Mês: Maio 2015

Changing Worlds: Engaging Science and Technology in Art, Academia and Activism

19 – 21 November 2015

University of Vienna & Institute for Advanced Studies, Austria
Deadline: 3 July 2015

We warmly invite your participation

in our trans­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence en­ti­tled Chang­ing Worlds: En­gag­ing Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in Art, Acad­e­mia and Ac­tivism.The con­fer­ence is in­tended as a fo­rum for aca­d­e­mics/re­searchers from all dis­ci­plines (so­cial, nat­ural, and tech­no­log­i­cal sci­ences, hu­man­i­ties etc.) to come to­gether with artists, ac­tivists, and oth­ers who share an in­vest­ment and in­ter­est in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy is­sues – re­gard­less of af­fil­i­a­tion or cho­sen ca­reer path. Chang­ing Worlds brings to­gether peo­ple who work on com­mon top­ics, but may hardly ever cross paths due to their dif­fer­ing ap­proaches. In­stead of per­pet­u­at­ing hi­er­ar­chi­cal at­ti­tudes to­wards knowl­edge pro­duc­tion, we em­brace a mul­ti­tude of ways to en­gage with sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and see sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial in ex­pand­ing one’s view­point to con­sider ideas from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines or sec­tors.We wish to pro­vide a space for peo­ple of di­verse back­grounds to in­ter­act on an equal foot­ing, and to share their work and ex­pe­ri­ences con­cern­ing their in­ter­ac­tions with and in­ter­plays be­tween sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, so­ci­ety and pol­i­tics. Our aim is to fos­ter an en­vi­ron­ment in which par­tic­i­pants from dif­fer­ent walks of life can col­lec­tively de­velop and en­gage with is­sues of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, and ex­plore links be­tween art, acad­e­mia and ac­tivism as we con­front these is­sues side-by-side.

As a re­sult, we es­pe­cially – but not ex­clu­sively – en­cour­age ad­vanced and PhD stu­dents, early-ca­reer-re­searchers as well as peo­ple who would not nor­mally at­tend aca­d­e­mic con­fer­ences to par­tic­i­pate. Con­tri­bu­tions can take both more tra­di­tional forms (e.g. 20-minute pre­sen­ta­tions) as well as other for­mats that suit par­tic­i­pants’ pref­er­ences and ideas. There will also be a ded­i­cated open space for spon­ta­neous col­lab­o­ra­tion of con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the event.

What is Chang­ing Worlds?

Un­der the aus­pices of Chang­ing Worlds, we ask how the worlds we in­habit change and change us, and how we as their in­hab­i­tants change them in turn, all the while tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion so­cial and struc­tural power dy­nam­ics and mat­ters of so­cial jus­tice and dis­tri­b­u­tion of re­sources. In do­ing so, we hold the un­der­stand­ing that nei­ther we nor oth­ers are ever neu­tral, but nec­es­sar­ily ‘bi­ased’ in our po­si­tions in and to­wards the world as well as in our en­gage­ments with the world. We are in­ter­ested in fac­ing and deal­ing with the in­ter­sec­tions, con­ver­gences and con­fronta­tions be­tween art, acad­e­mia and ac­tivism as they grap­ple with is­sues con­cern­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in their re­spec­tive so­ci­eties. We par­tic­u­larly wel­come crit­i­cal and nu­anced per­spec­tives on as well as in­ter­ven­tions in the worlds that are pro­duced by and pro­duce sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

Pos­si­ble top­ics in­clude, but are not lim­ited to:

  • ac­tivism and art in re­search – re­search and ac­tivism in art – art and re­search in ac­tivism
  • in­ter­sec­tions and con­tra­dic­tions be­tween art, ac­tivism and acad­e­mia
  • com­mu­ni­cat­ing be­tween dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives in ac­tivism, art and acad­e­mia
  • ne­go­ti­at­ing cat­e­gories, bound­aries and fron­tiers
  • axes, nodes, sites and av­enues for agency within dy­nam­ics of power
  • con­fronta­tions and strate­gies in ac­tivist en­gage­ments with techno­science
  • open­ing up and par­tic­i­pa­tory ap­proaches to in­no­va­tion, de­sign and re­search processes
  • ex­pec­ta­tions and mis-/un­der­stand­ings around con­cep­tions and processes in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy
  • queer, fem­i­nist and post­colo­nial as well as in­ter­sec­tional ap­proaches (e.g. cov­er­ing gen­der, sex­u­al­ity, race, class, dis-/abil­ity, re­li­gion, etc.)
  • (ir-)re­spon­si­ble re­search and in­no­va­tion
  • en­vi­ron­ments and hu­man-tech­no­log­i­cal in­volve­ment
  • in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies in so­ci­ety


We are open to a va­ri­ety of for­mats for pos­si­ble con­tri­bu­tions. These in­clude, for ex­am­ple, con­ven­tional aca­d­e­mic pa­pers, work­shops, short films/video, ex­hi­bi­tions, sto­ry­telling, re­flec­tions, pro­ject pre­sen­ta­tions, per­for­mances, or in­ter­ven­tions. Con­tri­bu­tions should nor­mally take about 20 min­utes, but we are open to other time­frames de­pend­ing on your re­quire­ments. There will fur­ther­more be a ded­i­cated open space for spon­ta­neous col­lab­o­ra­tions among par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the event.

If you would like to par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence, please send a de­scrip­tion of your con­tri­bu­tion, an ab­stract, or a pro­posal (300–400 words) tochangingworlds.​sts@​univie.​ac.​at by 3 July 2015. Please also in­clude a few lines about your­selves, your con­tact de­tails and, if ap­plic­a­ble, in­for­ma­tion about the tech­ni­cal/spa­tial/tem­po­ral/etc. re­quire­ments of your planned con­tri­bu­tions. Af­ter re­view­ing all sub­mis­sions, we will in­form you whether your con­tri­bu­tion has been ac­cepted by 14 Au­gust 2015.

The con­fer­ence lan­guage will be Eng­lish.

Code of con­duct

We are ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing an in­clu­sive, safe and ha­rass­ment-free ex­pe­ri­ence for every­one, re­gard­less of per­sonal/pro­fes­sional back­ground, gen­der, gen­der iden­tity and ex­pres­sion, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, dis-/abil­ity, phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, body size, race, class, age or re­li­gion.


The con­fer­ence venue will be wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble. While we can­not guar­an­tee that we will be able to meet all other ac­ces­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments, we will do our best to ac­com­mo­date every­one’s needs. Please e-mail us in ad­vance about your spe­cific re­quire­ments.

Get in touch!

If you have any ques­tions or com­ments (e.g. about the for­mat of the con­fer­ence, our code of con­duct, or whether your idea fits the scope of this event), please e-mail us at changingworlds.​sts@​univie.​ac.​at.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Your conference organisers: Angela Prendl, Bernhard Winkler, Boka En,
Dely Horváth, Helene Sorgner, Mercedes Pöll, Milena Wuketich,
Nikolaus Pöchhacker, Thomas Danecker, Victoria Neumann

Living in Technoscientific Worlds

Call for Papers

Living in Technoscientific Worlds.

International Conference Celebrating the Launch of STS Austria

3-5 December 2015, University of Vienna/

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Maja Horst, University of Copenhagen

Judy Wacjman, London School of Economics

There is no doubt: we live in technoscientific worlds. Scientific
knowledge and technological innovations have become key drivers of
change in contemporary societies that restructure both our public and
private lives. These observations have shaped the intellectual agenda of
the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) for
several decades. As the contemporary preoccupation with innovation
brings forth ever new articulations of technoscience (including social
sciences and humanities) and society, the underlying core questions have
not lost their timeliness and relevance: How do we engage with broader
issues of inclusion and exclusion (in terms of e.g. gender, class,
culture, disability) associated with technoscientific innovations? How
are societal values expressed through ? and simultaneously stabilized by
? these innovations? What counts as a legitimate setting from which to
make knowledge claims in democratic societies? How do our critical
methods of investigation translate into methods of intervention?

This conference invites participants to restate the issue of what it
means to live in technoscientific worlds today. This involves to explore
the multiplicity of contemporary sites of technoscience as well as the
ways we live with (and through) scientific knowledge and technologies.
Rapid change is part and parcel of the technoscientific worlds we aim to
analyze. Thus, we particularly invite careful reflection of the
positions we think and speak from, both theoretically and methodologically.

This conference celebrates the launch of /STS Austria/, a new
professional organization and a sign of the vitality and maturation of
the field in this country. We invite STS scholars from within Austria as
well as from the international community to submit abstracts (500 words)
to office@sts-austria.org by July 15 2015.

Contributions should fit into one or several of the following thematic

*Knowing, practicing and engineering the ?not yet? *

A striking feature of contemporary societies is their fascination with
the anticipating, shaping and governing of futures, deeply intertwined
with the corresponding advances of science and technology. As a
consequence, the future has become a central arena in which present
choices become negotiated. It is thus essential to reflect on the scales
of ?future making? (concerning temporal and spatial extensions), on the
practices of anticipation and governance, and on how moral issues are
addressed. This also implies to analyze how constituencies of
contemporary societies are involved in future making exercises that are
undertaken to allow the ?not yet? to emerge.

*Matter(s) and moralities: standardizing, classifying and ordering the

STS has a long tradition of analyzing how the worlds we live in are
morally and socially ordered through both technological arrangements and
regimes of knowing. It has exposed that seemingly innocent acts of
classification and standardization are deeply political. Recent years
have seen the call for a deeper engagement with the material dimension
of these processes. In this stream, we would like to reflect how
moralities and materialities co-emerge and are stabilized in
technoscientific practices of standardization and classification.


*Publics, engagements and the governance of technoscience*

Scientific and technological developments frequently engender
controversies that raise claims for including the voices and concerns of
publics in research and policy-making. Responses range from
policy-oriented or government-sponsored engagement to (new) social
movements to citizen science. We invite papers that present original and
innovative theoretical, methodological and empirical insights. The focus
will be on the different scales and forms of citizen engagement with
technoscience as well as on the involvement of STS in these endeavors.

*Science in flux: institutions, practices and selves*

Contemporary science is in flux. How to understand ongoing changes in
terms of their nature, causes, and implications, however, has given rise
to heated debates. The aim of this stream is to critically engage with
tensions that are associated with recent re-orderings in scientific
institutions, practices, and selves: e.g. between the disciplinary
structures of science and calls for transcending these to address ?grand
challenges?, between the norms of ?excellence? and ?relevance?, between
collective forms of knowledge production and individual assessments and
careers, between local involvements and international orientations.

*Concept and organization*

Erik Aarden, Ulrike Felt, Maximilian Fochler, Anna Pichelstorfer, Thomas
V?lker (all Univ. Vienna), Doris Allhutter (ITA Vienna), Martina Merz
(Univ. Klagenfurt), Gernot Rieder (IT Univ. Copenhagen).