Mês: Fevereiro 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS  “DORA et al.: Global movements against “impactitis” and “evaluitis”

Ad-hoc-Gruppe  auf dem Osterreichischen Soziologiekongress 2015:
?Soziologie in Osterreich ? Internationale Verflechtungen?,
1.-3.10.2015,
Universitt Innsbruck http://oegs.ac.at/kongress/

Beitrge & Diskussion in deutscher oder englischer Sprache.

DORA et al.: Global movements against impactitis and
evaluitis
A growing number of learned societies, journals, scientific
institutions and scientists/ scholars argue and campaign against the
almighty journal impact factor, produced by the North-American
for-profit corporation Thomson Reuters. The most famous initiative of
protest and recommendations is named DORA, The San Francisco Declaration
on Research Assessment. Worldwide more and more oppositional action
groups of scientists/scholars, librarians, journals, universities,
research funds and scientific associations stand up against university
rankings. h-Index-rankings and other forms of evaluitis and
impactitis in neoliberal audit cultures. The critics,
often from cultural and social sciences, emphasize the erroneous and
biased nature of quantitative evaluation procedures and their negative
effects on scientific personnel (especially early career scientists) and
scientific development, especially the discrimination of cultural and
social sciences.
In this ad-hoc-group we want to discuss the quantitative evaluation
practices and their effects on social science scholars, journals,
institutions and strategies to fight against.?

http://oegs.ac.at/kongress/programm-und-themen-2/call-for-papers/dora-et-al-global-movements-against-impactitis-and-evaluitis/

DORA: San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment- Putting science
into the assessment of research  http://am.ascb.org/dora/

CFP workshop: “How Can Conceptual Approaches Contribute to Science and Technology Studies? Methodological and Theoretical Aspects”

CFP workshop (deadline 28 February 2015):
“How Can Conceptual Approaches Contribute to Science and Technology Studies? Methodological and Theoretical Aspects”, Berlin, 15-16 June, 2015.

In February 2014 an international group of scholars founded the research network “Conceptual Approaches to Science, Technology, and Innovation” (CASTI) in order to promote conceptual approaches in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies. CASTI is interested in the semantics of science, technology and innovation as well as in related discourses revolving around these concepts. Given the wide variety of existing conceptual approaches, we are also interested in discussing theoretical and methodological aspects of these approaches. CASTI is an open network which seeks to get in touch with other scholars who are interested in the semantics of science, technology, and innovations. For more information see our website: http://www.casti.org/.

In June the network will meet in Berlin to discuss methodological and theoretical aspects of our research program. The workshop will be hosted by Tim Flink and Martin Reinhart at the Social Science Department of Humboldt University Berlin, in collaboration with the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance.

The aim of the workshop is to refine the CASTI research program. First, we want to discuss methodological problems and new trends in historical semantics. For example, discussions could explore the differences between onomasiological and semasiological approaches, the idea of traveling concepts as an approach for studying transcultural and transdisciplinary effects, and the conceptual scope of the network, that is, which concepts and their semantic fields should be addressed. Second, we want to ask how studies of historical semantics in the field of science, technology, innovation and society can contribute to current debates in science studies as well as in research and innovation policy. Over the last few decades, a plethora of semantic innovations in scholarly and political discourses have arisen in connection with a variety of contested discourses, such as the relationship between science and technology, debates about appropriate institutional settings and policies, and t
he tense relationship between the social sciences and the natural sciences. All of these are potentially relevant for our research program.

If you are interested in participating, please send your abstract (500 words) by 28 February to info@casti.org.

CfP: Conference on Experimenting with New Technologies in Society

CfP: Conference on Experimenting with New Technologies in Society
August 20-22, 2015 at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

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 framework 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<http://www.experimentingwithtechnologies.nl%5Dwww.experimentingwithtechnologies.nl<http://www.experimentingwithtechnologies.nl&gt; . Abstract submission deadline is March 1st, 2015.

Highlights
The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation:

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

?         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.

EU-SPRI Forum Innovation Policies for Economic and Social Transitions

Call for Papers

Welcome to participate to the 2015 annual conference of the EU-SPRI Forum “Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practice and institutions”, to be held 10-12.6.2015 in Helsinki, Finland.

A key objective of the conference is to enable research and innovation policy scholars to exchange views across their usual disciplinary boundaries and engage with policy makers. The theme of the conference addresses the role of innovation policies in supporting broader economic and societal transformation, a theme well timed in the European context but one that allows us to integrate in a novel way also other world regions, such as emerging economies and developing countries struggling to solve economic modernization and pressing social challenges.

Proposals can be made to the following Tracks: 1. General Submission 2. Special Tracks or Sessions. At this stage, we invite extended abstracts of 1000-1500 words.

For further information, please see http://euspri-helsinki2015.org/?page_id=161

The 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism? Perspectives for Critical Political Economy and Critical Theory.

The 5th ICTs and Society-Conference: The Internet and Social Media at a
Crossroads: Capitalism or Commonism Perspectives for Critical Political
Economy and Critical Theory.
Vienna University of Technology.
Vienna, Austria
June 3-7, 2015.

Abstract submission deadline: this week

http://icts-and-society.net/events/5th-icts-and-society-conference

Organised by the The ICTs and Society Network – an international
research network that aims to bring together critical Internet/digital
media/social media-researchers.

Submission deadline:
February 27, 2015
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/icts

Part of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015: Information Society at the
Crossroads: Response and Responsibility of the Sciences of Information.
http://summit.is4is.org
http://summit.is4is.org/calls/call-for-participation
Keynote speakers: http://summit.is4is.org/programme/speakers

Given that the information society and the study of information face a
world of crisis today and are at a crossroads, also the future of the
Internet and social media are in question. The 5th ICTs and Society
Conference therefore wants to focus on the questions: What are the main
challenges that the Internet and social media are facing in capitalism
today? What potentials for an alternative, commonist Internet are there?
What are existing hindrances for such an Internet? What is the
relationship of power structures, protest movements, societal
developments, struggles, radical reforms, etc. to the Internet? How can
critical political economy and critical theory best study the Internet
and social media today?

Presentations and submissions are organised in the form of 23 panel
topics (ICT&S1-ICT&S23; please indicate the panel identification number
to which you submit in your submisison/abstract):

* ICT&S1 The Internet and Critical Theory:
* ICT&S2 The Internet, Karl Marx, and Marxist Theory:
* ICT&S3 The Internet, Commodities and Capitalism:
* ICT&S4 The Political Economy of Online Advertising
* ICT&S5 The Internet and Power:
* ICT&S6 Raymond Williams’ Cultural Materialism and the Internet:
* ICT&S7 Dallas Smythe and the Internet:
* ICT&S8 Critical Cultural Studies Today: Stuart Hall, Richard Hoggart
* ICT&S9 The Frankfurt School and the Internet:
* ICT&S10 Marxist Semiotics, Marxist Linguistics, Critical Psychology,
Marxism and the Internet
* ICT&S11 The Internet and Global Capitalism
* ICT&S12 The Internet and Neoliberalism with Chinese Characteristics
* ICT&S13 The Political Economy of Digital Labour
* ICT&S14 The Political Economy of the Internet and the Capitalist State
Today
* ICT&S15 Ideology Critique 2.0: Ideologies of and on the Internet
* ICT&S16 Hegel 2.0: Dialectical Philosophy and the Internet
* ICT&S17 Capitalism and Open Access Publishing
* ICT&S18 Class Struggles, Social Struggles and the Internet
* ICT&S19 Critical/Radical Internet Studies, the University and Academia
Today
* ICT&S20 The Internet and the Left
* ICT&S21 Anti-Capitalist Feminism and the Internet Today
* ICT&S22 The Internet, Right-Wing Extremism and Fascism Today
* ICT&S23 An Alternative Internet

Online SUBMISSION:
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/icts
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/page/instructions
Please submit an extended abstract of 750-2000 words:
First register and then select the conference “ISIS Summit Vienna 2015”
and the conference stream “ICTS 2015”
Only one submission per person will be considered
Please indicate the number/ID of the panel to which you are submitting
at the start of your abstract (ICTSxx). Submissions without panel
identifier or that fall outside the topics covered by the 23 panels will
not be further considered.

http://icts-and-society.net/events/5th-icts-and-society-conference

Organised by the The ICTs and Society Network – an international
research network that aims to bring together critical Internet/digital
media/social media-researchers.

Submission deadline:
February 27, 2015
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/icts

Part of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015: Information Society at the
Crossroads: Response and Responsibility of the Sciences of Information.
http://summit.is4is.org
http://summit.is4is.org/calls/call-for-participation
Keynote speakers: http://summit.is4is.org/programme/speakers

Given that the information society and the study of information face a
world of crisis today and are at a crossroads, also the future of the
Internet and social media are in question. The 5th ICTs and Society
Conference therefore wants to focus on the questions: What are the main
challenges that the Internet and social media are facing in capitalism
today? What potentials for an alternative, commonist Internet are there?
What are existing hindrances for such an Internet? What is the
relationship of power structures, protest movements, societal
developments, struggles, radical reforms, etc. to the Internet? How can
critical political economy and critical theory best study the Internet
and social media today?

Presentations and submissions are organised in the form of 23 panel
topics (ICT&S1-ICT&S23; please indicate the panel identification number
to which you submit in your submisison/abstract):

* ICT&S1 The Internet and Critical Theory:
* ICT&S2 The Internet, Karl Marx, and Marxist Theory:
* ICT&S3 The Internet, Commodities and Capitalism:
* ICT&S4 The Political Economy of Online Advertising
* ICT&S5 The Internet and Power:
* ICT&S6 Raymond Williams’ Cultural Materialism and the Internet:
* ICT&S7 Dallas Smythe and the Internet:
* ICT&S8 Critical Cultural Studies Today: Stuart Hall, Richard Hoggart
* ICT&S9 The Frankfurt School and the Internet:
* ICT&S10 Marxist Semiotics, Marxist Linguistics, Critical Psychology,
Marxism and the Internet
* ICT&S11 The Internet and Global Capitalism
* ICT&S12 The Internet and Neoliberalism with Chinese Characteristics
* ICT&S13 The Political Economy of Digital Labour
* ICT&S14 The Political Economy of the Internet and the Capitalist State
Today
* ICT&S15 Ideology Critique 2.0: Ideologies of and on the Internet
* ICT&S16 Hegel 2.0: Dialectical Philosophy and the Internet
* ICT&S17 Capitalism and Open Access Publishing
* ICT&S18 Class Struggles, Social Struggles and the Internet
* ICT&S19 Critical/Radical Internet Studies, the University and Academia
Today
* ICT&S20 The Internet and the Left
* ICT&S21 Anti-Capitalist Feminism and the Internet Today
* ICT&S22 The Internet, Right-Wing Extremism and Fascism Today
* ICT&S23 An Alternative Internet

Online SUBMISSION:
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/icts
http://sciforum.net/conference/isis-summit-vienna-2015/page/instructions
Please submit an extended abstract of 750-2000 words:
First register and then select the conference “ISIS Summit Vienna 2015”
and the conference stream “ICTS 2015”
Only one submission per person will be considered
Please indicate the number/ID of the panel to which you are submitting
at the start of your abstract (ICTSxx). Submissions without panel
identifier or that fall outside the topics covered by the 23 panels will
not be further considered.

Trading Zones in Technological Societies

More info, abstract submission and registration here
<http://events.ulg.ac.be/trading-zones/>.

*Confirmed keynote speakers**: Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard), Andrew Stirling
(Sussex), Pierre-Beno?t*
* *
*Joly (IFRIS/Paris), Arie Rip (Twente).*

The SPIRAL Research Centre, from its beginning, located itself as an hybrid
space between risk research, science and technology studies and public
policy. The importance of doing so can be captured by referring to ‘trading
zones’, Peter Galison’s (1977) concept indicating interactions and
exchanges across boundaries and between scientific disciplines. We expand
his concept to cover interactions in our technological societies, and the
“pidgins” that emerge enabling some communication or collaborationin which
various perspectives, interests, visions, imaginaries, narratives are
combined. This occurs anyway, but the experience of SPIRAL has shown that
this perspective allows understanding issues of technological societies and
contributes to handling them productively. Hence, it is appropriate for the
20th anniversary conference to take “Trading Zones in Contemporary
Technological Societies” as its theme. New developments, such as, for
example, new genetic testing, digitized work environments, biobanks, 3D
printed tissues or high-level radioactive waste, create promises and
expectations, but also entail great uncertainty with regard to societal and
political impacts. There is a need to engage in an imaginative dialogue
pursuing multiple dimensions of possible outcomes and to normatively
evaluate such outcomes. This requires opening up of existing ways of
handling issues (Stirling 2008). Thus, there is a need for spaces (Rip and
Joly 2013) favouring interdisciplinary cross-breeding to deal with these
issues, and the latter should also be democratically debated. Boundary
trading between experts and others (publics, policymakers, patients) is a
very good entry point for “inquiry into the relations between science and
power to ask how they come about, and what functions they serve in
channelling both knowledge and politics” (Jasanoff 2003: 394).

We encourage *submissions to present papers and/or posters* on one of the
three following subthemes, reflecting major lines of work in SPIRAL, and
organized as parallel streams in the second day of the conference:

?         *Genomics and Public Health*

?         *Safety and Nuclear Energy*

?         *Governance of the Knowledge Societies*

*References:*
Galison, P. (1997). Image & logic: A material culture of microphysics.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Stirling, A. (2008). “Opening Up” and “Closing Down” Power, Participation,
and Pluralism in the Social Appraisal of Technology.*Science, Technology &
Human Values, *33*, *262-294.

Rip, A., and Joly, P.-B. (2013). *Emerging Spaces and Governance. Emerging
Spaces and Governance*. Position paper submitted to EU-SPRI Forum,
available on its website.

Jasanoff, S. (2003).Breaking the Waves in Science Studies. Comment on H.M.
Collins and Robert Evans, `The Third Wave of Science Studies’. *Social
Studies of Science*, 33/3, 389-400.

Groningen Energy Summer School 2015

Smart Grid from a interdisciplinary perspective: bridging old and new
energy systems

/Groningen 17-28 August 2015/

The Groningen Energy Summer School 2015 for PhD students takes an
*interdisciplinary approach to one of the hottest topics of the energy
landscape: smart grids*.

By bringing together and combining a broad range of disciplines, this
event will offer a unique opportunity to PhD students to become aware
of different aspects of the energy transition, to develop novel
insights, and to create synergy in approaches to smart grids.

During the summer school, the participants will attend lectures by
specialists in the field, present their own work, and play an active
role in workshops and discussions.

*Speakers***

Over 20 experts will share their knowledge at the summer school. Among
them are the following:

*Topic***

*Speaker at the Summer School***

How energy distribution will change: an ICT perspective

Prof. Marco Aiello

Energy from a natural science perspective

Prof. Harro Meijer

Research Needs for the Nordic Energy

Prof. Benjamin Sovacool (Aarhus University)

Energy and law in the smart grid paradigm

Prof. Hans Vedder

Smart grids in global perspective

Prof. Jaap de Wilde

Behavioural aspects of smart grids

Prof. Linda Steg

Smart grids pilot projects and implementation in the field

Petra de Boer (DNV-GL)

PowerWeb and new energy infrastructures

Dr. Zofia Lukszo (TU Delft)

More information and the full programme:
http://www.rug.nl/research/energy/education/summerschool/

MEDICINES, TRANSLATIONS and HISTORIES

Abstract Deadline Approaching: *14 Feb 2015*

MEDICINES, TRANSLATIONS and HISTORIES
http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk/newsandevents/conferences/medicinetranslationshistories/index.aspx

Call for papers for a symposium at the University of Manchester Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June 2015

As a widely-circulated article in the Journal of the American Medical Association argued in 2008, the emerging field of Translational Medicine (TM) can be defined in two very different ways: first, the study of the specific ‘bench-to-bedside’ enterprise of harnessing knowledge from basic sciences to produce new drugs, devices and treatment options for patients; and secondly, the more general business of translating research into clinical practice, ensuring new treatments and research knowledge actually reach the patients or populations for whom they are intended.(1)  In policy, these two areas are mostly framed in terms of how new knowledge and practices can be developed and tested faster, and then how innovations can be disseminated more rapidly into practice.  To these two definitions of the problem of translation in medicine, we would add a third, unstated issue: what translations the research of historians, ethnographers, ethicists and other social scientists must undergo
in order to engage with clinical practice, health policy, and more general public concerns about health and the healthcare system today.

Historians of medicine and medical journal editors alike are concerned about the paucity of historical perspective in contemporary policymaking and the communication gap between research, practice, and policy in the field of medical history.(2)    The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester and the Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, USA, are holding a meeting in Manchester in June 2015 to bring together historians, social scientists, and the policy community to explore critically the issues around Translational Medicine set out above. We hope to attract practitioners and stakeholders to engage in a dialogue on how History might inform, and contribute to the transformation of, medical education and practice.

Topics will include, but are not limited to:

– translational research in practice: histories, ethnographies and ethics
– material and conceptual studies of medical innovation
– models of translation in medicine, public health, and health policy
– studying translation between the public and private sector
– translational medicine in the medical curriculum
– cross national, international and transnational accounts of translational medicine
– interdisciplinarities with history, ethics, social sciences, and the medical humanities
– the roles of history, social science, and medical humanities in medical education, biomedical research and clinical practice.

Deadline for abstracts of a maximum of 300 words: *14 February 2015*
We will be applying for conference funding and hope to be able offer support to speakers.
Please send abstracts to: michael.worboys@manchester.ac.uk