the scientific committee based on the outcome of this call for track s , expiring November 1 5 , 2017.

By focusing on Technoscience from Below , the 7 th STS Italia Conference will offer the opportunity to explore alternative co - producti ve path s of science , technology , and innovation. Contemporary research on alternative paths to innovation show that the production of science and technology is blooming in a variety of alternative domains . These cover previously unexpected geographical contexts and organizational settings , involving a wide array of unconventional actors . Some examples of emerging processes of co - production coming from unpredicted places and actors are DIY practices in biomedicine , technoscientific research from the periphery, marginalised contexts of a globalised world, scattered groups of hackers , and l ively local communities active in environmental sensing through crowd data generation . These processes are carried out by a combination of public authorities and grassroots participation of citizens and other non - institutional actors ( i . e . , environmental citizen groups , hackerspaces , and independent groups of patients ) , as well as with other economic and social actors . Moreover , these collective and distributed processes , in which humans and non - humans interact , also question the political role of technoscience and innovation institutions . T hey place themselves as alternative or even antagonistic points of view around issues of access to innovation , particularly its transparency and democratization .

Technoscience from B elow cannot be explained as the result of independent choices by isolated groups , whether designers , producers , or users ; rather , it emerges as the collective performance of new ways of engagement in research and innovation governance . For these reasons , the exploration of alternative patterns of technoscientific innovation represents an increasingly important task for the STS community and other related fields . Based on this broad reflection , the 7 th Edition of the STS Italia conference sets out with a call for tracks intended to select topics of focus for the conference ’s sessions , which will then form the basis of the call for abstracts . Each track must be presented and managed by one or more convenors . Convenors will be responsible for formulating the call for abstracts , selecting abstracts , and organizing the track . 2 Track proposals should be submitted via e - mail to the organizing committee ( ) by November 15 , 2017. Proposals may cover all topics related to the social study of innovation processes , technology , and science . Proposals on the following topics are especially welcome : • Processes and practices of technological innovation • Forms of participation and engagement with technoscience • Design practices inside and outside official research institutions • Postcolonial technoscience: science and technology in non - Western countries • The use and deployment of technology , technical devices , and artefacts • The relationship among innovation , ethics , and responsibility • Regulation and governance of innovation • Communication , media , and digital technologies • Alternative medical practices and healthcare environments • The public shaping of medical research • Hackerspaces , makerspaces , and DIY centres • The relationship among innovation , market , and macro - economic in subaltern contexts • Grassroots innovations for sustainable development • Methodologies for studying technoscientific processes from below • Alternative strategies for communicating science and technology • Research policies and knowledge production in non - institutional loci • Groups , organizations , and places of innovation • The relationship between knowledge and techniques in material and digital products • The body , gender , and technoscientific performance • Critical reflection on the gender - technology relationship • Expectations and promises related to innovation processes • Critical debate on mainstream accounts of the West ’ s technoscientific practices Submissions for thematic tracks should be written in English and Italian and include a short description of the proposed theme and area of interest ( max. 400 words ), as well as some information about the convenors ( max . 50 words each , including email address es ). Convenors will be notified of track acceptance by November 30 , 2017. Convenors will independently set session topics and organize each track according to numerical constraints specified by the scientific board . Convenors who consider an abstract interesting but not suited to their thematic track will be free to re direct the abstract to the scientific board for submission to another track . If a track draws less than three abstracts , the scientific board will decide whether to run the track or merge it with another track .

IMPORTANT DATES • November 15, 2017: Deadline of the call for tracks • November 30 , 2017: Notification of track acceptance • December 1 5 , 2017: Conference announced with call for abstracts • February 15, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission • March 15, 2018: Authors notified of abstract acceptance or rejection • March 30, 2018: Early registration deadline • April 30, 2018: Closing date for registration • May 15, 2018: Publication of final conference program • June 14 - 16 , 2018 : Conference CONTACTS : 7 thStsItaliaConf@gmail . com FURTHER INFO: www . stsitalia . org

Questioning Science in Uncertain Times: A Workshop

February 15 2018 to February 16 2018 | The Ohio State University

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: October 16 2017

Critical reflection on scientific authority has been central to science and technology studies (STS) for some time. Interrogating science’s claim to universality, apoliticism and autonomy, scholars have highlighted the suffusion of values, interests and power inherent in the production, use and consumption of scientific knowledge. Yet, recent political developments have raised questions about the value and ultimate purpose of such critique, leading to concerns about living in a “post-truth” era of “alternative facts.” For example, in massive demonstrations such as the March for Science, protesters oppose what they perceive as a radically altered relationship between science and power.

Echoing the science wars of another era, current conversations question the value and legitimacy of STS scholarship, given its thoroughgoing skepticism of scientific authority, and generate concerns about ceding the public sphere to entrenched private interests and traditional prejudice. As such, this workshop will consider the prospects for sustained investigation and questioning of science and its social standing. What is the role of STS scholars in these times of uncertainty? Does an embattled scientific community require social constructivists to modify, soften or abandon critique? Or is critique necessary now more than ever, given science’s role in sustaining various social injustices?

Our keynote speakers are:

Shobita Parthasarathy, University of Michigan

Rayvon Fouché, Purdue University

Our workshop will feature contributed papers that address the theme of the workshop: how should scholars working in STS and allied fields approach science and technology in these “uncertain” times? We encourage both submissions that interrogate the role of STS, but also submissions that consider questions of science and democratization (e.g. social movements, citizen science, populism, the politics of knowledge and ignorance, etc.), how values are formed in science, the role of art and design in scientific critique, and structural inequalities and the politics of science and technology. (See here additional details.)
To submit a paper for consideration, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, including references. Each speaker will have 30 minutes to present their paper during the workshop. The closing date for abstracts is November 1, 2017.

To submit an abstract, please email it as a PDF attachment to If you have any questions about this call, feel free to email either Chris Pincock ( or Monamie Bhadra (

A limited amount of funds will be made available for presenters to cover some of the costs of attending the workshop. We plan to finalize the workshop schedule by the end of November.

Oral History Training Institute

January 02 2018 to January 05 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

Updated: October 16 2017

E-mail for information about registering.

Each year the director and the staff of the center work with scholars and researchers who are planning or have started research that has interviewing as a core component.

CHF has been conducting interviews for over 30 years and has roughly 5,000 hours of recordings in its collections; it is one of the only institutions in the United States to focus its oral-history work on scientists from diverse disciplinary fields. The director and the staff of the Center for Oral History have trained numerous individuals to create detailed and rich primary sources using interviews with those who have made contributions to the STEM fields. During the training week individuals are introduced to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral-history theory and methodology, interviewing techniques and performance of mock interviews, legal and ethical issues, transcription practices, archiving, recording equipment and its use, data management, and other relevant topics. Interested participants are encouraged to bring their research ideas to the workshop. While the scope of the training workshop will be focused through a STEM lens, individual topics are not limited to science, technology, engineering, and medicine; this workshop is open to all researchers interested in the practice of conducting research interviews and oral histories in order to elucidate and to preserve the unwritten past

Fifth Annual Conference on the History of Recent Social Science

June 08 2018 to June 09 2018 | University of Zurich, Switzerland

Deadline: February 04 2018

Updated: October 16 2017

This two-day conference of the Society for the History of Recent Social Science (HISRESS) 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. While large parts of history of social science scholarship still focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries and are attuned to the histories of individual disciplines, there is also a larger interest now in the developments spanning the social sciences in the early, late, and post-Cold War periods. Though each of the major social science fields 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 fruitful cross-disciplinary conversations of recent years.

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

The two-day conference will be organized as a series of one-hour, single-paper sessions attended by all participants. Ample time will be set aside for intellectual exchange between presenters and attendees, as all participants are expected to read pre-circulated papers in advance.

Proposals should contain no more than 1000 words, indicating the originality of the paper. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 4, 2018. Final notification will be given in early March 2018 after proposals have been reviewed.Completed papers will be expected by May 13, 2018.

The organizing committee consists of Jamie Cohen-Cole (George Washington University), Philippe Fontaine (École normale supérieure de Cachan), Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich), and Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College).

All proposals and requests for information should be sent to: []. For more information on the Society for the History of Recent Social Science (HISRESS).

Technologies of Frankenstein

March 07 2018 to March 09 2018 | Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: October 16 2017


The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were those themes and what is their value to us in the early twenty-first century?

Mary Shelley was rather vague as to how Victor, a young medical student, managed to reanimate a person cobbled together from parts of corpses. Partly as a result of this technical gap, and partly as a result of many other features of the novel, Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the

Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine — History and Theory Group

October 13 2017 |

Updated: October 16 2017

The History and Theory Group of CHSTM will launch its new season on October 13 at 3:30pm EST. We will be discussing the first three chapters (front matter to p. 97) of James C. Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009). The group will plan to read the book in its entirety over three meetings.

If you are not already a member, please register at the website or contact for questions and assistance.

Grappling with the Futures

April 29 2018 to April 30 2018 | Boston, MA

Deadline: November 03 2017

Updated: October 16 2017

Futures studies, which emerged as a new field after WWII, offer a variety of methods for predicting, forecasting, anticipating, controlling, imagining, and shaping multiple futures. Those methods include trend extrapolation, predictive modeling, scenario-planning, Delphi, and Wild Cards, to name a few. The goal of this symposium is to bring together philosophers, historians, and science, technology and society (STS) scholars who are deeply engaged with the exploration of the futures. We will begin an interdisciplinary dialogue that interrogates the goals, concepts, and methods of futures studies and probes informal futures-oriented thinking that is ubiquitous in social thought and practice.

Sociology and Anthropology of Logic: Past and Present, at 6th World Congress on Universal Logic

June 21 2018 to June 22 2018 | Vichy, France

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: October 14 2017

Call for papers
Sociology and Anthropology of Logic: Past and Present

Workshop organized by Julie Brumberg-Chaumont (LEM/CNRS/PSL, Paris Research University) and Claude Rosental (CEMS/IMM/CNRS/EHESS/PSL) during the 6th World Congress on Universal Logic (UNILOG 2018, Vichy, France, June 21-22, 2018)

The workshop “sociology and anthropology of logic: past and present” intends to explore the various ways in which logic can be approached from a sociological or anthropological point of view. We will look into how various actors and peoples concretely define and practice logic. Logic will not be apprehended according to a fixed definition of what it is or what it should be in order to assess their various definitions and practices. Instead, we will analyze their possible plurality.

We will focus on both past and present definitions and practices of logic. Historical investigations are welcome. In particular, we will discuss how philosophy and history of logic might benefit from various methodological approaches developed by historians and sociologists of mathematics and science over the past 40 years.

The organizers have contributed to this endeavor in various ways. In particular, Claude Rosental has been studying contemporary logical demonstrations from a sociological point of point. As for Julie Brumberg-Chaumont, she launched a program called “Homo Logicus, Logic at the Edges of Humanity: Anthropological, Philosophical and Historical Approaches” with Antonella Romano at EHESS in Paris in 2016, and another program called “Social History of Logic in the Middle Ages” with John Marenbon (Trinity College, Cambridge) in 2017.

The anthropological dimension of logic may be observed, for example, in the debates that Lévy-Bruhl’s notion of “pre-logical mentality” of indigenous peoples has generated for more than a century. Anthropologists and other actors have often referred to logical skills to define the boundaries of humanity. Depending on their more or less open definitions of logic, they have included a limited or a large number of humans within these boundaries. Testing codified logical skills — Aristotelian and traditional logic in the past, thinking skill assessment (TSA) today – has been used since the Middle Ages as a way to select individuals in higher education institutions and/or as a means for excluding “logically disabled” groups in relationship to their so-called “social or racial inferiority.” A sociological approach to the history of logic implies that logic is not only a set of theories and doctrines, but also a tool for action that individuals use in different institutional, political, and social settings.

Several authors have contributed to approaching logic this way. For instance, David Bloor’s work inspired Irving Anellis and Ivo Grattan-Guiness’ criticisms of the notion of “Fregean revolution.” The “social history of logic” program developed by Volker Peckaus and Christian Thiel in the 1980s also illustrates this trend.

Papers are expected to cover one of the following topics:
-Logic and the Boundaries of Humanity
-Social Studies of Logic
-Anthropological History of Logic
-Selecting Humans Based on their Logical Skills
-Ethnologic and Ethnomathematics
-History of Logic and History of Anthropology

Abstracts (one page) should be sent by November 1, 2017 (extended deadline) via e-mail to:

The STS Conference Graz 2018

May 07 2018 to May 08 2018 | HOTEL WEITZER, Graz

Deadline: October 31 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The STS Conference Graz 2018 is the joint Annual Conference of the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt|Wien|Graz (STS), the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS).

In our Call for Sessions we suggest the following thematic fields (Gender-Technology-Environment, Digitalization of Society, Life Sciences/Biotechnology, Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign, Towards Low-Carbon Energy and Mobility Systems, Sustainable Food Systems) and we would like to encourage participants to think outside the box by combining thematic fields and considering intersections:

Sessions do not need to be limited to academic paper presentations. We encourage you to suggest interactive and innovative session formats too, such as discussion groups, slow talks, etc.

Please let us know in case you plan an alternative setting by briefly describing it.

For submitting your session abstract, please use this online form and send an abstract (max. 500 words) no later than October 31, 2017.

2018 ANU conference on Circus and Science

April 03 2018 to April 05 2018 | Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University i

Deadline: September 15 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

Scientists seek to investigate the ways in which nature works and to ask how humanity can best comprehend different aspects of the universe. By challenging conventional wisdom, scientists can act as rebels against the status quo and common sense. In cultural and fictional contexts, they may appear and behave like artists: creative, skilled craftsmen; ‘imagineers’ and bewildering performers. These fictional scientists do not merely domesticate the unknown and the uncanny, they also invent and stage it.

One of the most productive breeding grounds for the invention, amalgamation, and staging of scientific knowledge and creative imagination has been the circus and related cultural phenomena, such as freakshows, carnivals, and 19th-century ‘scientific’ museums. These sensational, kaleidoscopic institutions present(ed) manifold wondrous exhibits, including automatons, wax figures, and mummies, but they also presented scientific discoveries. Barnum’s American Museum, for example, made hundreds of previously unseen specimens accessible to a broad audience.

Exhibitions and shows of this type united science with mystery, acted as mediators of knowledge, and were often the primary public source of information about the current state of scientific research. They are reminders that science and its pursuits are matters of perspective, and the product and producer of good stories. What do these stories tell us about the “two cultures” of the humanities and science?

Keynote speakers

Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory University) Professor Jane Goodall (University of Western Sydney) Professor Richard Weihe (Accademia Teatro Dimitri/SUPSI Verscio, Switzerland) Professor Peta Tait (La Trobe University)


We welcome proposals for individual, 20-minute papers addressing any aspect of science and the circus (and related phenomena) including:

Cultural and literary studies Circus studies, Theatre and performance studies Indigenous literatures from around the world and their relation to science and performance Posthumanism Zoopoetics, animal art and critical animal studies Intersections of aesthetic and scientific treatments of cultural issues Imaginaries of technology and performance (e.g. in films) Museology, and applied art and science

While this conference is concerned primarily with culture and literature, we envisage it as a multi-disciplinary event and will welcome proposals from any disciplinary perspective.

To Boldly Preserve: Archiving for the Next Half-Century of Space Flight

March 01 2018 to March 03 2018 | American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland

Deadline: October 01 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

We will examine the unprecedented challenges and opportunities preserving the history of space exploration faces in this digital, big data era. New forms of electronic communication and data including oral histories and social media are changing the nature of historical records and increasing their ease of collection. Even as early generations of researchers, engineers, administrators and users retire, the number of countries, organizations, businesses, and other non-government actors involved in space is sharply expanding. Relying on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for U.S. government records management, while still essential, is increasingly inadequate. Furthermore, most of humanity experiences space exploration either as users (e.g., communications and weather) or as a source of imagination and enthusiasm. How do we document and archive the activities of hundreds of actors in space? How do we archive the experience of users? How do we archive imagination? The internet and widespread use of digital media have spurred tremendous popular interest in do- it-yourself oral history and other emerging methods for archiving among people not classically trained as historians, archivists, or records managers.

Done well, these bottom-up approaches could greatly expand the availability of historical records -- especially by groups, organizations, and individuals not fully captured by government archives. To examine critical issues in creating, collecting, preserving, and accessing space archives worldwide, this conference will bring the historical and archival communities together with space industry, records management, digital humanities, and library media management professionals. The conference will 1) explore data management strategies and toolboxes of exemplary best practices, 2) provide a variety of archival models for oral histories, digital, print, and less conventional collections management (such as software and artifacts), 3) disseminate these strategies and practices to space stakeholders, and 4) encourage underrepresented minorities and communities to create and archive their contributions to space history. To encourage discussion, we will pre-circulate conference papers to registrants and post them to the conference website. An edited volume based on the conference will be published as well as guides of best practices. Possible topics include but are not limited to: - Space archives: The first half-century - Space archives: Contemporary and future issues - Archiving space-based business and operations - Collecting and contextualizing social media, hardware and software - Integrating Do-It- Yourself history with archives - Legal concerns: Intellectual property rights, classification, Nondisclosure Acts, ITAR, records management, archiving by lawyers - Contract history: Templates for a successful project - Getting buy-in from individuals and organizations

- Reaching underrepresented people and areas - Archiving the experience of users - Finding archival partners and solutions - Ensuring access: Data management, ADA - Dissemination and diffusion of best practices While focused on space history, this NSF-funded conference aims to have a much larger impact by providing recommendations on policy and best practices. This conference addresses issues faced by all areas of history and science, technology, and society studies – encouraging high quality “history from below,” using new electronic technologies, preserving a wild range of materials, and educating a new generation of stakeholders. “To Boldly Preserve” will be held March 1-2, 2018 at the Center for the History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland and will be conducted in English. The organizers can assist with travel and accommodation expenses for presenters. Please send a one- page abstract and one-page CV as one PDF file to by October 1, 2017. Decisions about acceptance will be made by November 1, 2017. For more information, contact Jonathan Coopersmith (, Angelina Callahan (, or Greg Good (

Making Science, Technology and Society Together

July 25 2018 to July 28 2018 | Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: November 08 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The word ‘meeting’ contains rich and diverse meanings. In English we find the following: an act or process of joining or coming together of people or things; an intersection or confluence; an encounter; an assembly; a place and time for discussion or decision; a space for dissent, battle, entertainment or contest; and (archaically) a unit of measurement. *Meetings* has critical resonance at this time. Political and social forces – such as Brexit, Trump’s Presidency in the US, the rise in support for PVV in the Netherlands and for Front Nationale in France – seek to undo many relations and connections and to establish new, often exclusionary and destructive, alliances. That is, the politics of *meetings* is not a choice between doing or not doing relations, but rather to think about which actors meet and how, and to curate meetings that make some things present and other things absent. In this context, and in step with many other progressive responses, the EASST 2018 Conference will explicitly bring together, promote and celebrate meetings between, and differences within, the cultural and intellectual constituencies of STS. STS is located at the connexions of people, things and values. It is engaged with our sociotechnical lives and explores our interdependencies with multiple others. Preoccupations with logic and epistemology in early STS have been mixed with an intensified concern with aesthetics, values, ontologies, politics and emotions. Our conference theme promotes generative mixing through *meetings* in all senses of this word: as a practical activity, a substantive topic, a political engagement and as theoretical exploration. By doing so, we hope to open up ways to imagine how things within STS and in our social and political lives can be otherwise. We warmly welcome you to Lancaster as a meeting place for STS scholars.

Given the theme of *meetings* we have ‘un-structured’ the conference. We have identified a series of streams that have built upon the etymology of the word *meetings* in STS inflected ways. Our aim is that we will each encounter STS work in many different contexts as we seek analytic, critical and practical engagement with the theme of *meetings*. So, we invite you to think about your contribution in response to the following streams. *1. Encounters between people, things and environments* This stream has broad application in STS and contributions may focus on, for example, materialities, assemblages, the Anthropocene and changing climates, infrastructures in practice and the production and negotiation of risk. *2. Art and craft of joining and keeping things together* This stream invites a focus on doing, embodied knowledge and skills and the performativity of discourse in making and sustaining alliances. Work in this stream may therefore include: makers; engineering cultures, learning and collaborative work, and mending and repair. *3.

Confluence, collaboration and intersection* This stream invites exploration of how alignments and intersections occur. This might examine how ‘interests’ take shape, evolve, conjoin through innovation networks, technology adoption, infrastructures and standardisations; the dynamics of how social practices evolve, intersect and re-form over time; or the making of new alliances and forms of inclusive and creative collaboration. *4. Conflict, dissolution, contest* Meetings may be occasions where differences are aired, contested, bolstered or dissolved. This stream may include studies of controversy, ‘scandal’ and public dissent, organisational failure, partings, boundary making, and hierarchies. *5. Assembly, silence, dissent *Meetings may be thought of as spaces where legal, medical and/or environmental matters of concern are worked out, a place for convening publics and professionals. Contributions to this stream could explore how technologies and devices of governance assemble and sometimes silence different entities, recognising some knowledges, marginalising others, and producing unequal conditions of speech. *6. Discovery, discussion and decision* This stream offers a location for studies that explore historical and contemporary ‘moments’ of discovery and innovation, management of uncertainties and the distributedness of deliberation and ‘decisions’. These may be in, for example, the practice of health and medicine, science or urban laboratories, materialist grassroots activism, labs or processes of governance and policy making. *7. Measurement, commensuration, markets and values*

The problematisation of measurement has provided a rich seam of work across many fields of STS, for example, in the context of financial markets or the construction of ‘evidence’ in ‘evidence based medicine’. This stream invites analyses of the instruments of measurement, the values they carry, what they make visible and what they erase. Submissions *Open panel submissions* This year we move away from tracks and are instead organising the conference by the seven streams listed above, with an additional open stream. In the first instance, we invite colleagues to submit panel proposals indicating which stream they fit within. These panels will comprise a maximum of two 90-minute sessions, comprising a maximum of eight presentations. After decisions have been made as to which panel proposals are accepted, there will be an open call for paper proposals to these panels. Panel conveners will review and accept papers for inclusion within their panel, within guidelines set by the Programme Committee. Members of the Programme Committee will be responsible for overseeing a specific stream and will try to reallocate all abstracts submitted to that stream not accepted within existing panels or proposed to a ‘general’ panel. *Special ‘workshop’ proposals* In addition to open panel proposals, we also invite you to submit proposals for special workshops, involving some element of performance, which might entail practical activities or be a workshop. Given their nature, these ‘workshops’ may be closed rather than open. *Participation* Given the growing size of EASST conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, individuals may be listed for a paper presentation and one other role (such as session convenor, chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances. *Facilities* The panel rooms will have a computer, a connected projector, and the facility to plug in laptops if presenters need to do so. Requests for video conferencing, speakers, etc can be made when proposing papers. /*

The conference sub-site and panel proposal form will follow in September.*/ Key dates (subject to change) *08/11/2017*: Deadline for panel (and workshop) proposals *08/12/2017*: Communication of accepted panels, opening of CFP *14/02/2018*: Deadline for individual paper abstract submissions (end of CFP) 14/03/2018: Accepted papers published on the website and registration opens 16/05/2018: Early-bird registration ends – prices rise! 25/06/2018: Publication of conference programme Local organising committee Brian Bloomfield (Centre for Science Studies/ Department for Organization, Work and Technology) Dawn Goodwin (Centre for Science Studies/Division of Medicine) (Co-chair of Programme Committee) Adrian Mackenzie (Centre for Science Studies/Department of Sociology/Data Science Institute) Nils Markusson (Lancaster Environment Centre) Maggie Mort (Centre for Science Studies/Department of Sociology) Celia Roberts (Centre for Science Studies/Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies/Department of Sociology) Vicky Singleton (Centre for Science Studies/Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies/Department of Sociology) (Co-chair) Bron Szerszynski (Centre for the Study of Environmental Change /Department of Sociology) Richard Tutton (Centre for Science Studies/Department of Sociology/Institute for Social Futures) (Co-chair) Gordon Walker (Lancaster Environment Centre/ESRC DEMAND) (Co-chair of Programme Committee) Claire Waterton (Centre for the Study of Environmental Change/Department of Sociology) Lisa Wood (Centre for Science Studies/Division of Medicine) The city Lancaster is small enough to explore on foot and there are regular bus services linking the city with the campus and with the local area, including the Lake District. Lancaster was designated a Cycling Town in 2005 and has a network of linked cycle tracks in the centre and around. The River Lune and the Lancaster Canal run through the centre. Lancaster has numerous historic buildings including the Castle c1150 (a site of witch trials in 1612 and a jail until 2012) and The Priory c1094.

The long standing connection with Quakerism is one of the inspirations for the theme of the conference. The Quakers, also known as The Religious Society of Friends, has its roots in 17C England, when small groups of ‘Seekers’ in towns and villages around the country coalesced around the informal leadership of George Fox. Early Quakers rejected professional priests, and held all life and all places to be equally sacred. They met in each other’s homes, and later in purpose-built ‘meeting houses’ where they waited silently for the Holy Spirit to guide them. Lancaster’s Friends Meeting House was built in 1708 and George Fox spent two years imprisoned in Lancaster Castle for his religious and social dissent and his preaching at The Priory. There are a variety of cultural activities related to science and technology in Lancaster including a Visitor Centre at the nearby Heysham Power Station. STS scholars at Lancaster have long been associated with local activism on technoscientific issues, for example around Cumbrian hill sheep farmers and the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident (1986), the effects of Foot and Mouth Disease (2001) and currently in relation to contestations over fracking. Lancaster has a wealth of restaurants and public houses, many in picturesque locations such as the canal side. There is also an award winning local brewery and a thriving shopping scene, with many independent shops. The bustling Charter Market is in the city’s historic centre every Wednesday and Saturday, and the Assembly Rooms is worth a visit to browse the eclectic mix of stalls selling vintage, period and retro clothing, comic books, art and memorabilia.

V annual meeting of Chilean STS network

January 17 2018 to January 19 2018 | Universidad ​ ​ Católica ​ ​ del ​ ​ Maule, ​ ​ sede ​ ​ Curicó

Deadline: October 31 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

We are inviting to send your proposals to our annual meeting entitled: “Plowing technological fields: ruptures and amalgams around the territorial tracts”. From 17 to 19 January of 2018 the STS discussion will be in one of typical agrarian places of the country and we are receiving proposals in English, Spanish and Portuguese until 31 October.

Technology, Mind, and Society

April 05 2018 to April 07 2018 | Washington, D.C.,

Deadline: October 20 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The American Psychological Association will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Technology, Mind, and Society in Washington, D.C., on April 5- 7, 2018. Scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and students from around the world are invited to participate in the event. The conference will provide a venue for reporting and assessing current efforts to understand and shape the interactions of human beings and technology, for identifying priorities for future work, and for promoting exchange and collaboration among participants. The conference will feature four keynote speakers: Cynthia Breazeal (MIT), Justine Cassell (Carnegie Mellon), Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research), and Sandy Pentland (MIT). APA invites you and your colleagues and students to submit papers, symposia, and posters for this conference, which will be organized around the following broad themes: Basic research: How humans understand and use technology, impacts of technology on human experience and behavior, human-technology interactions as mutually adaptive systems, role of technology in advancing other areas of scientific research, and related topics. Foundations of technology design: Development of technologies informed by psychological, behavioral, and social science research. Applications: Development, use, and impact of specific technologies in domains such as aging, education, mental and physical health, recreation, and the workplace.

Broader implications: Ethical and policy questions concerning the opportunities and challenges arising from human-technology interactions. The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017. Submissions can be made here. The conference is open to researchers, professionals, and students in all relevant areas, including psychology and other behavioral and social sciences, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, design, health research, education research, city and regional planning, public policy, history of science and technology, and philosophy. The conference aims to address the full range of contemporary and emerging technologies. These include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile devices, social media, virtual/augmented reality, gaming, geographic information systems, autonomous vehicles, and biomedical technologies (e.g., brain-machine interfaces, genetic engineering). APA is sponsoring the conference in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Computing Machinery — Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI). We look forward to seeing you at the Technology, Mind, and Society Conference! For additional information, see the conference website. If you have any questions, please contact the APA Science Directorate (

Sociology and Anthropology of Logic: Past and Present

June 21 2018 to June 22 2018 | Vichy, France

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: September 12 2017

The workshop “sociology and anthropology of logic: past and present” intends to explore the various ways in which logic can be approached from a sociological or anthropological point of view. We will look into how various actors and peoples concretely define and practice logic. Logic will not be apprehended according to a fixed definition of what it is or what it should be in order to assess their various definitions and practices. Instead, we will analyze their possible plurality. We will focus on both past and present definitions and practices of logic. Historical investigations are welcome. In particular, we will discuss how philosophy and history of logic might benefit from various methodological approaches developed by historians and sociologists of mathematics and science over the past 40 years.

The organizers have contributed to this endeavor in various ways. In particular, Claude Rosental has been studying contemporary logical demonstrations from a sociological point of point. As for Julie Brumberg-Chaumont, she launched a program called “Homo Logicus, Logic at the Edges of Humanity: Anthropological, Philosophical and Historical Approaches” with Antonella Romano at EHESS in Paris in 2016, and another program called “Social History of Logic in the Middle Ages” with John Marenbon (Trinity College, Cambridge) in 2017.

The anthropological dimension of logic may be observed, for example, in the debates that Lévy-Bruhl’s notion of “pre-logical mentality” of indigenous peoples has generated for more than a century. Anthropologists and other actors have often referred to logical skills to define the boundaries of humanity. Depending on their more or less open definitions of logic, they have included a limited or a large number of humans within these boundaries. Testing codified logical skills — Aristotelian and traditional logic in the past, thinking skill assessment (TSA) today – has been used since the Middle Ages as a way to select individuals in higher education institutions and/or as a means for excluding “logically disabled” groups in relationship to their so-called “social or racial inferiority.” A sociological approach to the history of logic implies that logic is not only a set of theories and doctrines, but also a tool for action that individuals use in different institutional, political, and social settings.

Several authors have contributed to approaching logic this way. For instance, David Bloor’s work inspired Irving Anellis and Ivo Grattan-Guiness’ criticisms of the notion of “Fregean revolution.” The “social history of logic” program developed by Volker Peckaus and Christian Thiel in the 1980s also illustrates this trend.

Papers are expected to cover one of the following topics:

-Logic and the Boundaries of Humanity -Social Studies of Logic -Anthropological History of Logic -Selecting Humans Based on their Logical Skills -Ethnologic and Ethnomathematics -History of Logic and History of Anthropology

Abstracts (one page) should be sent by October 20, 2017 (extended deadline) via e-mail to:

Workshop organized by Julie Brumberg-Chaumont (LEM/CNRS/PSL, Paris Research University) and Claude Rosental (CEMS/IMM/CNRS/EHESS/PSL).

International Conference on Environmental Humanities

July 03 2018 to July 08 2018 | Universidad de Alcalá

Updated: August 11 2017

Stories, Myths, and Arts to Envision a Change

Environmental humanities entail a transdisciplinary and transnational critical framework that is rapidly emerging in the last decade. This framework challenges traditional divisions among human, social, and environmental sciences, since they have proven to be obsolete in confronting, understanding, and articulating the most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges of the 21st century, as well as their multiple scales, risks, and representational difficulties. Environmental humanities emerge out of the convergence among environmental history and philosophy, ecocriticism, art and ecology, de-/post-colonial environmental thinking, earth systems science, philosophy of science, social and political ecology, ecofeminism, and so on. This international conference attempts to contribute to this fascinating debate while introducing it in Spain, where it has not yet been established.

Exploring Parallels Between Technoscientific and Social Scientific Knowledge Production

July 15 2018 to July 21 2018 | Toronto, Canada.

Deadline: September 30 2017

Updated: August 11 2017

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: Power, Violence and Justice. Reflections, Responses, Responsibilities. July 15-21, 2018,

Session Host: RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology Organizers: Danny Otto, University of Rostock, Germany & Jing-Mao Ho, Cornell University, USA

Sociology of Technology and Science has advanced our understanding of processes in which scientific knowledge is (re-)produced. Scholars have delved deeply into scientific practices in many areas of the natural and technical sciences. But more recently, we have found increasing scholarly interest in studying social or “soft” sciences. These publications (along with earlier work in the sociology of knowledge) point to the importance of sociological self-reflection. They reveal the entanglement of social scientists with the “objects” they are trying to describe and the implications of social scientific knowledge for the understanding of society (e.g. interpretations of social inequality). Therefore, this session aims to bring together new developments in the sociological study of “social sciences/sociologies.”

How and under what circumstances is sociological knowledge produced? How are paradigms in sociology constructed? In what ways are power relations interwoven into the manufacturing of sociological knowledge - both, on the level of enabling research (e.g. political agenda setting, funding, working conditions, academic hierarchies) and disseminating results (e.g. perceptibility, review processes, digital distribution, status of authors)? Are there any technologies that have been normalized in producing sociological knowledge? What are the characteristics of academic sociology communities? How are networks of sociology shaped by actors/actants involved?

Above are some of the questions we expect to address during the session. We welcome any papers - both theoretical and empirical - that address the issues and topics in the sociology of sociologies as well as social sciences (e.g. economics, political science, psychology. philosophy, anthropology).

Please submit your contribution proposals via the official ISA conference website: The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this session, please send your enquiries to

Sustaining the Seas

December 11 2017 to December 13 2017 | The University Of Sydney

Deadline: July 14 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

Please send a 250-300 word abstract and affiliation details to by 14th July 2017.

Sustaining the Seas is an exciting and experimental refereed international conference that will bring together academics of many disciplines, practitioners, urban planners, fishers, artists and writers to consider over three days the challenges of how to care better for the oceans, and more-than-human marine ecological systems. We will explore radically different modes of caring for oceanic spaces and ask what their effects might be for communities of fish and humans.

Hosted by the Sustainable Fish Lab at the University of Sydney, the conference will take place in one of the world’s most beautiful yet troubled harbour cities. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with local and global oceanic complexities through panel discussions, keynote speakers, films, demonstrations of innovative practice, and fieldtrips.

Keynotes Professor Lesley Green (UCT) Professor Rosemary Rayfuse (UNSW) Professor Elspeth Probyn (Sydney)

Plenary Sessions

Caring for Sea Country Dr. Leah Lui-Chivizhe (UNSW)

Speculative Harbours Gena Wirth (Scape), Dr. Adriana Vergés (UNSW)

Embodying the Ocean (Writing on the Sea) Dr. Astrida Neimanis (Sydney)

In-Conversation with Fishers John Susman (FishTale) and Cat Dorey (Greenpeace)

Surfing pollution Dr. Clifton Evers (Newcastle University, UK)

We welcome proposals on these topics and many more:

Fish markets: including anthropological, cultural studies, tourism, geographical, and economical perspectives; • Regulation of the high seas and the Law of the Sea; Oceanic warming, acidity and toxicity; geo-engineering; Forms of certification, governance, and traceability; Global South & North, northern hemisphere & southern hemisphere; Knowledges: gender, traditional, Indigenous, generational; Consumer engagement tactics that emphasise complexity rather than simplification; Indigenous/cultural fisheries; Gender, ethnicity, race, fish; queer fish; New forms of aquaculture and integrated marine tropic relationships; Global ocean grabbing, piracy, IUU. Methodologies, multidisciplinary and multimedia forms of representation.

Please visit the conference website for conference, including keynote speakers, plenary sessions, registrations, and fieldtrips. Or join us on social media through Facebook and Twitter.

PAPERS & PANEL PROPOSALS Please send a 250-300 word abstract and affiliation details to by 14th July 2017.

CREATIVE PROVOCATIONS Contributions are sought from practitioners working in, or across, speculative design, poetic computation, fabrication, and art-related practice, including moving-image, audio, and performance. This stream of the conference aims to experiment with the traditional conference format and present diverse forms of engagement with the challenges of caring for marine environments.

Please send 250-300-word abstract, affiliation details and link to previous work to stream organisers and by 14th July 2017.

Abstracts should describe your creative provocation – subject matter and proposed form of presentation (limited to conference space and 20 minutes). Conference dates: 11 -13 December 2017

Organisers: Prof Elspeth Probyn (, and Kate Johnston. Dept of Gender & Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney, in partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)

April 03 2018 to April 07 2018 | Philadelphia, PA,

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

"Sustainable Futures" invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2017. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page ( meeting/).


December 11 2017 to December 13 2017 | The University of Sydney and UTS

Deadline: July 24 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

Sydney Environment Institute in partnership with The Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney and UTS As part of The Sustainable Fish Lab’s Sustaining the Seas conference (11th-13th December).

Workshop and walk shop dates: 12 of September and 15 of September

This two day intensive walk-shop/workshop offers an opportunity to engage with some of the invisible aspects of Sydney Harbour. From the microscopic underworld to the often-obscured cultural layers, we will consider place in new ways. On day one we will walk along the Blackwattle Bay foreshore, stopping, observing, questioning, listening and considering the many speculative layers coalescing in Sydney Harbour—ecological, cultural, economic and political. We will hear from experts from diverse disciplines (marine biology, humanities, fine arts), industries (fisheries), and Indigenous knowledge holders of the harbour.

Ultimately, participants will weave new interdisciplinary harbour narratives through the creation of speculative field guides that invite others to experience and respond to the harbour in new ways.

Participants will be invited to present on this project at the upcoming Sustaining the Seas conference (11th-13th December). We will also encourage conference attendees to make use of the future-oriented field guides.

Workshop Dates:

Walk-shop: Tuesday 12 September

Workshop: Friday 15 September


Please send expressions of interest to and
Include disciplinary affiliations, current research, and what you hope to contribute and achieve in the workshop. We will tailor activities to the group.

Organisers: Prof Elspeth Probyn:

Kate Johnston: Susanne Pratt:

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) i

April 03 2018 to April 07 2018 | Philadelphia, PA,

Deadline: October 15 2017 meeting

Updated: June 12 2017

Invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting The theme of the Program is “Sustainable Futures.” The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page.

GROUP 2018 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work

January 07 2018 to January 10 2018 | Sanibel Island, Florida, USA rences/group/conferences/group18

Updated: June 08 2017

Deadlines: Multiple

General Information For over 25 years, the ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP) has been a premier venue for research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Socio - Technical Studies. The conference integrates work in social science, computer science, engineering, design, values, and other diverse topics related to group work, broadly conceptualized .
Group 201 8 continues the tradition of being tru ly international and interdisciplinary in both organizational structure as well as participants. Key goals for the program are to encourage and facilitate researchers within CSCW and HCI to interact across disciplinary boundaries. We encourage high - level research contributions from interdisciplinary groups to pres ent work that might be difficult to place within one simple category. We are open to diverse and innovative research methods, and to contributions across broad areas such as systems, so ciety, participation, critique, collaboration, and human interaction. GROUP 201 8 in particular would like to enc ourage systems designers, builders, and researchers from industry, academia , government and other interested groups to participate. Partici pati on at GROUP takes many different forms. In 2018, we will continue two new submissions categories that were introduced in 2016.

First, GROUP 2018 will again offer the opportunity to authors of newly published papers from the Journal of CSCW ( ) to present their papers in the conference. Second, the submission category “Design Fictions” will be maintained. Submissions to the conference are welcome in the form of:
● Research Papers (both short and long). This venue gives the occasion to present and interact with the audience. Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and ACM Digital Library. Please use the ACM S IGCHI format for submissions. We invite archival submissions in the form of either full Papers or shorter contributions (Notes). A Note is a brief report of a more limited, b ut definitive, outcome or theoretical development. There is no page limit for Papers or Notes, although clear rationale should be given for Papers that exceed 10 pages o r for Notes that exceed 4 pages . Research Paper submissions must be completed online at the GROUP 2018 conference site:
• Work ing Papers (WP). WPs are contributions in which the authors are working towards an archival journal submission and would like to discuss their work with their colleagues at GROUP. Our goal is to broaden the conversations at GROUP, with a format that may appeal to colleagues w hose primary publications are in journals, rather than conference papers. WPs will not be published in the conference proceedings, but will be distributed in a paper conference supplement at the GROUP conference for the attendees only. Therefore, you are f ree to seek formal publication of a draft journal submission that appears in a WP. The WP review process will be *lightweight*, without any revisions asked to the authors, to expand the GROUP community and discussions. Please send submissions directly to c o - chairs at w p @group201 8 .org.
● Design Fictions – Fictive Futures: Exploring Future Research Agendas . We seek submissions that imagine possible futures for research on the relationships between computers and people. Submissions will include two portions: a fictional document related to the conduct of research and an author statement about the document. The fiction document could be an extended abstract, a call for papers, an excerpt from API documentation, a book review, a study protocol for IRB review, or any other relevant type. The author statement should connect that document to current events, cite on - going research in the field, or otherwise extrapolate how the envisioned future might arise from our given present. This statement will be especially important for abstracts (which are too short to explain their rationale), API documentations (which typica lly do not provide a historical rationale), and other documents that on their own may be exceptionally short and/or vague. Because Design Fictions are archival contributions, we recommend a minimum length of 3 pages, and as many as 10 pages. Please use the ACM SIGCHI Format for submissions. The reviewing process will be the same as the general track, and Design Fiction papers or notes will be included in the proceedings. Design Fiction submissions must be co mpleted online at the GROUP 2018 conference site: ● Posters and demos . Posters and demos are an opportunity to present late - breaking and preliminary results, small er results not suitable for a Paper or Note submission, innovative ideas not yet validated through user studies, student research in early phases, and other research best presented in this open format. Posters and demos will be displayed at a special sessi on in the conference when poster and demo authors will be available to discuss their work. Poster submissions should include an extended abstract no longer than 4 pages, including all figures and references, in ACM SIGCHI Format ( available here ). In addition, submissions should also include a separate Tabloid (A3 or 11 x 17 inches) sized draft of the poster for review purposes. Both the extended abstract and the poster draft should include aut hor names (these are not anonymous submissions). Please send submissions directly to co - chairs at posters@group201 8 .org.
● Workshops . Workshops provide an informal and focused environment for the information exchange and discussion of Group related topic s. We offer half or full day workshop venues. Proposals should include an abstract (max 150 words), a title, description of workshop theme, aim, goals, activities and potential outcomes. Workshop proposals should also include a description of how the works hop will be publicized and a strategy for recruiting and selecting participants. It should specify any audio/visual equipment needed, maximum number of participants, the duration of the workshop (half or full day) and the names and backgrounds of the organizer(s). Please submit a maximum of four pages, using the ACM SIGCHI format for submissions.

We encourage opics suitable for developing new ideas and deep discussions. Please send submissions directly to co - chairs at workshops@group201 8 .org. ● Doctoral Colloquium . The Doctoral Colloquium provides a forum for sharing ongoing Ph.D . projects of participants with other advanced Ph.D. students and distinguished faculty for mentoring and feedback. Space is limited, so an application of up to four pages is required, in the ACM standa rd format . Please contact the workshop co - chairs at dc@group201 8 .org. Accepted research papers, notes, Design Fictions, posters, and doctoral consortium extended abstracts are pu blished in the ACM Press Conference Proceedings and in the ACM digital Library. Accepted Workshop proposals will be published in a paper - based supplement. Conference Topics: ● Theoretical and/or conceptual contributions about key concepts relevant to CSCW and HCI, including critique. ● Social, behavioral, and computational studies of collaboration and communication. ● Technical architectures supporting collaboration. ● New tool/toolkits for collaborative technologies. ● Ethnographic studies of collaborative p ractices. ● Coordination and workflow technology. ● Social computing and contexts of collaboration. ● Online communities, including issues of privacy, identity, trust, and participation. ● Cooperative knowledge management. ● Organizational issues of technology design, use, or adaptation. ● Strategies for use of technology in business, government, and newer forms of organizations. ● Emerging technologies and their design, use, or appropriation in work, home, leisure, entertainment, or education. ● Learning at the workp lace (CSCL at work, Technology - Enhanced Learning, TEL). ● Co - located and geographically - distributed teams, global collaboration. ● Cultural and cross - cultural collaboration and communication. ● Mobile and wearable technologies in collaboration. ● Innovative forms of human computer interaction for cooperative technologies. Important

Dates Papers and Notes Abstract and Title Submission:
June 23, 2017 Papers and Notes Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Papers and Notes De cisions Announced: September 15 , 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Design Fictions Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Design Fictions Decisions Announced: September 15, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Doctoral Colloquium Appli cations Deadline: July 10, 2017 Doctoral Colloquium D ecisions Announced: September 15, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Workshop Proposals Deadline: July 14 , 2017 Workshop Proposals Deci s ions Announced: Friday, July 2 8 , 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Workshop Participants Papers Deadline(s): Oct/Nov 2017 , may vary per workshop Posters/Demos Deadline: September 18, 2017 Posters/Demos Decisions Announced: October 16, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Working Papers (WP) Deadline: Oct 2, 2017 Working Papers Decisions Announced: October 27, 2017 Conference dates: January 7 - 10 , 201 8

If you have questions, please contact the conference organizers: General Chairs: Andrea Forte, Drexel University or visit:

Technologies of Frankenstein

March 07 2018 to March 09 2018 | Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA

Deadline: October 19 2017

Updated: June 08 2017

The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were those themes and what is their value to us in the early twenty-first century? Mary Shelley was rather vague as to how Victor, a young medical student, managed to reanimate a person cobbled together from parts of corpses. Partly as a result of this technical gap, and partly as a result of many other features of the novel, Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the Monstrous, the Outsider, the Other, and scientific ethics. This conference will examine such connections in our thinking about humanism and techno-science from the novel’s publication to the present. We construe broadly the intersecting themes of humanism, technology, and science and we welcome proposals from all fields of study for presentations that add a twenty-first century perspective to Frankenstein. Topic areas may include but are not limited to:

 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

 Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)

 Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)

 Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information


 Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)

 Future Technologies and Labor Concerns

Submit abstracts of 300 words and brief CV by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz ( and Robin Hammerman (

Mixing Pop and Politics

December 04 2017 to December 06 2017 | Massey University, Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: May 08 2017

Subversion, Resistance and Reconciliation in Popular Music IASPM-ANZ 2017 Conference

Forty years ago, the story goes, punk broke. Not for the first time, and not the last. History provides us with ample examples of the power of popular music to speak to, through, and against various political moments. The contemporary situation also offers countless opportunities to explore how popular music revisits, reconstitutes, rewrites and reconciles itself to this past. At the same time, it also points to new directions informed by the complicated position popular music occupies in relation to the shifting paradigms of power in which we currently find ourselves. This IASPM-ANZ conference aims to explore the complex politics of resistance, subversion, containment and reconciliation from now and then, as well as points in-between.

We are seeking papers and panel proposals that touch on, but are not restricted to, the following areas:

• (We’re) Stranded: Punk and Post-Punk in Australia, New Zealand and Beyond • I Will Survive: The Politics of Pleasure and Popular Music • You Don’t Own Me: Cultivating, Codifying and Commodifying Resistance • You've Got the Power: Populism, Authoritarianism, Anarchy and Popular Music • This Machine Kills Fascists: Technologies, Politics and Popular Music • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Popular Music on Screen(s) • Here’s Where The Story Ends: Alternate Histories of Popular Music • Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: Of DJs, Dancefloors and Discos • We Are the Robots: Resistant, Reconciled, Reconstituted, Recombinant Bodies in Popular Music • If You’re Feeling Sinister: Affect, Emotion and the Subversive Power of Popular Music • Playing With a Different Sex: Otherness and Othering in Popular Music • A Whisper to a Scream: Silence, Distortion, Amplification and the Politics of Sound

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should include 3-5 keywords. Please submit abstracts in doc, docx, rtf format, and send as “last” to

Deadline for abstract submission: June 1st 2017.

All participants must be members of IASPM. If you are not a member, details on how to join are available here:

We encourage all members of IASPM-International to consider attending.

13th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference

September 17 2017 to September 21 2017 | Poznan, Poland

Deadline: January 15 2018

Updated: May 08 2017

"This Changes Everything" --€“ in conjunction with the World Computer Congress
Conference Chairs: David Kreps, Kai Kimppa, Louise Leenen, Charles Ess

Conference Theme - Track Chairs: David Kreps and Charles Ess

This Changes Everything. Many of us likely associate this phrase with Steve Jobs’ introduction of the iPhone in 2007. But there are clearly other candidates for the "€ This,"€ e.g., the oncoming bioinformatics redesign of species or the fourth industrial revolution of artificially intelligent robots. But "This" is also, without question, the greatest challenge of our age: climate change.

Accordingly, the 13th Human Choice and Computers conference centers on the question: ICT and Climate Change - What Can We Do? The Conference invites both academics and practitioners in the field of ICTs and Society to take stock of their engagements, review their focus, and assess what and how each and every one of us might be able to contribute to the transformations needed (and already beginning) in local, regional, national and international contexts, towards becoming the diverse, environmentally and socially conscious, and thriving communities.

We welcome submissions that speak directly and less directly to the conference theme. “This Changes Everything†implicates both climate change and the interrelated global challenges most central to the Working Groups of TC9 and its National Society representatives, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Submissions are also welcome, not just to the General Conference Track on change, but to the other foci of the Track Themes. (For complete track descriptions, please see the extended CFP on the conference website, .)

Track themes: * Societal implications, effects and impacts of artificial intelligence - Track Chairs: Diane Whitehouse and Christopher Zielinski (WG9.2)

* Including critical issues beyond the ICT context in codes of conduct/ethics - Track Chairs: Kai Kimppa and Penny Duquenoy (SIG9.2.2)

* Our digital lives - Track Chairs: Petros Chamakiotis and Brad McKenna (WG9.5)

* This changed everything - Track Chair: Christopher Leslie (WG9.7)

* Gender in ICT - Track Chairs: Sisse Finken, Christina Mörtberg and Johanna Sefyrin (WG9.8)

* ICT and sustainability - Track Chairs: Thomas Lennerfors and Per Fors (WG9.9)

* Climate risk, cyber-security, and the dark web - Track Chair: Louise Leenen (WG9.10)

* Privacy, data protection, and automation - Track Chair: Taro Komukai (Japan National Representative)

* ICT and an inclusive society - Track Chairs: Hossana Twinomurinzi and Jackie Phahlamohlaka (South Africa National Representative)

Submissions Full papers are invited that address the Conference Theme, or any of the above Track Themes. All papers will be subject to double-blind review. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to revise their work in keeping with reviewers’ comments prior to formatting, and inclusion in the Programme and Proceedings. Travel, accommodation and all other details will be posted when available at

Submissions will be through Springer OCS Website, with proceedings published in the AICT Springer Book series immediately prior to the conference.

Important Dates Full paper deadline 15th January 2018 Reviews and revisions during February, March and April, 2018. Final Papers by 30th April, 2018.