CFS ASA 2021: Sociologies of Science, Knowledge, and Technology in “Revolting Times” (Open Panel)

Session organizers:
Nathalia Hernandez Vidal (Oxford College of Emory University)
Patrick Grzanka, University of Tennessee‐Knoxville
Kelly Moore, Loyola University‐Chicago

Drawing on scholar‐activist Michelle Fine’s ongoing characterization of the present as “revolting times”—marked by incredible forms of inequality and movement‐led uprisings that reflect a desire for profound social transformation—we propose a panel that showcases SKAT scholarship reflective of this moment and its implications for the future of the section. Even as some corners of the sociology of science, knowledge, technology (and medicine) have embraced an interest in the study of inequalities and injustice created through, with, and by technologies, biomedicine, and scientific knowledge production, less SKAT scholarship conceives of SKAT and STS as tools for justice‐making or social transformation.

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2021 STGlobal Conference: Science at Service: Building Inclusive Communities

April 16-17, 2021
Online

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.

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After Method in Organization Studies IV – AMOS Conference

Västerås, Sweden. June -3-4, 2021

Last day to submit: October 12, 2020 Extended deadline

After Method in Organization Studies IV (AMOS) is a conference taking place at Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden, June 3-4, 2021. The purpose with the conference is to provide an opportunity for social science researchers to meet and discuss methodological questions around epistemology of practice and epistemological practices.

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HSS Virtual Form

October 8-11, 2020
Online event

HSS is planning a Virtual Forum from October 8-11. This event will not replace our in-person meeting we had planned for this fall with SHOT in New Orleans. This in-person joint meeting with SHOT is now postponed. It is planned to take place in New Orleans in late November 2021. Everyone who has been accepted to the 2020 meeting (as published in our 2020 HSS program in May) may find further instructions about their options to present next year.

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