Call for papers: “Expertise and its tensions” A Special issue of Science & Technology Studies.

Contemporary societies are permeated by, and depend on, various types
of expertise. Expertise is also commonly contested in various domains,
such as environment, health, medicine and economics. Debates on
expertise commonly involve struggles over propositional power as well
as epistemic authority. These struggles might be about relations
between lay and expert knowledges, but they might also emerge betwixt
scientific experts, or among other forms of expertise and ways of
knowing. Furthermore, inter- or multidisciplinary endeavors create
tensions as scientific experts from various fields need to fit
together their approaches.

Articles can relate to any aspect of expertise, targeting, for
example, to any of the three pre-established topics groups: 1)
expansion of expertise in the public domain, 2) multidisciplinary
expertise and its tensions, 3) experts, politics and policy.

We welcome but do not restrict the scope of articles, on following topics:

Emergence of multiple expertise around distinct phenomena
Multidisciplinary expertise and tacit knowledge
Expertise and wicked problems
Expertise, law and regulation
Socio-materiality of expertise
The place of expertise in social services
Trust in science and/or think tanks
Science-policy dynamics
Triple helix
Expansion of expertise in the public domain
Social media  and expertise
Personal values, stances, and expert knowledge
Expertise of risk
Experience based expertise
Politically and economically motivated dissent in science
Public questioning of medical expertise
NGO’s as policy experts
Participatory expertise
Contingency of the boundaries of public expertise
How information systems and databases affect medical expertise
Big data and expertise
Tensions in the multi-disciplinary expertise
The interfaces of expertise
Semantic difference and loss of context in multidisciplinary scientific work
Emotional tensions in multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary interaction
Multiple ontologies and professional languages
Scientific misconduct
Total quality management of expertise
The efficiency of expertise

The guest-editors of this special issue of Science and Technology
Studies are: Steven Yearley, Maria Åkerman, Otto Auranen, Harley
Bergroth, Ismo Kantola, Sampsa Saikkonen, Jaakko Taipale.

Papers to be submitted should not be published or under review
elsewhere. All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to Science
& Technology Studies guidelines and procedures. For further manuscript
guidelines, please see ‘manuscript submissions’ on Science &
Technology Studies website (
Deadline for manuscript submissions is 15th of February 2017.

For further information, please contact Ismo Kantola (


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