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CFP 4S 2019 Open panel 23:

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4S 2019 New Orleans (September 4-7, 2019)

Dear colleagues, please consider submitting your abstract to the open panel
Co-creating or Testing Scalable Societies? Test Beds and Living labs as
Emerging Innovation Policy Instruments
Test beds and living labs (TB/LL) have emerged as a prominent approach to
foster innovation across geographical regions and technical domains, including
in energy, transportation, smart cities, and robotics. Feeding on prominent
policy discourses around "grand societal challenges" and "directed
transformation," TB/LL represent a co-creative, experimental approach to
innovation policy that aims at once to test, demonstrate, and advance new
sociotechnical arrangements in a model environment under real-world
conditions. To that end, TB/LL tentatively stabilize new socio-technical
orders at the meso-scale in an "as-if" mode of technology implementation,
frequently with the promise that local orders could be scaled up or
transferred to future society at large.
In this panel, we interrogate TB/LL as an emergent innovation policy
instruments. We invite papers that address the following questions, among

How are futures materialized and negotiated in TB/LL?
How, what and who do TB/LL "test"? What forms of control and
participation do they enact?
How do TB/LL create (standardized) model realities? How are these model
realities deemed or made scalable from the "lab" to society at large? What
'afterlife' do they have?
How do TB/LL reconfigure (or reinforce) power structures, inequalities
and subjectivities?
How do TB/LL differ across sites, cultures, scales, and technological
domains? How do models and their outcomes travel?
What interventions of economic actors and public bodies do TB/LL
* How can test beds enable new opportunities for responsible innovation

For submission details:

Deadline: February 1st, 2019

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions,

Gianluigi Viscusi, cole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne,

Jack Stilgoe, University College London (

Brice Laurent, Centre de sociologie de l'innovation, Mines ParisTech,

Sebastian Pfotenhauer, Technical University Munich

Sophie Nyborg, Technical University of Denmark (

Sophie Nyborg, PhD


Technology and Innnovation Management

DTU Management Engineering

Technical University of Denmark


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