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Dear all,

Please find below the call for papers for the Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference 2021. The theme is "STS and the Future as a Matter of Collective Concern" and the conference will be held here at Copenhagen Business School in a hybrid-blended format. Deadline for submission of abstracts is February 1, 2021. For further information see below and in the conference site

Looking forward to receiving your contributions,


Theme: STS and the Future as a Matter of Collective Concern (*)

Rising sea levels, mass extinctions, global displacements, climate catastrophe, everyday devices that conduct mass-surveillance, digitalization and automation of warfare, nationalistic politicians in important offices, and now, on top of all, the global COVID-19 pandemic. We live in times when the future appears deeply concerning. In this context, we dedicate the NOSTS Conference 2021 to a conversation about STS and the future as a matter of collective concern.

We especially welcome contributions relating to the following topics:

  • STS and the socio-technical construction of the future. We invite studies that explore how the future (and "time" more generally) is produced, experienced, and lived today. For example, studies of multiple ways of constructing the future, analysis of temporal narratives in science and science fiction, conceptual reflections about time and the Anthropocene, and case studies of temporality in different socio-technical settings.
  • STS and matters of concern. For several decades, STS research has paid attention to many of the issues that are at the core of today's concern for the future. In line with this, we welcome empirical studies that explore socio-technical attempts to deal with, for example, climate catastrophe, automation, and algorithmic warfare.
  • The future of STS. We welcome papers that engage with the expanding repertoires and specific instruments that STS scholars use to reflect on and conceptualize their own forms of engagement in the study of collective concerns. For example, comparisons and discussions concerning as the notion of "matters of concern" itself, the different personae adopted by the STS scholar (for example, the figure of the "idiot") as well as methodological reflections on "intervention," "collaboration," "dialogical democracy," and "responsible innovation."
  • STS in the time of a pandemic. We welcome papers that respond to the current context of a pandemic by considering, for instance, how COVID-19 challenges our understanding of how futures are constructed, our knowledge about socio-technical attempts to deal with catastrophic situations, and the position of the STS scholar vis--vis crucial collective concerns.

We also welcome papers that do not directly relate to the theme but are in other ways relevant to STS.

(*) The conference theme was originally planned for the Danish Association of Science and Technology Studies (DASTS) Conference 2020 that was postponed due to COVID-19. Since the theme suddenly became even more relevant, we decided to use it for the Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference 2021. If you submitted an abstract to DASTS, you are welcome to submit that same abstract again and if you do so, please select "yes" in the submission form when you are asked "Did you submit THIS abstract to DASTS 2020? You are of course welcome to submit a new abstract and if you do so, do not select "yes" in the form.


We expect the conference format to be blended and hope to host a combination of physical and online participation. Please see the Submission page for further information about the fees for different types of participation.

Keynote Speakers and Futures Panel

The NOSTS 2021 conference presents two keynote speakers.

  • Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (Associate Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick).

  • Annelise Riles (Professor of Law, Executive Director of the Roberta Buffet Institute of Global Studies, Northwestern University and Professor, School of Law, Department of Anthropology, and Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, Cornell University).

In addition to the two keynote speakers, our Futures Panel will discuss the question "Does STS (still) mean business?" picking up on the question that was debated in the journal Organization in 2009 but restating it in the context of the conference theme.

Panel speakers:

  • Joan Fujimura (Martindale-Bascom Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison and President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (2019-2021)).

  • Susi Geiger (Professor of Marketing and Market Studies at University College Dublin College of Business).

  • Alan Irwin (Professor of Risk and Organization, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School).

  • Lise Justesen (Associate Professor, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Daniel Neyland (Professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Key dates:

  • Monday February 1, 2021: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • Monday March 1, 2021: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • Monday March 1, 2021: Registration opens
  • Monday May 3, 2021: Registration closes

Organizing Committee:

  • Jane Bjrn Vedel, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
  • Jos Ossandon, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
  • Trine Pallesen, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
  • Lise Justesen, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School

Jos Ossandn Associate Professor in Organization of Markets, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School Kilevej 14A, 4th floor, DK-2000 Frederiksberg Tel.: +45 3815 3945 ion/staff/joioa Co-editor Valuation Studies Associate editor Journal of Cultural Economy Collective blog Estudios de la Economa

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