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Sustaining the Seas

December 11 2017 to December 13 2017 | The University Of Sydney

Deadline: July 14 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

Please send a 250-300 word abstract and affiliation details to by 14th July 2017.

Sustaining the Seas is an exciting and experimental refereed international conference that will bring together academics of many disciplines, practitioners, urban planners, fishers, artists and writers to consider over three days the challenges of how to care better for the oceans, and more-than-human marine ecological systems. We will explore radically different modes of caring for oceanic spaces and ask what their effects might be for communities of fish and humans.

Hosted by the Sustainable Fish Lab at the University of Sydney, the conference will take place in one of the world’s most beautiful yet troubled harbour cities. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with local and global oceanic complexities through panel discussions, keynote speakers, films, demonstrations of innovative practice, and fieldtrips.

Keynotes Professor Lesley Green (UCT) Professor Rosemary Rayfuse (UNSW) Professor Elspeth Probyn (Sydney)

Plenary Sessions

Caring for Sea Country Dr. Leah Lui-Chivizhe (UNSW)

Speculative Harbours Gena Wirth (Scape), Dr. Adriana Vergés (UNSW)

Embodying the Ocean (Writing on the Sea) Dr. Astrida Neimanis (Sydney)

In-Conversation with Fishers John Susman (FishTale) and Cat Dorey (Greenpeace)

Surfing pollution Dr. Clifton Evers (Newcastle University, UK)

We welcome proposals on these topics and many more:

Fish markets: including anthropological, cultural studies, tourism, geographical, and economical perspectives; • Regulation of the high seas and the Law of the Sea; Oceanic warming, acidity and toxicity; geo-engineering; Forms of certification, governance, and traceability; Global South & North, northern hemisphere & southern hemisphere; Knowledges: gender, traditional, Indigenous, generational; Consumer engagement tactics that emphasise complexity rather than simplification; Indigenous/cultural fisheries; Gender, ethnicity, race, fish; queer fish; New forms of aquaculture and integrated marine tropic relationships; Global ocean grabbing, piracy, IUU. Methodologies, multidisciplinary and multimedia forms of representation.

Please visit the conference website for conference, including keynote speakers, plenary sessions, registrations, and fieldtrips. Or join us on social media through Facebook and Twitter.

PAPERS & PANEL PROPOSALS Please send a 250-300 word abstract and affiliation details to by 14th July 2017.

CREATIVE PROVOCATIONS Contributions are sought from practitioners working in, or across, speculative design, poetic computation, fabrication, and art-related practice, including moving-image, audio, and performance. This stream of the conference aims to experiment with the traditional conference format and present diverse forms of engagement with the challenges of caring for marine environments.

Please send 250-300-word abstract, affiliation details and link to previous work to stream organisers and by 14th July 2017.

Abstracts should describe your creative provocation – subject matter and proposed form of presentation (limited to conference space and 20 minutes). Conference dates: 11 -13 December 2017

Organisers: Prof Elspeth Probyn (, and Kate Johnston. Dept of Gender & Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney, in partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute

Fourth Contemporary Drug Problems

August 23 2017 to August 25 2017 | Helsinki, Finland

Updated: July 09 2017

Fourth Contemporary Drug Problems Conference

‘Making alcohol and other drug realities’

Please consider joining us in Helsinki for the conference, which will critically explore and debate the issues posed when we approach alcohol and other drug science, policy, treatment, law and other practices as constituting the realities they seek to address.
Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Carol Bacchi: ‘Deploying a poststructural analytic strategy: Political implications’

Cameron Duff: ‘Making drug realities: From analysis to praxis after the ontological turn’

Adam Winstock & Monica Barratt: ‘The Global Drug Survey: Participatory methods and the making of safer drug realities’

Join conference delegates for dinner at Restaurant Loiste (, located on the top floor of the Hotel Vaakuna:

For further details on the conference theme, keynote speakers, venue and accommodation options, please visit

SIGCIS (Special Interest Group in Computing, Information, and Society)

October 29 2017 | Philadelphia, PA

Deadline: October 08 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

SIGCIS (Special Interest Group in Computing, Information, and Society) will be having its annual conference on October 29, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA, immediately following the conference for the Society for the History of Technology(SHOT). Proposals are due on June 30, 2017. Instructions for submissions can be found here.

Computers are instruments of action. They are made to measure, model, and mix; count and aggregate; save and surveil; pick, parse, and select; and in a world of embedded systems, they are even designed to listen, wait, and relay. In many instances, these actions involve the computational transformation of other social and technological processes—from software that compiles the census to the suites of code assisting in the digital manipulation of sound and image. In other cases, computers register and create information at scales and speeds we have only begun to grasp: artificial intelligence, machine learning, and “big data” in all its local forms. And while often leveraged as democratizing, computers have long been known to amplify structural inequality, map over difference, and jettison “noise” that cannot be translated into a specific form of information.

Measure, Model, Mix invites scholars and independent researchers across the disciplinary spectrum to explore the historical conditions of computation. Areas of engagement may include:

How have bureaucratic, scientific, and aesthetic computational instruments eroded, produced, and reproduced biopolitical and epistemological realities, past and present?
How can we analyze the relationships between computing and identity categories such as race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity?
What are the historical foundations of computing’s contemporary capacity to recognize information?
How have cultures, subcultures, political systems and identity groups mobilized computational techniques for their own ends?

SIGCIS is especially welcoming of new directions in scholarship. We maintain an inclusive atmosphere for scholarly inquiry, supporting both disciplinary and theoretical interventions from beyond the traditional history of technology, and with respect to promoting diversity in STEM. We welcome submissions from: histories of technology, computing, and science; science and technology studies; studies of women, gender, and sexuality; studies of race, ethnicity, and postcoloniality; film, media, and game studies; software and code studies; network and internet histories; music, sound studies, and art history; and all other applicable domains.

The annual SIGCIS Conference begins immediately after the regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the History of Technology [SHOT]. SIGCIS welcomes everyone, inclusive of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, age, appearance, race, nationality or religion. We are committed to fostering a positive, productive space for all participants.


SIGCIS welcomes proposals for individual 15-20 minute papers, 3-4 paper panel proposals, works-in-progress (see below), and non-traditional proposals such as roundtables, software demonstrations, hands-on workshops, etc.


We are pleased to announce a new format for the 2017 SIGCIS Works in Progress (WiP) session. This year, participants will not deliver presentations on their WiP, and there will not be an audience. Instead, the session will serve as a workshop wherein participants will discuss the works in small group sessions.

We invite works in progress—articles, chapters, dissertation prospectuses—of 10,000 words or less (longer works must be selectively edited to meet this length). We especially encourage submissions from graduate students, early career scholars, and scholars who are new to SIGCIS. Authors who submit a WiP will also commit to reading (in advance) two other WiPs, discussing them in a very small group setting, and providing written feedback on one of those WiPs. Scholars who would like to participate in this session without submitting their own WiP are certainly welcome; we ask that they commit to reading (in advance) at least two of the WiPs.

Submissions for WiP only require a 350-400 word abstract, but applicants should plan to circulate their max-10,000-word WiPs no later than October 8, 2017. Scholars who would like to be a reader of WiPs, please email a brief bio or 1-page CV, along with your areas of interest and expertise, to Gerardo Con Diaz [].


Submissions are due June 30, 2017. Applicants must download, fill out and follow the instructions on the application cover sheet posted at the website.

All submissions will require:

350-400 word abstract (full panel proposals should additionally include a 300-word panel abstract in addition to 3-4 paper abstracts)
1-page CV or resume

Please Note: Individuals already scheduled to participate on the main SHOT program are welcome to submit an additional proposal to our workshop, but should make sure that there is no overlap between the two presentations. However, SIGCIS may choose to give higher priority to submissions from those not already presenting at SHOT. Questions regarding submission procedure should be sent to Kera Allen [].


The top financial priority of SIGCIS is the support of travel expenses for graduate students, visiting faculty without institutional travel support, and others who would be unable to attend the meeting without travel assistance. The submission cover sheet includes a box to check if you fall into one of these categories and would like to be considered for an award. These is no separate application form, though depending on the volume of requests and available resources we may need to contact you for further information before making a decision.

Any award offered is contingent on registering for and attending the SIGCIS Conference. Please note that SHOT does not classify the SIGCIS Conference as participation in the SHOT annual meeting, therefore so acceptance by SIGCIS does not imply eligibility for the SHOT travel grant program.

Details of available awards are at

STS Italia Summer School

September 05 2017 to September 09 2017 | Catania, Italy

Deadline: June 25 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

STS Italia, the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies – in collaboration with the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Department of Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Catania is organizing its 4th Summer School, “Almost Human: Robotics, Healthcare and STS”, to be held in Catania (Italy) from September 5th to 9th, 2017.

Goals and main topics Robotics in its various applications and research fields (work, leisure, medicine, care, education, military use, etc.) emerges as a set of technological innovations designed to have a disruptive impact on the economy, politics, and society. Technological artifacts pervasively permeate different spheres of personal and professional life, reconfiguring the relationship between humans and humans and artifacts. Robots, in their various forms, are a “presence” which calls/solicits our attention. After colonizing factories and research laboratories, robots, humanoid or animal, “dispersed” in our technological environments as meta-media (the chatbot, for example), or as professionals of care, are already living among us, populating our cities, inhabiting our homes, taking care of us, and even observing what we do. Consequently, the development of robotics raises new questions in a great number of ethical, legal, social and anthropological issues.

The STS Italia Summer School aims to address the challenges posed by recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence through a variety of approaches, theoretical frameworks and methodological insights. PhD students and early career researchers in Science and Technology Studies (STS) are invited to participate in a joint reflection that will try to trace some interdisciplinary interpretative frameworks and to propose a space of exchange between social sciences and scientific research. A particular attention will be given to the role of robotics in the field of health and care. We would like to question the relationship between technological innovation and new practices, or relationships, of care; to question the professional reconfigurations and skills modified by the introduction of assistive technological devices to the cure gesture (surgery, for example) and care practices (in homes and hospitals); to highlight the different concepts of care receivers and care givers that emerge in the contexts of innovation and in always singular and specific contexts of practices andeveryday life (prosthetics, assistive robotics, etc.).

These issues can be addressed more politically and institutionally (issues of surveillance, infrastructures, social, economic and research policies); at an intermediate level, in the boundaries between private and public sector (in particular as regards the transfer of skills and practices between place of cure – hospital - and place of life - home); at individual level in familiar and professional relationships of care. A question that surely crosses the technological, sociological, institutional and ethical aspects is the concept of autonomy (of person, of patient, of devices, of familiar or professional collectives), which increasingly includes the human and non-human relationship in its definition, in particular in the healthcare field.

This summer school introduces participants to major approaches, exploring new research frontiers and emerging themes under ethical, cultural and socio-technical perspectives:

- Autonomy (of technological devices, of person, of systems), which includes the notion of enable/disable, empowerment, accessibility, dependency; - Robotics in work’s contexts (in particular in healthcare); - Human/non human relationship (in particular in healthcare, which includes non human animals); - Imaginaries of the body, the machine, the hybrid (cyborg); - Ethical and legal approaches; - Technological innovation in healthcare: state of the art, perspectives, problems; - Epistemological and theoretical approaches to robotics and AI; - Technological innovation in healthcare and disabilities and gender studies; Confirmed speakers - Nathanael Jarassé (ISIR Paris) - Louis Neven (Avans University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands) - Giovanni Muscato (University of Catania, Italy) - Fiorella Operto (Scuola di Robotica and CNR, Genoa, Italy) - Michael Schillmeier (University of Exeter, GB) - Bruno Siciliano (University of Naples, Italy) - Guglielmo Tamburrini (University of Naples, Italy) How to apply The application form is available here.

After space for personal details, the form includes a place to upload a short scientific CV (maximum 2 pages) and a statement of interest (maximum 500 words), which should describe the applicant’s current research and its relevance to the aims of the summer school. Finally, a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) is mandatory only for scholarship applications. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Summer School Organizing Committee Applications deadline is June 15th. *Deadline extension: June 25th* Important dates June 15th, 2017: Applications deadline. *Deadline extension: June 25th, 2017.* June 25th, 2017: *June 30th, 2017: *Notification for participation and for scholarship eligibility. July 10th, 2017: Registration deadline. For any further questions regarding the school not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee via email at

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)

April 03 2018 to April 07 2018 | Philadelphia, PA,

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

"Sustainable Futures" invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2017. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page ( meeting/).

Impossible to Simply Continue Along Previous Lines: Changing Life in Times of Crisis

August 29 2017 | Boston

Updated: July 09 2017

In this one-day workshop we will create spaces, interactions, and support that help us extend our projects of inquiry and engagement around "changing life in times of crisis." A wide range of projects might fit under this intentionally broad topic. Activities will build on what the particular group of participants contribute and employ a range of tools and processes for "connecting, probing, and reflecting" so as to support and learn from each others' inquiries. The intended outcomes include: a) products that reflect how our inquiries and plans develop during the day, as conveyed in work-in-progress presentations and then revised in response to feedback so as to be shared outside the workshop, b) experiences that motivate us to take our individual projects beyond their current scope or level of activity, and c) stock-taking towards developing the workshop format. This format, in brief, includes a series of activities together as a group with time spent in between to undertake independent research and converse as helpful for advancing our projects.


December 11 2017 to December 13 2017 | The University of Sydney and UTS

Deadline: July 24 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

Sydney Environment Institute in partnership with The Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney and UTS As part of The Sustainable Fish Lab’s Sustaining the Seas conference (11th-13th December).

Workshop and walk shop dates: 12 of September and 15 of September

This two day intensive walk-shop/workshop offers an opportunity to engage with some of the invisible aspects of Sydney Harbour. From the microscopic underworld to the often-obscured cultural layers, we will consider place in new ways. On day one we will walk along the Blackwattle Bay foreshore, stopping, observing, questioning, listening and considering the many speculative layers coalescing in Sydney Harbour—ecological, cultural, economic and political. We will hear from experts from diverse disciplines (marine biology, humanities, fine arts), industries (fisheries), and Indigenous knowledge holders of the harbour.

Ultimately, participants will weave new interdisciplinary harbour narratives through the creation of speculative field guides that invite others to experience and respond to the harbour in new ways.

Participants will be invited to present on this project at the upcoming Sustaining the Seas conference (11th-13th December). We will also encourage conference attendees to make use of the future-oriented field guides.

Workshop Dates:

Walk-shop: Tuesday 12 September

Workshop: Friday 15 September


Please send expressions of interest to and
Include disciplinary affiliations, current research, and what you hope to contribute and achieve in the workshop. We will tailor activities to the group.

Organisers: Prof Elspeth Probyn:

Kate Johnston: Susanne Pratt:

midweSTS 2017 Call for Abstracts

September 29 2017 to October 01 2017 | Indiana University, Bloomington IN

Deadline: July 16 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

Graduate students at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University are excited to distribute our call for a graduate student workshop happening on campus this fall. We would very much appreciate your help in distributing the CFP with us! Science and technology studies is widely regarded as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary effort, and we need your help in disseminating information about the event to the farthest reaches of our scholarly community. The deadline for submissions has been extended by a few weeks; please email us directly with any questions you may have about the process or event. If you would like to tweet about the call, you can link our website and account @midweSTSnetwork

midweSTS invites graduate student submissions for a 3-day workshop addressing themes in critical, decolonial, feminist, anti-racist, transnational, queer, and ecological potentials in science and technology studies, as well as critical doing/making and design studies. We invite work engaging in the politics of creation and political intervention, as well as scholars working in the regional in-between that gets called “Midwest,” including the Great Lakes region; lands variously territorialized by histories of settler colonialism, indigenous presence and practice, industrialism and its alternatives, black technocultures, migrant makings, and visible and invisible genealogies of innovation. It’s a region that today is often positioned as a deindustrial periphery despite its lively and ongoing technoscientifc and political innovations, experimentations, and solidarities. This event, which is the second annual midweSTS Graduate Workshop, gathers together the exciting critical work being created in this region and aims towards building stronger networks and communities between emerging scholars and researchers.

We welcome 500-700 word proposals for a variety of formats – from dissertation-based projects and standard talks to hands-on workshops and interdisciplinary demos. Those proposing traditional presentations may assemble a pre-formed panel presentation of 3-4 papers, or submit abstracts as an open call to be gathered into panels. Proposals should include:

- A description of the content and style of your presentation

- A short biography elaborating on your background and your interest in participating

- 5 keywords, concepts, or themes that your project can be tagged by

- Panel proposals should include a brief rationale for the panel including panelist biographies, as well as full abstracts for each paper, in a single PDF

- Hands-on workshops will be limited to 35 minutes and presentations and demos to approximately 20 minutes each. Basic supplies will be offered on site. If you have special needs (such as whiteboards, paper, creative tools, an open space, etc.) for your proposed session please note this in your proposal.

The workshop is sponsored by University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Illinois Institute of Technology, in addition to the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, IU Geography Department, and IU Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

Free housing with local grad students is available on a first come first served basis.

Please submit your proposal as a PDF to: by our extended deadline of: Sunday, July 16th, 2017

If you have questions, please contact the organizers at, with a copy to You can also find us on Twitter at @midweSTSnetwork and our website

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) i

April 03 2018 to April 07 2018 | Philadelphia, PA,

Deadline: October 15 2017 meeting

Updated: June 12 2017

Invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting The theme of the Program is “Sustainable Futures.” The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page.

Reconfiguring care infrastructures – austerity and innovation in European welfare services.

November 15 2017 to November 16 2017 | University of Sussex in Brighton

Deadline: June 15 2017

Updated: June 08 2017

We would like to invite papers for an international workshop exploring the reconfiguration of health and welfare in different European settings.

Papers should address the ways in which austerity policies, welfare reforms or healthcare innovations relocate or relegate the work and practice of care in particular settings, though we hope the event will allow for comparison across different experiences from across Europe.

The concept of the ‘chronic care infrastructure’ (Langstrup 2013) has been used to think about the ways in which health services are embedded and linked with other services, and rely on particular distributions of care / work across formal and informal providers. In this it has something in common with ‘care configurations’ (Lyon and Glucksman 2008) and with older work on welfare regimes (Esping Anderson 1990). Like feminist discussions of welfare policy, we propose paying attention to distributions of ‘visible and invisible work’ (Star & Strauss 1999) to gain insights into the normative shifts in the valuation of care tasks in the context of austerity and the changing ‘burden of treatment’ in chronic disease (e.g. May et al 2014). We are also interested in contributions that consider the role of care innovations – technical or otherwise – as tools of welfare transformation, whether they are seen as contributing to cost containment or not (e.g. Pols and Willems 2011; Mort, Roberts and Callen 2013).

We are delighted that Professor Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam) has agreed to present a keynote, and would be glad to hear other paper proposals from people at any stage in their career that address the following themes:

1. Displacing care – from health to social care and vice versa

2. The role of family and friends as care providers

3. The self-caring citizen – participation and new civic virtues

4. The multiple roles of care innovation/welfare technology

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to by 15th June. We will inform authors if they are accepted by 5th July and hope that will give time for presenters to prepare a short written draft for circulation before the workshop. We will be able to offer 5 fully funded places for Early Career Researchers (others will need to fund travel / accommodation and a very small registration fee ). Please indicate whether your attendance is dependent on funding when you submit your abstract. This event is possible thanks to generous support from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

GROUP 2018 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work

January 07 2018 to January 10 2018 | Sanibel Island, Florida, USA rences/group/conferences/group18

Updated: June 08 2017

Deadlines: Multiple

General Information For over 25 years, the ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP) has been a premier venue for research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Socio - Technical Studies. The conference integrates work in social science, computer science, engineering, design, values, and other diverse topics related to group work, broadly conceptualized .
Group 201 8 continues the tradition of being tru ly international and interdisciplinary in both organizational structure as well as participants. Key goals for the program are to encourage and facilitate researchers within CSCW and HCI to interact across disciplinary boundaries. We encourage high - level research contributions from interdisciplinary groups to pres ent work that might be difficult to place within one simple category. We are open to diverse and innovative research methods, and to contributions across broad areas such as systems, so ciety, participation, critique, collaboration, and human interaction. GROUP 201 8 in particular would like to enc ourage systems designers, builders, and researchers from industry, academia , government and other interested groups to participate. Partici pati on at GROUP takes many different forms. In 2018, we will continue two new submissions categories that were introduced in 2016.

First, GROUP 2018 will again offer the opportunity to authors of newly published papers from the Journal of CSCW ( ) to present their papers in the conference. Second, the submission category “Design Fictions” will be maintained. Submissions to the conference are welcome in the form of:
● Research Papers (both short and long). This venue gives the occasion to present and interact with the audience. Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and ACM Digital Library. Please use the ACM S IGCHI format for submissions. We invite archival submissions in the form of either full Papers or shorter contributions (Notes). A Note is a brief report of a more limited, b ut definitive, outcome or theoretical development. There is no page limit for Papers or Notes, although clear rationale should be given for Papers that exceed 10 pages o r for Notes that exceed 4 pages . Research Paper submissions must be completed online at the GROUP 2018 conference site:
• Work ing Papers (WP). WPs are contributions in which the authors are working towards an archival journal submission and would like to discuss their work with their colleagues at GROUP. Our goal is to broaden the conversations at GROUP, with a format that may appeal to colleagues w hose primary publications are in journals, rather than conference papers. WPs will not be published in the conference proceedings, but will be distributed in a paper conference supplement at the GROUP conference for the attendees only. Therefore, you are f ree to seek formal publication of a draft journal submission that appears in a WP. The WP review process will be *lightweight*, without any revisions asked to the authors, to expand the GROUP community and discussions. Please send submissions directly to c o - chairs at w p @group201 8 .org.
● Design Fictions – Fictive Futures: Exploring Future Research Agendas . We seek submissions that imagine possible futures for research on the relationships between computers and people. Submissions will include two portions: a fictional document related to the conduct of research and an author statement about the document. The fiction document could be an extended abstract, a call for papers, an excerpt from API documentation, a book review, a study protocol for IRB review, or any other relevant type. The author statement should connect that document to current events, cite on - going research in the field, or otherwise extrapolate how the envisioned future might arise from our given present. This statement will be especially important for abstracts (which are too short to explain their rationale), API documentations (which typica lly do not provide a historical rationale), and other documents that on their own may be exceptionally short and/or vague. Because Design Fictions are archival contributions, we recommend a minimum length of 3 pages, and as many as 10 pages. Please use the ACM SIGCHI Format for submissions. The reviewing process will be the same as the general track, and Design Fiction papers or notes will be included in the proceedings. Design Fiction submissions must be co mpleted online at the GROUP 2018 conference site: ● Posters and demos . Posters and demos are an opportunity to present late - breaking and preliminary results, small er results not suitable for a Paper or Note submission, innovative ideas not yet validated through user studies, student research in early phases, and other research best presented in this open format. Posters and demos will be displayed at a special sessi on in the conference when poster and demo authors will be available to discuss their work. Poster submissions should include an extended abstract no longer than 4 pages, including all figures and references, in ACM SIGCHI Format ( available here ). In addition, submissions should also include a separate Tabloid (A3 or 11 x 17 inches) sized draft of the poster for review purposes. Both the extended abstract and the poster draft should include aut hor names (these are not anonymous submissions). Please send submissions directly to co - chairs at posters@group201 8 .org.
● Workshops . Workshops provide an informal and focused environment for the information exchange and discussion of Group related topic s. We offer half or full day workshop venues. Proposals should include an abstract (max 150 words), a title, description of workshop theme, aim, goals, activities and potential outcomes. Workshop proposals should also include a description of how the works hop will be publicized and a strategy for recruiting and selecting participants. It should specify any audio/visual equipment needed, maximum number of participants, the duration of the workshop (half or full day) and the names and backgrounds of the organizer(s). Please submit a maximum of four pages, using the ACM SIGCHI format for submissions.

We encourage opics suitable for developing new ideas and deep discussions. Please send submissions directly to co - chairs at workshops@group201 8 .org. ● Doctoral Colloquium . The Doctoral Colloquium provides a forum for sharing ongoing Ph.D . projects of participants with other advanced Ph.D. students and distinguished faculty for mentoring and feedback. Space is limited, so an application of up to four pages is required, in the ACM standa rd format . Please contact the workshop co - chairs at dc@group201 8 .org. Accepted research papers, notes, Design Fictions, posters, and doctoral consortium extended abstracts are pu blished in the ACM Press Conference Proceedings and in the ACM digital Library. Accepted Workshop proposals will be published in a paper - based supplement. Conference Topics: ● Theoretical and/or conceptual contributions about key concepts relevant to CSCW and HCI, including critique. ● Social, behavioral, and computational studies of collaboration and communication. ● Technical architectures supporting collaboration. ● New tool/toolkits for collaborative technologies. ● Ethnographic studies of collaborative p ractices. ● Coordination and workflow technology. ● Social computing and contexts of collaboration. ● Online communities, including issues of privacy, identity, trust, and participation. ● Cooperative knowledge management. ● Organizational issues of technology design, use, or adaptation. ● Strategies for use of technology in business, government, and newer forms of organizations. ● Emerging technologies and their design, use, or appropriation in work, home, leisure, entertainment, or education. ● Learning at the workp lace (CSCL at work, Technology - Enhanced Learning, TEL). ● Co - located and geographically - distributed teams, global collaboration. ● Cultural and cross - cultural collaboration and communication. ● Mobile and wearable technologies in collaboration. ● Innovative forms of human computer interaction for cooperative technologies. Important

Dates Papers and Notes Abstract and Title Submission:
June 23, 2017 Papers and Notes Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Papers and Notes De cisions Announced: September 15 , 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Design Fictions Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Design Fictions Decisions Announced: September 15, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Doctoral Colloquium Appli cations Deadline: July 10, 2017 Doctoral Colloquium D ecisions Announced: September 15, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Workshop Proposals Deadline: July 14 , 2017 Workshop Proposals Deci s ions Announced: Friday, July 2 8 , 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Workshop Participants Papers Deadline(s): Oct/Nov 2017 , may vary per workshop Posters/Demos Deadline: September 18, 2017 Posters/Demos Decisions Announced: October 16, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Working Papers (WP) Deadline: Oct 2, 2017 Working Papers Decisions Announced: October 27, 2017 Conference dates: January 7 - 10 , 201 8

If you have questions, please contact the conference organizers: General Chairs: Andrea Forte, Drexel University or visit:

Technologies of Frankenstein

March 07 2018 to March 09 2018 | Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA

Deadline: October 19 2017

Updated: June 08 2017

The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were those themes and what is their value to us in the early twenty-first century? Mary Shelley was rather vague as to how Victor, a young medical student, managed to reanimate a person cobbled together from parts of corpses. Partly as a result of this technical gap, and partly as a result of many other features of the novel, Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the Monstrous, the Outsider, the Other, and scientific ethics. This conference will examine such connections in our thinking about humanism and techno-science from the novel’s publication to the present. We construe broadly the intersecting themes of humanism, technology, and science and we welcome proposals from all fields of study for presentations that add a twenty-first century perspective to Frankenstein. Topic areas may include but are not limited to:

 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

 Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)

 Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)

 Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information


 Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)

 Future Technologies and Labor Concerns

Submit abstracts of 300 words and brief CV by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz ( and Robin Hammerman (

Mixing Pop and Politics

December 04 2017 to December 06 2017 | Massey University, Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: May 08 2017

Subversion, Resistance and Reconciliation in Popular Music IASPM-ANZ 2017 Conference

Forty years ago, the story goes, punk broke. Not for the first time, and not the last. History provides us with ample examples of the power of popular music to speak to, through, and against various political moments. The contemporary situation also offers countless opportunities to explore how popular music revisits, reconstitutes, rewrites and reconciles itself to this past. At the same time, it also points to new directions informed by the complicated position popular music occupies in relation to the shifting paradigms of power in which we currently find ourselves. This IASPM-ANZ conference aims to explore the complex politics of resistance, subversion, containment and reconciliation from now and then, as well as points in-between.

We are seeking papers and panel proposals that touch on, but are not restricted to, the following areas:

• (We’re) Stranded: Punk and Post-Punk in Australia, New Zealand and Beyond • I Will Survive: The Politics of Pleasure and Popular Music • You Don’t Own Me: Cultivating, Codifying and Commodifying Resistance • You've Got the Power: Populism, Authoritarianism, Anarchy and Popular Music • This Machine Kills Fascists: Technologies, Politics and Popular Music • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Popular Music on Screen(s) • Here’s Where The Story Ends: Alternate Histories of Popular Music • Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: Of DJs, Dancefloors and Discos • We Are the Robots: Resistant, Reconciled, Reconstituted, Recombinant Bodies in Popular Music • If You’re Feeling Sinister: Affect, Emotion and the Subversive Power of Popular Music • Playing With a Different Sex: Otherness and Othering in Popular Music • A Whisper to a Scream: Silence, Distortion, Amplification and the Politics of Sound

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should include 3-5 keywords. Please submit abstracts in doc, docx, rtf format, and send as “last” to

Deadline for abstract submission: June 1st 2017.

All participants must be members of IASPM. If you are not a member, details on how to join are available here:

We encourage all members of IASPM-International to consider attending.

13th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference

September 17 2017 to September 21 2017 | Poznan, Poland

Deadline: January 15 2018

Updated: May 08 2017

"This Changes Everything" --€“ in conjunction with the World Computer Congress
Conference Chairs: David Kreps, Kai Kimppa, Louise Leenen, Charles Ess

Conference Theme - Track Chairs: David Kreps and Charles Ess

This Changes Everything. Many of us likely associate this phrase with Steve Jobs’ introduction of the iPhone in 2007. But there are clearly other candidates for the "€ This,"€ e.g., the oncoming bioinformatics redesign of species or the fourth industrial revolution of artificially intelligent robots. But "This" is also, without question, the greatest challenge of our age: climate change.

Accordingly, the 13th Human Choice and Computers conference centers on the question: ICT and Climate Change - What Can We Do? The Conference invites both academics and practitioners in the field of ICTs and Society to take stock of their engagements, review their focus, and assess what and how each and every one of us might be able to contribute to the transformations needed (and already beginning) in local, regional, national and international contexts, towards becoming the diverse, environmentally and socially conscious, and thriving communities.

We welcome submissions that speak directly and less directly to the conference theme. “This Changes Everything†implicates both climate change and the interrelated global challenges most central to the Working Groups of TC9 and its National Society representatives, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Submissions are also welcome, not just to the General Conference Track on change, but to the other foci of the Track Themes. (For complete track descriptions, please see the extended CFP on the conference website, .)

Track themes: * Societal implications, effects and impacts of artificial intelligence - Track Chairs: Diane Whitehouse and Christopher Zielinski (WG9.2)

* Including critical issues beyond the ICT context in codes of conduct/ethics - Track Chairs: Kai Kimppa and Penny Duquenoy (SIG9.2.2)

* Our digital lives - Track Chairs: Petros Chamakiotis and Brad McKenna (WG9.5)

* This changed everything - Track Chair: Christopher Leslie (WG9.7)

* Gender in ICT - Track Chairs: Sisse Finken, Christina Mörtberg and Johanna Sefyrin (WG9.8)

* ICT and sustainability - Track Chairs: Thomas Lennerfors and Per Fors (WG9.9)

* Climate risk, cyber-security, and the dark web - Track Chair: Louise Leenen (WG9.10)

* Privacy, data protection, and automation - Track Chair: Taro Komukai (Japan National Representative)

* ICT and an inclusive society - Track Chairs: Hossana Twinomurinzi and Jackie Phahlamohlaka (South Africa National Representative)

Submissions Full papers are invited that address the Conference Theme, or any of the above Track Themes. All papers will be subject to double-blind review. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to revise their work in keeping with reviewers’ comments prior to formatting, and inclusion in the Programme and Proceedings. Travel, accommodation and all other details will be posted when available at

Submissions will be through Springer OCS Website, with proceedings published in the AICT Springer Book series immediately prior to the conference.

Important Dates Full paper deadline 15th January 2018 Reviews and revisions during February, March and April, 2018. Final Papers by 30th April, 2018.

CFP: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa

September 01 2017 to September 02 2017 | Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Funchal, Portugal

Deadline: May 12 2017

Updated: May 08 2017

Thematic Overview

In 1884, a group of thirteen European policymakers met to negotiate standards for the "effective occupation" of Africa. At the time of this now-infamous Berlin Conference, about 10 percent of Africa was under European control. By 1914 Europe "controlled" 90 percent of the continent.

In 1987, a little over one hundred years after Berlin, a group of technologists from fifteen European countries met on the island of Madeira, and in a highly fractious and politicized meeting set standards to divide time and radio spectrum, narrowly agreeing on the technical specification of the GSM mobile telephone system. At the time less than 1 percent of Africa was covered by phones. By 2014 mobile "penetration" in sub-Saharan Africa was around 80 percent.

Africa was never mentioned in the Madeira meeting. Indeed the UK representative described the spread of GSM to people globally, including those who "live in the poorest countries on the planet," as an "unintended consequence." Yet, mobiles have been described as "the new talking drums" (de Bruijn), and a "communication lifeline" (Pew Research Center) that will "pave way for huge opportunities" (Financial Times).

Phones have swept through the African continent in the last decade, followed by WhatsApp, fiber, and mobile payment systems. As recently as 2000 Manuel Castells could call Africa "the black hole of the information society," but now the World Bank speaks of the "African digital renaissance," citing a proliferation of tech hubs and locally produced apps. The "Africa Rising" narrative focuses on the peaks of a complex terrain with many remarkable innovations and translations, while at the same time access is almost wholly owned by Mark Zuckerberg and a handful of telcos. In the valleys one government falsely tells its activist citizens that it has cracked WhatsApp's encryption, while another restricts the use of Skype, and around the continent mobile operators extract the most rent possible from their poorest customers, creating new forms of poverty. International funders preach development through entrepreneurship, teach tech innovation based on Silicon Valley models, and support mobile application development for "strengthening social inclusion." Inclusion, though, also means imbrication into a global financial information system that is better known for its shocks than its comforts, with new forms of micro-lending and mobile cash allowing neoliberal financialization of those at the "bottom of the pyramid" and in the most rural areas.

The Conference

The conference brings scholars, technologists, and cultural producers together on the island of Madeira: a European territory off the coast of Africa, a historical site of mutual entanglement between the Atlantic continents, and a point of departure for European expansion. Here we'll strategize ways to revisit, reframe, and recode the future of technology on and for the continent. What can African theorists, technologists, and cultural producers do to generate alternatives to the influx of neocolonial narratives of tech entrepreneurship? Taking as a given that Africa is "a variegated site of innovation" (Mavhunga), what are key epistemologies and ways of being which are endemic in Africa that should be offered to the world through new systems and processes? Technology is politics by other means (Latour), even if its agency is generally dissimulated. How, then, might we consider anew progressive social and political goals and their conjoining with cultures of technical creativity already embedded in Africa's diverse contexts of life? How might new strategic narratives nurture and promote a vision of the continent as a crucible for radical new socio-technical paradigms? How can an African information economy avoid the dynamics of the resource curse, where connectivity is extractive and exercised upon African citizens rather than by and through them? What can Western technologists do differently, and what are the spaces for collaboration? This conference aims to reinvestigate these relationships and engender dialog between African and Western audiences and participants, who should leave Madeira equipped with new strategies and new collaborative partnerships.

We are accepting papers, creative works, and technologies that explore or demonstrate alternative socio-technical strategies. Contributions should be grounded in analysis and move toward synthesis: We hope to paint the "art of the [radical] possible" and generate new threads and pathways for the development of fresh technologies. We hope that this focus on the possible near future will differentiate this event from many generative but more phantasmal Afro-futurist speculations. Creative works and technologies eligible for consideration may include, but are not limited to: software, technical systems ("low" or "hi"), images, objects, demos, film/video, poetry, performances, interventions, illustration, and more. Works will be selected by jury for an exhibition in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, at the galleries of the Colégio dos Jesuitas, a re-purposed 16th century Jesuit compound.

Example themes include:

*Alternative globalist or transnational technologies

*African technical epistemologies

*Activist or political new media

*Re-coding remittances

*Technologies of migration and diaspora

*Technology and race

*Decolonizing ICT4D, Tech4D, and M4D

*Postcolonial computing

*Markets, math, and statistics of domination

*Histories of Africa and global production

*Non-western (or syncretic) applied science

*Anti-extractive technical and financial systems

*Artist's critical interventions into technology and technical practice

*Guidelines for Paper Submission*

Abstracts of 1,000 - 1,200 words will be accepted for review. These may include any additional materials, such as images or tables. The text of your abstract must be anonymized for double blind peer review. Each abstract will be read by at least three reviewers. After a period of three weeks, authors will be notified of rejection, acceptance, or request for revision. The ensuing abstract revision period will be three weeks.

Full papers must be no more than ten pages (2600 words), exclusive of notes and bibliography. Each paper will be read by at least three reviewers. After a period of three weeks, authors will be notified of acceptance or request for revision. This revision period will also be three weeks. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style, latest edition, for matters of style, capitalization, spelling, and hyphenation. Citations should be Chicago style [Notes and Bibliography]. The Manual can be found here:

Guidelines for Creative Work and Technology Submission

Creative Work and Tech Submission Deadline: May 12

We will accept works including (but not limited to) software, technical systems ("low" or "hi"), images, objects, demos, film/video, poetry, performances, interventions, illustration, and more. Submissions should include a description of the project of 500 words or fewer and this supplementary submission form, saved as PDF. As appropriate, your submission may include an additional PDF of images or plans, or a URL to a website or video (under 3 minutes) documentation. The text of your abstract or project description must be anonymized for double blind peer review. Each description will be read by at least three reviewers.

Note that the conference cannot offer funding to help produce projects or to transport them. We will have exhibition space and staff to assist with installation; the conference program will include exhibition tours and demonstration periods, and we will publish online documentation of the exhibitions.


Submissions will be done using the /Open Conference System. /You will need to create an account with this conference before submitting your materials.//Please follow this link to initiate the process:

The submission for both papers and creative works submission is May 12, 2017.

Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.

November 03 2017 | Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Deadline: May 15 2017

Updated: April 09 2017

The conference, organized by The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO).

This will be the third annual conference organized by MESO on the interactions between media, culture and society. For more information about the 2015 and 2016 events, please visit This third annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.

Submissions should contribute to ongoing conversations about media, culture, and society in empirical, theoretical or methodological ways. They might also broaden our knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society at the national and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media, and cultural goods and services in the areas of journalism, entertainment -cinema, theater, television, music, etc. - advertising and marketing, public relations, social media, and video games, among others.

Topics to be addressed include the following, among others:

· Transformations in content production

· Change in the use of media

· Innovation and technological change

· Finance and media sustainability

· State, government and civil society

· Regulation and public policies

· Political communication and electoral campaigns

· The role of users as content producers

To make a submission:

· Send an extended abstract of the article, with a minimum length of 500 words and a maximum length of 1000 words (excluding title and references). The document should also include the contact information and brief (no more than 75 words) biography of each author.

· Abstracts should be sent without exception as an attached file, in word format (.doc, .docx), and entitled "Last Name, Name - Medios y Sociedad 2017".

· The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017. Abstracts should be sent by email to . The subject of the mail should be "Last Name, Name - Medios y Sociedad 2017".

A selection committee will evaluate the abstracts and the results will be notified to the authors on July 1, 2017.

Please write to if you have any questions and/or need any further information.

SLSA: Out of Time

November 09 2017 to November 12 2017 | Tempe, AZ

Deadline: May 15 2017

Updated: April 09 2017

Welcome to the human and inhuman deserts of Arizona.

Arizona State University will host the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. ASU is located in Tempe Arizona, about fifteen minutes from the Phoenix Airport. The range of interdisciplinary labs and centers and the beautiful November weather make this an ideal locale for the conference.

The SLSA 2017 theme will be “Out of Time,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome. Some of the areas related to the conference theme include: Nonhuman temporalities, Species extinction, Life after humans, slow time, the long now, Time and Computing, Digital Temporalities, Bio-political Time, Time and Capital, and much more. All proposal abstracts for roundtables, panel sessions, contributed papers, and posters must be submitted by Wednesday, May 15, 2017 (midnight EDT). See Submissions for more information and the full CFP.

2017 international Summer School in Higher Education Research and Science Studies

October 09 2017 to October 13 2017 | University of Kassel, Germany

Deadline: June 16 2017

Updated: April 09 2017

The summer school "Boundaries in Science and Higher Education (Research)", organized by the International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel).

Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the summer school aims at establishing a dialog among participants discussing, transcending and pushing forward the boundaries that cross science and higher education (research).

Please apply and – in case you would like to participate with a presentation or poster – submit an abstract (about one page) by June, 16th 2017 to Letters of acceptance will be sent by July 3rd, 2017 as well as detailed information about the location, conference schedule and accommodation options.

Doctoral School of Social Studies of Science and Technology in Latin America

September 18 2017 to September 20 2017 | Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Deadline: September 18 2017

Updated: March 10 2017

En la Facutad de Ciencias Humanas de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, tendrá lugar entre el 19-21 de septiembre de 2017, el VIII Taller Latinoamericano de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, y la V Escuela Doctoral de Estudios Sociales y Políticos sobre la Ciencia y la Tecnología de ESOCITE (la Sociedad Latinoamericana en Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología), en la que se buscará reunir a un colectivo de jóvenes investigadores e investigadoras (alrededor de 30) en fase avanzada de redacción de sus tesis, con sus directores de tesis e investigadores consolidados del campo disciplinar, con el objeto de debatir las preguntas y los diseños de investigación así como las metodologías aplicadas, los avances que ya han realizado en sus investigaciones y sus aportes al campo CTS y a las sociedades de la Región. Se pretende que los jóvenes tengan un espacio privilegiado en la formación de una comunidad científica, compartido con investigadores consolidados, con mayor trayectoria en el campo de los estudios sociales y políticos de la ciencia y la tecnología en el espacio iberoamericano. De manera especial, se espera poder incidir en la potenciación de las redes de conocimiento entre los investigadores y las instituciones públicas y privadas de I+D+I de la región, enfatizando la inserción y fortalecimiento de la Red CTS-Colombia en el campo disciplinar en la Región. Para esta convocatoria se considerará como jóvenes investigadores e investigadoras a estudiantes de doctorado avanzados de todos los países de América Latina (se aceptará a 25 como máximo) y a estudiantes de maestría avanzados de instituciones colombianas (se aceptará a cinco como máximo). El encuentro cuenta con el auspicio del Grupo de Trabajo CLACSO “Ciencia y sociedad: los usos sociales del conocimiento en América Latina y la inclusión social”. A continuación del Taller/Escuela la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas de la UNC realizará, en la misma sede, el II Coloquio Nacional ESOCITE con la participación de destacados académicos, al cual están todos los asistentes y participantes cordialmente invitados. La asistencia a este coloquio no tiene costo, pero el alojamiento y manutención correrá por cuenta de los interesados.
Comité Científico
Dra. Rosalba Casas, IIS-UNAM (México); Dr. Jorge Gibert, Universidad de Valparaíso, (Chile); Dr. Yuri Jack Gómez, Universidad Nacional (Colombia), Dr. Pablo Kreimer, Universidad Maimónides, (Argentina), Dra. Tania Pérez-Bustos, Universidad Nacional, (Colombia), Dra. Olga Restrepo, Universidad Nacional (Colombia), Dr. Ronny Viales, Universidad de Costa Rica; Dr. Irlan Von Linsingen, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, (Brasil).

The World Congress of Sociology

July 15 2017 to July 21 2017 | Toronto, Canada

Deadline: March 15 2017 2018/guidelines-for-program-coordinators/

Updated: March 10 2017

RC 23 (Sociology of Science and Technology) encourages you to organize a session at the upcoming World Congress. All topics relevant to the sociology of science and technology are appropriate. However, given the restricted number of session slots allocated to the RC, organizers are encouraged to avoid excessively narrow topics. To facilitate inclusion of as many individuals as possible, the Co-coordinators intend to include a variety of session formats. For additional details on potential session formats.

How online media are changing science communication

Deadline: May 01 2017

Updated: December 08 2016

Call for papers for a special issue of Science Communication Public science in a wired world
Guest Editors: Sarah R Davies (University of Copenhagen), Joachim Allgaier (Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt), and Noriko Hara (Indiana University).

Science communication – public dissemination and debate of scientific knowledge – is increasingly taking place online. From the websites of scientific organizations such as universities or scholarly societies to social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook groups or Reddit, science is negotiated by public audiences in online spaces alongside traditional formats such as the mass media, public lectures, or popular science writing. Social research is starting to engage with these spaces and tools, and to understand how science communication is produced and consumed in digital and social media. Recent work has, for example, explored how authority is negotiated in science blogs (Riesch & Mendel 2013), what kind of science is presented online (Brossard 2013), how Twitter is used to engage with scientific projects (Gastrow 2015; Kahle et al 2016), or how blogging is used to manage scientific identity (Steinke 2013). As of yet, however, there has been no dedicated volume or special issue devoted to science communication in digital and social media, and this emergent body of research remains dispersed. This special issue will showcase cutting edge research in online science communication and thereby consolidate and draw together this emerging field.

Potential focus areas for papers (which may use any recognized systematic methodological approach, whether qualitative or quantitative) might include (but are not limited to):

* Science videos on YouTube, TED or other platforms; * Science as a social media phenomenon (such as Facebook pages or science on Twitter); * Science blogging by scientists or non-scientists; * University websites and online branding activities; * The role of science journalism in an online era; * Online public information campaigns (such as Science: It’s a Girl Thing!); * Discussion forums and online dialogue and debate by scientists or non-scientists.

We welcome papers that interrogate these developments by critically exploring, for instance, how online media are affecting scientific authority, the visions of science that are being constructed through online communication, the reception and interpretation of science online, or how online science communication is managed, produced and/or misused.

Full papers are due May 1, 2017, for publication likely in late 2017 or early 2018. Earlier submissions are very strongly encouraged. Mention the special issue in your cover letter. Late papers may be considered if extra space is available. Papers should follow the Science Communication guidelines for length and format; submit at Our ideal manuscript is between 7,000 and 9,000 words, inclusive of notes, references, and other material. Additional guidelines can be found at Queries regarding the special issue can be addressed to the guest editors (Sarah Davies, Joachim Allgaier, and Noriko Hara; contact at or to the journal’s editor, Susanna Priest, at

References Brossard D (2013) New media landscapes and the science information consumer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(Supplement 3): 14096–14101. Gastrow M (2015) Science and the Social Media in an African Context The Case of the Square Kilometre Array Telescope. Science Communication 37(6): 703–722. Kahle K, Sharon AJ and Baram-Tsabari A (2016) Footprints of Fascination: Digital Traces of Public Engagement with Particle Physics on CERN’s Social Media Platforms. PLOS ONE 11(5): e0156409. Riesch H and Mendel J (2013) Science Blogging: Networks, Boundaries and Limitations. Science as Culture 23(1): 51–72. Steinke J (2013) In Her Own Voice: Identity Centrality and Perceptions of Workplace Climate in Blogs by Women Scientists. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology 5(1): 25–51.

8th Tensions of Europe Conference

September 07 2017 to September 10 2017 | Athens

Deadline: February 15 2017

Updated: December 08 2016

2nd Call for Papers: Borders and Technology. The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will have as its main theme the history of borders and technology. We invite papers studying the history of the relationship between national borders and transnational infrastructures, hidden technological linking and delinking that reinforced or challenged border delineations and demarcations, the relationship between borders and technologically-induced environmental crises and disasters, the virtualization of borders and the territories that they contain through the use of electronic and related technologies, geopolitics and technology, the redefinition of borders due to the use of technology (and vice versa), all the way from the production to the circulation and use of goods and commodities. One central aim is to cross-fertilize between disciplines and we therefore invite contributions from a wide variety of historical disciplines as well as from fields like Migration and Border Studies, Migration History, Mobility History, etc, especially in connection to borders and migrations from, to and within Europe.

Themes that fall under the general agenda of the Tensions of Europe network are very welcomed (e.g. transnational histories of technology, history of European infrastructures and networks, environment and technology, the democracy-technology relationship, conflicting interests and technology, technology and hidden integration, technology and culture, gender and technology, technology and ethnicity, technology and disability).

Tensions of Europe has a long tradition of fostering alternative meeting formats. We encourage proposals for non-traditional sessions with different formats and new ideas (e.g. round tables, agenda-building sessions, brainstorm sessions, break-out groups with assignments, poster discussion, film discussion, event-based sessions). As long as quality can be demonstrated, the program committee will not prioritize between formats. By quality we mean suggestions that promise constructive, stimulating and engaging discussion.

The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference

September 07 2017 to September 10 2017 | Athens

Deadline: February 15 2017

Updated: May 10 2016

Borders and Technology

The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will have as its main theme the history of borders and technology. We invite papers studying the history of the relationship between national borders and transnational infrastructures, hidden technological linking and delinking that reinforced or challenged border delineations and demarcations, the relationship between borders and technologically-induced environmental crises and disasters, the virtualization of borders and the territories that they contain through the use of electronic and related technologies, geopolitics and technology, the redefinition of borders due to the use of technology (and vice versa), all the way from the production to the circulation and use of goods and commodities. One central aim is to cross-fertilize between disciplines and we therefore invite contributions from a wide variety of historical disciplines as well as from fields like Migration and Border Studies, Migration History, Mobility History, etc, especially in connection to borders and migrations from, to and within Europe.

Themes that fall under the general agenda of the Tensions of Europe network are very welcomed (e.g. transnational histories of technology, history of European infrastructures and networks, environment and technology, the democracy-technology relationship, conflicting interests and technology, technology and hidden integration, technology and culture, gender and technology, technology and ethnicity, technology and disability).

Tensions of Europe has a long tradition of fostering alternative meeting formats. We encourage proposals for non-traditional sessions with different formats and new ideas (e.g. round tables, agenda-building sessions, brainstorm sessions, break-out groups with assignments, poster discussion, film discussion, event-based sessions). As long as quality can be demonstrated, the program committee will not prioritize between formats. By quality we mean suggestions that promise constructive, stimulating and engaging discussion.

We invite scholars from all relevant fields to submit proposal to the website.
by 15 February 2017

All proposals should include a title, short abstract, the academic title and affiliation of the applicant(s) and a short bio. Please name your file with your surname. Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be no more than 300 words. For panels, we ask for a description of the theme of the panel (max 300 words) together with shorter abstracts (max 150 words) of the individual papers. If you wish to suggest a presentation of a different format, please use these word limits as guidelines. We will inform applicants by April 1st 2017 whether their contribution has been accepted. A second call for papers with information about keynote speakers will be distributed by the end of 2016. Conference website:

Welcome to Athens in September 2017!

Aristotle Tympas (Chair of the Organizing Committee)

Division of History of Science and Technology Department of Philosophy and History of Science School of Science National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The Tensions of Europe conference is organized biennially. Tensions of Europe is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who study the shaping of Europe by paying attention to the role of technology and material culture. It welcomes fruitful interaction between historians of technology and scholars who study technology from all other fields of the humanities and the social sciences ( The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will be co-organized by the Division of History of Science and Technology, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens ( and the Foundation for the History of Technology (, which is hosted by the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Institute for Advanced Studies

October 01 2016 to June 30 2017 | Graz, Austria

Deadline: December 31 2015

Updated: November 06 2015

The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, tech- nology and society, as well as technology assessment and research into the development and implementation of socially and

environmentally sound technologies. Broadly speaking, the IAS-STS is an institute for the enhancement of science, techno- logy and society studies. The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2016 and 30 June 2017 as a

• Research Fellow (up to nine months); or, • Visiting Scholar (shorter period, e.g. a month).

The IAS-STS offers excellent research infrastructure. Close co-operation with researchers at the IFZ (Inter-University

Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture), and the Graz unit of STS (Institute of Science, Technology and Society

Studies, Klagenfurt University), guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences provide an atmosphere of creativity

and scholarly discussion. Furthermore, we can offer five grants, worth EUR 940,- per month, for long-term Research Fellows

at the IAS-STS.

The Fellowship Programme 2016-2017 is dedicated to projects investigating the following issues:

1. Gender – Technology – Environment

This area of research particularly focuses on gender and queer dimensions in science and technology. On the one hand, individual

perspectives of actors in the technological field are taken into account; on the other hand, educational, organisational, societal, envi- ronmental, and political issues (e.g. queer ecology or environmental justice) are gaining more and more relevance. Queer perspectives

on STS are of special interest, including analyses of the reproduction of sexual binaries or reproductions of marginalized/hegemonic

positions and normalizations in and through science and technologies.

2. Life Sciences/Biotechnology

Applications are sought in two thematic areas: First, following some 20 years of public debate, agricultural biotechnology continues to be a

deeply controversial issue in the EU, partly fueled by progress in science and technology innovation such as GM industrial and energy crops,

or novel breeding techniques. Research should contribute to a better understanding of the regulatory, broader policy and governance

challenges of agricultural biotechnology, and/or explore strategies to manage these challenges. Second, in recent years, social studies of

the life sciences were bound to large scale research programmes. In many countries, these funding schemes have now come to an end.

This is an opportunity to review these previous programmes via collaborative engagement with the life sciences, as well as to explore new

ways of inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues when analysing the life sciences as a social process.

3. Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign

The supply side policy “Ecodesign”, and the demand side policy “Public Procurement” are used to support the transition towards

green, socially responsible and innovative markets. Nonetheless, scientific research in these respective fields is still limited. Re- searchers investigating the following areas are encouraged to apply: The environmental impact or the innovation potential of green

public procurement and “Ecodesign”; the impact of socially responsible public procurement; the hurdles, success factors, efficacy,

and wider implications of European or national policies for sustainable and innovative public procurement and “Ecodesign”.

4. Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems

Based on analyses of social, technological and organisational frameworks of energy use, projects should contribute to the shaping

of sustainable energy, climate and technology policies. They should focus on socio-economic aspects of energy technologies or on

strategies of environmental technology policy. They should develop measures and strategies for the promotion of renewable energy

sources; for the transition to a sustainable energy system; or, contribute to the field of sustainable construction. Regional governance,

climate policy strategies, innovation policy, participation and the role of users are important themes. In addition, the Manfred Heindler

grant is awarded to research projects concerning the increased use of renewable energies and the more efficient use of energy.

5. Sustainable Food Systems

Food security, nutrition, food quality and safety, resource scarcity, carbon foot prints and other challenges faced in urban or rural

areas are currently dominating the industrialized and globalized food systems. Research applications exploring different forms of

sustainable food systems, as well as related social practices and socioeconomic/technical processes in the production, distribution,

marketing, and consumption of food are encouraged. A particular focus lies on governance mechanisms, policies, and their (potential)

contribution to a wider transformation towards more sustainable cities, regions and societies.

Applications must be submitted to the IAS-STS by 31 December 2015.

For application forms and further information:

Please visit our website:

Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)

Attn. Günter Getzinger • Kopernikusgasse 9 • 8010 Graz • Austria • E-mail: