Mês: Dezembro 2014



May 11-12, 2015

The STS Conference Graz 2015 is the joint annual conference of
STS – Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt|Vienna|Graz
IFZ – Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture and
IAS-STS – Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society.

Scientific coordination: Günter Getzinger
Conference organization: Michaela Jahrbacher


Daniel Barben, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt|Vienna|Graz, STS – Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies: title of keynote to be confirmed

Harald Rohracher, Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change: title of the keynote to be confirmed

Els Rommes, Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute for Gender Studies: title of keynote to be confirmed

Simon le Roux, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture: “Social sustainability assessment tools in the early planning of refurbishment and infill development in Finland”


The STS Conference Graz 2015 invites interested researchers (especially postgraduates and young researchers) in the areas of science, technology and society studies and sustainability studies to give presentations. The conference provides a forum to discuss on a broad variety of topics in these fields – especially abstracts are encouraged which include aspects of the below mentioned conference themes and sessions.


Abstracts should include no more than 250 words, comprising detailed contact information, affiliation and specification of the conference theme and session you are referring to.
Abstracts should be sent to Michaela Jahrbacher (sts-conf-graz@aau.at ) until January 15, 2015 as a DOC/DOCX-file.

Authors will be notified in the middle of February 2015.



First International Conference on ANTICIPATION 5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy)

The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, together with WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, ISSS-International Society for the Systems Sciences, the Advanced Design Network, and the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences of the University
of Trento, is organizing the First International Conference on ANTICIPATION
5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy)
Anticipation is coming to the fore as an emerging field of study that is influencing a wide variety of disciplines. This international conference will explore the interaction among anticipation, uncertainty and complexity. Some questions that we intend to raise are
these: When does anticipation occur in behavior and life? What types of anticipation can be distinguished? What structures and processes are necessary for anticipatory action? How can anticipation be modeled? A better and more complete understanding of
anticipation and its effects will improve theories and models of individual and collective human behavior and its consequences. The ability to anticipate in complex environments may improve the resilience of societies facing threats from a global proliferation of
agents and forces by articulating uncertainties through anticipatory processes.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to
 Anticipation in the human and social sciences,
 Anticipation and decision-making,
 Anticipation and global social challenges,
 Anticipatory governance and the resilience of societies,
 Anticipation and Futures Studies,
 Anticipation in fiction, the arts, design and gaming,
 Modeling anticipation.
Invited Speakers: Arjun Appadurai, Jens Beckert, Julian Bleecker, Riel Miller, Martin Seligman, and Erik Olin Wright.
Program committee: Roberto Poli (chair), Flaviano Celaschi, Keri Facer, Garry Jacobs, John Kineman, and Giuseppe Sciortino.
The Conference’s Program Committee invites proposals for sessions to be held in conjunction with the main conference. Further information is available from http://www.projectanticipation.org, the website of the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems.
Recognising the importance of Anticipation, special issues of the journals Axiomathes, Cadmus, European Journal of Futures Research, and Futures will be published from peer reviewed conference contributions.
Conference fee:
 Early registration (before 1 September 2015): € 150
 Late registration (from 1 September 2015): € 200
Relevant dates:
 Deadline for individual abstracts: 30 April 2015
 Acceptance/rejection: 15 May 2015
 Final Program: 30 June 2015
 Early registration: Before 1 September 2015
 Deadline registration: 15 October 2015
 Conference: 5-7 November 2015

ESA Prague 2015: Research Network 24 – Sociology of Science and Technology Network (SSTNET) Inequalities in and through science and technology as challenges for sociological research

Increasing social inequalities, exacerbated by neoliberal policies and international economic crisis, have been an issue of science and technology studies (STS) even prior to the crisis. Instead of normative claims about the socially beneficial or harmful role of science and technology, a more complex sociological perspective has been promoted. This perspective, postulating that S&T impacts are closely interrelated to social context and circumstances has the potential to be more productive in studying the relationship between techno-scientific development and social inequalities. The global economy, with its increasing role of S&T, seems to increase inequalities within contemporary societies, as well as between them. Therefore, it has become crucial and urgent to not only understand how science and technology influence the increase in and different forms of inequality, but also how these factors can help to mitigate inequality, primarily through S&T policies.

A tension has been recognized between the dominant concept of the knowledge economy paradigm (focused on science-based industries and profitable knowledge) and broader social objectives already built into the EU’s Lisbon Agenda. Such conflicting economic and social approaches have been reflected in recent ERA (European Research Area) policy. For example, the aim of achieving European competitiveness in S&T which stresses research excellence is accompanied by some re-distributive goals of the ERA, such as networking and collaboration, gender equality and greater European research cohesion at both regional and local levels. The meritocratic recruitment of researchers, professional competition and mobility all support achieving excellence, but can also undermine some social objectives like gender equity or more equal national and regional techno-scientific development.

Conflicting economic and social paradigms and objectives of understanding, as well as dealing with inequalities in and through science and technology, require the mobilization of the attention and imagination of sociologists and other social scientists.

Thus, the Sociology of Science and Technology Network (SSTNET) invites papers to its sessions on S&T inequalities and differences, their structural, representational and distributional forms, (re)production, their reflections on S&T policy, human resources, science governance and accountability mechanisms, as well as the socio-economic impacts of established and emerging technologies. Papers may also touch on any of the following general issues by raising conceptual and/or empirical questions:

  • Inequalities through science and technology
  • Scientific controversies regarding the forms and origins of inequality
  • Studies of science, technology and inequality across countries and groups
  • Differences and tensions regarding knowledge production and social organization

between public and private S&T sectors

  • Socio-economic implications of new technologies and social inequalities
  • S&T policies in the face of global inequalities
  • NIS (national innovation systems) approaches and the mobilization of S&T against


  • Differences and inequalities in S&T capacities and resources
  • Innovation agendas – global economic competitiveness vs. social sustainability and


  • Distribution of power, decision-making about S&T and public participation
  • Inter-university and intra-university differences in performance and excellence
  • Research excellence, cumulative advantage and professional differentiation
  • Researchers’ mobility in terms of international circulation and inequality
  • Gender inequality in S&T
  • Measure or metrics of inequalities within the scientific community

Papers addressing these and other STS topics from a sociological, other social or interdisciplinary perspective are welcome. PhD students’ submissions are especially encouraged. Authors are invited to submit their abstracts to the general session. Specific sessions will be created a posteriori. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. The deadline for abstract submission is 01 February 2015. Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform: www.esa12thconference.eu. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the SSTNET organizing committee and the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Katarina Prpić and Harald Rohracher

RN 24 / SSTNET Chair & Co-chair

Investigating Interdisciplinary Practice: Methodological Challenges

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