2021 STGlobal Conference: Science at Service: Building Inclusive Communities

April 16-17, 2021

Abstract Deadline: December 16, 2020 11:59 p.m. PT

Contemporary biological, environmental, social, and political crises expose a pressing need to rethink the sciences’ place and orientation in society. Technological innovation and infrastructures have played significant roles in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, the global rise in authoritarianism, and a widespread expansion in economic and social injustice. As policymakers and publics look to the sciences to help address these problems, it becomes increasingly important to reflect upon the current and proper purposes, uses, and aims of the sciences. What communities and values are served by present research and innovation systems? Which are harmed, undercut, or left behind? Our contemporary crises can be understood as outgrowths of neglect for economically and politically marginalized communities in the scoping and orientation of research; and of inattention to the potential dangers, as well as the benefits, of techno-social innovations.

Repair and amelioration, rather than replication and exacerbation, of societal injustices, economic inequalities, and new, technologically facilitated risks to human bodies, communities, and societies require a reconceptualization of whom the sciences aim to serve and how they will do so. New models of science governance, innovation policy, embedded research, and scientific service will be needed if we wish to build more just, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

For STGlobal 2021, we invite works which address these topics from the perspectives of science and technology policy, science and technology studies, science communication, higher education, sustainability, futures studies, critical theory, and other relevant fields. Research topics may include:

  • How the sciences can support the creation of healthier and more inclusive communities
  • How the sciences help (or don’t help) publics and policymakers to understand and make decisions about current crises, e.g. COVID-19 or climate change
  • The sciences’ roles in articulating and building more alternative or more desirable futures
  • How scientists position their work relative to important contemporary issues
  • How institutions collaborate with their local communities
  • Critical perspectives about knowledge and sociotechnical systems in the contemporary world (which may include feminist, queer and gender, critical race, indigenous, decolonial, disabilities, and other cultural studies)
  • How expertise is incorporated in the improvement of participatory community processes
  • What science oriented toward community or societal service can or should look like

Submission Timeline

December 16, 2020: Final submission deadline; proposal review begins

January 31, 2021: All proposal decisions sent

February 28, 2021: Final conference program set

March 14, 2021: Non-presenter registration closed

Source: https://www.stglobal.org/2021-cfp

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