MidweSTS Graduate Workshop 2018

October 26-28, 2018, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MidweSTS invites graduate student submissions for a 3-day workshop addressing themes in critical,
decolonial, feminist, anti-racist, transnational, queer, and ecological potentials in science and technology
studies, as well as critical doing/making and design studies. We invite work engaging in the politics of
creation/knowledge production and political intervention, as well as scholars working in the regional inbetween
that gets called “Midwest,” including the Great Lakes region; lands variously territorialized by
histories of settler colonialism, indigenous presence and practice, industrialism and its alternatives, black
technocultures, migrant makings, and visible and invisible genealogies of innovation. It is a region that
today is often positioned as a deindustrial periphery despite its lively and ongoing technoscientific and
political innovations, experimentations, and solidarities.

In light of ongoing contentious public debates over the appropriate role of higher education to meet the
needs of the 21st century world, we especially encourage submissions that address issues relating to the
future of the contemporary university as an institution that ostensibly is in service of the “public interest.”
This event, which is the third annual midweSTS Graduate Workshop, will gather together exciting critical
work being created in this Midwest region and aims towards building stronger networks and communities
between emerging scholars and researchers. We hope that this year’s iteration of the workshop will allow
scholars to critically reflect on how STS scholarship stands in relation to how higher education continues to
undergo structural shifts given increasing academic precarity, not to mention, corporatization (of scientific
research), anti-intellectualism as well as the broader devaluation of the qualitative social sciences and

Information about workshop logistics and accommodation options will be posted on the workshop website
(https://midwestsnetwork.wordpress.com) in the coming weeks
If you have any questions or queries, please contact the organizers at midwests2018.workshop@gmail.com

Call for papers

We welcome 500-700 word proposals for a variety of formats – from dissertation-based projects and
standard talks to hands-on workshops and interdisciplinary demos. Those proposing traditional presentations
may assemble a pre-formed panel presentation of 3-4 papers, or submit abstracts as an open call to be
gathered into panels. Proposals should include:

• A description of the content and style of your presentation
• A short biography elaborating on your background and your interest in participating
• 5 keywords, concepts, or themes that your project can be tagged by

Panel proposals should include a brief rationale for the panel including panelist biographies, as well as full
abstracts for each paper, in a single PDF

Hands-on workshops will be limited to 35 minutes and presentations and demos to approximately 20
minutes each. Basic supplies will be offered on site. If you have special needs (such as whiteboards, paper,
creative tools, an open space, etc.) for your proposed session please note this in your proposal.

Deadline: July 15, 2018

Posted: June 06, 2018