Mês: Novembro 2014

Conference on Experimenting with New Technologies in Society

CfP: Conference on Experimenting with New Technologies in Society

Conference Themes
This conference is part of a research effort[1] in which new technology is conceptualized as a form of social experimentation. In this perspective, the introduction of a technology into society is not seen as a one-off decision but rather as an ongoing social experiment, and one of the main aims of our project is to investigate the conditions under which such social experiments are morally acceptable. However, we are also more than eager to explore additional aspects and implications of this social experimentation paradigm. As such, we would like to invite you to contribute to our upcoming conference on August 20-22 2015 in at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The themes we are interested in include:

The notion of (social) experiment

The governance of experiments

Historical and current cases of experimentation with new technologies

Ethical aspects of experimenting with new technologies

The politics of experimentation/experimental politics

Designing for experimentation

Future Studies/Foresight studies/Technology Assessment and experimentation

We welcome contributions to this social experimentation frame work and our conference, so do not hesitate to submit a paper. More information concerning the conference, paper submission, registration, etc. is available at our website: http://www.experimentingwithtechnologies.nl.

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation:

Prof. Christopher Ansell (UC Berkeley<http://polisci.berkeley.edu/people/person/christopher-ansell>)

Prof. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School<http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/sheila-jasanoff>)

Prof. Alfred Nordmann (Technische Universit?t Darmstadt<http://www.philosophie.tu-darmstadt.de/institut/mitarbeiterinnen_1/professoren/a_nordmann/index.de.jsp>)

Prof. Ibo van de Poel (Delft University of Technology<http://www.tbm.tudelft.nl/en/about-faculty/departments/values-technology-and-innovation/ethicsphilosophy-of-technology/staff/ibo-van-de-poel/ibo-van-de-poel/>)
In addition, Prof. Marjolein van Asselt (University of Maastrict <http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Profile/marjolein.vanasselt.htm>) has also expressed her interest in joining as a keynote speaker, but final confirmation is pending.

Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies of the DHST is accepting
abstracts of papers for the conference, “Gendering Science: Women and Men
Producing Knowledge,” which will be held in Prague on 4-6 June 2015.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 15 December 2014.

For more information, see the conference website at

Questions? Contact Milada Sekyrkov?, member of the local organizing
committee: dhstconference@soc.cas.cz

Second International Conference: Social Sciences & Medical Innovations: Doing Things Together?

Second International Conference
Social Sciences & Medical Innovations: Doing Things Together?
May 21-23, 2015, Tomsk

Innovations  in  medicine  and  public  health  require  and  facilitate  cooperation,  coordination  and  collaboration.  However,  working  together  happens  neither  “naturally”  nor  smoothly.
While  new  medical  and  healthcare  technologies  are  commonly  viewed  as  key  to  enabling  healthier and longer lives, crossing disciplinary, institutional and political boundaries needed  for  their  meaningful  and  responsive  development  and  use  is  challenging.  Furthermore,  recently  emerged  attention  to,  and  influx  of  funds  into,  large-scale  and  integrated  health  initiatives  have  been  transforming  the  organization  and  practice  of  medical  innovation,  bringing novel uncertainties and points of contention along with the opportunities.

The conference addresses the dynamics and structures of engagements that are developing  amidst the medical and healthcare innovation processes. It aims to examine how knowledge in the health domain is created, translated and used, drawing on variety of scientific genres;  including studies of knowledge production, research in innovations implementation and use,  studies of organizations and political economy, as well as assessment and valuation research.  How  are  relations  managed  and  uncertainties  dealt  with  in  heterogeneous  social  networks  involved in  health innovating? What  kinds of  socio-material forms and shifts  are produced  with  the  introduction  of  novel  medical  technologies?  How  do  ideas  of  participation  and inclusion  play  out  in  situations  of  disagreements  regarding  purposes,  desirability  and  trajectories of health innovations? How can mutual learning, flexibility and responsiveness be  arranged and facilitated? How is value created through innovating and for whom?

Social  sciences  play  a  central  role  in  analyzing  medical  and  public  health  innovations?  dynamics and understanding corresponding challenges. This conference aims to explore the  complexities  of  working  together  in  the  domain  of  health  innovations,  engaging  with  the  insights from the social sciences, including science and technology studies (STS), innovation studies, medical anthropology, sociology and history. Furthermore, it is meant to serve as a  platform  for  dialogue  between  social  and  biomedical  scientists,  health  professionals  and  policy makers, and for engagement between scholars and practitioners working in the field of  medical innovations in the post-Soviet region and globally. The conference considers medical  innovations on different levels (from bedside to national health systems and global programs)  and of different kinds (from pharmaceuticals, devices, procedures, to delivery methods and organizational structures).

This  conference  is  the  second  international  event  organized  as  a  collaborative  endeavor  between  Maastricht  University,  the  Netherlands,  and  Tomsk  State  University,  the  Russian  Federation,  with  the  support  from  the  Open  Society  Foundations.  This  tradition  started  in 2014  with  the  conference  titled  Social  Sciences  and  Medical  Innovations  (for  details  see:

The scientific Advisory Committee of the conference series:
Klasien Horstman (Professor of the Philosophy of Public Health, Maastricht University);
Jessica Mesman (Associate Professor at the Department of Technology and Society Studies; Maastricht University)
Evgeniya Popova (Director of the Research Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies (REC PAST-Centre), National Research Tomsk State University).

Details of the Conference:
The Conference  will  take  place  on  May 21-23, 2015, at the  Center for Policy Analysis  and  Studies of Technologies, Tomsk, Russian Federation.
Language of the Conference: English.

The Conference will involve:
Key-Note  lectures  by  Boel  Berner  (Professor  at  the  Department  of  Technology  and  Social  Change,  Link?ping  University)  and  Bart  Penders  (Assistant  Professor  at  the Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University); followed by discussion  sessions with professionals and academics from various fields.
Conference sessions covering the following topics:
– Innovations and governance: participatory and inclusive practices;
– Sociotechnical innovations: co-production of knowledge, communities and values;
– Societal challenges: addressing asymmetries, inequalities and exclusion;
– Standardization and adaptation: making innovations work;
– Medical histories: successes and failures of innovations.
Round table ‘Linking history with the here and now: Post-Soviet public health and the  biomedical  sciences’  led  by  Susanne  Bauer  (Associate  Professor  of  Sociology  of
Knowledge, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt).

Please  send  your  abstract  by  February  1st ,  2015,  to  the  conference  organizers:  medicalinnovations2015@gmail.com

Abstracts submissions should be limited to 600 words (including a short CV of 100 words). The title of the paper should be limited to 10 words. To assist the program chairs to group the  papers into the sessions, please indicate to which main topic your paper is related. In case it  doesn’t fit any of the main topics please add three keywords. We plan to invite Conference participants to publish their chapters in an edited volume.  Open Society Foundations provides a limited number of travel and accommodation grants for  those unable to fund themselves entirely. If you wish to apply for funding please provide a  budget sheet and corresponding justification together with the abstract.  For more information, please, visit the website of the Center for Policy Analysis and Studies  of Technologies, Tomsk State University: en.past-centre.ru  and the website of the Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University:

Workshop: Investigating Interdisciplinary Practice: Methodological Challenges

Call for Papers

Workshop: 15-17 June 2015 | Helsinki (Finland)
Interdisciplinarity is one of the most prominent ideas driving science policy today. It is applied widely as a conception of what particularly creative and socially relevant science should consist of, whether natural or social science. For the last 40 years researchers have built up a substantial body of literature constructing various visions of what interdisciplinarity should be like. Until recently, however, there has been little concern for how it is practiced in distinct research settings and fields. This brings to the fore the need to pay particular attention to the methodological and conceptual resources required to investigate and understand interdisciplinary research in action.
Interdisciplinarity in science is often highly situated, distributed, and dynamic. It takes many forms and varieties, from occasional transfer of models and methods across disciplinary boundaries to the resources of one field being used for criticizing convictions in another. Interdisciplinarity may also be a matter of intensive ongoing collaboration solving complex problems with novel approaches. This type of collaboration requires negotiation of epistemic standards, trust and reliability, the coordination of expertise, and the distribution of tasks. Interdisciplinarity is thus a multidimensional and multi-scale phenomenon involving a rich interplay of established and novel scientific methodologies, expert and social cognition, disciplinary preferences and values, historical relationships, and institutional and policy frameworks.
Sociology, anthropology, history, cognitive science, philosophy, economics, etc. bring with them a variety of methodological approaches for analyzing interdisciplinary practice. Each affords an in-depth understanding of particular instances of this practice, its history and cultural underpinnings. We invite contributions that introduce, discuss, and reflect upon distinct methodological perspectives (both empirical and theoretical) on interdisciplinarity in science. Examples are analytic, ethnographic, social epistemological, scientometric, discourse analytic, and historical perspectives. The papers should demonstrate the affordances and challenges of the respective approaches by relating them to specific cases.
The central objectives of our Workshop are:
To create an awareness for affordances and limitations of the respective approaches.
To explore opportunities for combining approaches toward developing a more comprehensive understanding of interdisciplinary practice in its different configurations and characteristics.

The Workshop will bring together scholars from the broad range of humanities and social sciences studying scientific practice and culture. A selection of the Workshop papers will be published as a special issue of a major journal and/or an edited volume.

Invited Speakers and Topics
Mitchell Ash, University of Vienna: TBA
Sabine Maasen, TU Munich: Looking at Interdisciplinarity from a Discourse Analytical Perspective: Im/possible, Ir/resistible, In/feasible?
Nancy Nersessian, Harvard University: Interdisciplinarity on the Benchtop: Cognitive Ethnography of Research Laboratory Practices
Ismael Rafols, Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), Valencia: Mapping Interdisciplinary Research Using Scientometric Tools: Methods, Potential Insights, and Pitfalls

Instructions for Submission
Deadline for submission: 15 January 2015
Notification expected by the end of February 2015
Please prepare a 300-400 word abstract for anonymous review
Submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=idworkshop2015

Concept and Organization
Miles MacLeod, Martina Merz, Uskali M?ki, Michiru Nagatsu ? TINT, Univ. Helsinki (MM also Alpen-Adria-Univ. Klagenfurt | Wien | Graz)