[Iag-list] Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference, Sydney 2018 - CALL FOR OPEN PANELS

Tim Neale timneale at gmail.com
Wed Sep 20 08:18:04 AEST 2017




In 2018, the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual conference
will be held in Australia for the very first time. The theme of the 2018
annual meeting of the Society – TRANSnational STS – encourages
presentations, panels, and other events that deepen and extend the
transnational character of the Society itself, while engaging issues
invoked by both the TRANS prefix (across, beyond, to change thoroughly),
and by the problematic and evolving status of ‘nations’ in processes of
global ordering. Leveraging the global scope of Science and Technology
Studies (STS), our aim is to intensify connection between conference
participants (scholars, practitioners, and students) based in different
regions, stimulating conversation about ways 4S and other scholarly
societies can provide critical infrastructure for next-generation,
transnationally collaborative, intellectual and political engagements. We
also aim to encourage consideration of a broad array of concepts that are
undergoing – or should undergo – transformation if we are to address key
scholarly and practical problems of our times. Current concepts,
knowledges, practices, and institutions of “the nation” are exemplary,
pointing to a need for radical reformulation of habitual ways of thinking
about and organizing governance, bodies and lifeworlds. Expansive
reconsideration of other concepts, foundational and emergent (justice,
biopolitics, innovation, Empire, and the Anthropocene, for example), are
also encouraged. Activities that draw conference participants into issues
of special importance in Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region –
indigenous politics, border controls, mining, climate change, and renewable
energy, for example — will be threaded throughout and offered in advance of
the conference. The overall goal is to foreground diverse STS genealogies
and approaches, leveraging the rich pluralism of STS, attuned to the rich
pluralism of the contemporary world.

See translations of the conference theme at: https://4s2018sydney.org/


Deadline for Submission: November 1st, 2017

The purpose of calling for open panel proposals is to stimulate the
formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S community.
Open panel topics, once accepted by the Program Committee, will be included
in the call for papers (see examples of open panel topics from last year
here). Open panel chairs will have significant responsibility in the
composition of their panels. An open panel may extend across up to three
sessions of five papers each (i.e. a total of maximum 15 papers). Please
note, in submitting a proposal, you are volunteering to chair a session of
papers related to your topic.

An open panel proposal should contain a summary and rationale of up to 250
words, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS and (if
relevant) the themes of the 4S Sydney conference.

Please consider proposing an open panel for 4sSydney to build your networks
and create vibrant intellectual communities.

Proposals should be submitted by November 1st at: https://4s2018sydney.



*Dr Timothy Neale*

Research Fellow | Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Deakin University | Melbourne | Australia

t.neale at deakin.edu.au
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