19 de enero de 2017

CfP: 11th Annual Science in Public Conference


Submit your proposal by January 31st 2017 at bit.ly/sip17panels

Science and technology are essential ingredients of our humanity. The emergence of
fruitful and diverse scholarly perspectives on the history, practice, communication,
governance and impacts of scientific knowledge reflects this fact. Yet rapid scientific and
technological change has also unsettled the idea of what it means to be human; for
example, through new frontiers in physical and cognitive enhancement, shift to
knowledge economies, and potential threats to employment from mass automation.
These changes take place in a context of broader challenges to expertise and evidence,
dramatically illustrated by the EU referendum and the election of Donald Trump.
Taking these matters seriously calls for a renewed focus on compassion, benevolence
and civilization. This year at Science in Public, we ask:

How do science and technology affect what it means to be human?

We invite proposals for panels, debates, performances, films and other forms of dialogue
or practice from a wide range of disciplines – including STS, history of science, science
communication, sociology, law, disability studies, geography, urban studies,
development studies - that reflect on this question across a range of topics including, but
not limited to:

• Law, governance and new technologies
• Responsible research and innovation
• Political economy of science & technology
• Gender, science and technology
• Science policy
• History of science and technology
• The citizen in science and technology
• Race and postcoloniality
• Dis/ability in science and technology
• Social, political and scientific imaginaries
• Science and technology in science fiction
• Science, art and humanity
• Public involvement in science & technology
• Social media as (in)humane technology
• Human enhancement
• Robotics
• Grand challenges to the future of humanity
• Geographies of science and technology
• Science and sustainability

Panels can be made up of one or a series of sessions. Each session will last 90 minutes.
Sessions with papers will be limited to three papers per session only, in order to facilitate
in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas. Panels can be proposed with papers and
speakers and/or opened up as part of the subsequent Call for Papers (to be issued in
February 2017).