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Call for tracks | 8th STS Italia Conference, University of Trieste, Italy, 18–20 June 2020

                *CALL FOR TRACKS *

*8th STS Italia Conference*, 18–20 June 2020, "*Dis/Entangling
Technoscience: Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice*"


*/Dis/Entangling Technoscience:

*/Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice/**/

*/8/**/^th /**/STS/**//**/Italia/**//**/Conference,/**/University of
Trieste, Italy, 18–20 June 2020


The *8th STS Italia Conference* will be held in *Trieste, Italy, 18 to
20 June 2020*, by the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies,
in collaboration with the Department of Political and Social Sciences of
the University of Trieste.

We are now inviting proposals for tracks. The selected tracks will be
subsequently included as part of the formal call for papers. The
submitted tracks are meant to engage with the general theme of the
conference: “*Dis/Entangling Technoscience: Vulnerability,
Responsibility and Justice*”.

This major theme refers to the complex and ambivalent role of
technoscience and innovation in constituting societies – making
possibilities flourish, but also creating new vulnerabilities. The
emergence of new, severe forms of labour exploitation through digital
platforms and algorithms, the risk of massive and hidden surveillance
practices and the related commodification of personal information, the
emergence of novel forms of genetic discrimination in the context of
genomic medicine and the public unease with and controversy over the
public accountability of expert communities are just some of the most
well known and vivid examples of the epistemic and biopolitical
importance of re-considering technoscience in the context of justice and

Indeed, in societies intensely shaped by technoscience, vulnerability –
the exposure to harm and the susceptibility to subsequent loss – can be
understood as an emergent property of the relationships between human
actors and material objects, technological artefacts and infrastructures
and social processes and structures. However, the effects of these
processes (the levels, intensities and types of vulnerabilities) are
unevenly distributed and closely interconnected in space and time and
across different social worlds. Such an unequal distribution points to
the underlying, fundamental question of justice in a “technologically
dense society”. More broadly, it refers to exploring the reasons for
this vulnerability, addressing topics such as the forms and sources of
power and participation, the limits of control and epistemic
uncertainty, the expectations, representations and interests of the
social actors and the (often assumed) neutrality of scientific knowledge
and technology. It refers to examining how responsibilities for this
state of affairs are defined and assigned, addressing topics such as
models of governance and regulation, ethics and values, hegemony and
contestation and discourse and legitimation. For these reasons, justice
and responsibility in technologically dense societies not only represent
an important research object for science and technology studies and
other related fields, but their exploration is also a way to assert the
civic commitment of the STS community itself.

The conference will welcome empirical and theoretical contributions
addressing diverse aspects of the social study of science, technology
and innovation from different disciplines and fields, such as
anthropology, economics, design, history, law, philosophy, political
science, psychology, semiotics and sociology.

*Track proposals should be submitted* via email to the organising
committee, , *by 20
October 2019*. Along with traditional *academic sessions*, the
submission of alternative formats is encouraged. These can include (but
are not limited to) roundtables, *workshop-style sessions, theatrical
debates*, and other *performances*. Applicants are encouraged to engage
with the general theme of the conference.

We welcome proposals covering a wide variety of topics and domains,
including (but not limited to) the following:

● Co-creation in science and technology
● Communication, media and digital technologies
● Critical perspectives on consumption practices
● Design practices in and outside of official/conventional research and
development settings
● Coping with vulnerability in and through education
● Engaging art in technoscience
● Environmental sustainability, adaptation and resilience
● Expectations, promises and visions of science, technology and innovation
● Forms and practices of public participation and engagement
● The gender–technology relationship
● Grassroots innovations for sustainable development
● Hackerspaces, makerspaces and DIY centres
● Information infrastructures and infrastructuring practices
● Platforms, algorithms and the organisation of society
● Political economy of science, technology and innovation
● Medical practices and the public shaping of biomedical research
● Postcolonial technoscience: science and technology in non-Western
● Responsibility in science and innovation
● Science, technology and innovation policy
● Work, organisation and technology

Submissions for thematic tracks should be written in Italian or English
using the template available in attachment**and at the following link: < >. They should include a short
description of the proposed theme (max. 400 words) and information about
the convenors (max. 50 words for each convenor, including email
addresses). Convenors will be notified of track acceptance by 18
November 2019.

Convenors will independently set session topics and organise each track
according to the numerical constraints specified by the conference
organisers. Convenors who consider an abstract interesting but not
suited to their thematic track will be free to redirect the abstract to
the scientific board for submission to another track. If a track draws
fewer than three abstracts, the scientific board will decide whether to
run the track or merge it with another track.


* October 20, 2019: Deadline for track submission
* November 18, 2019: Notification of track acceptance or rejection
* November 25, 2019: Conference announced with a call for abstracts
* February 9, 2020: Deadline for abstract submission
* March 2, 2020: Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection
* March 29, 2020: Early registration deadline
* April 19, 2020: Closing date for registration
* May 24, 2020: Publication of the final conference programme
* June 18–20, 2020: Conference


/Download the "Call for Track

/Download the "Template " for submitting thematic
tracks /



Simone Arnaldi (University of Trieste)
Attila Bruni (University of Trento)
Stefano Crabu (Politecnico di Milano)
Marina Maestrutti (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Paolo Magaudda (University of Padova)
Federico Neresini (University of Padova)
Giuseppina Pellegrino (University of Calabria)
Manuela Perrotta (Queen Mary University of London)
Sara Tonolo (University of Trieste)
Assunta Viterriti (The Sapienza University of Rome)
Paolo Volonté (Politecnico di Milano



FURTHER INFO:*www**.**stsitalia**.**org*

STS Italia - STS Italia – Società Italiana di Studi su Scienza e Tecnologia

Via Carducci 32, 20123 - Milano (Italy)
C.F. 92182800281

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