A quick reminder in case you are interested in submitting an abstract to our 4S Open Panel that submissions close on 1st Feb 2018. Please see below for details.
Heather, Dan, Anthony, and Andrew
With apologies for any cross-posting. A few of us are organising a Panel on Experiments in Infrastructure at next year’s 4S (The Society for Social Studies of Science) Conference in Sydney, Australia from August 29 - September 1 2018.
We’d love to receive an abstract from you or your colleagues on this topic. Abstracts of 250 words are required, and submissions close 1 Feb 2018, see https://4s2018sydney.org/accepted-open-panels-4s/
Please feel free to pass this call on to anyone else who might be interested.
Heather, Dan, Anthony and Andrew
Heather Lovell (University of Tasmania); Dan van der Horst (University of Edinburgh), Andrew Harwood (University of Tasmania), Anthony Levenda (University of Calgary)
This Open Panel invites scholars to contribute papers and panel presentations on the topic of learning from infrastructure innovations, including, but not limited to, water, energy, and transport. In particular, we are interested in issues related to international learning from ‘smart’ or innovative infrastructure experiments (variously termed trials, pilots, and demonstration projects), arising from environmental problems or other factors. Fitting with the conference theme of Transnational STS, we invite scholars to ask critical questions regarding the role of power in infrastructure experiments, and to productively consider new ways of collaborating across contested borders and boundaries to enable more just transitions. In addition, scholarship on infrastructure innovations and learning might explore connections with themes such as inequalities, indigenous politics, adaptation to environmental change, and disruptive ‘clean’ technologies and the impacts of resource extraction to produce such technologies. The session will address pertinent questions related to learning and infrastructure innovations: Who is learning what from infrastructure experiments, and with what outcomes? Where are these experiments emerging (geographical location, type of organization)? What is the effect of learning and knowledge exchange (in development of new standards, policies, etc) arising from experiments? Who leads infrastructure experiments, and who benefits? This panel contributes to a growing area of interdisciplinary scholarship regarding the mobility of policy and knowledge about infrastructural experiments, and its relation to governance.
And some further details on the 4S conference:
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, a paper to an open panel, a Making and Doing session; and an exciting new addition to the 4S program, the STS Across Borders Exhibit.
Our theme – 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 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, by adding to our collection of translations of the conference (currently 18 languages) or by contributing to the blog highlighting our two plenary themes, Indigenous STS and Querying STS Geneaologies.
Emma Kowal and Matt Kearnes, Program Chairs
Dr Andrew Harwood
Lecturer in Human Geography
Discipline of Geography & Spatial Sciences, School of Land & Food
University of Tasmania
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