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CFP 4S 2019 Open panel 127 on Scaling Up Co-creation

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

To those interested in STS perspectives on Co-creation instruments, please
consider submitting your abstract to the Open Panel 127.

Scaling Up Co-creation? The Politics of Participatory Innovation Instruments

Initiatives to stimulate innovation through "co-creation" among diverse actors
are proliferating, spearheaded by a wave of new participatory policy
instruments such as public procurement of innovation, co-creation facilities,
or living labs, among others. Proponents argue that these instruments can
include diverse knowledges and help steer innovation in socially beneficial
directions. However, STS research has shown that participatory instruments do
not merely engage, but performatively create publics, raising questions about
representativeness, legitimacy, and power. Moreover, the mainstreaming of
co-creation instruments in an increasingly standardized, ready-to-deploy
fashion runs counter to the foundational premise of co-creation - i.e. that
the goals, practices, and outcomes of innovation are highly situated and
cannot be standardized across cultural, organizational, and regulatory
This panel aims to wrestle with the politics and practices of this new wave of
"mainstreamed" co-creation instruments in innovation. We invite theoretical
and empirical contributions on:
How is the global landscape of participatory innovation policy
instruments changing? Which public bodies, economic or civil society actors
driving this change?
Which new entanglements between objects, sites, publics, and concepts
do these instruments create?
How do co-creation practices and outcomes differ across locations,
scales, and technological domains? How are their benefits and risks envisioned
How do these instruments reconfigure global and local political
economies of innovation? Which forms of power, exclusion, and subjectivities
are being enacted?
What are the avenues and limits for governing innovation more
democratically through co-creation?
How can demand-side policy instruments such as public procurement
support systems transformation related to grand challenges?

For submission details:
Deadline: February 1st, 2019

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Carlos Cuevas, TU Mnchen,
Meiken Hansen, Technical University of Denmark,
Kyriaki Papageorgiou, ESADE Business & Law School,
Cian O'Donovan, University College London, c.o'
Gunter Bombaerts,

Sophie Nyborg, PhD


Technology and Innnovation Management

DTU Management Engineering

Technical University of Denmark


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