Call for Papers: EASST Conference 2018 @ Lancaster; 4S Conference 2018 @ Sydney; STS Italy Conference 2018 @ Padova

Call for Papers: EASST Conference 2018 @ Lancaster; 4S Conference 2018 @ Sydney; STS Italy Conference 2018 @ Padova


CfP: “Technopolitics of integration. Charting imaginaries of innovation in the European Union”


Ever increasingly since the launch of the Lisbon Agenda at the turn of the millennium, the European Union has targeted the acceleration of scientific and technological innovation as a key policy objective, envisaging the consolidation of the Union as dependent upon its “power to innovate” (European Commission 2013). Emphasized as one of the privileged means to steer the EU out of its current economic and political gridlock, while being heralded as conducive to nothing less than a “new Renaissance” (European Commission 2012), the acceleration of innovation has come to underpin the promise of the European project and to define the imaginary around which the fragile EU polity is envisaged to coalesce.

In this panel, we welcome empirical and conceptual contributions aimed at making sense and critically examining the mobilization of innovation visions and policies towards the socio–political consolidation of the EU and its transnational exercise of political, economic and cultural power. Specifically, some questions that the panel seeks to probe include: which vision of the EU do innovation policies encode and perform? How is agency (re)distributed among different actors groups, and how are state-market-science relations and public-private boundaries being redefined, in EU innovation policies? Which actors groups are empowered to speak and act in the name of accelerating innovation, and whose voices are disenfranchised? What are the emerging tensions and frictions between the ideal of competitiveness enshrined in innovation programs, and those of democratic accountability and social justice? How do specific visions of innovation depend upon, mobilize and/or reinforce existing socio-political inequalities?


Convenors: Luca Marelli, KU Leuven,; Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven,; Gert Verschraegen, University of Antwerp,

Deadline abstract submission: February 10, 2018


  • EASST: July 25 – 28, 2018 @ Lancaster

Convenors: Jim Dratwa, European Commission and Woodrow Wilson Center; Luca Marelli, KU Leuven,; Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven,

Deadline abstract submission: February 14, 2018


  • 4S: August 29 – September 1, 2018 @ Sydney

Convenors: Luca Marelli, KU Leuven,; Giuseppe Testa, European Institute of Oncology and University of Milan,; Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven,

Deadline abstract submission: February 1, 2018


CfP: “Citizen science from below and above”


Bottom-up citizen science initiatives engage artists, students, hackers, journalists, entrepreneurs, and other “non-scientists” in techno-scientific activities, such as biohacking, online computer/video gaming, pollution monitoring, and wildlife species counting, among many others. As many of these initiatives serve public purposes (e.g., educational goals) and emanate within democratic and participatory countercultures (e.g., the open science movement), they challenge the authority of orthodox science. In its “purest” form, citizen science emerges as a reaction against industry, institutional science, and science policymaking, in so far as these institutes are seen to inhibit open knowledge sharing. On the other hand, some citizen scientists explicitly and deliberately link up with entrepreneurial and commercial endeavors. These dual dynamics unfold in a policy context that is conducive to the institutionalization of citizen science, as policy makers (in Europe and on the level of member states) hail citizen science as a means of “setting up future strategies of citizen engagement in the excellence in science”.

This panel takes these observations as its entry point to ask how citizen science initiatives from below interact with institutional imperatives, discourses, and settings from above. Recognizing that citizen science embeds divergent, if not conflicting, assumptions about the means and ends of science and the role of the citizen/scientist in contemporary democracies, it approaches citizen science as a multifaceted practice that is shaped through a wide array of interrelated and unconnected mechanisms, programs and procedures, such as research and development processes, new technologies and systems (e.g. DIY technologies), science policy making, educational activities, science journalism, and contemporary art forms, among others.

The panel invites papers that address the interaction between citizen science initiatives and institutional levels. Proposals on one or more of the following topics are welcome.

– The co-production of citizens, scientists, and citizen science.

– The discourses and practices of co-creation, openness, and sharing that sustain citizen science.

– The politics of citizen science (e.g. citizen science as counterculture; taming/domestication versus (re)wilding of citizen science).

– The role of institutes (Policy, Science, Media, Industry, etc.) as curators, facilitators, patrons, or challengers of a more collective, open science.

– The political economy of citizen science.

– Tools and methods to study the interplay between bottom-up citizen science practices and top-down science, technology, and innovation imperatives.

These topics demand empirical and conceptual scrutiny, as citizen science potentially reshapes the grounds on which science and society meet, and is reconfigured through processes of institutional uptake and “down take.”


Convenors: Michiel van Oudheusden, KU Leuven,; Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven,;Gert Verschraegen, University of Antwerp,

Deadline abstract submission: February 10, 2018

Author: annetw

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Designed by Elegant Themes and powered by WordPress with some help from Francois. For any question please Get in touch.