[SIGCIS-Members] Cfp for Open Panel on STS+Universities at 4s/EASST 2020 in Prague 18-21 August

Sharon Traweek traweek at history.ucla.edu
Fri Feb 21 09:53:24 PST 2020

Sunday 29 February deadline for Abstracts to participate in Open Panel 97:
Locating & Timing Governance in STS and Universities
Organizers Knut H. Sørensen (NTNU) and Sharon Traweek (UCLA)

The panel will be held in Prague, 18-21 August 2020, at the joint conference of the European Association for Studies of Science & Technology (EASST) https://easst.net/ and the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) http://www.4sonline.org/

The EASST/4s 2020 Conference theme is Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/focus-and-themes/

 For more conference information see https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/



Description for Open Panel 97:

Locating & Timing Governance in STS and Universities

Organizers Knut H. Sørensen (NTNU) and Sharon Traweek (UCLA)

For many generations universities have been institutions of higher education and research. Now they are expected to contribute to local and global economies by commercializing research and spurring innovation, while addressing grand social challenges like climate mitigation and social disparities. They also must engage successfully in mass higher education and outreach with a variety of publics. This means that universities now occupy a strategic place in re/shaping society by circulating research and knowledge through teaching and professional expertise. Meanwhile, universities have become subject to increased auditing practices and austerity policies, locally and globally. Many universities turn to experts in branding and commodification for strategies in defining and representing their work as successful.

STS provides resources for understanding such dis/continuities in the making and circulation of knowledge while the study of universities in dynamic ecologies is vital to addressing unexamined assumptions in STS about the relationship between research, teaching, and society, as well as the governance of that relationship. We invite papers that address how universities engage with the changing:

- fragility and resilience of university cultures.

- demands for rapid intellectual, social, and economic contributions to society;

- work life and agency of academics

- relationship between teaching, research, innovation, and outreach;

- intersectional issues in knowledge making, teaching, outreach, funding, and society;

- political economies of research, teaching, funding, and outreach;

- campus infrastructures from software and budgets to buildings and transportation; and

- increasingly complex webs of relationships among universities glocally through rankings, MOUs, satellite campuses, academic mobilities, etc.

         The organizers are co-authors of Questing Excellence: Tales of Two Universities (under contract with Routledge).

Abstract Requirements: Give your main arguments, methods, and contributions to specific aspects of the panel topic in in 250 words or less.

Deadline for abstract submissions is 29 February 2020

Submission information https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/call-for-papers-and-panels/

For more information contact:

Knut H Sørensen, Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) knut.sorensen at ntnu.no<mailto:knut.sorensen at ntnu.no>  https://www.ntnu.edu/employees/knut.sorensen

Sharon Traweek, Gender Studies, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

traweek at history.ucla.edu  https://ucla.academia.edu/STraweek  http://genderstudies.ss.ucla.edu/faculty/sharon-traweek

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