This panel invites papers which use critical, ethnographically informed STS theory and methods to interrogate and explore the technologies, networks, and interstitial spaces in and by which states of consciousness are assessed, the stages of dying are determined, and death pronounced.
This panel also invites papers which interrogate the cascade of technologically mediated procedures which often follow, e. Papers which examine institutional settings, practices, and rationale as they relate to specific technological devices e. This panel particularly welcomes papers that explore these topics across a range of cultural and socioeconomic domains and reflect on the ways in which critical perspectives rooted in STS may reflexively inform and configure technologically mediated assessments of dying, death and the states between.
Proponents of digital agriculture argue that innovations in sensing, big data and automation will transform how we think about and organize food systems. Digital technologies may optimize different components of production and distribution, with implications for productivity, profitability, social security and environmental protection. But as the land encounters the digital and the digital the land, it is important to consider how innovations are both shaping and being shaped by social and political processes and institutions.
This panel is animated by the normative belief that STS attention to the interplay between technology and the social could advance a generative and timely analysis of digital agriculture. We invite papers exploring the ways by which digital innovations are mobilized in food production and wider societal re-ordering.
Panelists could consider how STS concepts such as co-production, assemblages, socio-technical systems or ontological politics could help in this work?
What social values are entangled with everyday technical practices to collect, order and re present agricultural data? How are farmers, agrochemical corporations, extension workers, governments and other social groups engaging with digital agricultural technologies? Work is increasingly shaped by algorithms and automated technologies that standardize and organize the labor process, incorporate managerial tasks, and contribute to new forms of value generation.
While this is depicted as a smooth process of innovation, the field is ripe with frictions and tensions. The field of STS offers crucial concepts and tools to challenge the assumption of technology as an external force that single-handedly configures and controls the workforce.
STS shed lights on how both the materiality and ideology of innovation are contested and practiced by specific actors. Perspectives rooted on user theory, political economy of technology, feminist theory of technology, and labour process theory are welcome among others.
We also aim to solicit papers that document and study how workers alter, redefine, and regenerate meanings, opportunities, risks, and rewards other than those imposed by system algorithms and other technologies. For decades the European Union has policies in place and funding offered to foster gender equality in academia and research. But these policy-driven and requested change processes face inner-institutional as well as societal resistance e.
Holistic systemic approaches are necessary to disrupt and interrupt traditional organizational structures towards social gender just work environments. The stronger institutionalisation of gender studies for instance in US American universities supported structural changes within the organisations, and makes gender equality efforts on the other hand more difficult in the majority of European institutions where gender studies are not structurally present and thus not acknowledged as research field.
In this open panel we want to stimulate cross-cultural knowledge exchange and try to foster the dialogue on intersectional perspectives on structural change in science and research organisations. We welcome theoretical and empirical papers, which contribute towards a better understanding on how structural and institutional conditions of precarious employment affect personal careers in multiple ways. We would like to stimulate a discussion of papers, who dare to develop the vision of a fair, inclusive and just academic environment — how can disruptions from the inside work towards a system change in research and higher education?
Labor is at the center of innovation, whether it is in services or manufacture, media, or any other activity. Popular media and, recently, academic discourse, have been brimming with account on how new technological advances in artificial intelligence AI , robots, platforms, and algorithms will transform the landscape of work, with ramifications for occupations and employment on a potentially grand scale.
Science Technology and Society studies offer a good toolset to study such sort of disturbances, recreation, and renovation in labor and organizations. For instance, contributions can raise the question about what sort of materialities emerge in new labor ecologies or how modes of production are changing through a human-automation symbiosis in the work system. Furthermore, we invite contributions focused on visibilizing workers that are behind opaque processes of technological solutions e.
Our exploration will include consideration of ethics, justice, system design, organization design, technology designers, maintenance, and new forms of work. We also invite to think about labor and power dynamics. For example: How data-driven technologies in the workplace change practices of managing control, surveillance or resistance? How do new technologies interact with outsourcing dynamics on a global scale, as well as with worker organizations? This open panel showcases new social innovations designed to address the critical cultural work performed by pharmaceuticals, their less licit siblings, and their difficult-to-classify cousins.
The cultural presence of psychoactive drugs has grown in significance with recent changes in governance and commerce; agrarian and industrial production; and environmental and social effects. How shall STS make sense of drug science and pharmaceutical innovation in producing, sustaining, or diminishing drugs and their users? This panel will stage new work that opens up emerging spaces of harm reduction to critical scrutiny; historical, social, and cultural analysis that seeks to regenerate useable pasts; and will take an inclusive approach to new scholarship on the varieties of drug experience and conceptual frameworks used to make sense of drugs as powerful material-semiotic actors.
Domestic technologies have long been a generative focus of feminist technology studies, the study of the social construction of technology, and scholarship on the social shaping of technology. From this foundation, we pursue three lines of inquiry:. Domestic technologies as objects of the home: Deeply sociotechnical, the home mixes the personal, relational, and architectural.
How do household technologies, from weighted blankets to kimchi fridges, produce domesticity? Technologies as domestic persons: From homemaker and domestic worker to digital assistant and autonomous vacuum cleaner, the home supports varied forms of personhood. How do language, performance, and affective labor construct domestic technologies as persons—and humans as domestic technologies? How do materiality and design mark domestic technologies as persons and nonpersons?
The domestication processes of technology: The deep familiarity of the home makes it also a terrain of uncanny valleys. What practices, internal or external to the home, render domestic technologies acceptable, intimate, and familiar? What place does domesticity occupy in larger societal trajectories of technologies?
We invite papers drawing on diverse contexts and methodologies. At the same time, there has been a renewed interest in the humanities and social sciences in engaging with many of the same materials at the centre of scientific discussions about the Anthropocene: fossils, minerals, soil, coal, plants, water, and so on. There are roughly three senses of the elemental. In the first sense, elements are discrete chemical entities, like those named and schematised in the Periodic Table of Elements which celebrates its th anniversary this year.
Elemental are the metals and non-metals of specific atomic compositions and weights, arranged and combined in diverse forms. In the second sense, the elemental names the environmental milieu, or material substrate, in which we are irrevocably embedded, in which different forms of life are immersed, enveloped, and take shape.
The third sense of the elemental is the ontological one, the philosophical correlate of the first. Here, the elemental is not a material resource or background, but is a claim about the conditions-of-possibility of being and matter themselves. For an elemental philosophy, there are forces or forms of matter from which every other material is derived; they are the condition and horizon of sensible involvement in the world Engelmann and McCormack, At once, the elemental situates us, embeds us, and is beyond us.
This panel seeks contributions that explore the value and limits of thinking our present elementally.
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This will alert our moderators to take action. Ash Carter. Roosevelt Institute, Admati and Pfleiderer present a model in which the threat of exit deters managers from accepting non-value maximizing projects that have private benefits. In this subsection, I outline a few of the immediately clear predictions about possible changes in market trading, price formation, and the mix of information impounded into share prices. At one time there were thousands of little waste-management companies—garbage collectors—across the country.
Emergent technologies and the implementation of new and innovative models, measures, and systems present rich sites for STS scholars to follow, understand, and intervene on technologies in the making Brey ; Guston As new technologies are implemented in existing biomedical research and healthcare infrastructures, they carry with them great promise to disrupt standards and routine practice as well as improve our understanding of health, illness, and the human body.
Yet as STS scholars have shown, technologies often reproduce and deepen existing disparities Eubanks ; Lee ; Murphy ; Noble ; Sankar et al. Studying how emergent technologies and systems are designed, regenerated, mechanized, commercialized, and integrated offers a window to understand the trajectory of technologies and the racialized, classed, and gendered logic of systems with which they interact.
This panel invites empirical contributions that explore how emergent technologies and platforms are constructed, implemented, and standardized in biomedical and healthcare settings.
Finance at the Threshold: Rethinking the Real and Financial Economies ( Transformation and Innovation): Economics Books @ Amazon. com. His contribution to the Transformation and Innovation Series claims that global finance has brought us to the limits of what mechanistic economic explanations.
We particularly are interested in papers that examine the implications of emergent technologies and systems for inequality and health justice. The topic of emotions enters into STS work in diverse way. Baier and Gilligan have offered ground breaking work on the importance of emotionality for feminist critiques of masculine and patriarchal social structures. The relation between emotions and beneficence, caring, and motivation to help have featured centrally in STS scholarship, e. Empathy is frequently called for in clinical work as a means of improving care, e. Halpern Empathy and sympathy are considered as important for ethnographic work as a means of building trust and rapport, e.
This open panel aims for a diverse array of papers on emotions and will consider the following questions:. Baier, Annette C.
Epstein, S. The construction of lay expertise: AIDS activism and the forging of credibility in the reform of clinical trials. Gilligan, Carol, Halpern, J.