CFP: An International Conference on Global STS New Directions in Social, Cultural, and Historical Studies of Science and Technology

March 14-15, 2014, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, the Humanities, Science, and Society Research Cluster (HSS@HSS) will hold an international conference on Global STS: New Directions in Social, Cultural, and Historical Studies of Science and Technology. For the past forty years, the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has grown significantly to contribute to our understanding of how science and technology interact with society. Numerous concepts, frameworks, and theories have been developed by STS scholars but only a few touches upon transnational dimensions of scientific production and technological development. As the production system of science and technology has expanded beyond nation-state borders and implications and repercussions of technoscientific risk rapidly spread at the global scale, the proposed mini conference is meant to take STS into new frontiers where the global dimension of science and technology that increasingly shapes the future of society in the 21st century is critically examined. Can we extend social constructivism to explain the co-production of technology and society at the global scale? How have transnational networks of scientific systems transformed epistemological contents of science? Can the notion of technological politics be applied universally in diverse political regimes across the globe? In other words, can we have a Global STS? These are the questions raised in the conference.


The main purpose of this conference is to bring in young and senior researchers from all over the world, but more specifically Asia, to share and discuss new ideas, concepts, and methods in studying science and technology in the global context. The conference aims to provide a venue for an interdisciplinary interaction between sociologists, historians, anthropologist, philosophers, and political scientists to examine how precisely globalization changes the structures and cultures of technoscientific production and how transnational networks of technoscience produce far-reaching implications on the globalized society in terms of the application and commercialization of scientific knowledge and sociotechnical systems. As today’s world is marked by the rise of Asia as a new center of technoscience production, the conference invites STS researchers to probe the future development of STS looking into Asia’s influences on global technoscientific enterprises in the 21st century.

As an academic event, the proposed conference seeks to extend the existing STS scholarship to new levels to unpack science-technology-society relations in a more complex way by cultivating alternative approaches from different theoretical, methodological, and empirical grounds. The primary objective of the workshop is to set a new agenda and direction of the STS scholarship, taking into account multi-layered analysis of culture and structure that mark the global contestation of technoscience.

Posted: February 13, 2014