Subject: 2nd CfP: Research Workshop on Science, Technology, Society (STS)/History, Technology, Society (HTS): Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Medical Technologies

We would like to announce the 2nd Call for Papers for the *“Research
Workshop on Science, Technology, Society (STS)/History, Technology, Society
(HTS): Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Medical Technologies”. *

*The deadline has been extended. Travel grants are available!*

*Location**:* Historical Archive of the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens, Athens, Greece
*Dates**: *Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of April 2018
*Organizers**: *Constantinos Morfakis and Katerina Vlantoni, Postdoctoral
Fellows, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, School of
Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
The workshop is organized in the context of the research project “The
public debate on umbilical cord blood banking in Greece: Approaches from
the interdisciplinary field Science, Technology, Society (STS)”. This
project is funded by the Onassis Foundation <http://www.onassis.org/en/>
and is hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science
<http://en.phs.uoa.gr/>, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens.
*Sponsored by:* *Department of History and Philosophy of Science*, National
and Kapodistrian University of Athens, *Onassis Foundation*, and *EASST*
(European Association for the Study of Science and Technology)

*You may find the complete call here
<http://old.phs.uoa.gr/hst/files/2nd_CfP_STS_HTS_Workshop.pdf>.*

This 2-day research workshop will focus on recent approaches to
biotechnology and medical technologies from the fields of Science,
Technology, Society (STS) and History, Technology, Society (HTS). The
emphasis is placed on the growing economy of biobanks, especially in
connection to the bioeconomy of umbilical cord blood (UCB) banking. The
workshop will bring together scholars working on UCB biobanking and the
STS/HTS research community.

We invite contributions from scholars who are interested in critical
approaches to the theoretical framework and the methodology involved in
STS/HTS perspectives on UCB biobanking.

*Possible topics include:*

§ Commercialization initiatives in UCB biobanking / the production of
biovalue(s).

§ Ideologies of UCB biobanking.

§ Varieties of UCB biobanking institutional configurations and regulatory
issues.

§ Public awareness and citizen participation in UCB donation/storage: the
perspective of the voluntary donor, the organization of patient engagement,
other non-expert involvement in UCB banking settings.

§ UCB biobanking in global, national and local media (newspapers, tv
broadcasting, social media). The connection between media coverage/framing
and UCB banking practices and health policies.

§ Futuristic discourses and science/technology forecasting of UCB
bioeconomies: challenges, public health policies and cooperation strategies
(e.g. the financial sustainability of UCB banks, the future value of UCB as
inscribed in current banking configurations).

§ Big data issues in UCB banking settings.

§ Approaches to the use of UCB in therapeutic practices (allogeneic and
autologous transplants) and regenerative medicine.

*Structure of the research workshop:* The workshop will consist of two
parts. During the first part, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers will
present their ongoing research projects on biomedical technologies and will
discuss theoretical and methodological challenges with STS/HTS scholars.
During the second part, the sessions will focus on theoretical reflections
and empirical research regarding the configurations of UCB biobanking. Τhe
workshop will additionally include a discussion with stakeholders active in
the field of UCB biobanking in Greece. During the first day of the
workshop, there will be a keynote speech (name: TBA).

*Participation* in the workshop is free of cost. A limited number of travel
grants will be offered.

*Proposals*: Proposals should include an abstract (ca. 300 words) and a
brief biographical note (ca. 100 words). Please indicate whether you are
applying for a travel grant and the grant amount that you apply for.
Proposals are to be submitted by email to sts.biobanks@phs.uoa.gr by
*December
17th of 2017*.

*You will be notified if your proposal has been accepted by January 12th of
2018. *

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers at
sts.biobanks@phs.uoa.gr.
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