Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and agency of STS in emerging worlds.
The next EASST/4S conference will be held in Prague from 18-21st August 2020.
New Issue EASST Review
· In the editorial note Michaela Spencer reflects on how STS scholars can participate in the creation of policy worlds.
· The section ‘STS Multiple’ features the Berlin based Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment|Human Relations.
· In the section ‘Cherish, not Perish‘ editor Peter Danholt makes an account on the emergence and ongoing bringing into existence of the Danish journal STS Encounters.
· The section ‘EASST Activities’ features a workshop on STS-informed approaches to biobanking, medical technologies and biotechnology.
· The section ‘STS Events‘ reports on an open workshop on possible organization forms of STS-in-Germany.
· In the News section the summer school “Introduction to Anthropology of Outer Space” is announced.
New Issue EASST Review
· In the editorial note Andrei Kuznetsov reflects on the possibilities of STS research into the production of knowledge in the social sciences.
· The section ‘STS Multiple’ features the French Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés.
· In the section ‘Cherish, not Perish‘ editor Wen-Hua Kuotells us how the East Asian Science, Technology and Society Journal (EASTS) is striving for harmony in diversity.
· The section ‘EASST Activities’
· The section ‘STS Events‘ presents the beginnings of the TopEndSTS (Australia) group.
EASST Council Elections – Results
Congratulations and welcome!
New Issue Science & Technology Studies: Volume 31 (4) 2018 | Special Issue: Numbering, Numbers and After Numbers
EASST’s international, peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies has 4 issues a year.
Volume 31 (4) 2018 is now available. For contents and abstracts see our journal page.
Science & Technology Studies is now a fully open access journal. EASST members will continue to receive alerts via email when a new issue is published.
Deadline ended 14 December 2018!
We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the EASST Fund 2019. Several successful applications will be awarded with €1000 funding.
Activities should start between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.
How to apply?
- Applications can be submitted only by EASST members.
- Applications should specify the category they apply for and include a description of the proposed activity, addressing the criteria below. They should also include the proposed venue, date, organisers and expected number and profile of participants (when applicable) along with a budget specifying how the funds requested will be allocated.
- Applications have to made using the application form which can be downloaded here: https://easst.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Application-Form-for-EASST-Fund-2019.docx and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30 November 2018.
- Community building on the national and cross-national level, and reaching to a European audience
- Particular emphasis is given to novel network initiatives, especially in countries under-represented in EASST (Southern and Eastern Europe)
- Novel academic questions, new collaborations, and reaching beyond academia.
- Innovative initiatives in academia (e.g., open access publishing) and public engagement in science and technology.
- Open activities accessible for a wide array of participants and reaching a broad audience.
- Feasibility and value-for-money. We particularly welcome initiatives with limited access to other potential sources of funding.
New Issue EASST Review
- In the editorial note Tomás Sanchez Criado reflects on the problems of our academic ways of being in the world.
- The section ‘STS Live‘ is back addressing the matters the new feminist activism has raised.
- The section ‘STS Multiple’ features the Czech Centre for Gender & Science.
- In the section ‘Cherish, not Perish‘ editor Ian Lowrie tells us all about The Provocations of the Platypus.
- The section ‘STS Events‘ includes three workshops and a conference addressing citizen engagement in science, social-ecological transformations, and STS as a research practice.
- The section ‘EASST Activities’ features a workshop about interventions into green Futures.
EASST awards 2018 – congratulations to:
OLGA AMSTERDAMSKA AWARD 2018 for a signiﬁcant creative collaboration in an edited book in ﬁeld of science and technology studies presented by the Council of EASST to Jason Chilvers and Matthew Kearnes for their edited book (2016), Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics, London: Routledge.
CHRIS FREEMAN AWARD 2018 for a signiﬁcant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation presented by the Council of EASST to Marianne Boenink, Harro van Lente and Ellen Moors for their edited book (2016), Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer‘s Disease: Innovating with Care, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
JOHN ZIMAN AWARD 2018 for a signiﬁcant innovative cooperation in a venture to promote public interaction with science and technology presented by the Council of EASST to Citizen Sense Project Collective i.e., researchers and their broader networks, including Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard, Lara Houston, Benjamin Barratt, Khadija Jabeen, Francesca Perona, Adrian McEwen, Sarah Garcin, Raphael Faeh, Lau Thiam Kok as well as participants and community groups from Deptford and New Cross, including Deptford Folk, Deptford Neighbourhood Action, APT Gallery, Pepys Community Forum, Voice for Deptford, New Cross Gate Trust, and Crossfield Estate for the Deptford Data Stories developed in the framework of Citizen Sense Project.
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.
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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.
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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.
EASST2018 conference: Meetings
Lancaster University, UK
25-28th July 2018
The last EASST conference took place in late July 2018 in Lancaster.
EASST Fund 2017 and 2018 Activities
The EASST Fund aims to promote national and 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 publicly engaged in science and technology. EASST wishes to support a range of activities such as the organisation of conferences, network meetings, seminars or workshops.
The Fund now provides a standard award of €1000 per successful application and there will be an annual call.
Activities supported by the EASST Fund 2017 have now been completed
- Workshop ‘Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences’. This is the first thematic workshop to be organised by the newly founded association, STS Austria. The workshop was held 16-18 February 2017 at IFF, Alpen Adria Universität Klagenfurt-Wien. The programme can be downloaded here.
- Workshop ‘What can STS do for Democracy’. Held 23-24 November 2017 at Aalborg University, Copenhagen.
- Workshop ‘Making Futures: Green Alternatives and STS Interventions’. Held 24-25 November 2017 at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
- 3 day book sprint ‘Science and Technology on the Periphery: A Manifesto’. Revised dates: 19-21 October 2017 at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.
Activities supported by the EASST Fund 2018
- Workshop ‘Participant Observation and Collaboration in STS Ethnography: Generating Methodographic Sensibilities for Science & Technology Studies’. To be held in April 2018, Berlin, Germany.
- Workshop ‘How can Science and Technology Studies help to reflect on the political crisis associated with refugees and asylum seekers?’. To be held on 27- 28 September 2018, jointly hosted by the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra and the ERC-project EXCHANGE, University of Minho, Portugal.
- Workshop ‘Precision Medicine in a Changing Population: The Italian Context’. To be held in March 2018, Campus Ifom-IEO, Milan, Italy.
- Workshop ‘STS/HTS Research: Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Medical Technologies’. To be held on 19 – 20 April 2018, Historical Archive of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Athens, Greece.
- ‘A Walk on the Edge: Collaborative ethnography of Câmara de Lobos’. To be held on 10 – 20 May 2018, Câmara de Lobos, Madeira.
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.