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Technoscience from Below

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

Deadline: November 15 2017

http://www.stsitalia.org

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 ( 7thstsitaliaconf@gmail.com ) 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