Tensions of Europe Summer School: Towards Digital Science and Technology Studies: Challenges and Opportunities

June 25-27, 2019, Luxembourg

We live in the digital age which has a huge impact on the way we do scholarly research. For emerging careers it seems to be particularly pivotal. One the one hand, digitalization brings opportunities enlarging the methodological and thematic horizons. On the other hand, it sets a number of challenges on how to employ various methods, use new digital applications, and adapt to a rapidly changing academic community. But why do we actually need digital methods in our research?

Call for papers

The Early career scholars network of Tensions of Europe in connection to the 9th Tensions of Europe (ToE) Conference, organizes a Summer School to discuss challenges and opportunities in the field of science and technology studies (STS). The Summer School relates to the overall conference theme “Decoding Europe: Technological Pasts in the Digital Age.” We invite participants from the field of science, technology and medicine studies, both from historical and other social disciplines.

We envisage an interdisciplinary dialog and propose to discuss the following questions, among others:

  • Why does digital history matter?
  • What are challenges /obstacles of doing digital history and how to cope with them?
  • What are specificities of digital history of technology and, more broadly, STS?
  • What are opportunities of digital humanities?
  • What digitalization and historic source criticism mean?
  • What is specific in teaching digital history and using digital methods?
  • How do we imagine the future of STS in the age of digitalization?

We hope for a fruitful discussion that can inspire and help all participants in their future research and explicitly invite young scholars not specifically working on digitalization, but are interested in the topic. The school will include lectures, master classes, workshops, discussion rounds and outdoor activities.

In order to participate, we invite applicants to submit a short bio (no more than one page) and a short text (350-500 words) explaining their interest in the topics of the summer school and how their work would benefit from these discussions. Proposals should be sent by 30 January 2019to len.kochetkova@gmail.com with a title “ToE Summer School Proposal.”

Deadline: January 30, 2019

Posted: January 25, 2019