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Assistant Professor, History of Science or Medicine, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: September 19 2017

The History Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville invites applications for a tenure-track position field in the History of Medicine or Science with a non-US focus. Faculty in the Department of Historical Studies teach three courses per semester. The Department emphasizes innovation in our undergraduate courses by highlighting historical thinking skills including primary source analysis in history “labs,” applied historical methods, interdisciplinary courses, and opportunities to collaborate with professional schools. Teaching responsibilities in the 3/3 load include introductory survey courses in World History or Western Civilization, service courses for majors on historical research or careers in history, and upper-level, including graduate, courses in the candidate's field of expertise and broader non-US teaching fields. The candidate is also encouraged to teach interdisciplinary courses with faculty in CAS as well as with our professional schools, such as Nursing, Pharmacy, and Engineering. Faculty who can foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and apply for external funding are highly desirable.

Additionally, the Department offers an MA degree and a PhD in History through our cooperative doctoral program with Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in museum studies. The History Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a dedicated group of teacher-scholars who value both teaching and research excellence.

Minimum Qualifications
A Ph.D. in History or closely related discipline is required at the time of employment beginning in August 2018. Persons who have not completed all degree requirements by the beginning of the contract period (ABD) may be considered for a one-year term appointment at the rank of instructor until the degree is completed. College-level teaching experience and grant-writing experience is preferred.

Terms of Appointment
Continuing tenure track academic year (nine month) appointment.

Application Process
Interested applicants should apply via email to using a single PDF file that includes the following materials: a letter of application identifying their research and teaching expertise, a current CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a writing sample, and sample syllabi. Additionally, in a separate email, please send three letters of recommendation to

Application Deadline
For optimal consideration in a first pool of applicants, all application materials must be received by October 15, 2017. A second pool of applicants may be reviewed after this date if the position is not filled from the first pool of applicants. The position will remain open until the position is filled.

SIUE is a state university. Benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment.

Assistant Professor in History of Technology and Social Change, Carnegie Mellon University

Deadline: October 20 2017

Updated: September 19 2017

The Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor (2/2 semester teaching load) to begin in August 2018. The department seeks a scholar whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of technology and social change; especially desired is the ability to bring an historical perspective to the social consequences of mechanization and automation, broadly conceived. Time period and geographic specialization are open.

A PhD in history, history of science, STS or a related social science is required by August 15, 2018. The department is interested in candidates with exceptional promise as scholars and teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Interest in interdisciplinary research and/or teaching with faculty from technical/scientific fields is a plus.

Deadline for applications: October 20, 2017.
Start your application by clicking the following link:

Submit letter of application; full CV; graduate transcript; a single writing sample (the equivalent of sixty or fewer double-spaced manuscript pages); teaching statement along with evidence of teaching excellence; and three letters of reference. Letters of reference may be addressed to "History of Technology and Social Change Search Committee".
Questions regarding this position should be directed to

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

CFP, edited volume: Before Representation: The Camera as Actor

Deadline: October 01 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The photograph as a byproduct of intention does not begin with its publication. Although photographs are uniquely powerful because of their reproducibility, the specific camera equipment and its use also needs to be considered for a fuller understanding of the image. Research that focuses on camera technology will help us understand how and in what ways imaging technology impacts and forms the representation out of which we make knowledge, base our judgments, and ultimately act.

Before Representation: The Camera as Actor is an edited collection that aims to lead this conversation by bringing together scholars from various backgrounds and fields who study photographic technology in different time periods. By focusing on the camera, this edited volume builds on current literature to demonstrate the ways in which various types of imaging technology informs, elicits, and produces specific ways of seeing. Considering the photograph as a materialization resulting from a type of technology is often overlooked when thinking about the power of a photograph’s meaning. But photographs are the result of specific instruments that create powerful image extractions. A critical examination of camera technology will demonstrate the ways in which intention and imaginaries are married into facts through the potent inscription device called the camera.

Of particular interest are papers that take the camera as the object of inquiry with specific case studies about how photography has been, or is being, variously implemented and the impact it has on both social and scientific knowledge. From missile tracking to disease mapping, developing camera technology is being applied widely and variously to produce and render new and varied forms of photographic representations. Examining the types of changes that have occurred between older analogue forms and newer digital ones offers a comparative analysis about the ways in which camera choice does not simply influence the way a photograph looks, but determines which views and ideas are desired and potentially made possible.

Some questions authors might address include:

1. How have the camera and scientific research been related? Can the instrument be separated from its evidence?

2. Are affective qualities of the image created or enhanced through specific technologies?

3. What knowledge has been realized specifically through camera technology? What has been foreclosed?

4. What information has been asked from the photographic instrument?

5. What emerging photographic technologies exist and how are they being utilized?

6. Have changes in photographic technology ushered in new possibilities for the social?

7. Does new photographic technology impact identity, representation or sociality in ways that vary from earlier photographic technology? If so, in what ways?

Please email Amy Cox Hall ( by October 1, 2017 with an extended abstract and brief bio for consideration.

Royal Musical Association Study Day: Identity and Vinyl Culture

November 18 2017 | University of Birmingham Keynote

Updated: September 17 2017

The Department of Music at the University of Birmingham is delighted to host a Royal Musical Association Study Day. We welcome postgraduate researchers and practitioners from all areas of music to present their work in an inclusive, accessible and supportive space. We welcome submissions that engage with the study day theme of “Identity and Vinyl Culture”. The resurgence of vinyl records in a multi-format, multi-channel listening world raises fundamental questions around the development of music technology, accessibility and the social practice of listening. Topics of relevance to the study day theme might include, but are not restricted to:

 Articulations of identity (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, etc.) through vinyl culture  Vinyl as anti-hegemonic practice  Under-representation and marginality in vinyl culture  Authenticity and vinyl  Sound formats and accessibility We welcome both traditional and innovative formats for presentations relating to any areas of musical research, including composition, audio-visual media, performance, and/or other creative practices.

Presentations should be 20 minutes in length, and will be followed by an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Submission guidelines Potential contributors are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words and a short bio to Karlyn King at Emails should include your name, email address, affiliation, and the title of your presentation. Please make any particular space, format, or equipment requirements clear in addition to your abstract. It is hoped that we may be able to offer a contribution towards as many non-funded postgraduate student travel expenses as possible.

The STS Conference Graz 2018

May 07 2018 to May 08 2018 | HOTEL WEITZER, Graz

Deadline: October 31 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The STS Conference Graz 2018 is the joint Annual Conference of the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt|Wien|Graz (STS), the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS).

In our Call for Sessions we suggest the following thematic fields (Gender-Technology-Environment, Digitalization of Society, Life Sciences/Biotechnology, Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign, Towards Low-Carbon Energy and Mobility Systems, Sustainable Food Systems) and we would like to encourage participants to think outside the box by combining thematic fields and considering intersections:

Sessions do not need to be limited to academic paper presentations. We encourage you to suggest interactive and innovative session formats too, such as discussion groups, slow talks, etc.

Please let us know in case you plan an alternative setting by briefly describing it.

For submitting your session abstract, please use this online form and send an abstract (max. 500 words) no later than October 31, 2017.

Second Colombia National Colloquium in STS: MAKING PEACE IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD

September 21 2017 to September 23 2017 | National University of Colombia, Bogotá

Updated: September 17 2017

Social studies of science and technology (STS) through the study of the co-production of contemporary technoscience and its hybrids can and should contribute to the construction of a reflexive and inclusive society. The question as to how technoscience and society co-produce themselves in multiple ways, in different places, following matters of public interest that assemble heterogeneous actors, has broadened the scope of inquiry in the contemporary social sciences. The current proliferation of controversies over complex issues involving and mobilizing knowledge, technologies and societies has been a central field of action and inquiry for understanding the dynamics of the production of society, democracy and technoscience that today are specific to this field of study. Concerns about water security; the aerial spraying of glyphosate; public transport systems and mobility; the standardization of seeds and crops; the regulation of pharmaceutical industries, health delivery systems and alternative therapies, and even the redefinition of the boundaries between life and death in contestations around abortion and euthanasia are some examples of the objects of interest that are well understood from the perspective of STS.

In contemporary society risk seems to be everywhere and controversies proliferate around the experiences that contribute to its production, management and communication. While there are those who wonder why people resist the calls that are made from experts to evacuate an area at risk from some ‘natural disaster’, we in STS seek to understand how the collaborative production of risk- knowledge can be fostered to take into full account the lay expertise of those who do not have accreditation, but know well the lifeworld that they inhabit. Our essential tasks are to understand the formulation of scientific and technological policy and the dynamics of the production, democratization, communication, and social appropriation of knowledge; of course, with reference to technoscientific knowledge but also to enable critical reflection which questions the more traditional "methods" and explanatory policies in the contemporary social and human sciences. Genders, bodies, and sexualities, along with the different instruments involved in their practices, have been a specific object of reflection from the perspectives of feminist theory and STS that converge to understand these complex phenomena of contemporary societies. All the topics mentioned are important and have been part of our field. However, there are other issues that are interesting and require our attention. In the Colombia of today we also need to ask about other agendas of knowledge, as indicated in the title of the colloquium. Is the effort of peace- making a more difficult project in a world in which the old certainties are disappearing? Is ‘Peace’ compatible with a condition of ‘Post-truth’?

We call on those who are interested in these and other matters that are part of the agenda of our field, and that pose for us the project of the reassembly of our society, to participate in the Second National Colloquium on the Social Studies of Science and Technology, which will be held at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá, from 21 to 23 September, 2017.

The Second Colombian National Colloquium of Social Studies of Science and Technology will include the participation of 8 prominent local, 5 national and 3 international speakers, who will help us to discuss new debates, perspectives and research agendas.

2018 ANU conference on Circus and Science

April 03 2018 to April 05 2018 | Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University i

Deadline: September 15 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

Scientists seek to investigate the ways in which nature works and to ask how humanity can best comprehend different aspects of the universe. By challenging conventional wisdom, scientists can act as rebels against the status quo and common sense. In cultural and fictional contexts, they may appear and behave like artists: creative, skilled craftsmen; ‘imagineers’ and bewildering performers. These fictional scientists do not merely domesticate the unknown and the uncanny, they also invent and stage it.

One of the most productive breeding grounds for the invention, amalgamation, and staging of scientific knowledge and creative imagination has been the circus and related cultural phenomena, such as freakshows, carnivals, and 19th-century ‘scientific’ museums. These sensational, kaleidoscopic institutions present(ed) manifold wondrous exhibits, including automatons, wax figures, and mummies, but they also presented scientific discoveries. Barnum’s American Museum, for example, made hundreds of previously unseen specimens accessible to a broad audience.

Exhibitions and shows of this type united science with mystery, acted as mediators of knowledge, and were often the primary public source of information about the current state of scientific research. They are reminders that science and its pursuits are matters of perspective, and the product and producer of good stories. What do these stories tell us about the “two cultures” of the humanities and science?

Keynote speakers

Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory University) Professor Jane Goodall (University of Western Sydney) Professor Richard Weihe (Accademia Teatro Dimitri/SUPSI Verscio, Switzerland) Professor Peta Tait (La Trobe University)


We welcome proposals for individual, 20-minute papers addressing any aspect of science and the circus (and related phenomena) including:

Cultural and literary studies Circus studies, Theatre and performance studies Indigenous literatures from around the world and their relation to science and performance Posthumanism Zoopoetics, animal art and critical animal studies Intersections of aesthetic and scientific treatments of cultural issues Imaginaries of technology and performance (e.g. in films) Museology, and applied art and science

While this conference is concerned primarily with culture and literature, we envisage it as a multi-disciplinary event and will welcome proposals from any disciplinary perspective.

To Boldly Preserve: Archiving for the Next Half-Century of Space Flight

March 01 2018 to March 03 2018 | American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland

Deadline: October 01 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

We will examine the unprecedented challenges and opportunities preserving the history of space exploration faces in this digital, big data era. New forms of electronic communication and data including oral histories and social media are changing the nature of historical records and increasing their ease of collection. Even as early generations of researchers, engineers, administrators and users retire, the number of countries, organizations, businesses, and other non-government actors involved in space is sharply expanding. Relying on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for U.S. government records management, while still essential, is increasingly inadequate. Furthermore, most of humanity experiences space exploration either as users (e.g., communications and weather) or as a source of imagination and enthusiasm. How do we document and archive the activities of hundreds of actors in space? How do we archive the experience of users? How do we archive imagination? The internet and widespread use of digital media have spurred tremendous popular interest in do- it-yourself oral history and other emerging methods for archiving among people not classically trained as historians, archivists, or records managers.

Done well, these bottom-up approaches could greatly expand the availability of historical records -- especially by groups, organizations, and individuals not fully captured by government archives. To examine critical issues in creating, collecting, preserving, and accessing space archives worldwide, this conference will bring the historical and archival communities together with space industry, records management, digital humanities, and library media management professionals. The conference will 1) explore data management strategies and toolboxes of exemplary best practices, 2) provide a variety of archival models for oral histories, digital, print, and less conventional collections management (such as software and artifacts), 3) disseminate these strategies and practices to space stakeholders, and 4) encourage underrepresented minorities and communities to create and archive their contributions to space history. To encourage discussion, we will pre-circulate conference papers to registrants and post them to the conference website. An edited volume based on the conference will be published as well as guides of best practices. Possible topics include but are not limited to: - Space archives: The first half-century - Space archives: Contemporary and future issues - Archiving space-based business and operations - Collecting and contextualizing social media, hardware and software - Integrating Do-It- Yourself history with archives - Legal concerns: Intellectual property rights, classification, Nondisclosure Acts, ITAR, records management, archiving by lawyers - Contract history: Templates for a successful project - Getting buy-in from individuals and organizations

- Reaching underrepresented people and areas - Archiving the experience of users - Finding archival partners and solutions - Ensuring access: Data management, ADA - Dissemination and diffusion of best practices While focused on space history, this NSF-funded conference aims to have a much larger impact by providing recommendations on policy and best practices. This conference addresses issues faced by all areas of history and science, technology, and society studies – encouraging high quality “history from below,” using new electronic technologies, preserving a wild range of materials, and educating a new generation of stakeholders. “To Boldly Preserve” will be held March 1-2, 2018 at the Center for the History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland and will be conducted in English. The organizers can assist with travel and accommodation expenses for presenters. Please send a one- page abstract and one-page CV as one PDF file to by October 1, 2017. Decisions about acceptance will be made by November 1, 2017. For more information, contact Jonathan Coopersmith (, Angelina Callahan (, or Greg Good (

Making Science, Technology and Society Together

July 25 2018 to July 28 2018 | Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: November 08 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The word ‘meeting’ contains rich and diverse meanings. In English we find the following: an act or process of joining or coming together of people or things; an intersection or confluence; an encounter; an assembly; a place and time for discussion or decision; a space for dissent, battle, entertainment or contest; and (archaically) a unit of measurement. *Meetings* has critical resonance at this time. Political and social forces – such as Brexit, Trump’s Presidency in the US, the rise in support for PVV in the Netherlands and for Front Nationale in France – seek to undo many relations and connections and to establish new, often exclusionary and destructive, alliances. That is, the politics of *meetings* is not a choice between doing or not doing relations, but rather to think about which actors meet and how, and to curate meetings that make some things present and other things absent. In this context, and in step with many other progressive responses, the EASST 2018 Conference will explicitly bring together, promote and celebrate meetings between, and differences within, the cultural and intellectual constituencies of STS. STS is located at the connexions of people, things and values. It is engaged with our sociotechnical lives and explores our interdependencies with multiple others. Preoccupations with logic and epistemology in early STS have been mixed with an intensified concern with aesthetics, values, ontologies, politics and emotions. Our conference theme promotes generative mixing through *meetings* in all senses of this word: as a practical activity, a substantive topic, a political engagement and as theoretical exploration. By doing so, we hope to open up ways to imagine how things within STS and in our social and political lives can be otherwise. We warmly welcome you to Lancaster as a meeting place for STS scholars.

Given the theme of *meetings* we have ‘un-structured’ the conference. We have identified a series of streams that have built upon the etymology of the word *meetings* in STS inflected ways. Our aim is that we will each encounter STS work in many different contexts as we seek analytic, critical and practical engagement with the theme of *meetings*. So, we invite you to think about your contribution in response to the following streams. *1. Encounters between people, things and environments* This stream has broad application in STS and contributions may focus on, for example, materialities, assemblages, the Anthropocene and changing climates, infrastructures in practice and the production and negotiation of risk. *2. Art and craft of joining and keeping things together* This stream invites a focus on doing, embodied knowledge and skills and the performativity of discourse in making and sustaining alliances. Work in this stream may therefore include: makers; engineering cultures, learning and collaborative work, and mending and repair. *3.

Confluence, collaboration and intersection* This stream invites exploration of how alignments and intersections occur. This might examine how ‘interests’ take shape, evolve, conjoin through innovation networks, technology adoption, infrastructures and standardisations; the dynamics of how social practices evolve, intersect and re-form over time; or the making of new alliances and forms of inclusive and creative collaboration. *4. Conflict, dissolution, contest* Meetings may be occasions where differences are aired, contested, bolstered or dissolved. This stream may include studies of controversy, ‘scandal’ and public dissent, organisational failure, partings, boundary making, and hierarchies. *5. Assembly, silence, dissent *Meetings may be thought of as spaces where legal, medical and/or environmental matters of concern are worked out, a place for convening publics and professionals. Contributions to this stream could explore how technologies and devices of governance assemble and sometimes silence different entities, recognising some knowledges, marginalising others, and producing unequal conditions of speech. *6. Discovery, discussion and decision* This stream offers a location for studies that explore historical and contemporary ‘moments’ of discovery and innovation, management of uncertainties and the distributedness of deliberation and ‘decisions’. These may be in, for example, the practice of health and medicine, science or urban laboratories, materialist grassroots activism, labs or processes of governance and policy making. *7. Measurement, commensuration, markets and values*

The problematisation of measurement has provided a rich seam of work across many fields of STS, for example, in the context of financial markets or the construction of ‘evidence’ in ‘evidence based medicine’. This stream invites analyses of the instruments of measurement, the values they carry, what they make visible and what they erase. Submissions *Open panel submissions* This year we move away from tracks and are instead organising the conference by the seven streams listed above, with an additional open stream. In the first instance, we invite colleagues to submit panel proposals indicating which stream they fit within. These panels will comprise a maximum of two 90-minute sessions, comprising a maximum of eight presentations. After decisions have been made as to which panel proposals are accepted, there will be an open call for paper proposals to these panels. Panel conveners will review and accept papers for inclusion within their panel, within guidelines set by the Programme Committee. Members of the Programme Committee will be responsible for overseeing a specific stream and will try to reallocate all abstracts submitted to that stream not accepted within existing panels or proposed to a ‘general’ panel. *Special ‘workshop’ proposals* In addition to open panel proposals, we also invite you to submit proposals for special workshops, involving some element of performance, which might entail practical activities or be a workshop. Given their nature, these ‘workshops’ may be closed rather than open. *Participation* Given the growing size of EASST conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, individuals may be listed for a paper presentation and one other role (such as session convenor, chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances. *Facilities* The panel rooms will have a computer, a connected projector, and the facility to plug in laptops if presenters need to do so. Requests for video conferencing, speakers, etc can be made when proposing papers. /*

The conference sub-site and panel proposal form will follow in September.*/ Key dates (subject to change) *08/11/2017*: Deadline for panel (and workshop) proposals *08/12/2017*: Communication of accepted panels, opening of CFP *14/02/2018*: Deadline for individual paper abstract submissions (end of CFP) 14/03/2018: Accepted papers published on the website and registration opens 16/05/2018: Early-bird registration ends – prices rise! 25/06/2018: Publication of conference programme Local organising committee Brian Bloomfield (Centre for Science Studies/ Department for Organization, Work and Technology) Dawn Goodwin (Centre for Science Studies/Division of Medicine) (Co-chair of Programme Committee) Adrian Mackenzie (Centre for Science Studies/Department of Sociology/Data Science Institute) Nils Markusson (Lancaster Environment Centre) Maggie Mort (Centre for Science Studies/Department of Sociology) Celia Roberts (Centre for Science Studies/Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies/Department of Sociology) Vicky Singleton (Centre for Science Studies/Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies/Department of Sociology) (Co-chair) Bron Szerszynski (Centre for the Study of Environmental Change /Department of Sociology) Richard Tutton (Centre for Science Studies/Department of Sociology/Institute for Social Futures) (Co-chair) Gordon Walker (Lancaster Environment Centre/ESRC DEMAND) (Co-chair of Programme Committee) Claire Waterton (Centre for the Study of Environmental Change/Department of Sociology) Lisa Wood (Centre for Science Studies/Division of Medicine) The city Lancaster is small enough to explore on foot and there are regular bus services linking the city with the campus and with the local area, including the Lake District. Lancaster was designated a Cycling Town in 2005 and has a network of linked cycle tracks in the centre and around. The River Lune and the Lancaster Canal run through the centre. Lancaster has numerous historic buildings including the Castle c1150 (a site of witch trials in 1612 and a jail until 2012) and The Priory c1094.

The long standing connection with Quakerism is one of the inspirations for the theme of the conference. The Quakers, also known as The Religious Society of Friends, has its roots in 17C England, when small groups of ‘Seekers’ in towns and villages around the country coalesced around the informal leadership of George Fox. Early Quakers rejected professional priests, and held all life and all places to be equally sacred. They met in each other’s homes, and later in purpose-built ‘meeting houses’ where they waited silently for the Holy Spirit to guide them. Lancaster’s Friends Meeting House was built in 1708 and George Fox spent two years imprisoned in Lancaster Castle for his religious and social dissent and his preaching at The Priory. There are a variety of cultural activities related to science and technology in Lancaster including a Visitor Centre at the nearby Heysham Power Station. STS scholars at Lancaster have long been associated with local activism on technoscientific issues, for example around Cumbrian hill sheep farmers and the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident (1986), the effects of Foot and Mouth Disease (2001) and currently in relation to contestations over fracking. Lancaster has a wealth of restaurants and public houses, many in picturesque locations such as the canal side. There is also an award winning local brewery and a thriving shopping scene, with many independent shops. The bustling Charter Market is in the city’s historic centre every Wednesday and Saturday, and the Assembly Rooms is worth a visit to browse the eclectic mix of stalls selling vintage, period and retro clothing, comic books, art and memorabilia.

V annual meeting of Chilean STS network

January 17 2018 to January 19 2018 | Universidad ​ ​ Católica ​ ​ del ​ ​ Maule, ​ ​ sede ​ ​ Curicó

Deadline: October 31 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

We are inviting to send your proposals to our annual meeting entitled: “Plowing technological fields: ruptures and amalgams around the territorial tracts”. From 17 to 19 January of 2018 the STS discussion will be in one of typical agrarian places of the country and we are receiving proposals in English, Spanish and Portuguese until 31 October.

Technology, Mind, and Society

April 05 2018 to April 07 2018 | Washington, D.C.,

Deadline: October 20 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The American Psychological Association will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Technology, Mind, and Society in Washington, D.C., on April 5- 7, 2018. Scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and students from around the world are invited to participate in the event. The conference will provide a venue for reporting and assessing current efforts to understand and shape the interactions of human beings and technology, for identifying priorities for future work, and for promoting exchange and collaboration among participants. The conference will feature four keynote speakers: Cynthia Breazeal (MIT), Justine Cassell (Carnegie Mellon), Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research), and Sandy Pentland (MIT). APA invites you and your colleagues and students to submit papers, symposia, and posters for this conference, which will be organized around the following broad themes: Basic research: How humans understand and use technology, impacts of technology on human experience and behavior, human-technology interactions as mutually adaptive systems, role of technology in advancing other areas of scientific research, and related topics. Foundations of technology design: Development of technologies informed by psychological, behavioral, and social science research. Applications: Development, use, and impact of specific technologies in domains such as aging, education, mental and physical health, recreation, and the workplace.

Broader implications: Ethical and policy questions concerning the opportunities and challenges arising from human-technology interactions. The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017. Submissions can be made here. The conference is open to researchers, professionals, and students in all relevant areas, including psychology and other behavioral and social sciences, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, design, health research, education research, city and regional planning, public policy, history of science and technology, and philosophy. The conference aims to address the full range of contemporary and emerging technologies. These include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile devices, social media, virtual/augmented reality, gaming, geographic information systems, autonomous vehicles, and biomedical technologies (e.g., brain-machine interfaces, genetic engineering). APA is sponsoring the conference in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Computing Machinery — Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI). We look forward to seeing you at the Technology, Mind, and Society Conference! For additional information, see the conference website. If you have any questions, please contact the APA Science Directorate (

World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council:  A Research Competition

Deadline: November 30 2017

Updated: September 17 2017

The National Academy of Sciences is a private tax-exempt corporation that provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Our work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. President Lincoln signed a congressional charter forming the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 1863 to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science." As science began to play an ever-increasing role in national priorities and public life, the National Academy of Sciences eventually expanded to include the National Research Council (NRC) in 1916, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1964, and National Academy of Medicine (NAM), which was established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine. These entities are collectively referred to as The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies). Request for Proposals On the occasion of the centennial of World War I, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to announce an open competition for scholars under the age of 301

to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort (see The focus, drawing on the creation of the National Research Council associated with World War I, is on institutional changes (e.g., the charter of the NRC) and the research enterprise in America. In effect, scholars should look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare. (For a brief account of the NAS/NRC in the context of World War I visit A short bibliography of essential texts on the history of the NAS/NRC and a link to a finding aid for relevant materials in the archives of the National Academy of Sciences are available at Qualified scholars should submit, by November 30, 2017, a 500-word concept document that describes the scope of the proposed research. In addition, applicants should provide a list of possible primary sources of evidence to be used in the proposed research (one page maximum). The five best entries will be chosen by an NAS review committee (see, and authors will be invited to submit a fully developed research paper. Upon acceptance of the invitation, invitees will enter into an agreement with NAS to provide a final paper of between 8,000 and 10,000 words2 by September 10, 2018. They will be provided with a grant of $5,000.00 for research expenses and invited to utilize the NAS’ records under the mentorship of NAS’ professional archivists.3 The scholars will be expected to present a 20-minute summary of major research findings at a public conference at the NAS in Washington, DC on October 26, 2018.4 Additional discussants and participants will be included in the public event. The review committee will subsequently deliberate and announce the winner of a $10,000.00 first prize. Payment of the $5,000.00 research grant will be made in two installments. An initial award of $2,500.00 will be made to finalists upon receipt of a signed copy of an award acknowledgement and verification of mailing address. A second award of $2,500.00 will be disbursed to finalists upon receipt by the review committee of a satisfactory progress report by July 1, 2018. The overall prize winner will receive an additional $10,000.00. The disbursement of any prize amount will be reported as gross income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the end of the tax year on IRS Form 1099. The NAS’ legal obligation is limited to the above-stated amounts, and the NAS will have no responsibility for costs incurred beyond this amount. The review panel will seek to facilitate the publication of final papers in an appropriate venue. Application Process and Selection Criteria: The competition is open to scholars born after November 12, 1988. Individual scholars and research teams of not more than two individuals may apply.5

Although the topic is fundamentally historical,

submissions from the perspective of any relevant scholarly discipline are encouraged. 500-word concept documents and a list of the primary sources of evidence to be used in the proposed research (one-page maximum) must be submitted on the web at by midnight (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on November 30, 2017. Authors of concept proposals and of final invited papers will be asked to sign a statement certifying that they are the original author of submitted documents. Upon submission, invited papers will be automatically screened for potential plagiarism. Should plagiarism be discovered, the author(s) will be disqualified. Authors of invited papers must submit an interim progress report to the review panel by midnight (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on July 1, 2018. Invited final, full papers must be submitted as electronic Word documents to by midnight (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on September 10, 2018.

New issue of Tecnologia e Sociedad/Technology and Society Journal (September-December 2017)

Updated: September 15 2017

The September-December issue of Tecnologia e Sociedade, the journal of the Brazilian Association for the Social Studies of Science and Technology (ESOCITE-BR), is now out!

The journal is open access. See the content of the current issue and previous issues at:

In the spirit of broader internalization for our next 4S meeting in Sydney, it would be great to receive manuscripts from different regions of the world. Submissions to this journal can be written in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: October 03 2017

Updated: September 15 2017

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in environmental humanities, broadly interpreted to embrace disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in either the Department of Anthropology or the Department of History and Sociology of Science. Secondary appointments in other departments can be arranged, as appropriate. This will be the first in a cluster of appointments (in other departments across the School of Arts and Sciences) in various aspects of the environmental humanities, all of which are meant to support the interdisciplinary, collaborative Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. The successful candidate should therefore have a strong interest in helping such a program to grow, and in interacting with scholars from other disciplines whose research lies within the overarching theme of environmental humanities. The successful candidate will teach courses in her or his home department and will participate in the development of curriculum pertinent to the theme of the cluster. Receipt of the PhD is expected by the time of appointment.

Applications should be submitted on-line at and include a curriculum vitae, a research statement that includes the candidate’s perspective on how she or he fits into one of the core departments, an uploaded publication (either a link to a journal publication or some other writing sample), and the contact information for three individuals who will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin October 3, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The School of Arts and Sciences is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: September 15 2017

The Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies Departments at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, seek applications for a full-time (academic year), tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin September 13, 2018. Area of Specialization (AOS): Religion and Gender; Area of Competence (AOC): Religion and Science & Technology. A doctorate (Ph.D.) in Religious Studies or closely related Liberal Arts field from an accredited institution is required and must be conferred by the time of appointment. Graduate coursework in, previous teaching experience in, and/or other demonstrated knowledge of the field of Women's & Gender Studies is preferred. Candidates must be able to show a successful record of research and teaching in the AOS and/or the AOC. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position will be 2/3 Religious Studies and 1/3 Women's & Gender Studies, with the tenure home in the Philosophy department. Faculty review will include consultation with Women's & Gender Studies. Any publications in area of specialization will count towards tenure and promotion, whether published in Religious Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, or other relevant and appropriate peer-reviewed journals. Teaching and service assignments will be divided between the Philosophy Department and the Women's & Gender Studies Department in agreed upon proportions. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and to provide academic advising to students.

Required Qualifications:

A doctorate (Ph.D.) in Religious Studies or closely related Liberal Arts field from an accredited institution or international equivalent must be conferred by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduate coursework in, previous teaching experience in, and/or other demonstrated knowledge of the field of Women's & Gender Studies is preferred.

How to apply: Interested applicants should complete the required online faculty application at and submit to Requisition #104597. Please attach to your online application the following required materials: (1) a cover letter that describes teaching research interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, (4) sample of scholarship, (5) diversity statement, and (6) copy of transcripts. Applicants must also be prepared to provide names and email addresses for three referees when completing the online application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official, sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment. This position is open until filled. Review begin date: November 1, 2017. For full consideration, please apply and submit all requested materials by the review begin date.

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: September 14 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF). This professional level fellowship is the premier opportunity for outstanding anthropologists to learn first-hand about policymaking, bring valuable expertise to policy, and enhance anthropological science in the federal government.

Gain hands-on policy experience, help develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges, and join a strong corps of over 3,100 policy-savvy alumni fellows working across sectors to serve the nation and citizens around the world. Fellow contributions can include policy research, content analysis, and budgeting and research for interdisciplinary programs.

Fellows serve yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington D.C. and represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines and career stages. STPF is seeking candidates with strong social and/or behavioral science credentials, an interest in career transformation and a desire to enhance federal policy.

Application deadline for the 2018-19 fellowship year is November 1, 2017. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship and a doctoral level degree.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies and Environmental Studies, Williams College

Updated: September 12 2017

The Program in Africana Studies and the Program in Environmental Studies at Williams College invite applications for a two-year joint post-doctoral fellowship in Africana Studies and Environmental Studies, beginning July 1, 2018. We welcome applications from candidates who have completed their PhD within the last five years and also those who have not yet completed their PhD, but will have the PhD in hand by the start date of the appointment.

We seek a candidate whose work examines the impact of climate change on populations in Africa and the African Diaspora. Candidates might hold expertise in any number of disciplinary or methodological approaches so long as they situate and center the implications of the climate change phenomenon upon Black communities. The position requires vision, initiative, and a desire to join our vibrant community of scholars, practitioners, and activists. Williams is an institution that places a high value on undergraduate teaching; consequently, we strongly prefer applicants who can demonstrate in their supporting materials a capacity for excellent teaching and who have a commitment to working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The successful candidate will be appointed full-time for a term of two years and will have a teaching load of one course each semester. The salary for this position is $55,000 per year plus an allowance of $3,000 per year for research and professional travel expenses. The fellow will also be provided with full benefits including health and dental insurance. This position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Information about the Williams College Program in Africana Studies is available at Information about the Williams Program in Environmental Studies is available at Applications should be submitted via Interfolio ( and should include:

- a cover letter;
- c.v.;
- a one to two page statement describing your teaching and research;
- a writing sample of no more than 25 pages;
- a transcript from your doctoral program;
- at least three letters of reference

Completed applications submitted by Wednesday, November 1, 2017, will receive full consideration.

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Fax and email applications will not be accepted. Inquiries should be sent both to and

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non- discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, Purdue University

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: September 12 2017

Purdue University Department of Anthropology invites applications for the following position to begin August 2018. Assistant Professor of sociocultural anthropology, tenure-track, with a focus on technology, science, or health and medicine. We seek a dynamic scholar with a promising record of publications and funding, an active research agenda, teaching experience, and a commitment to the application of anthropology to humanity’s grand challenges. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and growing department.


PhD in Anthropology or related field is required.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
• Conduct innovative research in areas of technology, science, or health and medicine
• Foster linkages with Engineering, Technology, Health Sciences, Agriculture and/or Purdue’s Interdisciplinary Centers
• Demonstrate an interest in applying anthropology to address humanity’s grand challenges
• Teach introductory, advanced, and graduate courses in cultural anthropology and the areas of specialization
• Demonstrate strong teaching skills and potential to develop field-based, interdisciplinary, cross-listed, and/or service learning anthropology courses
• Prepare students for careers and mentor their development
• Show evidence of a commitment to diversity and promoting a multicultural environment for learning
• Participate in departmental and university administrative activities

The successful candidate will show ability to link to Purdue’s programs or centers addressing society’s grand challenges such as the Medical Humanities Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Center for Aging and the Life Course, Ingestive Behavior Research Center, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Send electronic applications including a CV, a cover letter stating research program, teaching interests, engagement record, and diversity experience, and contact information for three references to: Assistant Professor Search, c/o Brenda Gunion, (, Assistant to Head, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University, 700 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059. For full consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2017, and review will continue until filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position. For more information about the Department of Anthropology, visit our webpage:

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

2 Postdoctoral Positions for Academic Years 2018-2020, Institute for Practical Ethics, UC San Diego

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: September 08 2017

The Institute for Practical Ethics at the University of California, San Diego, invites applications for the position of postdoctoral scholar for the academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Applicants must possess a PhD granted from an accredited university before the position begins.

The postdoctoral scholar positions are two-year appointments, with the second year contingent upon acceptable performance in the first year. Salary, as based on UC’s salary scales and candidate qualifications, will be provided in exchange for active participation in the Institute’s program of activities and in particular its research project in Ethical Issues in Active Genetics. Postdoctoral scholars will be expected to lead monthly meetings on active genetics and ethics, attend a monthly meeting on scientific issues within active genetics, explore the Indian context, and assist with project activities (which may include writing grant proposals, organizing workshops, and research in the area). Duties will be decided through consultation between the fellow and Institute Co-Directors. Postdoctoral scholars are required to be in residence for the entirety of the academic years. The postdoctoral position is open to international applicants. The Institute is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research and service.

Primary consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2017, but all applications will be considered until positions are filled. Applications should be submitted to Tara Nadeau ( and should include:

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Brief statement (1000 words maximum) summarizing the applicant's intellectual interests, scholarly training, and research agenda as these relate to Ethics and Implications of Active Genetics
• Copies of no more than two representative publications or dissertation chapters
• Two letters of recommendation

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Inquiries regarding the Institute, its program, and the fellowship positions may be addressed to

Postdoc in science, technology and innovation policy and strategy, UNICAMP, Brazil

Deadline: September 30 2017

Updated: September 08 2017

The Department of Science and Technology Policy offers a post-doctoral fellowship in science, technology and innovation policy and strategy. This post-doctoral fellowship is attached to the São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC) “Innovation Systems, Strategies and Policy” (InSySPo) ( established at DPCT by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) ( This is a full-time position for a maximum of two years.

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct research on comparative analysis of technology and innovation policy across countries and of the impact of major supply-side and demandside policies on the competitiveness of countries/regions, and industy. The work will involve both theoretical and empirical analysis. Indicative areas of research include:

• Demand-side innovation policies, especially related to public procurement for
• Technology, innovation and the middle-income trap
• Global value chains and regional competitiveness
• Models of innovation in manufacturing and service sectors

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professors Andre Tosi Furtado (UNICAMP) and Nicholas Vonortas (The Washington University, USA; and UNICAMP).

Duties include carrying out research on grants/contracts, theory development, data collection and analysis around the world, authoring papers and reports, publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant/contract applications. They also include assistance in co-organizing an international workshop in June 2018 and another workshop and conference a year later.

Importantly, the post-doctoral researcher will serve as one of the in-house administrators of the SPEC program at DPCT. This program deals with various aspects of technology and innovation policy and includes at its core the faculty members mentioned above.

Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in science and technology policy, economics, management of technology, public administration, or other relevant subject area. Strong background in the socio-economic aspects of technological advancement and innovation and in STI policy is highly desirable. Candidates must have less than five years’ experience following their doctorate degree, a demonstrated record of individual initiative in research, and strong analytical skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interest’s best align with those of InSySPo faculty members, especially Professors Vonortas and Furtado.

The remuneration package is set in accordance with FAPESP’s standards ( and includes benefits and relocation expenditures.

This round of applications is open until September 31st, 2017. Decisions will be made by mid-October 2017.

Interested parties are encouraged to communicate with the project and participating faculty and scientists for more information. They can reach Professor Vonortas by email ( or telephone at +1-202-378-6230. Apply electronically through the program’s website ( or directly to Professor Vonortas.

Applications must include cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, names of three references, and a concise description of proposed research under the fellowship.

DPCT is located on the main campus of UNICAMP in the city of Campinas, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Campinas is about 93 kilometers northwest of the city of São Paulo. The working language of the postdoctoral position is English. Knowledge of at least basic Portuguese is desirable but not required.

Assistant Professor in the interdisciplinary study of arts, medicine and healing, York University

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: September 08 2017

The Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the interdisciplinary Health & Society program at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2018. Information about the Department can be found at: ; further details about the Health & Society program can be found at

The successful candidate will have a completed PhD in one of the social sciences, humanities or an interdisciplinary program with a research focus on health or medicine. Qualified candidates will be expected to demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching, and scholarly research and publication in the socio-political and theoretical study of health and medicine with a particular focus on arts or arts-based methodologies. We are particularly interested in scholars who draw on critical theory to cover areas as diverse as health architecture graphic medicine, a/r/tography, medical humanities and art in Queer, Trans, Mad, Deaf, Disabled and Crip cultural movements. Candidates must have the breadth and versatility to teach the core courses in the interdisciplinary Health and Society undergraduate program and will also be expected to develop new courses reflecting their particular expertise and incorporating opportunities for the application of critical theory, arts-based methodologies, and/or community-based education. The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness to undertake service work and will be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.

Applicants must submit a signed letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests, samples of scholarly writing (max. 50 pages), and a teaching dossier including sample course outlines and institutional teaching evaluations (where available). Three signed confidential letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to: Professor Amanda Glasbeek, Chair, Department of Social Science, S754 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.
Email: – (Subject line: “HESO Appointment”)

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Interdisciplinary Science/Policy Researcher in Responsible & Sustainable Biotechnologies, GenØk

Deadline: September 24 2017

Updated: September 08 2017

The research group on responsible and sustainable technoscience (RootS) at GenØk – Centre for Biosafety is looking for an enthusiastic interdisciplinary scholar to fill an exciting new position working across the science/policy interface.

Growing from the competence of SEED (the Society, Ecology and Ethics Department) in ethical, legal, and social aspects of science and technology, the newly established RootS team at GenØk is a research group focused on advancing responsible and sustainable technoscience internationally through the performance of cutting edge interdisciplinary research, science-policy advisory work and capacity building.

The advertised position will include the following key tasks:

1. Policy advice: Providing written advice to national authorities on applications for the commercial use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in terms of their social benefit, contribution to sustainable development and ethical justifiability, as required by Norwegian law. Connected duties will also include developing creative new ways to strengthen the provision and impact of this policy advice.

2. Co-production practice: Organizing and conducting workshops to advance responsible research and innovation (RRI) within biotechnology projects as well as within GenØks own scientific research to advance the safe use of modern biotechnologies.

3. Public engagement: Representing the RootS group in public communication and engagement activities (e.g. interactive lectures to visiting school groups, blog posts, occasional media write-ups).

4. Research: Contributing to and supporting the RootS team in international research projects related to topics such as RRI, the governance of new and emerging biotechnologies, and the advancement of sustainable agriculture.

The position will ideally start 1 January 2018 and will initially be offered as a full-time 12 month position until 31.12.18, with the possibility for extension.

Qualifications & Selection Criteria

- A PhD in social science or humanities is required. – While some level of experience with responsible research and innovation (RRI), sustainability assessment or ethical, legal and/or social aspects of science and/or technology (i.e. ELSA or ELSI research) is preferred, work in related fields such as sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science, or science and technology studies is acceptable.
- A demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research (particularly across natural and social sciences) is necessary. – Complimentary knowledge in biological science and/or biotechnology will be particularly highly regarded.
- Experience working across the science/policy interface will be particularly highly valued. – Previous work on emerging technologies and/or the topic of food and agriculture will also be given additional weight.
- An excellent command of English, in both written and oral forms is required. – An ability to also speak and write in a Scandinavian language will be preferred, however, a willingness to learn will also be viewed favourably.
- The ability to work independently and creatively, as well as to make positive contributions to a team is important.
- The position of employment will be at the GenØk offices in Tromsø, Norway. The city of Tromsø lies above the Arctic Circle and therefore offers spectacular auroras and snow in the winter and beautiful endless days of midnight sun in the summer. In addition to unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities all year round (e.g. skiing, hiking, fishing etc), the town has an international cosmopolitan atmosphere and a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year.

The salary will be negotiated on the basis of the candidate’s level of education, experience and qualifications. As a GenØk employee you will receive the excellent social security provisions offered in Norway, including the Norwegian public health service and GenØk’s accident insurance and retirement benefits.

GenØk has human resource policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


The application must be submitted electronically on or before 24 September, 2017 at

The applications should be written in English and include:

- A 1-2 page statement of why you are interested in the position, how you meet the selection criteria and how your background, interests and/or expertise will be of benefit
- A curriculum vitae that includes details of all previous research projects and publications, as well as any workshops, focus groups, and/or seminars organised
- Certified copies of all academic degrees
- An example of academic writing (e.g. published article) and an example of non-academic writing (e.g. policy brief, popular science article, blog)
- The names and contact details of two referees

For more information contact:
RootS Leader: Fern Wickson,, tlf. 77623137
Head of Administration: Katrine Jaklin,, tlf. 77645546

GenØk – Centre for Biosafety is the national competence centre for biosafety in Norway and was established in 1998 as an independent research foundation connected to the research environments at the University of Tromsø and the Science Park. GenØk conducts research on social and ethical aspects of emerging bio- and nanotechnologies as well as their impacts on human health and the environment. It also provides policy advice to national and international governments and institutions on biosafety issues, and delivers capacity building for scientists, regulators and civil society organisers around the world in risk assessment and regulation and emerging technologies. The institute has approximately 25 employees. Read more at:

Open-rank position, Critical Feminist Science & Technology Studies, University of Illinois Chicago

Deadline: November 01 2017

Updated: August 23 2017

The Program in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with the departments of Anthropology, Communication, Criminology Law and Justice, and Sociology, invites applications for an open rank, tenure-track or tenured position in Critical Feminist Science and Technology Studies subject to budgetary funding. The position is part of cluster hire initiative focusing on Social Justice and Human Rights. We are looking for a scholar working at a nexus of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and intersectional feminism. Topics of scholarly inquiry might include but are not limited to: postcolonial critiques of scientific epistemologies and methodologies; gender, race and biopolitics; digital feminism; posthumanist theorizations that blur the boundaries between human and machine; racialization of technological innovation especially in the context of reproductive and biometric information technologies; molecularization of human identities through biological and computational innovations; race, sexuality and gaming; and a reimagining of the so-called digital divide through critical studies of informatics.

We seek candidates with an earned PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Communications, Criminology or Sociology; strong promise of scholarly achievement and teaching success (at the undergraduate and graduate levels); good prospects for external research funding; and demonstrated commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship. The appointment will be interdepartmental, with 50% in Gender and Women’s Studies and 50% in Anthropology, Communication, Criminology, Law and Justice, or Sociology, depending on the candidate’s expertise.

UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University (Research I), is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, is in the top 50 U.S. universities in federal research funding, and is among the top 200 universities in the world. UIC is federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) through its status as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The tenure-line faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are represented by UIC United Faculty Local 6456, IFT-AFT, AAUP (UICUF) and covered by the terms of UIC's collective bargaining agreement with UICUF.

The desired appointment date for the position is August 16, 2018. Electronic applications accepted only – Interested parties should submit an on line application at Click on the Job Board, then our position and submit a letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, samples of relevant scholarly publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names of and contact information for three references.

For fullest consideration please apply by November 1, 2017. The search will proceed until the position is filled.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Postdoc in Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice, Wageningen University

Deadline: September 04 2017

Updated: August 15 2017

Main purpose of the job

RRI Practice is a European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to analyse responsible research and innovation (RRI) related discourses and pathways to implementation in order to identify, understand, disseminate and promote RRI implementation best practices that can be scaled up at European and global levels. The project team has a truly global reach in that it includes 14 academic partners from across Europe as well as from China, India, USA, Brazil and Australia.

The main purpose of the postdoctoral position is to lead Wageningen University's contribution to a project, under supervision.

About the project team

The team leader of the Wageningen University research, Professor Phil Macnaghten has extensive expertise in the governance of science and technology and in the development of frameworks of responsible (research and) innovation. The Wageningen team further includes Dr Barbara van Mierlo (KTI), who specialises on understanding system innovation trajectories of innovation networks aimed at sustainability practices, Dr David Ludwig (KTI), who specialises in the philosophy of RRI, and Dr Vincent Blok, who specialises on sustainable entrepreneurship, business ethics and responsible innovation at the Management Studies Chair Group. Drawing on this expertise, the Wageningen team will draw particularly on the integrative and comparative work packages where Wageningen has a dedicated role. The RRI Practice project is already six months under way. Dr David Ludwig (KTI), who was employed as the RRI Practice postdoc, has now a faculty position at KTI resulting in this vacancy.

Main duties and accountabilities

To be accountable, under supervision, for the delivery of tasks, work packages and deliverables as outlined in the project proposal:
- To plan, co-ordinate and lead on the successful delivery of the research project within the allocated time frame and within the allocated budget.
- To conduct a RRI Review on Wageningen University aimed at understanding the current framing and status of RRI in the organization and to feed the findings into a National RRI Outlook in partnership with Radboud University Nijmegen. Preliminary work has already been undertaken.
- To develop a RRI Outlook for Wageningen University that will outline important goals, means and targets for the work related to the EC RRI keys (ethics, societal relevance, gender, open access/ open science and science education) - and RRI more broadly understood - in the organisation.
- To lead the RRI Internal Review that will provide a reflexive learning tool for project partners. Using the anticipation-inclusion-reflexivity-responsiveness (AIRR) framework as a reference, activities will be developed aimed at understanding and contextualizing RRI in the project teams' own practices. Preliminary work has already been undertaken in the form of initial interviews with members of the project consortium. Further work will include a next round of interviews and possibly a set of focus groups comparing institutional discourses on RRI with lay understanding.
- To lead the comparative analysis of national discourses and practices on RRI to explore why certain keys and dimensions of RRI are developed in some national and local contexts and not others.
- To disseminate complex and conceptual ideas arising from the project to stakeholders and peers using high level skills and a range of media and to present the results of the research to academic and policy audiences through the writing of peer-reviewed journal articles and at conferences when opportunities arise.

Conditions of employment

We offer you an employment contract for 1.0 FTE (38 hours a week) for 24 months. You will start with a one year contract. After a positive evaluation the contract will be extended with the remainder period. The maximum gross salary is € 3,427.00 per month (based on fulltime employment), (scale 11.0 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities with an annual step to 11.1 in the second year).(starting in scale 10 can be applicable for candidates in the last stage of obtaining their Phd title). In addition, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

Additional information

Practical information: The starting date of this position is from 1 October 2017. Interviews are provisionally scheduled for 18 September 2017.
Informal inquiries: Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Phil Macnaghten on

The deadline for applications is 04 September 2017 at midnight (CET). Please do not email your application, but use the website to upload your application.

For further information, see the posting here:

General Faculty Positions, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Updated: August 15 2017

The Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science ( seeks candidates to teach undergraduate courses in general engineering, applied mathematics, science, technology, & society, or business/entrepreneurship.

Candidates must have at least a Master's degree or prior experience in teaching at the college or university level. Five or more years of relevant professional experience may substitute. Rank is dependent upon qualifications.

To apply, visit and search for posting number 0621429. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for 3 references.

For additional information about the position, please contact W. Bernard Carlson, Professor and Chair,

This posting will remain open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

New edited volume: Intercultural Communication and Science and Technology Studies (2017, Springer)

Updated: August 14 2017

Intercultural Communication and Science and Technology Studies

Editors: Luis Reyes-Galindo and Tiago Ribeiro Duarte
ISBN: 978-3-319-58364-8 (Print) 978-3-319-58365-5 (Online)

This timely and engaging book addresses communicative issues that arise when science and technology travel across socio-cultural boundaries. The authors discuss interactions between different scientific communities; scientists and policy-makers; science and the public; scientists and artists; and other situations where science clashes with other socio-cultural domains. The volume includes theoretical proposals of how to deal with intercultural communication related to science and technology, as well as rich case studies that illustrate the challenges and strategies deployed in these situations. Individual studies explore Europe, Latin America, and Africa, thus including diverse Global North and South contexts.

International Conference on Environmental Humanities

July 03 2018 to July 08 2018 | Universidad de Alcalá

Updated: August 11 2017

Stories, Myths, and Arts to Envision a Change

Environmental humanities entail a transdisciplinary and transnational critical framework that is rapidly emerging in the last decade. This framework challenges traditional divisions among human, social, and environmental sciences, since they have proven to be obsolete in confronting, understanding, and articulating the most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges of the 21st century, as well as their multiple scales, risks, and representational difficulties. Environmental humanities emerge out of the convergence among environmental history and philosophy, ecocriticism, art and ecology, de-/post-colonial environmental thinking, earth systems science, philosophy of science, social and political ecology, ecofeminism, and so on. This international conference attempts to contribute to this fascinating debate while introducing it in Spain, where it has not yet been established.

Call for Papers: Digital Humanities

Deadline: December 01 2017

Updated: August 11 2017

The Shifting Contexts Digital Library Perspectives

This special edition of Digital Library Perspectives focuses on the topic of Digital Humanities, with emphasis on the shifting framework of scholars and practitioners who do not necessarily identify themselves digital humanists but use Digital Humanities tools and practices in their work. The Guest Editors of this issue include Dr. Megan Meredith-Lobay (University of British Columbia) and Allan Cho (University of British Columbia).

The co-editors invite contributions on the following, as well as other related topics:

* Role of LIS in supporting non-traditional DH areas of scholarship, i.e. New Media Studies, Musicology, Archaeology, non-textual DH

* Emerging areas of research, teaching, learning in the digital scholarship in the social sciences and humanities

* Beyond “What is DH?” - exploring “Why DH?”

* Non-traditional DH practice and practitioners: inclusion and exclusion

* DH in non-western contexts

* The intersections between DH and digital social science

* Digital Humanities as Data Science

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: December 2017

Notification of acceptance: April 2018

Deadline for final paper submission: June 2018

Submission Instructions:

Papers should be no more than 6000 words

Submissions to Digital Library Perspectives are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration for an account needs to be created first:

Genetic Genealogy

Deadline: August 01 2017

Updated: August 11 2017

Special issue of the online journal Genealogy

Deadline for expressions of interest: 1 August 2017
Deadline for submission of papers: 1 October 2017

It is now nearly two decades since genetic tests for information about ‘deep ancestry’ or to aid in genealogical research first came on the market in the United Kingdom and the United States. The numbers and locations of companies offering these tests has multiplied hugely since and the possibility of knowing something about ancestry through a genetic test has become embedded within public culture through media coverage of personal and collective stories of tests and results.

This special issue of Genealogy ‘Genetic Genealogy’ invites contributors to critically explore what is known as direct-to-consumer ancestry testing, genetic genealogy, or recreational genetics. Building on recent work on the nature and implications of these tests, the aim of this special issue is to extend critical engagements with the claims and limits of the tests themselves; document and analysis the emergence and development of this sector; and to address its impact and effects from the perspective of those who have undertaken these tests. Some potential areas of focus may include the following:

• the history and geography of the development of this sector; the relationship between commercial ventures and scientific research units and the role of key individuals and collaborations; its political economies and degree of regulation
• further analysis of the scientific basis of the tests and what they can and cannot say about ancestry and origins
• the ways in which genetic genealogy companies deal with categories of difference such as race, ethnicity, national identity
• the figuring of gender in relation to ideas of lineage and ancestry
• the experience of genetic genealogy for individuals, families and groups in terms of senses of identity, relatedness and belonging
• and the interpersonal and familial ethics and effects of instigating and producing this form of genealogical knowledge
• the incorporation of, or resistance to, genetic genealogy in collective histories and identities
• the relationship between conventional and genetic sources of historical knowledge in family history and issues of expertise and authority
• the degree to which genetic ancestry testing features in museums, public historical narratives and historical scholarship
• the nature, use and implications of genetic genealogy in different geographical contexts especially beyond the UK and US.
• the relationship between genetic genealogy and wider uses genomic determinations of ancestry and origin in other domains including forensic genomics and biometric immigration controls.

The deadline for papers of 5-8k words is 1 October 2017 but those interested in contributing are invited to contact the Catherine Nash ( who is the guest editor for the special issue by 1 August 2017.

CFP: Science Studies and the Blue Humanities.

Deadline: February 01 2018

Updated: August 11 2017

Configurations, the journal of SLSA (The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts) is seeking submissions for a special issue on Science Studies and the Blue Humanities, edited by Stacy Alaimo.

We are interested in essays, position papers, provocations, and artist statements that explore the significance of science studies for the development of the blue humanities. As oceans and bodies of fresh water increasingly become sites for environmentally-oriented arts and humanities scholarship, how can the emerging blue humanities best engage with the theories, questions, paradigms, and methods of science studies? How do questions of scale, temporality, materiality, and mediation emerge in aquatic zones and modes? How can literature, art, data visualization, and digital media best respond to the rapidly developing sciences of ocean acidification and climate change as well as the less publicized concerns such as the effect of military sonar on cetaceans? Work on postcolonial/decolonial science studies, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), indigenous sciences, and citizen science especially welcome.

Please submit 5,000-7,000 word essays; 3,000 word position papers or provocations; or 2,000 word artist statements (with one or two illustrations or a link to a digital work); to Stacy Alaimo,, by February 1, 2018, for consideration. All essays will be peer-reviewed, following the standard editorial procedures of Configurations.

Exploring Parallels Between Technoscientific and Social Scientific Knowledge Production

July 15 2018 to July 21 2018 | Toronto, Canada.

Deadline: September 30 2017

Updated: August 11 2017

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: Power, Violence and Justice. Reflections, Responses, Responsibilities. July 15-21, 2018,

Session Host: RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology Organizers: Danny Otto, University of Rostock, Germany & Jing-Mao Ho, Cornell University, USA

Sociology of Technology and Science has advanced our understanding of processes in which scientific knowledge is (re-)produced. Scholars have delved deeply into scientific practices in many areas of the natural and technical sciences. But more recently, we have found increasing scholarly interest in studying social or “soft” sciences. These publications (along with earlier work in the sociology of knowledge) point to the importance of sociological self-reflection. They reveal the entanglement of social scientists with the “objects” they are trying to describe and the implications of social scientific knowledge for the understanding of society (e.g. interpretations of social inequality). Therefore, this session aims to bring together new developments in the sociological study of “social sciences/sociologies.”

How and under what circumstances is sociological knowledge produced? How are paradigms in sociology constructed? In what ways are power relations interwoven into the manufacturing of sociological knowledge - both, on the level of enabling research (e.g. political agenda setting, funding, working conditions, academic hierarchies) and disseminating results (e.g. perceptibility, review processes, digital distribution, status of authors)? Are there any technologies that have been normalized in producing sociological knowledge? What are the characteristics of academic sociology communities? How are networks of sociology shaped by actors/actants involved?

Above are some of the questions we expect to address during the session. We welcome any papers - both theoretical and empirical - that address the issues and topics in the sociology of sociologies as well as social sciences (e.g. economics, political science, psychology. philosophy, anthropology).

Please submit your contribution proposals via the official ISA conference website: The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this session, please send your enquiries to

Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Media and Culture at Stanford University

Updated: August 10 2017

The Department of Communication at Stanford University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor in the field of media and culture. We are interested in a range of possible subfields, including but not limited to the relationship between mass and social media; the analysis of media institutions as cultural forces; media’s relationship to race, gender, and inequality; media and consumer culture; media industries and culture; and media and globalization. The ideal candidate will also bring strong skills in areas that might include ethnography, critical theory, digital humanities and discourse analysis. A recent PhD in Communication or relevant area by September 1, 2018 is required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in
Communication at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For full consideration, please submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining your qualifications and research interests, a teaching statement of up to three pages along with teaching evaluations, an article-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, via Academic Jobs Online at this URL:

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017. The term of appointment will begin on September 1, 2018. For inquiries, please contact James Hamilton, Professor and Search Committee Chair, at

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Assistant Professor of Sociology (Demography, Migration, and Inequality), UC Santa Cruz

Deadline: October 02 2017

Updated: August 09 2017

The Sociology Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship. We seek candidates whose expertise includes quantitative empirical analysis and research in demography, migration, and inequality especially with respect to Latin America and the Caribbean. Other areas of expertise are open but we especially encourage applications from candidates with interdisciplinary interests in one or more of the following areas: international migration; labor; social justice; globalization and governance; and identity and inequality.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including classroom), and service for the department in areas such as: quantitative data and data analysis found in sociological research; research methods; introduction to sociology; labor studies; migration; and U.S. Latinx identities. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a new Masters of Science degree program in quantitative data analysis in the Social Sciences. The work that the successful candidate performs for the MS program in the course of their affiliation is expected to be the equivalent of one course per year, along with advising students and associated service responsibilities. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education, doctoral supervision, and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Rank: Assistant Professor; academic year (9-month) basis

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in sociology or related field, demonstrated records of research and teaching in higher education. It is expected that the degree requirements are completed by June 30, 2019.

Preferred Qualifications: Degree requirements are completed by June 30, 2018. Evidence of teaching excellence in higher education. Evidence of a developed research trajectory. Professional non-academic experience in a quantitative methods-related field and/or Masters degree in applied statistics for social science research, or professional field preferred. Applicants with a Masters degree in a professional field or research experience with quantitative data analysis are encouraged to apply.

Position Available: July 1, 2018; with academic year beginning September 2018. Degree requirements must be completed by June 30, 2019 for employment beyond that date.

To Apply: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application including a research statement, curriculum vitae, sample of published material (minimum of one, up to three articles and/or book chapters), statement of teaching pedagogy, sample course syllabus, three letters of recommendation*, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching and/or service. Optional: Applicants are invited to submit teaching evaluations (up to three). Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at
Refer to Position #JPF00463-18 in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2018.

Assistant Professor of Sociology (Public Policy and Inequality), UC Santa Cruz

Deadline: October 02 2017

Updated: August 09 2017

The Sociology Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship. We seek candidates whose expertise includes theoretical and empirical analysis of Public Policy and Inequality. Other areas of expertise are open but we especially encourage applications from candidates with interdisciplinary interests in one or more of the following areas: critical public policy studies; stratification; globalization, labor, and development; race and sexuality; legal studies; urban studies, health and environment; migration and citizenship; and social justice.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including classroom), and service for the department in areas such as: race, class, and gender; introduction to sociology, contemporary social theory, research methods, quantitative data analysis, criminal justice, and migration. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a new Masters Degree program in Public Policy in the Social Sciences. The work that the successful candidate performs for the Public Policy Program in the course of their affiliation is expected to be the equivalent of one course per year, along with advising students and associated service responsibilities. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education, doctoral supervision, and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Rank: Assistant Professor, academic year (9-month) basis

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in sociology or related field, demonstrated records of research and teaching in higher education. It is expected that the degree requirements are completed by June 30, 2019.

Preferred Qualifications: Degree requirements completed by June 30, 2018. Evidence of teaching excellence in higher education. Evidence of a developed research trajectory. Professional non-academic experience in policy-related field and/or masters degree in policy, urban planning, public health, education, or professional field preferred. Applicants with a Masters degree in a professional field or applied public policy experience are encouraged to apply.

Position Available: July 1, 2018; with academic year beginning September 2018. Degree requirements must be completed by June 30, 2019 for employment beyond that date.

To Apply: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application including a research statement, curriculum vitae, sample of published material (minimum of one, up to three articles and/or book chapters), statement of teaching pedagogy, sample course syllabus, three letters of recommendation*, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching and/or service. Optional: Applicants are invited to submit teaching evaluations (up to three). Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at
Refer to Position #JPF00462-18 in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2018.

Advanced Assistant/Associate Professor in Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Smith College

Deadline: September 01 2017

Updated: August 07 2017

Smith College invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position to begin July 2018. We seek a scholar interested in developing new interdisciplinary curriculum that engages cultural geography for the Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies and the Department of History. Fields in which we are seeking to deepen our curriculum include: black geographies and their histories, and studies of science, technology & society. We seek candidates who have a track record of bridging quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and who bring the vision and experience to lead the Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies (LALS).

Ph.D. is required in Latin American Studies, History, Geography, or a related, relevant discipline. Fluency in Spanish is required; Portuguese and/or other languages of the Americas desirable. Also required is evidence of: a respected scholarly research program; at least three years of full-time teaching and advising; and experience in roles of institutional (or departmental) leadership. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to teach and mentor underrepresented students.

Teaching responsibilities include core courses in LALS, from introductory to advanced levels, including a methodology course and thematic classes related to the successful candidate’s expertise and interests. They also include at least two courses each year in the History Department that are cross-listed with LALS, and so candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work in this field (e.g., advanced degree and/or graduate training). Because this position bridges traditional disciplinary and institutional boundaries in a liberal arts setting, candidates with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data (archival, visual, numerical, cartographic, environmental, and/or GIS) are encouraged to apply.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty members teach two courses each semester and enjoy a generous sabbatical policy. Along with teaching and research, faculty mentor and advise undergraduates, and contribute to Program/Department and College service.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women's college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a rich intellectual and cultural life, including programs in Latin American Studies. Smith College hosts a Spatial Analysis Lab, and many interdisciplinary programs that offer possible sites of collaboration, including Africana Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, Landscape Studies, the Study of Women and Gender, and Centers for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability and for Global Studies. Further details about the LALS Program and Department of History at Smith may be found at and

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, a writing sample of ca. 25-30 pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff, and curriculum is at the heart of our mission and vision for the College. Smith is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants to make such requests as necessary. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to, those based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Smith College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Sociotechnical Data Studies, iSchool, UNC Chapel Hill

Deadline: October 01 2017

Updated: July 31 2017

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the iSchool at Carolina) invites applications for a tenure/tenure-track faculty position with a starting date of July 1, 2018. Candidates at all ranks are welcome to apply.

View the University job posting and submit applications at

The faculty seeks an outstanding colleague with research and teaching interests in sociotechnical data studies and human-centered data science. Research areas include, but are not limited to:

- Data ethics, law, and policy, including security, privacy, and society
- Human-data interaction and sociotechnical perspectives on data work
- Data-oriented design, infrastructure, and theory
- Computational science (including computational social science and computational biology, as well as other computational scientific disciplines)
- Data science methods (from machine learning to human-computer interaction)

For a full description, visit

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, please contact Susan Sylvester at

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Deadline: September 01 2017

Updated: July 31 2017

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) announces a post-doctoral research position.

This position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research and at the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE). Candidates from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Principal Investigator and Program Director: Mildred Cho, PhD
Funding source: NIH National Human Genome Research Institute
Appointment: One year, renewable for up to three years
Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or MD, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for funding. We are seeking candidates with a background in social science, ethics, philosophy, history, health services research, public policy or other related disciplines.

Job description:
The postdoctoral fellow will conduct independent research to identify ethical, legal and social considerations arising from genetics and genomics. The fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary community including geneticists, ethicists, lawyers, physicians, and scholars in humanities, social sciences, and policy research. Fellows are encouraged to participate in programs such as the Stanford Benchside Ethics Consultation Service, a research ethics consultation program to assist life sciences researchers in the resolution of ethical concerns in their research, as well as in clinical ethics consultation.

In addition to participating in SCBE and CIRGE activities, the fellow will have access to a full range of courses at Stanford University, which includes genetics, social science, humanities and law courses. It is expected that the fellow may need formal coursework in genetics, ethics, or ELSI research methods. Mentors will assist the fellow in formulating an individualized curriculum and career strategies. All trainees will be expected to present their research in scholarly venues. Funds will be provided by the fellowship for each fellow to travel to one meeting per year.

Stanford University School of Medicine is committed to increasing representation of women and members of minority groups, and we particularly encourage applications from such candidates. U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or those lawfully admitted for permanent residence are eligible to apply.

Send CV, cover letter describing your research interests, and names of 3 references to:

Mildred Cho, PhD
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
1215 Welch Road, Modular A
Stanford, CA 94305

Application deadline: Rolling review of applications for start date between September 1, 2017 and Spring, 2018.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in environmental impacts of synthetic biology, NC State University

Updated: July 30 2017

Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Project Title: Synthesizing Engagement for Synthetic Biology: Ethical and Social Considerations Surrounding the Environmental Impact of Synthetic Biology

PI: Dr. Jason Delborne, Associate Professor of Science, Policy and Society Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University

Annual Salary: $50,000 + benefits
Duration: 12 months, with potential to renew for 3 additional years
Start Date: September 1, 2017 (negotiable)
Location: North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Description: This project, funded by the Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory of the Army Corps of Engineers, investigates ethical and social considerations surrounding the environmental impacts of synthetic biology. Work in Year 1 is focused on 1) literature reviews of public perception and stakeholder engagement; 2) interviews of stakeholders and risk assessment experts; 3) planning a stakeholder workshop (scheduled for Year 2); and 4) finalizing proposed activities for Years 2-4 of the project.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in social science or humanities discipline with attention to science and technology OR Ph.D. in natural science with experience in social science methods and approaches. Fluency in spoken and written English.

To apply: Submit 1) Cover Letter, 2) CV, and 3) Contact Information for 2-3 professional references by email to

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

PhD-level Research Assistantship in interdisciplinary STS projects, NC State University

Updated: July 30 2017

Position Description: A Ph.D. level Graduate Research Assistantship is available in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (FER) in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). FER is an interdisciplinary unit with faculty examining environmental issues from an array of theoretical perspectives in both the natural and social sciences ( The chosen applicant will participate in two interdisciplinary projects (with an emphasis on social science methodologies): 1) exploring responsible innovation in the field of genetically modified trees, including the GM American chestnut tree; and 2) conducting and analyzing ethnographic research of do-it-yourself (DIY) biology laboratories around the world. The student will simultaneously pursue a minor degree in Genetic Engineering and Society ( and work with affiliated faculty and graduate students. Applicants may apply to begin the doctoral program in January 2018 or as late as August 2018.

Qualifications: The candidate should have completed coursework and/or research experience in the social sciences or humanities and have a clear interest in the social, ethical, and political dimensions of science and technology. Strong communication (both oral and written) skills in English are required. Some graduate work in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and/or environmental studies is preferred, but not required.

Support: The position provides a stipend of $20K per year plus tuition and health benefits for three years, with the potential for further support through additional grants or teaching. Depending on the student’s interest, opportunities to participate in undergraduate instruction will also be available. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Jason Delborne, Associate Professor of Science, Policy, and Society (FER) and Dr. Todd Kuiken, Senior Research Scientist (Genetic Engineering and Society Center).

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including GPAs and GRE scores), unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jason Delborne at Applicants will also need to formally apply and be accepted to the graduate program (see

Invitation: Expert Review IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

Deadline: September 17 2017

Updated: July 27 2017

The IPCC will undertake the Expert Review of the IPCC “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty”. Therefore, it invites relevant experts to be part of the review process.

An online registration process has been developed and is open for prospective expert reviewers via the IPCC web site, registration will close on 17 September 2017 midnight (GMT +1):

Additional information on the role of Expert Reviewer is available in Annex 1 of Appendix A to the Principles Governing IPCC Work. Please also see here an information note explaining the Expert Review process:

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the IPCC Working Group I TSU at

Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies, IHPST, University of Toronto

Deadline: September 18 2017

Updated: July 22 2017

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the area of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2018.

Candidates must hold a PhD in STS, history of science and technology, philosophy of science, or a related area by the date of appointment, or shortly thereafter. They must have a demonstrated record of excellence in, and commitment to, both research and teaching. They must provide evidence of excellence in research as demonstrated by a record of sustained contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. The successful candidate will be expected to mount an innovative, competitive and independently funded research program.

Additionally, the successful candidate must demonstrate teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate program levels. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the statement of teaching philosophy and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will teach courses at the IHPST at the graduate and undergraduate level and will be expected to contribute to a research-intensive doctoral program. We especially seek candidates with a commitment to shaping the future of the field of STS, and whose research and teaching engage substantially historical or philosophical studies of science and technology.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, please click on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of academic writing, and a teaching dossier. All application materials should be submitted online by September 18, 2017.

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the Institute via e-mail to by September 18, 2017. Reference letters should be signed and on letterhead.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

If you have questions about this position, please contact

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan areas in the world. For more information about the Institute, please visit

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons /persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes.

For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For further details and to apply online please visit

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environment and Health, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Deadline: September 15 2017

Updated: July 21 2017

The Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at UW-Madison is searching for a tenure-track (junior) faculty member with an outstanding record of teaching and research relevant to environment and health. The position requires a Ph.D. in sociology or related field. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will teach and mentor in our top-ranked graduate and undergraduate programs, and will carry out a vigorous research program that improves the ability to understand and intervene on the intersecting social causes and consequences of environmental and health problems. Consistent with the mission of the University of Wisconsin System, the candidate will be committed to service to the community, state, nation, and profession for the benefit of all citizens.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to eliminating the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty and staff; preparing all students, staff, and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a diverse, global, interconnected world; and enhancing the campus climate for inclusion.

Review of applications will begin 15 September 2017.

For further details, including instructions to applicants, a list of possible areas of expertise, and the many opportunities for contribution and collaboration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, see the complete listing at or go to and search for 90808.

Questions about the position are welcome, and should be directed to:

Lecturers (Faculty Part-Time Salary Position) in Entrepreneurship/Business, University of Virginia

Updated: July 12 2017

The Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science ( seeks candidates to teach undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship or business.

Candidates must have at least a Master's degree or prior experience in teaching at the college or university level. Five or more years of relevant professional experience may substitute.

To apply, visit and search for posting number 0621270. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for 3 references.

For additional information about the position, please contact W. Bernard Carlson, Professor and Chair,

This posting will remain open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Lecturer (Faculty Wage Position), Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Updated: July 12 2017

The Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science ( seeks multiple candidates to teach undergraduate courses in one of the following areas: entrepreneurship, science and engineering policy, science and technology studies [STS], applied mathematics, or general engineering.

Candidates must have at least a Master's degree or prior experience in teaching at the college or university level. Five or more years of relevant professional experience may substitute.

To apply, visit and search for posting number 0621271. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for 3 references.

For additional information about the position, please contact W. Bernard Carlson, Professor and Chair,

This posting will remain open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science ( seeks multiple candidates to teach undergraduate courses in one of the following areas: entrepreneurship, science and engineering policy, science and technology studies [STS], applied mathematics, or general engineering.

New Book: Structure, Agency and Biotechnology (2017, Anthem Press)

Updated: July 12 2017

The overarching aim of “Structure, Agency, Biotechnology: The Case of the Rothamsted GM Wheat Trials” is to propose a way of filling the analytical gap found in the current literature by offering an original theoretical framework. This framework is able to assess both the content and context of the scientific field without resorting either to deterministic or to what theorists refer to as “conflationist strategies.” In order to demonstrate the heuristic value of the framework, the 2012 GM wheat field trials carried out by Rothamsted Research, often associated with the “second push” of agribiotech firms to bring Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to the UK, are assessed, and key aspects of the experiment are underscored. At the same time, the broader institutional arrangements, key ideological constructs and the social order are examined, and a reframing of the controversy which moves beyond the simplistic conceptualization of it being a case of science versus politics is suggested. The volume also proposes a clear set of guidelines, which stem from the methodological and theoretical deep structure of the suggested framework but do not demand prior theoretical knowledge, which can be used by a wider audience engaged with biotechnology. This audience can draw on the guidelines either for reasons of developing a critical understanding of particular situations or for initiating the process of sustained dialogue between involved parties. These two dimensions are of great significance for practical policy orientations.

About the Author
Aristeidis Panagiotou is a researcher at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Greece.

About Anthem Press
Anthem Press is a leading independent publisher of innovative academic research, educational material and reference works in established and emerging fields.

Permanent Research Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Deadline: September 10 2017

Updated: July 12 2017

The Global Sustainability Institute ( - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) is looking to recruit a new permanent Research Fellow, who will bring a strong portfolio of research to complement the existing work of our collaborative and interdisciplinary institute. Whilst the post-holder will join at Research Fellow level, the career ladder will allow for subsequent progressions to Senior Research Fellow, Principle Research Fellow, and Professor. Details are available here.

Since the GSI was established in 2011, it has built a reputation for high impact publications across a broad range of sustainability issues. We are part of the £6m ESRC Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (, have won grants from five of the seven UK research councils (ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, BBSRC, NERC), are currently leading three EU projects (e.g. SHAPE ENERGY - as well as contributing to others (e.g. MEDEAS -, and also received recognition for world-leading research and impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The GSI has three research themes (Consumption & Change; Education for Sustainability; Global Risk & Resilience), and the new post-holder will have the opportunity to work within, across and/or between these themes. The backgrounds of our academic staff are diverse and encompass economics, geography, international relations, psychology, sociology, science and technology studies, environmental social science, climate change, mathematics and computer modelling.

Closing date is 10 September 2017. Interviews will take place on 4 October 2017. Informal enquiries before application are welcome.

Editor-In-Chief, Engineering Studies (5-year appointment*, with possibility of renewal)

Deadline: August 05 2017

Updated: July 10 2017

We invite nominations and applications for the Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Studies: The Journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies. Founded in 2004, the International Network of Engineering Studies (INES) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars dedicated to the social scientific, humanistic, and normatively engaged, practitioner-based studies of engineers and engineering. Engineering Studies serves as our peer-reviewed academic outlet, and is issued three times a year. It publishes historical, social, cultural, political, philosophical, rhetorical, organizational, and other qualitative and quantitative studies of engineers, engineering, and engineering education. The journal also links scholarly work in engineering studies with broader discussions and action within engineering research, education, policy, practice, and representation. We are looking for an EIC with visionary leadership to succeed the founding editor of the journal. For additional information about the journal, please visit

The ideal candidate for this position will possess relevant editorial experience with an academic journal (associate editor or equivalent); interdisciplinary interests and orientation; a sophisticated understanding of the field; a strong record of scholarship; requisite administrative skills; and experiences with professional networks spanning multiple organizations. Candidates should also be familiar with the present scope of the journal and interested in maintaining its diverse and international orientation, even as they present a compelling vision for and inclination towards further developing the journal, its reputation, and scholarship in engineering studies.

The EIC is nominally a five-year position, with the possibility of renewal. (*)Initial review will occur during year three, with a two year extension pending positive review. The position provides an annual payment from the publisher contributing towards expenses incurred while carrying out the role. Details will be provided upon request. While it would be welcome for an editor’s home institution to provide some support for journal operations, the search committee will evaluate each application with an eye towards the combination of factors most likely to lead to the Journal’s continued success.

Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to the search committee prior to submitting an application. Applications should include: statement of editorial vision (1-3 pages); complete CV for the EIC; 1-3 page summary CV for any other affiliated staff (if any); and a signed letter of support from the host institution. Screening will begin 5 August 2017, with the position remaining open until filled. The appointment will begin January 2018. Applications and inquiries should be sent to the Search Committee Chair, Atsushi Akera (Rensselaer), at

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

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

”Data work in healthcare” Special issue of Health Informatics Journal

Deadline: October 01 2017

Updated: July 09 2017

Full paper deadline: November 1st

Working with data has become increasingly become part of many healthcare professionals job and of patient-citizens’ life, and data work requires more time, new competences and skills, and leads to new functions and roles. A common phrase upon data and healthcare goes *“**Healthcare is data rich,* yet information poor”. There is a huge amount of healthcare data, but it is inherently difficult to use for analyses of healthcare processes and outcomes be it regarding patients, treatments, resources, or efficiency. The challenge of turning data into information – that is making sense of data – has increased with the digitization of healthcare that has occurred within the last decade through, for example, electronic patient records (EHR) and more recently patient reported outcome measures (PROM). The amount of data available is grown hugely, and at the same time going digital has made the accumulation, visualization and analysis of data easier. More and more different kinds of data work have emerged, and this special issue aims to put into the focus the opportunities and challenges connection with the subsequent redistribution of work, time, resources, authority, and power that follow suit.

*What is data work?* ‘Data work’ has quite never been defined in the specialist literature, and remains a slippery notion. We see it as a coinage after the word ‘paper work’, of which it represents an abstraction, with respect to the medium of data representation; but also an extension, with respect to what people manage as data of their interest (besides accounting and resource management). As such, data work is not only "working on data", typically producing new data in accounting for and recording a faithful representation of the work done and the involved phenomena at hand; but also that portion of work whose execution, articulation and appraisal deeply and intensively rely on data, i.e., "working by data". These two kinds of work are usually so deeply intertwined that distinguishing between them is useless and probably wrong: in the healthcare domain, the studies by Berg (Berg 1999), for instance, clearly show that clinicians record data on the patient record not only to accumulate data for archival reasons (and for many other secondary uses), but also to coordinate with each other, articulate the resources around a medical case, and take informed decision in a written, distributed communication with themselves and the other colleagues taking care of the same patient. In healthcare, data work regards the additional effort paid by caregivers in making the record a “working record” (Fitzpatrick 2004), that is a resource capable of keeping disparate competencies and roles bound together and connected around the same cases over time and space.

However, the concept of ‘data work’ can facilitate descriptions and analysis of activities and tasks connected with generating, cooking, transforming, representing, comprehending, ect. in order to bring forward the new skills and competences demanded by healthcare professionals and patient-citizens alike, as well as the shifts in resources, authority, and power that this enables and entails. As such, data work can serve as an analytical lens to make visible these kinds of efforts or work, much in the same way that Strauss proposed the concepts of ‘articulation work’ and ‘machine work’ to make visible the efforts of aligning and coordinating tasks and work, or the efforts of assembling, adjusting, and connecting machines and patients in healthcare (Strauss et al. 1985). *Digitization of healthcare and the generation of data* The emergence of large-scale information infrastructures in healthcare (IIHI has enabled the use of health data for a range of new purposes related to data-driven management, accountability, and performance resource management as well as providing a new source and foundation for healthcare and medical research data.

For example, EHRs are increasingly expected to become ‘meaningful audit tools’ by general practitioners (Winthereik et al. 2007). Expectations are developing for the types and depth of biomedical and organizational research that can be using second order data from these systems. Hence, healthcare data are expected to support inquiries such as: What drugs work best for which subgroup of patients with a certain diagnosis? How can operating rooms most optimally be staffed and used? How can IIHs be used as a foundation for data-driven management? The proliferation of tools and consulting services that promise to make healthcare organizations “data-driven”, are rapidly shifting the organization and management of healthcare practice, and the socio-technical setup is reconfigured, from in situ, socially negotiated practice to seemingly objective, rational, and scientific logics on an institutional scale. Hence, there is a pressing need to explore how healthcare data and data-driven management contributes to this reconfiguration. How is the role of medical professions changing? How is the nature of the professional expertise changing, and what are the implications for the autonomy and discretion long enjoyed by clinicians? Along similar lines, external actors such as the general public, accreditation, and state authorities increasingly demand that healthcare organizations become more transparent and accountable by providing data through performances measures (Pine and Mazmanian 2014). This is spurred by a demand to see that healthcare organizations deliver services of high quality and according to the best healthcare standards (Christensen and Ellingsen, 2014) while using funding and resources most efficiently. Healthcare organizations and individual clinicians are evaluated according to metrics that assess care delivery, such as: Are patients diagnosed with cancer treated within the stipulated time? Which ward or hospital is most cost- and resource-effective? Amidst these high stakes come concerns about the situated practices of making, managing, and using data. The creation, maintenance, aggregation, transport, and re-purposing of data does not happen without work effort to collect and transform data.

‘Raw Data is an Oxymoron’, a bad idea and should be cooked with care, as Bowker succinctly stated (Bowker 2005). With the emergence of IIH and the increasing demand for data-driven management, accountability and increased performance, the importance and character of working with, by and upon data increases. Themes for the special issue Topics relevant for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following: · *The new work of healthcare data*: What are the new competences, tasks, and functions that the emergence of data-driven healthcare entails? How are existing occupations and professions changing in the wake of the push for data-driven healthcare? · *The new ‘data work’ of patients: *What does it involve to be enrolled or engaged in the generation, distribution, understanding of data on one’s health, and have such data come back to you filtered and interpreted by other parties that base interventions for you on those data? · *The politics of creating and using healthcare data*: How do categories, classifications and algorithms shape what counts as data, and what do these schemes make visible and invisible? ·

*Artefacts and infrastructures as knowledge production*: Artefacts enter and shape the processes of knowledge production according to their own characteristics and entail their own epistemological implications and shape knowledge forms. · *Reflection, management and accountability*: What instances of reflection, management and accountability are created with specific healthcare IT systems? What are the challenges, conflicts, and opportunities? · *Systems design: *How do the agendas of data for accountability and secondary uses influence and become integrated into systems design and development? Is this a simple add-on, or a dominant concern? What is the role of health informatics research?

*Important dates:* Important dates: Abstract October 1st; Full paper November 1st; 1st Notification January 15th; revised submissions March 15th; Final notification April 15th; Camera-ready papers May 1st.

Publication: Mid-2018 *Manuscript Format:* Please check the website for guidelines upon formatting of your manuscript ( submission-guidelines). Your manuscript should be between 3000 and 4000 words long (excl. references). Please also supply an abstract of 100-150 words, and up to five keywords, arranged in alphabetical order. Mark your submission “Special issue on Data work in healthcare” in the manuscript header as well as in the submission letter.

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/).


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

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018-21, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University

Deadline: September 15 2017

Updated: July 06 2017

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2018-2021 fellowship competition.

Four fellowships will be awarded:
- Three Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society
- One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

Applicants may apply for one or more fellowship(s) pertinent to their research and teaching. Please see our website for eligibility, requirements, and online application.

Hosted jointly by the Humanities Council and academic departments, Postdoctoral Fellows pursue their research, attend a weekly fellows’ seminar, and teach half time as Lecturers for a term of three years. In each of the first two years, Fellows typically teach one course each semester. In their third year, Fellows teach only one course while remaining in residence in Princeton.

The salary for 2018-2019 will be approximately $86,600. Fellows must reside in or near Princeton during the academic year. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. Recipients of doctoral degrees in Education, Jurisprudence, and holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University are not eligible. Candidates may apply only once to the Princeton Society of Fellows’ competition.

Selection is based on scholarly achievement and evidence of unusual promise; range and quality of teaching experience; and potential contributions to an interdisciplinary community. The Society of Fellows seeks a diverse and international pool of applicants, and especially welcomes those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Applicants holding the Ph.D. at the time of application must have received the degree after January 1, 2016. An applicant not yet holding the Ph.D. must have completed a substantial portion of the dissertation (approximately half) at the time of application, and include a letter from the department chair confirming such progress toward degree. Successful candidates must fulfill all requirements for the Ph.D., including filing of the dissertation, by June 15, 2018.

Applicants are asked to submit an online application by September 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m.EST.) We do not accept mailed, emailed, or faxed applications.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Global Science and Technology Studies (STS), NTU, Singapore

Deadline: September 15 2017

Updated: July 03 2017

School of Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally and 1st among the world’s best young universities.

The School of Social Sciences nurtures interdisciplinary study and research for the betterment of society. We promote a holistic approach to advance learning through research and teaching. Our research and educational programmes are aligned with NTU's new five-year strategic plan, NTU 2020, which builds on strong foundations of NTU 2015 and aims to propel NTU to greater heights of research excellence. The plan focuses on five key research thrusts – Sustainable Earth, Global Asia, Secure Community, Healthy Society and Future Learning. For more information about the University, please visit our website at:

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Global Science and Technology Studies (STS)

The School of Social Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Sociology with a specialization in Global STS. We particularly encourage candidates whose research expertise strongly emphasizes transnational dimensions of science, technology, and society. The candidate should demonstrate a scale of theoretical and empirical analysis that cuts across geographical boundaries. The field of specialization includes but not limited to: health and medicine; cities and infrastructures; information technology and data analytics; or risk and disaster. Methodological focus is open. Scholars with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed research methods are equally welcome to apply.

The candidate should have a strong publication record and teaching experience. A Ph.D. in Sociology, Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), or a related social-science discipline at the time of appointment is required. Ability to conduct research in interdisciplinary setting is preferable. The successful applicant is expected to teach in English at both undergraduate and graduate levels. For further information about Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, please refer to:

Application Procedure

To apply, please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment ( and email your application package (consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal particulars form, teaching and research statements, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), three selected reprint/preprints of publications, and the names and email addresses of three potential referees) to:

The Global STS Search Committee
School of Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University
14 Nanyang Drive
Singapore 637332

Applications sent via email should include a reference to “Assistant Professor (Global STS)” in the subject line. Please send your enquiries about the position to the above email address.

Closing date for application: 15 September 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

University Lecturer Position in STS Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Deadline: July 12 2017

Updated: June 26 2017

University Lecturer Position in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program

Department of Humanities, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey 01702

A position in Science and Technology Studies. Applicants may have a background in Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Social Psychology, or any other relevant field that examines the social impacts of science and technology.

Starting Date: September 1, 2017

The University Lecturer position at NJIT is a full-time non-tenure track position with the primary responsibility of teaching four courses (12 hours) or the equivalent each semester. One-year renewable contract. The primary teaching responsibility will be to teach the introductory course in the STS program, STS 201 Understanding Technological Society. Other core courses—including an introductory course on quantitative research methods in the social sciences—and electives in the STS program may be available based on the needs of the program. The lecturer reports to the Chair of Humanities.  

Requirements: a Master’s Degree in a relevant field; Ph.D. preferred. Minimum of one year teaching experience at college or university level. Publication record a plus. An ability to teach quantitative research methods is strongly preferred.

Salary will be based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Lecturer salaries at NJIT begin at 50K plus benefits for a ten-month contract. Summer work may be available for additional compensation.

Required application documents: cover letter and CV with the names of at least three references.

Applications will be accepted until July 12, 2017.

Application documents should be sent via e-mail to:

NJIT Job web site: []
The job position is # 265041 and the posting # is 0603976

Professor Eric Katz, Chair, Department of Humanities []

NJIT is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Social Study of Epigenetics and Transgenerational Inheritance, UCLA

Deadline: July 15 2017

Updated: June 22 2017

The Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) at the University of California at Los Angeles (, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position beginning September 1, 2017. The Institute for Society and Genetics, housed in the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA, is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit focused on issues at the intersection of biology and society. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Patrick Allard, Amander Clark, and Hannah Landecker on the social and historical analysis of transgenerational epigenetics. Review of applications will start July 15th and continue until the position is filled.

The position is part of a John Templeton Foundation funded award entitled “A chance to equality in health: Is people’s health determined by ancestral environmental exposures?”. The aim of the grant is to study how environmental exposures become embedded into germ-line epimutations, and the transgenerational impact of these exposures. The postdoctoral fellow will actively participate in generating systematic literature reviews and historical analysis on the topic of transgenerational inheritance and epimutations, attend meetings of the participating laboratories, conduct interviews and narrative analysis of collected data, write up results and findings with the project PIs. Additionally, the fellow may assist in the organization of a workshop on these issues.

Applicants with relevant training and research interests in a wide range of fields, including sociology, science studies, life sciences, philosophy, history or anthropology are invited to apply. This project is a collaboration between life and social scientists, and therefore the ideal candidate will be comfortable working across different disciplinary domains, and possess a basic understanding of both social science methodologies and the relevant biological science.

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by August 2017, or have received their degree in the last five years. Certification of completion of Ph.D. degree requirements must be in hand at the time of the appointment start. This is a one-year appointment renewable for up to three years pending positive review. The pay scale follows NIH guidelines ( Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, which includes an explanation of the candidate’s research experience and interest in the topic, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact of three references. Please submit all application materials online via UCLA’s Academic Recruit Online at the following URL: Any questions about the position or the application process may be addressed to Patrick Allard ( or Hannah Landecker (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: June 15 2017

The Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor beginning July 2018, with substantive research and teaching interests in transnational studies of contemporary science, technologies, or medicine, and expertise in relevant empirical research methods. The Science in Society Program is an interdisciplinary program offering an undergraduate major in the history, philosophy and social studies of science, technology, and medicine, conjoined with coursework in a science. Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, relevant area studies, or other relevant academic discipline, in hand at time of appointment is required to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire. Applications received after October 15 may not receive full consideration. Please contact Jill Morawski (, Chair of the Science in Society Program, with any questions regarding the position or application process. Wesleyan University is a highly selective liberal arts college with a two-course per semester teaching load and strong support for both research and teaching. Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer,, 860-685-3927. Please submit electronically, to the following: curriculum vitae, reprints, a statement of research plans, teaching interests, syllabi, teaching evaluations (if available), and email addresses for three recommenders. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we also invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

Instructor for 2 courses in Fall 2017, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU

Updated: June 13 2017

The Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is seeking PhDs in anthropology, sociology, STS, history of science, or related fields to teach the following classes in fall 2017. Recent graduates and exceptional ABDs (with teaching experience) are invited to apply. There is some flexibility in terms of course materials, instructor methods and assignments.

Please send a short message of interest and CV to the Director of STS, Amber Benezra, Open until filled. Adjunct positions are unionized and well-compensated.

Ethics and Engineering M,W 10:30am-12:20pm
This course examines issues relating to engineering practice and applied technology. We will study foundations for moral decision making such as professional codes and ethical theories such as Kantianism and utilitarianism. These ethical tools will be applied to a range of case studies. We will also seek a deeper understanding of important issues and challenges stemming from technology with an eye to how globalization and its attendant cultural and moral pluralism affect them.

Magic Bullets and Wonder Pills T,Th 4:00pm-5:50pm
We will spend the semester investigating the history of psychoactive drugs and related medical technology, through a ‘Science and Technology Studies’ (STS) lens. After establishing some of the core concepts in STS theory, we will turn to the development of a number of different psychoactive drugs, and what these drugs tell us about wider social and structural inequalities, science and the politics of knowledge and corporatist logics.

Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Council for Science (ICSU)

Deadline: June 30 2017

Updated: June 13 2017

The International Council for Science (ICSU) invites applications for the position of Director of its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific which is hosted at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), in Kuala Lumpur.

ICSU is a non-governmental organization with a global membership of national scientific bodies (122 Members, representing 142 countries) and International Scientific Unions (31 Members). ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. To do this, ICSU mobilizes the knowledge and resources of the international science community to:

Identify and address major issues of importance to science and society.
- Facilitate interaction amongst scientists across all disciplines and from all countries.
- Promote the participation of all scientists—regardless of race, citizenship, language, political stance, or gender—in the international scientific endeavour.
- Provide independent, authoritative advice to stimulate constructive dialogue between the scientific community and governments, civil society, and the private sector.

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is responsible for promoting and facilitating the increased participation of countries and scientific organizations of the region in the activities of ICSU and its Members. It also ensures that ICSU’s strategy and activities are responsive to the needs of the region and assists in strengthening science and scientific capacity building in Asia and the Pacific. The Office receives strategic and scientific guidance from the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP). RCAP develops strategic plans and approves work plans for the Office. Members of the Regional Committee are nominated by ICSU National Members in the Asia and Pacific region.

The Director is responsible for the activities of the Regional Office under the direction of the ICSU Executive Director (based in Paris). The staff of the Office will consist of a total of three persons. The Director is appointed by ASM in collaboration with and approval by the ICSU Executive Board for a period of three (3) years from the date of appointment. The said appointment may, thereafter, be extended for a period as may be determined by the ICSU Executive Board and ASM.

ICSU is seeking candidates with the following:

Qualifications and knowledge
- A PhD degree in a scientific discipline (or equivalent experience)
- Proven experience in science management including experience in the organization and coordination of international inter-disciplinary and collaborative science initiatives
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Demonstrated ability to lead a small team
- Experience in fundraising for scientific activities
- Prior knowledge of ICSU and its major partners and of regional initiatives for science in the Asia and Pacific region would be an additional advantage

- Excellent skills in strategic planning, as well as financial and people management
- Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of project stakeholders, including researchers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds
- Strong intercultural awareness

The position requires frequent international travel.

Applicants are requested to send a curriculum vitae, cover letter and the contact details of three referees (all documents preferably in one combined PDF file) via e-mail, with “ROAP Director” in the subject line, to The cover letter should be addressed to Dr Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, and should demonstrate the fit between the candidate’s profile and the above description.

Applications should be received no later than 30 June 2017 (midnight, Paris time). It is expected that the Director will start his/her appointment in August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. This position is only open to citizens of countries of the Asia and Pacific region.

For more information on ICSU, please visit:

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 (

Dean, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Updated: May 23 2017

The University of Texas at Austin invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Information (the Texas iSchool). The Texas iSchool is seeking an accomplished, innovative, and transformational leader who will work with the faculty, staff, students, and university administration to lead and further develop the school during this exciting time of rapid change and evolution in the management and delivery of information.

The Texas iSchool is committed to making a difference in the lives of all people by enabling and supporting the curation, organization, and experience of information in ways that enhance lives. Currently enrolling over 300 students in its Master of Science in Information Studies, Master of Science in Identity Management and Security, Certificates of Advanced Study, and Ph.D. programs, the Texas iSchool is a founding member of the iSchools Caucus, a growing international association of leading information schools

Ideal candidates for this position will combine exemplary achievements in the field of information with strategic leadership, entrepreneurial ambition, collaborative and creative strength, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and a passion for the mission of the Texas iSchool and the University. This is an opportunity to join a university that is on a dramatic upward trajectory, with a strong executive leadership team; a collaborative council of college and school deans; and excellent faculty, staff, and students. An exceptional research record and international reputation of scholarly distinction and accomplishments in the field of information commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor at the University is required, as is an earned doctorate in information or a related field, interdisciplinary training and research experience, and the ability to inspire and evaluate faculty and student research excellence across a wide range of research specialties. The iSchool is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to:

Beverly Brady, Managing Associate
Matthew Tzuker, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

To access the position profile, please visit the search website at:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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.

Engineering, Social Justice and Peace Conference (ESJP)

January 25 2018 to January 27 2018 | Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego San Diego, US

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: May 08 2017

Call for Papers: Valuing and honoring our commitments

ESJP 13 at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, USD

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego is delighted to host the 13th annual Engineering, Social Justice and Peace (ESJP) conference January 25th-27th 2018. This conference celebrates the commitment that USD and the Shiley-Marcos School have made through their RED (Revolutionizing Engineering Departments) program to support the development of engineering students who are “changemakers” for social justice, economic development and sustainability on a global scale.


ESJP was founded in 2004 by a group of academics who questioned the complex relationship that engineering has with social and environmental justice. In order to ensure that continuing and future practices were not explicitly or unwittingly supporting injustices but actively promoting justice, these founders began to discuss, with academics of other disciplines, practitioners, activists, students and local community members, what it means to be a just engineer. Since then, many individuals and groups around the globe have been attempting to enact these ideas in their engineering practice, their teaching and in their writings. In recent weeks, however, we have seen a new war on social justice. Many are dissatisfied with existing political and economic structures and an increasing poverty gap. Few know what to do about this, without causing further and unprecedented traumatic injustice. Hope of a just world seems even further away and we believe more than ever that we need to stand firm in our commitments to justice and equity. ESJP’s commitments can be found at this link.

As with all our meetings, ESJP 13 will be interdisciplinary by design and we welcome those who are able to help deconstruct our historical and current engineering practices, as well as those who are interested to work together to build alternatives. We welcome educators who wish to learn how to bring social justice to their engineering classes, together with those who are already doing so. We welcome students who wish to be socially just engineers in the future. We welcome in fact anyone, from inside or outside of academia, who values our commitments and wishes to join us on our journey. There will be no formal papers or talks at the meeting but sessions will all be engaged activities and discussions. We will also visit local community programs and see engineering and social justice in action. If you would like to contribute to the conference, please send a short abstract of up to 500 words, describing the topic for discussion, and the format required. Proposals can include any of the following structures and should be sent by email to before June 1st 2017:

Workshop (engaged activities of up to one hour) Panel discussion (four speakers of five min each plus discussion – one hour slot) Individual paper (ten minute talk plus discussion – half hour slot) Artistic contributions: poetry, theatre, interactive active art session, exhibition You may also propose any other structure– be creative! Zines, photographic competitions, online events, dances etc etc

Due to our values base in social justice we wish to support access to the meeting for anyone who wishes to come and fits our aims and values. We welcome expressions of interest from those who face barriers in travelling to the conference. It is possible that we can include at least one session in Tijuana, Mexico and / or online sessions as appropriate. We will also have a sliding scale for the registration fee (cost recovery only) which will be based on ability to pay, and will be announced at a later date. Posted in 2018 Conference, ESJP News

New book from Cockerill et al., Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions (Springer, 2017)

Updated: April 20 2017

Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions, by K. Cockerill, M. Armstrong, J. Richter, J. Okie.
ISBN: 978-3-319-52823-6

This interdisciplinary book challenges current approaches to “environmental problems” that perpetuate flawed but deeply embedded cultural beliefs about the role of science and technology in society. The authors elucidate and interrogate a cultural history of solutionism that typifies expectations that science can, should, and will reduce risk to people and property by containing and controlling biophysical phenomena. Using historical analysis, eco-evolutionary principles, and case studies on floods, radioactive waste, and epidemics, the authors show that perceived solutions to “environmental problems” generate new problems, leading to problem-solution cycles of increasing scope and complexity. The authors encourage readers to challenge the ideology of solutionism by considering the potential of language, social action and new paradigms of sustainability to shape management systems.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: April 16 2017

The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Closing Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Other Due Date: Social Implications of Emerging Technologies - Letter of Intent required
Letter of Intent Deadline - June 1, 2017
| Critical Agricultural Research and Extension - Letter of Intent required
Letter of Intent Deadline - May 24, 2017
| Exploratory Research - Letter of Intent required
Letter of Intent (LOI) is accepted anytime throughout the year; See Part IV, A. for instructions.
| Application Deadline Dates
See Program Area Priorities for additional information (See Part I, C.).

For More Information Contact: AFRI Coordination Team
Contact for Electronic Access Problems: (link sends e-mail)
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006351
CFDA number: 10.310

New Book by Brenda Ayres, Betwixt and Between: The Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft (2017, Anthem)

Updated: April 13 2017

Book Summary
This manuscript is an investigation of the biographical corpus on Mary Wollstonecraft. It identifies the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities and gaps that have run rampant, many of them incomprehensively left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. It also analyzes how these flaws have subsequently and significantly distorted scholars’ understanding of Wollstonecraft and her works. Since there has been so much written on this controversial and politically charged figure, the study is substantial, investigating the agenda, problems and strengths of each of eighteen critical biographies beginning with ‘Godwin’s Memoirs’ in 1798 and ending with ‘Charlotte Gordon&r squo;s Romantic Outlaws’ (2015). Ten lesser known biographies are briefly treated as well. Synthesizing the biographies and exposing the contradictions, ‘Betwixt and Between the Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft’ fills in the gaps, supplying considerable information on Wollstonecraft that has never been published before.

About the Author
Dr. Brenda Ayres is a full professor of nineteenth-century English literature, member of the graduate faculty and Assistant Director of Honors at Liberty University, United States. She has published extensively in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature with over 170 articles and 26 book publications.

About Anthem Press
Anthem Press is a leading independent publisher of innovative academic research, educational material and reference works in established and emerging fields.

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.

Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF

Updated: April 03 2017

Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments ( NSF seeks to highlight the value of convergence as a process for catalyzing new research directions and advancing scientific discovery and innovation. This Dear Colleague Letter ( describes an initial set of opportunities to explore Convergence approaches within four of the research-focused NSF Big Ideas:

- Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering
- Navigating the New Arctic
- The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution
- Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future

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).

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.

New Edited Volume from Hindmarsh and Priestley, The Fukushima Effect: A New Geopolitical Terrain

Updated: February 04 2016

The Fukushima Effect: A New Geopolitical Terrain (2016, Routledge)
Edited by Richard Hindmarsh, Rebecca Priestley

The Fukushima Effect offers a range of scholarly perspectives on the international effect of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown four years out from the disaster. Grounded in the field of science, technology and society (STS) studies, a leading cast of international scholars from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the United States examine the extent and scope of the Fukushima effect. The authors each focus on one country or group of countries, and pay particular attention to national histories, debates and policy responses on nuclear power development covering such topics as safety of nuclear energy, radiation risk, nuclear waste management, development of nuclear energy, anti-nuclear protest movements, nuclear power representations, and media representations of the effect. The countries featured include well established ‘nuclear nations’, emergent nuclear nations and non-nuclear nations to offer a range of contrasting perspectives.

Call for Reviews: Volumen 5 (1): “Science, Technology, Society – and the Americas?”

Deadline: December 15 2015

Updated: November 06 2015

Technological and scientific innovations affect society. How would you access, read and process this call for CROLAR if not on a computer screen? Through webpages, email, and social networks, we are able to distribute information in an instant, to connect with people across spatial and social boundaries, to maintain personal bonds and to create collectives that transcend the online/offline division. At the same time, technological and scientific innovations also dissolve collectivity and dis-connect people. New and old forms of exclusion and discrimination are (re-)produced along the lines of age, gender, race, class, or geographical location. Re/configurations of the social through science and technology have been studied for a wide range of subjects – from the mundane world of domestic appliances such as Cowan’s “Where the Refrigerator Got its Hum” (Cowan 1985), through to the futuristic public transport project of Latour’s Aramis (Latour 1996), all the way to “Seeing like a Rover” on Mars (Vertesi 2012). Beginning with the work of Robert Merton in the 1940s in which he analysed science as a social institution (Merton 1973), this field has since developed into a heterogeneous set of studies focusing on the various relations between science and technology, and society.

Instead of assuming that innovations or paradigmatic changes occur out of nothing, these scholars increasingly combine perspectives from the fields of anthropology, sociology, political science, philosophy, history and communication studies to account for the complex constellations of actors behind processes such as scientific ‘discoveries’ and technological inventions. Criticising and adding to these perspectives, feminist and postcolonial authors like Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Helen Verran, and Sandra Harding have pointed us to the power-asymmetries and unequal distributions of agency amongst those actors. In the meantime, Latin America was developing its own studies into the rapport between society and science and technologies, spurred by scientists and engineers concerned with the disconnect between the knowledge being produced locally and the influence and pressures from the global North (Kreimer 2007). More recently, research concerned with social inequality in Latin America has developed new concepts such as “social technologies” (tecnologías sociales), technologies dedicated to resolving social or environmental problems (Thomas 2011). Perhaps ironically, research such as Thomas’ and other Latin-American authors’ are outnumbered in mainstream academic journals of the field in favor of publications and projects that focus on social and techno-scientific processes in the US and Europe.

This Volume of CROLAR asks about the other part of the Americas: What can authors from the global North learn from the rich and long-standing tradition of research at the intersection of technology/science and social inequality, politics, or activism from or about Latin America? We are calling for reviews on recent publications that develop a critical perspective on the influence of technology and science on society – or vice versa! We are especially interested in reviews that interrogate the potential of those studies for countering social and political inequalities by making knowledges that have long-time been exclusively shared among “experts” in the natural sciences available to a broader public. In addition to traditional single-book reviews, this volume features a new CROLAR-format of review articles with a thematic focus. These reviews should cover 3-5 books on current debates or a given topic. We are also actively encouraging reviews on works that transcend the limits of academic production, aimed at a larger audience and related to current events. They will be published in the section “interventions” and may include reviews of works by journalists, activists, practitioners, artists and others. For this particular section we suggest reviewers to write about projects that do not have a book format, such as documentaries, blogs, websites and artistic projects.

Reviews must be sent before December 15th, 2015. Publication is planned for April 2016. Please get back to us as soon as possible so we can organize the volume and the ordering of review copies via CROLAR. Reviews might be written in English, German, Portuguese, or Spanish. Ideally, the review should be in a different language than the reviewed publication or project. The section policies and formal requirements for the reviews can be found at the website.

We are looking forward to reading from you! If you are interested in writing a review or have any other suggestions or questions please contact the editors of the volume: Laura Kemmer (laura.kemmer[at] and Raquel Velho (raquel.velho.12[at]

CROLAR is an online review journal offering critical reviews of recently published writings on Latin America, founded in July 2012 and domiciled at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is an interdisciplinary journal embracing contributions on literary studies, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and political science. It is an open access and free to use journal. CROLAR is published twice a year and multilingual since July 2012.

Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. 1985. "How the refrigerator got its hum." In The Social Shaping of Technology, edited by Donald MacKenzie and Judy Wajcman, 202-218. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Kreimer, Pablo. 2007. "Social Studies of Science and Technology in Latin America: A Field in the Process of Consolidation." Science, Technology & Society 12 (1).

Latour, Bruno. 1996. Aramis, or, The love of technology. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Merton, Robert K. 1973. The sociology of science: Theoretical and empirical investigations: University of Chicago press.

Thomas, Hernán. 2011. "Tecnologías sociales y ciudadanía socio-técnica: notas para la construcción de la matriz material de un futuro viable." Ciência & Tecnologia Social 1 (1).

Vertesi, Janet. 2012. "Seeing like a Rover: Visualization, embodiment, and interaction on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission." Social Studies of Science 42 (3):393-414.

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:

New Book from Bruno Cardoso: Todos os Olhos: videovigilancia voyerismos e (re)producao imagética

Updated: May 11 2015

Todos os Olhos: videovigilancia voyerismos e (re)producao imagética, by Bruno Vasconcelos Cardoso, edited for UFRJ, Brazil.


Todos os olhos: videovigilâncias, voyeurismos e (re)produção imagética, livro de Bruno Vasconcelos Cardoso, acaba de ser lançado pela Editora UFRJ e aborda o fenômeno cada vez mais comum da vigilância por câmeras no espaço público urbano. Com enfoque na prática da vigilância eletrônica policial no Centro de Comando e Controle da Polícia Militar do Rio de Janeiro e na sala de monitoramento do 19º Batalhão da Polícia Militar, em Copacabana, a obra é resultado de uma pesquisa de doutorado, defendida como tese em maio de 2010.O autor, contudo, não para por aí, e analisa também o fenômeno da produção e disseminação das imagens captadas pelas câmeras privadas, como celulares e smartphones, imediatamente publicizadas nas redes sociais e nos programas de compartilhamento de imagens.No livro, Cardoso se debruça especialmente sobre as transformações na maneira como os humanos se relacionam com as imagens, com os meios técnicos que possibilitam essas relações e as estruturas de poder em que se inserem. Assim, policiamento, (in)segurança, tecnologia, imagem, comunicação, poder, crime, violência, espaço público, controle, flagrante, voyeurismo, criação e exibicionismo são os grandes temas que, inter-relacionados, perpassam o livro. A descrição rica e reflexiva que Cardoso faz de seu trabalho de campo, realizado em 2008, nos revela as surpresas, os disparates, os deslocamentos, os conflitos e os contrastes que se dão entre o projeto ideal e o efetivo trajeto da videovigilância policial em sua atividade. A pesquisa mostra também que a estética, o gozo e o prazer muitas vezes ocupam o lugar das funções de controle e segurança visados na videovigilância policial e constituem uma outra visão, denominada pelo autor de “videovoyeurismo”. Por fim, o livro mostra que enxergar pode ser não ver, e o olhar pode ser tanto mostrar quanto esconder. Ainda que transformações tenham ocorrido nesses anos que separam a publicação deste livro do início de sua pesquisa, ele permanece extremamente atual. A aquisição de um arsenal expressivo de novas tecnologias de vigilância, monitoramento e segurança (de drones a óculos com câmeras acopladas e transmissão de imagem em tempo real) para a realização da Copa do Mundo no Brasil meses atrás revela como a obra levanta e explora um campo de problemas cuja importância se intensificou. Os megaeventos são hoje uma das principais portas de entrada de dispositivos de vigilância e segurança do espaço urbano.

Inventing the Social

May 29 2014 to May 30 2014 | Goldsmiths University of London

Updated: April 23 2014

Celebrating 10 years of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process Goldsmiths

This symposium celebrates the 10th year anniversary of CSISP, which quite miraculously coincides with the 50 year birthday of Goldsmiths Sociology. The event will explore the challenges associated with the 'return of the social', the pervasive suggestion that the 'social' is back, now that social media, social innovation and social design present and push themselves as objects, instruments and contexts of research and engagement. We ask: can we understand these phenomena as renewed efforts at the socialization of technology, the environment and associated entities? We are especially interested in recent claims to the effect that sociality is not only enacted, but can equally be invented, produced and generated with devices and settings. This also raises an experimental question for social and cultural research and theory themselves: how can we participate in the invention of socials?

With: Andrew Barry (UCL), Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths), Nigel Clark (Lancaster University), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Will Davies (Warwick University), Maarten Derksen (Universiteit Groningen), Ignacio Farias (WZB, Berlin), Carolin Gerlitz (University of Amsterdam), Michael Halewood (Essex), Anders Koed Madsen (Aalborg University Copenhagen), Bernd Kraeftner/Judith Kroell (Vienna), Daniel Lopez (Catalunya), Linsey McGoey (Essex), Liz Moor (Goldsmiths), Fabian Muniesa (Mines Tech, Paris), Dan Neyland (Goldsmiths), David Oswell (Goldsmiths), Marsha Rosengarten (Goldsmiths), Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths), Manuel Tironi (Catholic University of Chile) Organisers: Noortje Marres, Michael Guggenheim & Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths) All welcome. If you would like to participate, please register by sending an email to

Forced Migration:  Challenges and Change 3rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refu

May 06 2010 | McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Deadline: January 29 2010

Updated: February 14 2010

In recent years, the idea of change has charged political debate in countries around the world and has, in some cases, catalyzed the election of new governments and the creation of innovative programs and policies. This period has also been one of significant change for the field of forced migration. New policies and increasingly securitized perceptions of forced migration have created new practices such as interdiction, detention and expedited deportation that have changed the protection landscape in both the global North and South. At the same time as scholars have questioned the labelling and bureaucratic categorization of forced migrants, the United Nations has piloted new approaches to improve the protection and assistance available to members of traditionally marginalized ?categories?, particularly internally displaced persons. Massive displacement in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Nargis raised the profile of ?environmental refugees? as an issue predicted to grow in importance as the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident. In Canada, the government has recently announced that it is preparing a package of changes to the refugee determination system, including the fast-tracking of claims from countries that are generally considered safe. As a precursor to more sweeping anticipated changes, the government has already imposed visa requirements on Mexico and the Czech Republic in an attempt to stem the flow of refugee claimants from those countries.

The 2010 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss the changes and challenges faced in the field of forced migration. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by different processes of change affecting forced migrants at the local, national, regional and international levels. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field, and we welcome proposals for individual papers and organized panels structured around the following broad sub-themes:

Asylum, protection and durable solutions: Needs, current practices and prospects for reform Calls for reform of national and international refugee protection systems have been raised in different quarters, with dramatically diverse visions for change. What are the key challenges facing advocates, policymakers and displaced communities and individuals? How have trends in the interception, interdiction, processing, detention, deportation, protection, settlement and integration of forced migrants shaped prospects for reform? What models might inform the productive reform of the Canadian refugee system? What role might scholars play in efforts to strengthen the protection of forced migrants and the effective resolution of displacement?

Theorizing the changing field of forced migration

Past decades have seen rapid development ? domestically and internationally ? in the study of refugee protection and forced migration both within traditional disciplines and across disciplinary lines. With such significant change in research and policy in recent years, the longer view ? both to the past and to the future ? cannot be neglected. What is the nature of refugee protection in a globalized world, and how is it important (or not) to consider the ?new? era? What have been the historical trajectories of laws, policies and practices in forced migration, and how can the historicization of the field advance understandings of change and contemporary challenges? How have different disciplines, methodologies and approaches affected our understandings? Finally, what role is there for actors outside of academia, from policymakers and refugee advocates to displaced persons themselves?

Experiencing displacement: Changes and challenges How have recent political and social changes, and changes in the structure and operation of the refugee regime affected the lives of displaced persons? What can scholars of forced migration learn about the contemporary reality of the refugee regime by focusing on the lived experience of displaced individuals and communities? In this section, we particularly welcome presentations by displaced individuals, advocates, and organizations working directly with forced migrants.

Pre-conference workshops/networking A number of pre-conference workshops and networking sessions will take place on the afternoon of May 5. More information on pre-conference workshops/session will be available on conference website shortly.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS Individuals wishing to present a paper at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract by January 29, 2010. The conference organizers welcome submissions of both individual papers and proposals for panels.

Please submit your abstract via the conference website: For more information, please contact Heather Johnson

Call for Papers Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

April 08 2010 | Venice, Italy

Deadline: May 15 2010

Updated: January 14 2010

Panel on: Artificial life: Golems, Homunculi, Automata
The definition of life seems to be a particularly 20th- or 21st- century conundrum with our current debates over the ethics of cloning, abortion, and stem-cell research. Although the Judeo-Christian creation story set forth in Genesis established orthodox views on the origins of life and the differences among humans and other animals, the period saw its own upheavals in the understanding of life, from the discovery of bizarre life forms in newly explored regions of the planet to the revelations of the microscope. I invite papers that look at the possibilities for artificial life or artificial intelligence, as they were explored in fields such as alchemy, natural philosophy, mechanics and clockworks, or mathematics. What does the early modern quest for artificial life tell us about religious, metaphysical, scientific, or political definitions of the body and mind? Please send a CV and abstract of no more than 150 words by 15 May to Sarah Benson, Saint John's College, Annapolis: or

cAIR10 Applied Interculturality Research

April 07 2010 | University of Graz, Austria

Deadline: October 15 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

cAIR combines the resources of research (universities, institutes) and practice (government, civil society, NGOs, schools, media) to raise awareness about sexism, racism and xenophobia and reduce its prevalence and impact. cAIR helps practitioners to benefit from researchers, and researchers from practitioners - and promotes high standards in both areas. Keynote addresses will be given by international leaders in interculturality research and practice.

The extended deadline for submission of project summaries is October 15th - further information and the guidelines for the project summaries can be found on our homepage: Please send your project summaries to:

International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010

March 25 2010 | Cameroon

Updated: January 14 2010

It is quite opportune that Africa has something to contribute to the information age. First, with innovations like mobile phones, we can say that Africa has not been left out. Africa is reported to be the world's single fastest-growing regional mobile market. Second, some researchers have noted that there tends to be mismatch between the realities for developing economies and assumptions of Western models of enterprise, thus as business practices evolve with their changing business environments, more research is needed to redefine existing knowledge to be consistent and applicable with the dynamic nature of the environment. These developments draw attention to a number of questions. What role can we play in the information age? Is Africa going to be only consumers of the information age or can Africa join the producers of ICT knowledge, products and services? What could be emergent patterns of ICT knowledge transfer in development? Is there an opportunity for unique contribution from Africa in this information age?
If there is, then let us tell the story of what we have in this conference. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and The Louisiana Board of Regents, we are pleased to announce The International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010. The International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010 (ICIA 2010) is themed 'ICT for Development - Contributions of the South'.

This conference will bring together a fine mix of practitioners and academicians in the area of ICTs for sustainable development. The conference will explore the contributions of Africa to the global ICT for development discourse and efforts. The objective is to highlight the synergy of collaboration between African countries and other developing countries, and between African countries and the developed countries towards development solutions. Discussions and panel debates will therefore question how ICTs become the process for South-to-South knowledge transfer and South-to-North knowledge transfer in both research and practice. Workshops will explore international grant-seeking opportunities for ICT research and projects, e-learning for African universities and new frontiers in telemedicine and tele-neonatology research and practice in Africa. Visit the website at

ICT and Development:Research Voices from Africa,  International Federation for Information Processin

March 22 2010 | Makerere University, Uganda

Deadline: November 30 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

“ICT for development” has attracted wide attention for several years now. Often we hear about ICT in Africa, much more rarely about ICT from African voices. Why did our knowledge about the correlations between ICT and the economy and society fail to develop ICT to support development? Is the mainstream model of conceptualising and implementing ICT4D applicable and helpful in the African context? What are the alternatives to dominant approaches? This workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussion of ICT research approaches and findings that emerged from and relevant to the African contexts. We are particularly interested in receiving written submissions from African researchers in ICT for development, and from African intellectuals outside the mainstream ICT-based approach to economic growth and social improvements.
We welcome explanatory papers, aiming at analysis and understanding of ICT in actual African contexts. More precisely, the workshop invites short papers in the following focal areas: discontinuities between the African context and dominant ICT paradigm role of information, and ICT, within Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world barriers against Africa’s adoption, appropriation and autonomous use of ICT•cultural issues that may shape ICT adoption in unexpected ways•alternative strategies of ICT implementation and sustainability in Africa uncertainty, unpredictability, risk and serendipity related to ICT initiatives•role of ICT in empowerment, illiteracy, poverty eradication, and human development in Africa. The workshop is intended to be informal and inclusive in order to provide a “bigger picture” of ICT in Africa.
We welcome participants from academic institutions engaged in similar research, governmental and non-governmental organizations, public and private sector representatives, entrepreneurs and grass-root movements, civil society and ICT practitioners.
SubmissionsWe call for submission of short papers, in the form of long abstracts, up to 2000 words. Please send them as email attachments to this

Fourth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

February 13 2010 | University of Illinois, Chicago

Deadline: June 11 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

We are excited to be holding this year's Conference in Chicago, one of the world's great design cities. Chicago serves as a living history of modern architecture - the home of the world's first skyscrapers and, at various times, of architects Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. More recently and notably in the global design scene, Chicago-based Sol Sender created the the design strategy and concept for the 2008 Obama campaign for the US Presidency. Chicago is also a marvelous city of art and design galleries, and museums, including a recently opened modern art wing to the Chicago Art Institute, designed by Renzo Piano. This dynamic history, and continuing spirit of creativity, makes Chicago an environment well suited to the goals and spirit of the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices.

The Design Conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of 'design', as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The Conference is a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the Conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: anthropology, architecture, art, artificial intelligence, business, cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, education, e-learning, engineering, ergonomics, fashion, graphic design, history, information systems, industrial design, industrial engineering, instructional design, interior design, interaction design, interface design, journalism, landscape architecture, law, linguistics and semiotics, management, media and entertainment, psychology, sociology, software engineering and telecommunications.

This highly inclusive format provides Conference Delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specialisations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, often weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism.

As well as an international line-up of plenary speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the refereed Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal of Design Principles and Practices. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at the Design Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the Conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 June 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the Conference website -

2010 College Art Association Conference

February 10 2010 | Chicago

Deadline: May 08 2009


Updated: January 14 2010

Please see teh website for more information: ( for more information about the conference and for details about how to submit a proposal. Proposals should be emailed directly to Aviva Dove Viebahn ( no later than May 8, 2009, with all CAA-required accompanying materials included.

iConference Workshop on Sociotechnical systems, “Keywords of the Sociotechnical”

February 03 2010 | University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne

Updated: January 14 2010

This workshop will provide a venue to gather and discuss our intellectual traditions, research objects, and vocabularies in order to elaborate and clarify the keywords of the sociotechnical.

The workshop builds on and extends efforts that have included the 2008 & 2009 Summer Research Institute of the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST). These Research Institutes, supported by the National Science Foundation and held at the University of Michigan (2008) and Syracuse University (2009), brought together a diverse set of researchers from fields as diverse as science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, management and organizational studies, library and information science, sociology, social informatics, and computer science, to begin exploring and framing a future research agenda centered on socio-technical research. . You may register