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Time zone: Europe/Amsterdam


Note: This workshop will exceptionally NOT be held at VU university, but at an alternative venue.
Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Room F.001

Closed workshop by the critical infrastructure lab and REDE (Rede de Pesquisa em Governança da Internet)

The aim of the symposium is to explore what comes next in internet 9:45governance (IG) as a field of inquiry. The proposal is motivated by the perception that the practice of IG has changed considerably since the beginning of the internet, amplifying the historical challenge to define the borders of IG studies. More importantly, we ask how the technical discussions in IG can increasingly dialogue with critical perspectives that de-center western interpretations, center the people and invisible actors, and expand the variables of analysis to include gender, race, ethnicity, disability, the global South, and non-humans in their core. Anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-fascist, deep ecological, long-durée historical and political economical perspectives are examples of approaches that IG as a discipline has resisted more than other areas to adopt in its representative studies providing an empirical examination of governance mechanisms. The goal of the symposium is, first, to frame the technopolitics of the internet and its governance using more plural and inclusive paradigms, and second, to situate IG studies in view of quick technological transformations within and on top of its infrastructure. In order to reflect and act on these limitations, we call on IG scholars and scholars from adjacent and intersecting disciplines to collaboratively and intentionally shape the field more broadly contributing to a critical turn in internet governance.

Questions: symposium@criticalinfralab.net 

- 4S Council Meeting
- EASST Council Meeting
- Registration desk open
- Registration desk open

HG-0C29 Aurora

ECR Workshop Session

- Session 1a
- Session 1b
- Lunch

12:15 - 16:45 (Athena Institute)

P136 The makings and doings of food ways in STS research: cooking, tasting, speculating with care

Convenors: Alexandra Endaltseva (CNRS), Michael Guggenheim (Goldsmiths, University of London), Asaf Bachrach (CNRS). Chairs: Jan-Peter Voß (RWTH Aachen University)

How to care for sustainable eating in STS research? How to know with senses, affects, food work, and transformations that an eating body contains? This is an invitation to collectively investigate these questions by cooking, eating, and relating our experiences. See more here >>>

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-02A36)

EASST Ethics Committee (ECo) meeting - closed event

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-02A00)

Open Meeting for the Student Section of the Social Studies of Science (6S)

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-0C29) 

STS in Spain

This meet up addresses Spanish STS communities to discuss together the current state and future direction(s) of the Spanish STS network ¨Red ES CTS¨ created in 2011 as well as those adjacent including universities’ and research centres’ STS research groups,  with a specific twofold focus on (1) reactivating the network and (re)building interdisciplinary and intergenerational alliances and (2)  identifying financial opportunities at both national and European level to consolidate the STS  network in Spain. In addition to this specific agenda, this meet up seeks to discuss whether there is a shared need and desire for interdisciplinary spaces in which we can problematise, experiment and recognise ourselves in the (dis)encounters between STS and CTS, with divergent genealogies as well as past and present complementarities in the Spanish academic context. We welcome and call for participation to anyone interested in Southern European STS communities to share their interest, views and experiences in this or similar networks and initiatives. 

- Session 2a
- Session 2b
- Coffee/tea break
- Session 3a
- Session 3b
- Break

Making Policy and/as STS Scholarship

Speakers: Alondra Nelson and Brice Laurent

Convened and moderated by: Maja Horst and Anne Pollock

This presidential plenary explores the generativity of working across STS scholarship on the one hand and engagement in policy-making on the other. In the context of a conference theme that is interested in impact, we observe that STS both generates and thinks about impact in diverse ways. The field has provided groundbreaking theories and academic analyses which have spread far beyond our own academic turf. STS scholars have also been involved in various forms of activism, which has led to profound changes in the world. In this presidential plenary, we explore how STS scholars have been influential in policy advice and other forms of embedded policy work, and how working in policy has informed their scholarship. We aim to discuss the various forms impactful engagement can take, the motivations for engaging in such work and the types of competences needed to succeed. In particular, we want to highlight how, as a community, we can support each other in doing such work and how we can help each other and early-career researchers develop the necessary skill set for being impactful, and for being positively impacted as STS scholars through that policy engagement.

Brice Laurent is senior researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation at Mines Paris and director of the Social Sciences, Economics & Society Department at ANSES, the French public health and safety agency. Brice Laurent’s research focuses on the relationships between innovation and democracy. He has published on emerging technologies and the democratic issues they raise, the politics of regulation, and the politics of real-world experiments. Brice Laurent’s books include Democratic Experiments (2017) and European Objects (2022). At ANSES, the department he heads is in charge of socioeconomic analysis and dialogue with the agency’s stakeholders. To do so, it develops methods and approaches for integrating social sciences and humanities in expertise about risks. 

Widely known for her research at the intersection of science, technology, and society, Alondra Nelson is the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and there leads the Science, Technology, and Social Values Lab. She served as past president of the Social Science Research Council and on the faculty of Columbia University for a decade, including as their inaugural Dean of Social Science. Dr. Nelson began her academic career on the faculty of Yale University and received its Poorvu Award for interdisciplinary teaching excellence.

Between 2021-2023, she was deputy assistant to President Joe Biden and acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). At OSTP, Dr. Nelson spearheaded the development of the “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights,” which has both been incorporated into both President Biden’s historic executive order on artificial intelligence and enacted into policy for the federal government. During her White House tenure, she also issued guidance to expand tax-payer access to federally-funded research, strengthened evidence-based policymaking, and galvanized a multisector strategy to advance equity and excellence in STEM, among other accomplishments. Nature included Nelson in the list of “Ten People Who Shaped Science” in recognition of her public service, stating “this social scientist made strides for equity, integrity and open access.” In 2023, she was named to the inaugural TIME100 list of most influential people in AI and was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to serve on the UN High-Level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence. 

Dr. Nelson is a former president-elect of 4S and is the author of several award-winning books including, most recently, The Social Life of DNA. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Medicine. 

- Registration desk open
- Session 4a
- Session 4b
- Coffee/tea break

Chair: Marko Monteiro

Author: Helena Hansen

Critics: Melissa Creary, Kari Lancaster, Anne Pollock

- Session 5a

The STS Making and Doing Program aims to give visibility to scholarship  that relates to our fields of study and action in generative ways,  without adhering to the dominant image of impact. It highlights  scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or  book. Projects in STS making & doing provide equal attention to  practices of knowledge expression and knowledge travel as integral to  experimental practices of knowledge production. By increasing  the extent to which participants learn from one another about practices  they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to foster flows  of STS scholarship beyond the field and expand the modes of STS  knowledge production.

View the Making and Doing Contributions
- Session 5b
- Lunch

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-02A36)

East Asian Science Technology and Society journal editorial meeting

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-08A33)

Meet the editorial team of Science, Technology, & Human Values!

Join the Managing Editor and Editors of Science, Technology, & Human Values (ST&HV) at the EASST-4S meeting!  Considering submitting to ST&HV? Curious about editorial processes or the journal's vision? This session is your chance to connect directly with the editorial team! Come along for an informal discussion and gain valuable insights about publishing with ST&HV.  Whether you're a seasoned scholar or a early career researcher, we encourage you to attend and ask questions!

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-15A33)

Feminists In Science and Technology Studies (FiSTS) Research Community Meet-up

This meet-up is meant to facilitate networking, brainstorming, and conversations among members of or potential members of the FiSTS group. We conceive of this group broadly. Please, come join us. What programming would you like to see for the community in the coming years? What other ideas, accomplishments, or concerns do you have to share with the community?

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-07A32)

Forging Connections: Middle East STS Meet-Up

This Meet-Up is dedicated to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among STS scholars within the Middle East region. Given the grand societal challenges we face, connecting regional academic communities to share insights and engage in collective research endeavors becomes all the more vital. The establishment of STS Türkiye in 2017, now standing at 450 members, signifies an exciting momentum for a deepened STS network in the region. In this session, we aspire to host STS researchers and practitioners to ponder current projects, collaborations, and future directions of STS within the Middle East. Our objective is to identify shared research themes, discuss the nuances of cross-regional collaboration, support emerging scholars, and debate ways to elevate the visibility and impact of Middle Eastern STS research. We invite scholars who have engaged in scholarly work in or about the region, and all those studying STS from within the Middle East context, to join us. We hope to engage with a broad array of perspectives and to incite a constructive discourse that taps into the region’s diverse expertise. Please consider this call to connect and contribute to a vibrant discussion that celebrates our unique regional STS landscape.

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-KC07)

Meet-Up for National STS Associations

An invited meet-up for people who are (or have been) actively involved in organising national STS associations in Europe, to discuss activities to develop stronger links between EASST meetings. If you would like to attend, please email s.desaille@sheffield.ac.uk or r.williams@edinburgh.ac.uk to be placed on the list. 

- Coffee/tea break

Chair: Anne Pollock

Author: Shannon Cramm

Critics: Vivian Choi, Emily Yates Doerr,  and Michal Nahman

- Session 6a
- Session 6b
- Registration desk open
- Session 7a
- Session 7b
- Coffee/tea break
- The Bernal lecture

- Session 8a
- Session 8b
- Lunch

12:45 - 13:45

Transforming Chemistry and Society in STS? Open exchange and networking

The aim of the meeting is to 1) bring together the collective expertise and engagement in this area gathered at EASST/4S, 2) share empirical findings, and 3) identify common issues and concerns. This could include STS research and perspectives on current scientific advances in chemistry, new modes of chemical production, the chemistry of energy transitions, the exploration of new resource bases and the creation of new industrial value chains and circular economies, as well as public engagement with chemistry. Following the critical assessments of existing chemosocialities (Shapiro & Kirksey 2017) and alterlives (Murphy 2017) by STS researchers, we aim to jointly explore the molecular basis of 21st century cultures and societies. Contact persons: Nona Schulte-Römer, Patrick Bieler, Janine Hauer and Jörg Niewöhner.

12:45 - 13:45

“Decolonizing Data Infrastructures” meet-up

This meetup convenes a group of STS scholars engaged in critical data studies across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. With the growing emphasis on decolonization in AI and data to reshape global approaches and practices of responsible and inclusive innovation, there is an urgent need to explore different regionally-informed understandings of decolonization and alternative approaches to technoscientific imaginaries and understandings of datafication and resistances to it. This gathering aims at cultivating a scholarly network and fostering a community around the project of “Decolonizing Data Infrastructures”. Key agenda items at the meeting include potential publication projects, the development of a community teaching syllabus and readings list, and planning for future conferences and workshops centered on the theme. The meetup builds on the momentum of the 4S 2023’s “Decolonizing Data Infrastructure” panel series, and remains open to anyone interested in network building and sharing ideas dedicated to AI and data studies in global contexts

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-02A00)

Reaching new audiences through interactive multimedia publishing

This meet-up is for creating links between publishing and gamification. For STS researchers who want to reach new audiences and bridge the gap between academia and other sectors of society, there is an alternative to one-way dissemination: interactive publishing in the form of Serious Games. A Serious Game is played not for entertainment but for learning, awareness raising, enabling collaboration, etc. The game format gives audiences an interactive experience with the research material. Using tried-and-tested game templates, research can be turned into a playable format without needing any expertise in game design. Another option is to work with students or other groups on creating games themselves using templates. Whether playing or creating a Serious Game, the process is engaging, interactive, and creates a non-threatening environment where people from different backgrounds can all participate. This approach is particularly useful for working with diverse audiences and cross-sectoral groups.

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-06A00)

Pathways of STS in South Asia: where we came from and where we can go

The meet-up envisions bringing together scholars and researchers from South Asia to weave together possibilities for building a collaborative framework for future STS research in the region. Rich scholarship in science and technology studies has emerged from South Asia over the last few decades and has significantly contributed to how we now understand and critically imagine the socio-political reality around us. However, we still seem to situate ourselves in fragments, often lacking a formal community to channel and stabilize our scholarship. To this end, a group of academics in India have begun the efforts to establish an STS Network to bring together STS scholarship from and about India. We think it is crucial to also establish a larger network for the South Asian region that can provide a space for meaningful collaborative research, organizing events, and sharing knowledge from the margins.  Building a vibrant community that addresses not only the unique transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research from different domains that have emerged from South Asia in the past but also discusses the possibilities of fruitful collaboration in the future is the goal of this meet-up. 

- Theme plenary

- Awards Plenary
- Registration desk open
- Session 9a
- Session 9b
- Coffee/tea break
- Session 10a
- Session 10b
- Lunch
- 4S Business Meeting

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-16A00-Kerkzaal)

Knowledge of AIDS Research Collaboration Network and friends

This meet-up will convene members of the “Knowledge of AIDS” Research Collaboration Network (RCN) and friends of the RCN. All 4S/EASST attendees with interests in building community around HIV/AIDS scholarship in STS are invited and encouraged to attend. The Knowledge of AIDS RCN is funded by the STS Program within the United States National Science Foundation, led by Co-PIs David Ribes, Marika Cifor, Stephen Molldrem, and Andrew Spieldenner. The RCN is a three-year effort organized around the themes of “the archive,” “expertise,” and “participation” in the history of HIV/AIDS. The network focuses on building the transnational community of scholars in STS who study the HIV/AIDS epidemic in North America and its global relations. In the first year, we are exploring the “Archive of AIDS” theme, which encompasses the historical, sociocultural, and technological aspects of archiving HIV/AIDS-related materials and the cultural memory of the pandemic. The meet-up will serve as a space to make introductions, have discussions about current trends and future directions for HIV/AIDS scholarship in STS, and to build community and mentorship opportunities around these topics. Learn more about the RCN at KnowledgeofAIDS.net or by attending this meet-up.

12:45 - 13:45

STS in education (STudieS) meet-up

The STudieS network (https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/studies-sts-education) is holding its yearly meeting at the EASST conference. The one-hour session is an excellent opportunity to get to know and network with educational scholars that employ STS insights. A keynote speaker (tbc) will kick off our meet-up and will discuss with us, over lunch, various research orientations, research questions, and focal challenges that STS in educational research could (and should) take up in the future. During the event, moreover, we will further discuss the thematic lines of the network, planned and ongoing publications, and future meetings.

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-06A00)

STS Food and Agriculture Network (STSFAN)

STSFAN is an open network for STS scholars interested in food and agriculture topics to network, share work in progress, and collaborate. We have ongoing, monthly meetings via zoom and an active Slack channel. All are welcome to join us for an informal meet-up and planning and netowkring session.

12:45 - 13:45 (HG-06A00)

U.S. National Science Foundation outreach meet-up - learn about NSF funding opportunities

This is an opportunity to learn more about funding opportunities available at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The aim of this Meet-up is to raise awareness in the research community about various NSF funding opportunities and it provides an opportunity to get to know the Science and Technology Studies (STS) Program at NSF and its Program Directors. Program Directors will also be available for Q&A.

- Session 11a
- Session 11b
- Coffee/tea break
- Session 12a
- Session 12b