Call for abstracts and session proposals: EASST Conference, Copenhagen 2012

"Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology" Call for Abstracts
When Oct 17, 2012 12:00 AM to
Oct 20, 2012 12:00 AM
Where Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2012


2012: Copenhagen


October 17-20, 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark Held jointly with the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)


"Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology"

For the Joint EASST/4Sconference 2012 we broadly invite papers that address the dynamics and interrelationships between science, technology and society. Papers which address the meeting's theme 'Design and Displacement' are especially relevant, but papers on any topic in STS are welcome.

'Design' has become a key concept across a multitude of disciplinary domains and social spheres. In addition to its traditional 'aesthetic' associations, it is now a key term in multiple scientific domains and in diverse technological practices. One can even think of societies and social arrangements being 'designed'. In science and technology, 'design' implies the re-arrangement of materials and ideas for innovative purposes. When newly designed scientific and technical objects enter the world, however, their initial purposes are often displaced.

For decades, STS researchers have been following the practical and political dimensions of science and technology. By focusing on concepts and practices of scientific and technological design at their sites of construction and on their multiple displacements the 2012 conference continues this tradition. By bringing together 'design' and 'displacement' we want to highlight how scientific and technological design engages with existing socio-technical arrangements in both planned and unplanned ways, facilitating both collaborations and contestations, and generating both order and disorder.

The conference encourages analytic, critical and practical engagement with design and displacement in several ways. First, it points to the need for investigating the relation between design intentions and their displacements, for example as catalysts for change and conflict. It also highlights the importance of investigating design controversies. It locates design practices in broader political contexts, and focuses attention on how design facilitates or hinders social inclusion, locally and globally. The theme 'Design and Displacement' invites careful analyses of the way design practices take part in shaping worlds. However, 'Design and Displacement' also raises questions around STS as design work and practice-based interventions. In this sense design becomes simultaneously topic and outcome, a situation that raises new questions concerning the role of STS research.

Call for abstracts and session proposals

The success of the conference structure at the Trento 2009 conference has been taken up by the Copenhagen Organising Committee, and developed further. The call for open panel themes received enthusiastic response from the community. 106 panels are available, which have been grouped into 10 subject clusters. You can view the full descriptions here (PDF). Individual papers may be submitted to one or more of these.

Each participant in the conference will be limited to one first-authored submission and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Papers may be submitted individually or by a session organizer. Paper abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. The title of papers should be up to 10 words.

Session proposals should be limited to 250 words total, and should contain a theme and a rationale for the session, and a brief discussion of its contribution to the STS community. Session proposals should list a chairperson and names of all session organizers and panelists, including institutional affiliations and (electronic) addresses. Session proposals should be based on the assumption of 1½-hour time slots with fifteen minutes per presentation. A typical session consists of maximum five papers, one chairperson, and a fifteen-minute open discussion slot. You must have a minimum of three complete paper descriptions in order to submit a session proposal. You can add additional papers to the session up until the submission deadline.

Click here to submit a paper or session proposals now.

Please note, this is a separate database from the 4S and EASST membership/registration systems. All presenters, including those included in session proposals, must have a user account with the submission system. Submitters can create accounts on behalf of their co-authors and session participants, if necessary. Anyone who has participated in a 4S meeting in the last four years should already have a user account.

Deadline for submissions 18th March 2012.


EASST welcomes book and journal exhibitors.  Please contact admin(at) for further details.

Support for Doctoral Students

EASST aims to support doctoral students new to STS conferences to feel part of the conference.  We are planning a doctoral workshop linked to the Conference.  Details will be posted here when available or email students(at) to register your interest until March 18th.

We are also exploring the opportunity for mentor links with more experienced STS scholars.

Support for Conference Attendance

EASST will make funds available to support the attendance of those who have no, or limited, institutional support. Those attending from European countries underrepresented at EASST conferences are particularly invited to apply for conference support. Only participants with a paper accepted for the 2012 conference will be supported. Further details will be made available early in 2012 and will be announced here and via Eurograd.

Contact Info

For general meeting information and any questions about the program, contact the Scientific Program Chair, Signe Vikkelsø at meeting(at)
For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact webmaster(at)
For EASST specific issues please contact admin(at)

Important Dates

January 4, 2012: Deadline for submitting open panels.
January 11, 2012: Abstract submissions open.
March 18, 2012: Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals.
May 1, 2012: Acceptance notification.

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