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8th STS Italia Conference - Call for special conference stream on "STS in a (post)-pandemic age" | TRIESTE, ITALY, 17–19 June 2021.

8th STS Italia Conference- "Dis/Entangling Technoscience: Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice" https://www.stsitaliaconf2020.com/

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UNIVERSITY OF TRIESTE, ITALY, 17–19 June 2021.

Call for special conference stream on "Science and Technology Studies in a (post)-pandemic age"

The 8th STS Italia Conference will be held in Trieste, Italy, on June 17-19, 2021. The conference is organized by the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Trieste.

We are now inviting track proposals for a special conference stream about the ways in which SARS-CoV-2 pandemic challenges established boundaries between disciplinary fields, about what is the space of STS in this evolving landscape, and to what extent the coming (post)-pandemic times call into question how STS understand technoscience.

The selected tracks will be included as part of the formal call for papers, which will be reopened on November 9, 2020. The submitted tracks are meant to engage with the general theme of the conference: “Dis/Entangling Technoscience: Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice”, taking the SARS-CoV-2 (post)-pandemic age as a vantage point of their reflection.

The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is questioning established boundaries between disciplinary fields, asking experts and scientists to close the gap between life sciences, social sciences and humanities with the aim to address the impact of SARS-CoV-2 across the world. Indeed, the pandemic is leading to a radical transformation in the organization of work, mobility, health and education services, as well as in intimacy, emotions and relations. This scenario is opening the door to a new global politics of life, which seems to radically challenge the conceptual and methodological tools hitherto mobilized by the social sciences and, in particular, by STS to understand the governance of public health and biomedicine. In this respect, as nicely argued by Lachenal and Thomas (2020, see “COVID-19: When history has no lessons”, in History Workshop), analyses of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic “based on precedents prove problematic, as they might orient actors towards outdated strategies.”

How can STS foster our understanding of the ways in which the current COVID-19 outbreak is changing the role of technoscience in society, and the politics of life at large? What challenges does the STS community face in building a renewing theoretical and methodological framework to explore these changes? Considering these questions as a starting point, we welcome panel proposals covering a wide variety of topics and domains, including (but not limited to) the following:

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    The emergence of new information and sociotechnical infrastructures;

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    The emergence  of new health (self)-surveillance devices and practices;

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    The reconfiguration of biopolitics in (post)-pandemic age;

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    The reconfiguration of public health and care practices;

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    The contestation of expert knowledge in a digital and interactive media environment;

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    Environmental sustainability, adaptation and resilience in (post)-pandemic age;

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    Work and organizational technology in (post)-pandemic age;

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    The relationship between technology and gender in pandemic times crisis;

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    Medical practices and the public shaping of biomedical research in (post)-pandemic age;

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    The reshaping of disciplinary boundaries in SARS-CoV-2 research;

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    The role of computational models and simulations in (post)-pandemic policy-making.

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Track proposals should be submitted via email to the organising committee, , by 23 October 2020.

Submissions for thematic tracks should be written in Italian or English using the template available here: . They should include a short description of the proposed theme (max. 400 words) and information about the convenors (max. 50 words for each convenor, including email addresses). Convenors will be notified of track acceptance by October 31, 2020. Convenors will independently set and oganise session according to the numerical constraints and logistics issues which will be specified by the conference organisers. Convenors who consider an abstract interesting but not suited to their session will be free to redirect the abstract to the scientific board ( ) for submission to another track. If a session draws fewer than three abstracts, the scientific board will decide whether to run the track or merge it with another track.

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IMPORTANT DATES

  • September 23, 2020- Call for tracks published;

  • October 23, 2020- Deadline for track submission;

  • October 31, 2020- Notification of track acceptance or rejection

  • November 9, 2020- Reopening of the call for abstracts;

  • December 18, 2020- Deadline for abstract submission;

  • January 22, 2021- Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection & announcement of logistics;

  • February 21, 2021- Early registration deadline;

  • April 16, 2021 - Late registration deadline

  • May 23, 2021- Publication of the final conference programme;

  • June 17–19, 2021- Conference

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/Download the Call for Track here: / /https://www.stsitaliaconf2020.com/ /

/CONTACTS: stsitaliaconf@gmail.com /

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Simone Arnaldi (University of Trieste) Attila Bruni (University of Trento) Stefano Crabu (Politecnico di Milano) Marina Maestrutti (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Paolo Magaudda (University of Padova) Federico Neresini (University of Padova) Giuseppina Pellegrino (University of Calabria) Manuela Perrotta (Queen Mary University of London) Sara Tonolo (University of Trieste) Assunta Viterriti (The Sapienza University of Rome) Paolo Volonté (Politecnico di Milano



FURTHER INFO:https://www.stsitaliaconf2020.com/

-- Stefano Crabu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Sociology (Politecnico di Milano | Dep. of Design)

Via Durando, 38A - 20158 Milano Ph. +39 02 2399 7244 | Mob. +39 340 6159556 M@il: stefano.crabu@polimi.it www.meta.polimi.it

-- Research Fellow at PaSTIS Padova Science, Technology & Innovation Studies (University of Padova) http://www.pastis-research.eu/


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