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Message posted on 04/01/2019

4s 2019 open panel on STS & Universities


Please consider submitting a paper proposal to our open panel #155 to be held
at the
Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Annual Meeting, 4-7 September 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana [NOLA], USA
The meeting theme is Innovations, Interruptions, and Regenerations

There are various ways to participate in the 4s NOLA meeting: joining open
panels, proposing closed panels, designing a Making/Doing session, and making
For example, 191 open panels now are seeking paper submissions. See panel
descriptions and search for key words at
See submission process at
Submissions are due Friday 1 February 2019.

Open Panel #155: STS and Universities
Universities now occupy a strategic place in the so-called knowledge
society or information-based political economy, supplying a rapidly growing
demand for new kinds of expertise in nearly all areas of modern life,
especially in wealthy countries. At the same time, universities are under
considerable pressure to adapt to global ideas and practices about
neo-liberalism and new public management, along with the quest for
excellence and innovation with respect to teaching, research, and
Consequently, universities increasingly are expected to make themselves
accountable and auditable by producing quantitative information on certain
activities that enable the formation of metrics, rankings, and other new forms
of control, including the management of branding, incomes, and outcomes. What
is counted then counts, defining new criteria for evaluating admission,
hiring, advancement, worthy subjects of inquiry, and modes of circulating
STS has considerable potential to study universities as political economic
actors, institutions, enterprises, and places of work, study, and the making
of knowledge. We invite contributions that address how universities have
engaged with these changing political economies of research and higher
education. Papers that address how these demands are reshaping the
interrelationship between research and teaching, departmental cultures,
academic life, and ethnicity, gender/sexuality, class, disability, and
migration issues in universities are also welcome.

The organizers are co-authors of an emergent manuscript called Questing
Excellence: Tales of Two Universities which they will discuss at 4s NOLA; it
is based upon their decades of ethnographic experience in universities and
studying knowledge making among engineers and scientists.

Knut H. Srensen, Professor
Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier/Department of interdisciplinary
studies of culture
Senter for teknologi og samfunn/Centre for Technology and Society
Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU)/Norwegian University of
Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Email: Website:

Sharon Traweek, Assoc Prof, Gender Studies, UCLA
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