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Reimagining STS & academic work: challenges, transformations, and alternative futures (format: workshop/lab) 
Kyriaki Papageorgiou (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Sharon Traweek (University of California, Los Angeles UCLA)
Vivian Anette Lagesen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Knut H Sørensen (NTNU Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology)
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

The session aims to foster discussions and generate innovative ideas concerning the future of STS and academic research. Moving beyond traditional academic presentations, contributions will be curated, setting the stage for an interactive session and a deeper exchange about our work and future(s).

Long Abstract:

In a time marked by intricate societal challenges, academia is called upon to evolve and realign its priorities. Since the 1990s, concerns have been voiced over the trajectory of universities and academic work, particularly how they have been shaped by neoliberal ideologies, especially managerialism and new public management. This is an opportune moment to rethink the position and role of academia and the knowledge-making ecologies within which they are enmeshed. It is a task particularly relevant for the STS community to uptake, since at the core of the field are fundamental questions about the relationship between knowledge and society.

Echoing the conference's theme, "Making and doing transformations," our workshop explores the transformative potential and hurdles of STS and academic research. Our objective is threefold: 1) foster insightful discussions on the present state of academia; 2) spark innovative thinking about its future; and 3) devise timely and actionable strategies for today. Using participatory design and forward-looking methods, this workshop will explore a wide range of themes, from the impact and relevance of academic research to supporting a more inclusive and decolonial scholarship. A key feature of the session will be interactive discussions paired with hands-on activities.

We welcome contributions in the following areas:

1. Empirical Analyses: Showcasing transformative academic practices and the progression of academic methodologies.

2. Experiential Narratives: Personal accounts detailing transformation journeys and the nuances of a broader, sustainable academic paradigm.

3. Critical Reflections: Deep dives into the current academic practices, considering the ethical complexities of academic research.

4. Futuristic Visions: Thoughtful projections into academia's trajectory, highlighting the effects of technology like artificial intelligence.

To enhance thematic synergies, the workshop seeks to facilitate collaboration among panels with convergent topics. In preparation to the event, contributors will be invited to connect virtually with the workshop organizers before the conference.

Accepted contributions: