Call for Abstracts S.NET Annual Meeting 2017
October 9-11, 2017, Arizona State University, Tempe (USA)
Conference Theme: Engaging the Flux
Even the most seemingly stable entities fluctuate over time. Facts and artifacts, cultures and constitutions, people and planets. As the new and the old act, interact and intra-act within broader systems of time, space and meaning, we observe—and necessarily engage with—the constantly changing forms of socio-technological orders. As scholars and practitioners of new and emerging sciences and technologies, we are constantly tracking these moving targets, and often from within them. As technologists and researchers, we are also acutely aware that our research activities can influence the developmental trajectories of our objects of concern and study, as well as ourselves, our colleagues and the governance structures in which we live and work.
“Engaging the Flux” captures this sense that ubiquitous change is all about us, operative at all observable scales. “Flux” points to the perishability of apparently natural orders, as well as apparently stable technosocial orders. In embracing flux as its theme, the 2017 conference encourages participants to examine what the widely acknowledged acceleration of change reverberating across the planet means for the production of the technosciences, the social studies of knowledge production, art practices that engage technosciences and public deliberations about the societal significance of these practices in the contemporary moment.
This year’s conference theme aims to encourage us to examine the ways we—as scholars, scientists, artists, experts, citizens—have and have not taken into account the myriad modulations flowing and failing to flow from our engagements with our objects of study. The theme also invites us to 3 anticipate how the conditions that partially structure these engagements may themselves be changing.
Our goal is to draw a rich range of examinations of flux and its implications for technoscientific and technocultural practices, broadly construed. Questions of specific interest include: Given the pervasiveness of political, ecological and technological fluctuations, what are the most socially responsible roles for experts, particularly in the context of policymaking? What would it mean to not merely accept perishability, but to lean into it, to positively embrace the going under of technological systems? What value can imaginaries offer in developing navigational capacities in periods of accelerated change? How can young and junior researchers —in social sciences, natural sciences, humanities or engineering— position themselves for meaningful, rewarding careers given the complementary uncertainties? How can the growing body of research straddling art and science communities help us make sense of flux and chart a course through it? What types of recalibrations are called for in order to speak effectively to diverse, and increasingly divergent, publics about the value of knowledge production and scientific rigor?
We invite individual paper submissions, open panel and closed session proposals, student posters, and special format sessions, including innovative audio-visual formats and art installations, storytelling fora, pop-up maker labs and other interactive formats.
The deadline for abstract submissions is March 24, 2017. Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length, and emailed in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notifications of acceptance can be expected by April 30, 2017.
Junior scholars and those with limited resources are strongly encouraged to apply, as the organizing committee is actively investigating potential sources of financial support.
Program Chair: Erik Fisher (ASU).
Scientific Committee: Chistopher Coenen (KIT); Kornelia Konrad (Twente); Vural Özdemir (Amrita University); Cynthia Selin (ASU).
Local Organizing Committee: Michael Bennett (ASU); Diana Bowman (ASU); Lauren Keeler (ASU); Cynthia Selin (ASU).