9-10 September 2021. ONLINE
Infrastructures, Institutions and Cultures: New Relations and New Challenges
This past year has seen many of the routines of our daily life disrupted by Covid-19. Yet, apart from the personal and interpersonal challenges this has created, we have also become more aware of the ways in which social orderings and the technologies which help to reproduce them have become not only more visible but more fractured and unstable, producing new forms of social inequality and injustice. But these developments too have brought new ideas and possibilities for a re-ordering of socio-technical relations and practices. More widely, challenges associated with climate change, public health and threats to democratic institutional processes at national and international levels have led to calls for new forms of engagement, changes in politics and the creation of cultures of accountability and care.
The 2021 AsSIST-UK Annual Conference invites papers that discuss these broad issues and the new relations and challenges they create. It asks how Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) not only casts new light on these challenges but also opens up ways through which they might be addressed. We invite papers that examine these issues empirically, theoretically and methodologically drawing on scholarship from the STIS community on which the Association is built.
Call for Abstracts:
Abstracts (between 200-300 words max): Extended Deadline: May, 14th. The form to use to upload your abstract can be found at:
Abstract Submission Form – 2021 Virtual Conference (google.com)
Please ensure you complete the section on the form that asks you to indicate which of the subthemes shown there most closely link to your presentation.
Notification of acceptance of Abstracts: June 15th
The abstracts will be considered by the Conference’s Scientific Committee:
- Dr Niki Vermeulen Edinburgh: science and innovation policy Science, Technology and Innovation Studies: Niki Vermeulen (ed.ac.uk)
- Dr Achim Rosemann Exeter: biomedicine Dr Achim Rosemann | Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology | University of Exeter
- Dr Angela Cassidy Exeter: public engagement, history, governance Dr Achim Rosemann | Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology | University of Exeter
- Dr Athena Piterou Athena Piterou | People | University of Greenwich
- Prof Daniel Neyland Goldsmiths: ethnography across diverse empirical areas https://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/neyland/
- Dr Christine Aicardi KCL: history/ethics/ICTs Dr Christine Aicardi (kcl.ac.uk)
- Dr Ilke Turkmendag Newcastle: law, innovation, governance, genomics Staff Profile – Newcastle Law School – Newcastle University (ncl.ac.uk)
- Associate Prof Javier Lezuan Oxford: global health/climate change: Dr Javier Lezaun | Institute for Science Innovation and Society (ox.ac.uk)
- Dr Kate Weiner Sheffield: consumer health techs. Dr Kate Weiner | Sociological Studies | The University of Sheffield
- Dr James Lowe, ISSTI. School of Social and Political Science: Staff profiles : James Lowe (ed.ac.uk
Papers (between 3000-6000 words) due: August 11th (Papers will be uploaded to Google docs with access limited to delegates only; and will form the basis of the published Conference Proceedings planned for late October; provisional drafts/exploratory papers welcomed – full, polished papers not required)
We are delighted to announce our Keynote speakers for the Conference and the title of their presentations:
Associate Professor Kornelia Konrad, University of Twente, Netherlands https://people.utwente.nl/k.e.konrad
An STIS perspective on socio-technical futures in the governance of innovation
Professor Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter, UK (Professor Sabina Leonelli | Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology | University of Exeter)
The Open Data Challenge: Cultural, Institutional and Infrastructural Dilemmas of Data Sharing
Professor Martyn Pickersgill, University of Edinburgh, UK (Martyn Pickersgill | The University of Edinburgh)
The Ontological Work of Epistemic Infrastructures: Negotiating the Novel within Science (Studies) and Society
Registration IS NOW OPEN: https://store.york.ac.uk/product-catalogue/sociology/assistuk-annual-conference-2021
Fees: AsSIST-UK Members: £40 for salaried staff, £20 for PhD students. Non-Members: £50/30
Non-members can join the association (there is no Membership fee) via the form on the A-UK website:
The Virtual Conference will be using the ‘Gathertown’ platform which provides for a more interactive occasion than others we have looked at. We will be providing all delegates before the Conference with a briefing and guidance on how to use the system.