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CFP: Open Panel on Universities at 4s/EASST 2020 at Prague 18-21 August

                Call for Abstracts to participate in Open Panel 97:
<br>Locating & Timing Governance in STS and Universities
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<br>to be held in Prague, 18-21 August 2020, at the joint conference
<br>https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/ of the
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<br>European Association for Studies of Science & Technology (EASST)
<br>https://easst.net/ and the
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<br>Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) http://www.4sonline.org/
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<br>The conference theme is Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency
<br>of STS in Emerging Worlds https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/focus-and-themes/
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<br>There are various ways to participate in the 4s/EASST 2020 meeting: Open Panel
<br>Papers, Closed Panel Proposals, and Making/Doing Sessions
<br>https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/call-for-papers-and-panels/  For example,
<br>217 open panels now are seeking paper submissions. See panel descriptions and
<br>search for key words at
<br>https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/accepted-open-panels-all-abstracts/
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<br>Call for abstracts to participate in Open Panel 97:
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<br>Locating & Timing Governance in STS and Universities
<br>
<br>Organizers Knut H. Srensen (NTNU) and Sharon Traweek (UCLA)
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<br>For many generations universities have been institutions of higher education
<br>and research. Now they are expected to contribute to local and global
<br>economies by commercializing research and spurring innovation, while
<br>addressing grand social challenges like climate mitigation and social
<br>disparities. They also must engage successfully in mass higher education and
<br>outreach with a variety of publics. This means that universities now occupy a
<br>strategic place in re/shaping society by circulating research and knowledge
<br>through teaching and professional expertise. Meanwhile, universities have
<br>become subject to increased auditing practices and austerity policies, locally
<br>and globally. Many universities turn to experts in branding and
<br>commodification for strategies in defining and representing their work as
<br>successful.
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<br>STS provides resources for understanding such dis/continuities in the making
<br>and circulation of knowledge while the study of universities in dynamic
<br>ecologies is vital to addressing unexamined assumptions in STS about the
<br>relationship between research, teaching, and society, as well as the
<br>governance of that relationship. We invite papers that address how
<br>universities engage with the changing:
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<br>- fragility and resilience of university cultures.
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<br>- demands for rapid intellectual, social, and economic contributions to
<br>society;
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<br>- work life and agency of academics
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<br>- relationship between teaching, research, innovation, and outreach;
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<br>- use of social media and branding practices by universities;
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<br>- intersectional issues in knowledge making, teaching, outreach, funding, and
<br>society;
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<br>- political economies of research, teaching, funding, and outreach;
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<br>- campus infrastructures from software & budgets to buildings &
<br>transportation;
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<br>- increasingly complex webs of relationships among universities glocally
<br>through rankings, MOUs, satellite campuses, academic mobilities, etc.
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<br>         The organizers are co-authors of Questing Excellence: Tales of Two
<br>Universities (under contract with Routledge).
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<br>Abstract Requirements: Give your main arguments, methods, and contributions to
<br>specific aspects of the panel topic in in 250 words or less. Deadline for
<br>abstract submissions is 29 February 2020. Submission information
<br>https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/call-for-papers-and-panels/  For more
<br>information contact:
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<br>Knut H Srensen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
<br>knut.sorensen@ntnu.no
<br>https://www.ntnu.edu/employees/knut.sorensen
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<br>Sharon Traweek, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
<br>traweek@history.ucla.edu
<br>https://ucla.academia.edu/STraweek
<br>http://genderstudies.ss.ucla.edu/faculty/sharon-traweek
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