CFP: Science, Knowledge, and Technology Mini-Conference

August 21, 2015, Northwestern University’s Downtown Campus, Chicago

Call for papers

CFP: SKAT 25 – A mini-conference organized by the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association

Deadline April 1, 2015

SKAT 25: New Directions after a Quarter-Century of the Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology

A mini-conference organized by the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association
August 21, 2015, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Northwestern University’s Downtown Campus, Chicago

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Ruha Benjamin, Monica Casper, Adele Clarke, Tom Gieryn, Sheila Jasanoff, Amit Prasad, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, and Janet Vertesi

For complete information: http://skat25.com

On August 21, 2015—in our section’s 25th anniversary year, and on the eve of the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Chicago—the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the ASA will hold a one-day mini-conference on the downtown Chicago campus of Northwestern University. The mini-conference is open to SKAT members and all others interested in social and cultural studies of science, knowledge, and technology.

The mini-conference will include recognition of founders, pioneers, and past chairs; two plenary sessions; two break-out sessions with multiple panels of paper presentation running in parallel; lunchtime informal discussions at thematic tables; a poster presentation; and a closing reception.

Registration for the mini-conference will be free for SKAT section members who have paid section dues as of July 31, 2015. Anyone planning to attend who is not currently a section member is urged to join by that date (http://www.asanet.org/sections/fees.cfm). Alternatively, attendees may pay a $25 registration fee (cash or check) at the door.

We are now accepting abstracts for the mini-conference. The organizing committee will select abstracts and group them into a series of panels, which will meet in parallel during two break-out sessions. We request that your presentation not duplicate any material you are presenting at the ASA meeting! Please take the opportunity to try out new material and fresh ideas.

We welcome submissions on any topic related to the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • The history of SKAT as a subfield of sociological inquiry
  • The future of SKAT as a subfield of sociological inquiry
  • The use of theory in SKAT studies
  • Methodological issues in SKAT studies
  • Intersections and tensions between SKAT and STS
  • The ontological turn
  • Globalization, postcolonialism, and SKAT studies
  • Big data and SKAT studies
  • SKAT approaches to health, biomedicine, and pharmacy
  • Non-traditional SKAT topics
  • Knowledge and expertise
  • Classification and standardization
  • Activism and the making of publics
  • Biosociality and biocitizenship
  • The (re)making of race and ethnicity
  • Gender, sexuality, and technoscience
  • Science, technology, and education
  • Innovation and technoscientific imaginaries
  • Environmental studies
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Power and science
  • Health social movements
  • Science, technology, and the body
  • Alternative knowledge systems
  • Places and sites of knowledge production

Please submit your abstract (250 words maximum) at http://skat25.com by April 1!

We are grateful for generous support from Northwestern University (the Department of Sociology, the Science in Human Culture Program, the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program, and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences); the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago; Loyola University, Chicago (the Department of Sociology and the College of Arts and Sciences); the University of Illinois at Chicago (the Department of Sociology and the Institute for the Humanities); and the Vanderbilt Program in Medicine, Health & Society

SKAT 25 Planning Committee: Steve Epstein (Chair), Mathieu Albert, Daniel Breslau, Claire Decoteau, James Evans, Anne Figert, Marion Fourcade, Kelly Moore, Casey Oberlin, Elise Paradis, and Janet Vertesi

SKAT 25 Local Host Committee: Kellie Owens (Chair), Danielle Giffort, Ari Tolman, and Kelly Underman

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Posted: March 14, 2015