Demo Night: An Evening of Platforms, Prototypes, and Multimedia Experiments in Action

Conferences, Sessions
Please fill out this form if you are planning to attend. Extending the 2016 Conference theme of science and technology “by Other Means”, the evening will feature an open demo space of multi-media and interactive projects by participants of the 4S/EASST 2016 conference and local artists and activists of Hangar’s artistic and research community, who adopt diverse alternative formats to explore and experiment with science, technology and the arts. Organized by: Tere Badia (Hangar) and Anita Chan Say Chan (University of Illinois) Invited participants: Daniel Miracle: http://www.neokinok.tv/ Sergio Salgado (de x-net): https://xnet-x.net/sergio-salgado/ Sophia Brueckner http://www.sophiabrueckner.com/ The Journal of Peer Production: http://peerproduction.net/ Nadya Peek: http://infosyncratic.nl/ Mario Santamaria: http://www.mariosantamaria.net/ Pechblenda:  http://www.diybcn.org/
http://hackteria.org/wiki/BIO-reSEARCH
https://network23.org/pechblendalab/ DiY Bio Barcelona: http://www.diybcn.org/ Patricio Rivera: http://www.patriciorivera.com Ali Yerdel: http://airlabs.es/ BeAnotherLab: http://beanotherlab.org/ Diego Paonesa: http://diegopaonessa.net/
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Hangar’s open Thursday special edition (featuring HABLAP among others)

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Please fill out this form if you are planning to attend. Open thursday special edition featuring the resident and reserching projects of Hangar.org (https://hangar.org/en/). These are the artistic projects that will be exhibited. BeAnotherLAB Befaco Hamaca Ilaro DIYBio LAB Interactius   Featuring HAPLAB: Horror and Possibility Sci-Fi Workshop (Linked to Track 114 but taking place at the Hangar) Sophia Brueckner (University of Michigan) Reading science fiction is like ethics class for inventors, engineers, and designers. For decades, science fiction authors have explored both our wildest dreams and greatest fears for where technology might lead us. Science fiction looks at current technological and social trends and extrapolates them into the future. It speculates on the consequences of these trends, both good and bad, if they continue unchecked. During this workshop, participants will use J.…
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STS Verbena

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Friday 2 September, 21:00-01:00 Following the motto of this conference the local committee aims to celebrate our gathering in Barcelona by organising a banquet by other means. Happily, we don’t need to create a new concept for this (not this time). There is a nice word in Spanish (also in Catalan and Galician) that encapsulates our idea of a banquet by other means: a verbena. Apart from naming a plant, verbena means a popular party, usually a summer open-air dance in a street or in a main square of a town, village or a neighborhood organised on the eve of an important festivity (men used to wear a verbena “boutonnière” in such parties, that’s why the party took this name). Traditionally a verbena includes music, dance, and stalls of typical food…
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QueerSTS4S: A Meetup at 4S for Scholars at the Intersection of LGBTQ Studies and STS


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The focus of the meetup is to build a community of scholars who work at the intersection of queer studies and STS. Graduate students and early career scholars are especially encouraged to attend, although the meeting is open to everyone at the conference. The meetup will open with around-the-room introductions. It will then transition into a meet-and-greet and possibly break-out sessions. Complimentary wine, beer, & appetizers will be provided! Join the meeting at: http://tinyurl.com/queerSTSBarcelona For more information see: http://www.4sonline.org/blog/post/queer_sts_at_4s_easst_in_barcelona Hosted by Stephen Molldrem, University of Michigan ([email protected]) and Mitali Thakor, Northwestern and MIT ([email protected])   Supported by: University of Michigan: Department of American Culture, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society University of Toronto: Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and the Technoscience Research…
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Postgraduate workshop

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This is a pre-conference workshop for MA and PhD students and other early-career researchers to share ideas, experiences, and enthusiasm around how we do (post-)graduate STS studies “by other means.” This is an informal workshop for sharing ideas, not a venue for individual presentations. We ask for no special background or experience in alternative/open-access publishing, cooperative research practices, or careers outside academia, only an interest in discussing these topics. Participants will hear from cooperators in Barcelona’s activist scene, other students and former students about strategies for alternative and open-access publishing, cooperative research processes, and careers outside academia. Discuss your own experiences, ideas, and concerns. Network with an international mix of colleagues. Share refreshments and get to know Barcelona a bit better. We have tried to accommodate all completed applications; however, due…
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SUB03.1 Futures

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The night of the researcherconspirers: excellence, evaluation and speed in the future of neoliberal academia In this sub-plenary, we would like to address how academic debates in STS but also in science and innovation studies and policies have, with renewed interest and emphasis, recently addressed the impact of new public management principles and policies not only on the daily functioning of science and academia but also on its current organization, labour conditions, evaluation practices and in relation to the world of business, politics and the wider civil society. Whilst the dominant mantra of the bio-based economy of Horizon 2020 insists on the importance of intellectual property rights, market incentives, public-private partnerships, innovation clusters and academic start-ups, a relevant amount of critical academics has started not only to question the actual societal…
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SUB02.1 Spaces

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This sub-plenary explores how doing STS by other means has displaced research out of the laboratory into other types of spaces. Our main concern is to bring to the fore the specificities of knowledge and innovation production in these spaces and the tensions that constitute their ecology of practices and modes of dwelling. The session will also look at how these new spaces challenge methodological and empirical approaches, transforming researchers’ practices and engagements with other humans and more than humans. Spaces are, then, not only sites of research and intervention, but they are transformative placements. Inquiring what they ‘ask for’ is an empirical and conceptual challenge that needs attention. The session will be structured as a conversation between three researchers involved in three different environments: digital, outdoors, and intimate, to…
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SUB01.1 Collectives

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This sub-plenary explores the work in, with, and alongside collectives as a form of STS by other means. By juxtaposing academic researchers with researchers from collectives, this session will address its meanings and effects beyond non-conflictual collaborative relations, since building relations reveals to be full with tensions, ambivalences, and misreadings as well as joy, creativity, and collective learning practices. The session will be structured as a juxtaposition of four interventions where the contributors will provide different accounts showing concrete and practical examples of these processes of research, revolving around two main questions: What is it to work with or in collectives? How is it developed, who takes part, etc.? What would collaborating and researching in/with collectives mean in specific situations and contexts and what are the main issues that different…
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Open Dialogue Session: A Critical Conversation about Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Progress

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Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Developing a Science and Technology Studies Perspective Panelists: Johan Schot, Introduction to the IPSP and the STS contribution Saurabh Arora, Social Progress a Compass Eden Medina, Supranational Organizations and Technologies of Governance Ulrike Felt, Perspectives for Democracy and Equality Andy Stirling, Multiple Directions of Social Progress Moderator: Fred Steward Organizers: Saraubh Arora, Eden Medina, Ulrike Felt, Johan Schot, Andy Stirling, A large group of Science, Technology Studies scholars is making a significant contribution to the report Rethinking Society for the 21th Century produced by the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP; see http://www.ip-socialprogress.org/). The Panel seeks to answer the question whether we can hope for a better society in the context of a very challenging context of a series of system crises, growing inequality and climate change. To answer this question the IPSP has mobilised hundreds…
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Presidential Awards Plenary

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The Presidential Awards Plenary is an opportunity for our two societies to recognize those colleagues who have made significant contributions to the field of STS. As the number of our joint awards is large, we have worked to develop a format for the plenary that is both celebratory and substantive, and that invites the recipients not only to enjoy the community’s recognition of their own outstanding work, but also to engage with each other in conversation. This event will also provide us with an opportunity to express our gratitude to those whose labours have brought this conference into being. 18:00 – 18:30 Welcome, opening remarks by Fred and Lucy 18:10 – 18:25 4S Fleck Prize (outstanding book in STS) recipient Banu Subramamiam, Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity, University of Illinois Press, 2014; presenter…
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