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CfP: How Do Technologies Die? Nordic STS Conference 2019

Dear all,

Hope you had great holidays!

Nordic STS Conference 2019 session “How do technologies die?” is open for
abstract submissions. Please note the deadline is January, 18.

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How do technologies die?

Clearly, technologies are part and parcel of current systemic problems
around climate change and global justice, both as problem and as solution.
When the role of technologies is studied, however, the tendency is to focus
on the emergence of new socio-technical arrangements. Yet, what about the
fate of old technologies that threaten more sustainable modes of production
and consumption? What about the ‘trajectories of erosion, decay, and
fossilisation’ as Elisabeth Shove and Gordon Walker once coined the reverse
dynamics? Alongside nurturing niches and supporting sustainable novelties,
a phasing-out of undesired technologies seems required to speed up
low-carbon transition, not unlike the precedents of DDT and inefficient
light bulbs phase-out or the ongoing phasing out of nuclear energy in
Germany. Yet, a phase-out may pose many risks to economies, welfare,
democracy and the natural environment. This session invites contributions
to describe, characterize and analyze the decline, failure and ‘death’ of
established technologies. We welcome empirical cases of declining
technologies; comparisons between technologies, sectors or countries; and
theoretical elaborations on trajectories of decline.

Zahar Koretsky, PhD Cand., MUSTS, Maastricht University

Harro Van Lente, Professor, MUSTS, Maastricht University

More about Nordic STS Conference 2019:

We’re looking forward to reading your submissions!

Best wishes,


Zahar Koretsky

PhD Candidate at Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society
Studies (MUSTS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS)

Grote Gracht 76, 1.13
P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
T +31 43 38 82 767

Note on name spelling: Zahar Koretsky is my publishing name, while my
passport name, which is used only for bureaucracy-related matters, is Zahar
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