[Iag-list] CFP Trans-elemental fire & water open panel at 4s Sydney 29 August to 1 Sept 2018

Jessica Weir J.Weir at westernsydney.edu.au
Thu Dec 14 17:51:00 AEDT 2017

Dear all,

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4s) annual conference is being held next year in Sydney, from 29 August to 1 Sept 2018.

We invite you to consider submitting a 250 abstract to our open panel, with submissions closing 1 February 2018:


Trans-elemental fire & water

Jessica Weir, Western Sydney University; Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, University of Washington

Fire and water are very different elements and are often considered separately by researchers and research teams, whether within traditional disciplines or transdisciplinary research. There are logistical reasons for this, such as time, capacity and methods; however, the influence of the hyper-separated nature/culture binary is also at work here – seeking to secure a legible nature for human use and management, including by defining discrete elements (Plumwood 1993, Latour 1991). For example, in settler-colonial societies environmental managers aim to prevent floods and wildfires, but rarely coordinate land management activities to account for the interaction between both elements, or are stymied in such work by institutional norms. And yet the destructive spatio-temporal power of catastrophic floods and wildfires is a generative opportunity for societies to re-think the conceptual terms of human-nature relations. Indigenous people are critical collaborators in this work, not just as land owners, knowledge holders, risk mitigation practitioners and at-risk citizens; but also as party to the work of settler-colonial atonement for wounded country. Engaging with the natural and physical sciences, including tracking their use and misuse in policy and practice, is central to understanding trans-elemental knowledge and authority. This panel invites papers that uncover fire-water relations and diverse ways of knowing and living with them. We are particularly interested in papers that involve case studies and research partnerships motivated by ecological and social justice.

More information about the 4S conference is below.

Cheers & thanks for your time,


4S Sydney 2018

Call for Submissions

Closes February 1st 2018

We are excited to announce that 4sSydney (August 29th - September 1st 2018) is now open for submissions:


On this website you will find information about submitting a closed panels and single papers<https://4s2018sydney.org/panels_papers/>, a paper to an open panel<https://4s2018sydney.org/accepted-open-panels-4s/>, a Making and Doing<https://4s2018sydney.org/making_doing/> session; and an exciting new addition to the 4S program, the STS Across Borders Exhibit<https://4s2018sydney.org/across-borders/>.

Our theme<https://4s2018sydney.org/> – 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.

Over one hundred open panels<https://4s2018sydney.org/accepted-open-panels-4s/> have been accepted from scholars on every continent and covering every major STS theme. Please consider contributing to what is certain to be a rich and diverse regional conference – by submitting<https://4s2018sydney.org/call-for-papers-open-panels/>, by adding to our collection of translations<https://4s2018sydney.org/translations/> of the conference (currently 18 languages) or by contributing to the blog<https://4s2018sydney.org/blog/> highlighting our two plenary themes, Indigenous STS and Querying STS Geneaologies.

Please share this call to your networks far and wide, email us<mailto:4s2018Sydney at gmail.com> with any questions, and follow us on twitter<https://twitter.com/4sSydney> or join our mailing list<https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4ssydneyinfo/join> for updates.

Emma Kowal and Matt Kearnes, Program Chairs


Jessica Weir (PhD)

j.weir at westernsydney.edu.au<mailto:j.weir at westernsydney.edu.au>

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Visiting Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University

Latest publications

Weir, JK & Duff, N 2017, 'Who is looking after country? Interpreting and attributing land management responsibilities on native title lands'<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8500.12261/abstract>, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 76(4): 426-442.

Weir, JK 2016, 'Hope and farce: Indigenous peoples' water reforms during the Millennium Drought', in E Vincent & T Neale (eds), Unstable relations: Indigenous people and environmentalism in contemporary Australia<http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/unstable-relations-indigenous-people-and-environmentalism-in-contemporary-australia>, UWA Publishing, Perth, pp. 122-67.

Neale, T, Weir, JK & McGee, TK 2016, 'Knowing wildfire risk: scientific interactions with risk mitigation policy and practice in Victoria, Australia', Geoforum, vol. 72, pp. 16-25.

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