STS and Human Drama by Ignacio Farías
This short piece introduces the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, an interdisciplinary research centre based in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. CSISP supports work in the broad area of science, technology, society and the environment, and hosts events, research, and projects that facilitate mutual intervention across disciplines and practices that touch on the social broadly conceived, such as design and social science, computing and sociology, the arts and environmental science. The article gives an overview of recent projects and activities hosted by CSISP and discusses the distinctive approach they take to invention, as not only a topic but also a resource for STS.
CSISP projects, events and publications are catalogued on the CSISP website (www.gold.ac.uk/csisp) and documented at CSISP online, the Centre’s blog (www.csisponline.net).
Market-Based Initiatives as Solutions to Techno-Scientific Problems: MISTS by Daniel Neyland, Sveta Milyaeva & Véra Ehrenstein
This short article presents a brief introduction to the MISTS project as an example of the research carried out within CSISP. MISTS is an ERC funded research programme which investigates the rise of market based initiatives designed to resolve collective concerns regarding, for example, health and the environment. The research explores possibilities ofered by drawing together recent Science and Technology Studies work on markets with more long standing concerns in science and technology policy. The research seeks to be inventive through participatory experiments in economic exchange alongside more traditional ethnographic methods.
The 2nd Nordic STS conference, held in Copenhagen 2015, was an occassion to take stock of the current trends and developments of Nordic STS. In this paper, the leading organizer reflects on the event and characterises contemporary Nordic STS as colourful (spanning a wide range of perspectives and empirical topics), courageous (critical, reflexive but also willing to take on collaborative roles), and community building (sharing commitment to a number of topics and issues). Speculating on future developments, he suggests that Nordic STS will be receive impetus for change and transformation from at least four sources: (1) The steady stream of new controversial scientific and technological developments. (2) The increasing commitment to gather interdisciplinary collaboration and research funding around grand societal challenges. (3) Methodological developments wihin STS. (4) The increasing number of collaborative roles that STS, as a mature discipline, will be invited to take up.
Friction Zones and Local Energy Initiatives – an Excerpt from Graz 2015 by Giacomo Poderi
This note focuses on the scope that Energy and energy-related presentations had during the 14th Austrian Annual STS Conference “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies”, held in Graz. It reflects on the idea of friction zones as a fruitful lens for looking at transformations of the energy paradigm and on the relevance of the local, in particular households and grassroot energy initiatives, as a key level of inquiry.
Obituary: Prof. Zeng Guoping (1953-2015) by Xiaobai Shen & Chengwei Wang
EASST/4S 2016 Conference
EASST/4S 2016 conference ‘Science and Technology by Other Means’ will be held from August 31st to September 3rd 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
The local website contains full details of the theme and the organising committees. The call for tracks is now closed. Track conveners can expect to hear from the organisers by 20th November.
The call for paper abstracts and closed sessions will open on 27th November 2015 and close on February 21st 2016.
|EASST awards 2016 to celebrate collaborative activity – call for nominations now launched.
Details of the background to the awards and criteria for assessment can be downloaded here and nominations must be made on the form available here. Deadline for nominations 1st February 2016. Any enquiries please email awards(at)easst.net
These awards were initiated at our conference in Copenhagen in October 2012 and celebrate collaboration and cooperation in our field. Awards, of 1,000 Euros each, for 2014 were made at our Conference in Torun. Information on the 2014 winners can be found here.
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|In honour of Olga Amsterdamska this award will be made for a significant creative collaboration in an edited book or special issue in the broad field of science and technology studies. Selection will be based on a substantive contribution to the field; the quality of the editing, as reflected in the quality of the volume as a whole; interdisciplinarity, while not a requirement, will be valued; inclusiveness across career stages will also be valued.||In honour of Chris Freeman this award will be made for a publication which is a significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation. Selection will be based on the successful development of social approaches to the dynamics of innovation, originality, and better understanding of the pursuit of innovation for societal and environmental goals.||In honour of John Ziman this award will be made for a significant innovative cooperation in a venture to promote public interaction with science and technology. This could involve, for example, a forum or discussion community, or an interface with non academic users. Selection will be based on originality and influence.|
New Issue Science & Technology Studies: Volume 28 (2) 2015 – Now Available
In Autumn 2012, EASST launched its own international, peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies. For further details see our journal page.
The ninth issue of Science & Technology Studies: Volume 28 (2) 2015 is published. For contents and abstracts see our journal page. EASST members can access all content using details provided by email.
Any problems please email admin(at)easst.net.
Council elections – results
EASST is run by an elected council of eight members, of which one is a student representative, and an elected president. The role of the Council is described in the constitution. Elections are for a 4 year term.
An election has been held for two Council vacancies. There were 6 candidates. Congratulations to Vicky Singleton who was elected and Attila Bruni who was re-elected. 36% of EASST members voted.
News on EASST Council activities appear regularly in EASST Review.
EASST support for 2015 activities
In the non-conference year 2015 EASST is supporting smaller activities, such as conferences, network meetings, seminars, workshops, summer schools etc. The 2015 support scheme aims to promote cross-national community building within EASST, advance new questions, topics and perspectives in science and technology studies, as well as enable collaboration with non-academic actors engaged in science and technology. A strong set of applications was received and assessed by Council against previously published criteria. Six events, listed below, will receive support towards their activities and reports will appear in EASST Review.
Further information from a downloadable document.
• Does History Matter? Techno-sciences and their historically informed policies. A workshop to be held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
• Launch event for new UK Science, Technology and Innovation Studies national programme and Association. Held at SPRU, University of Sussex, UK, 25 August 2015.
• Science and Research in Popular Culture. Held at Klagenfurt, Austria, 17-18 September 2015. Videos of some of the talks can be viewed here.
• STS Austria – launch event & workshop. To be held at the University of Vienna, Austria, 3-5 December 2015. The programme can be downloaded here.
• Technosciences of Post/Socialism. This workshop was held in Budapest, Hungary, 3-5 September 2015. A video of the keynote speech is available here.
• Science and Technology as Way of Life: Observing the Practices at Confined Research Stations and Large Technical Systems in High Mountains. Summer school was held from June 22nd to July 1st at the National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen, Bulgaria.
Established in 1981 EASST is the organization which represents academics and researchers in the broad field of science, technology and innovation studies. It brings together a variety of disciplines and many of its members have qualifications in both natural science/engineering and social sciences.
EASST’s objective is to foster within Europe the scholarly study of science and technology including their historical development and their role in society and in particular to:
- improve scholarly communication and exchange in the field
- increase the visibility of the subject to policy-makers and to the general public
- stimulate and support teaching on the subject at all levels.
It promotes a variety of activities to further these aims including biennial conference.