Call for contributions

Science, Expertise and other Modes of Knowledge: Trends, Patterns, and Prospects

The short history of the SARS-COV-2 virus has impressively displayed how scientific knowledge simultaneously co-constructs political and social worlds and, in turn, is shaped by these spheres. The virus overhauled our daily lives all over the globe and brought unprecedented challenges to conventional modes of governance and established regimes of scientific expertise.

From an STS perspective, these challenges may not appear to be entirely novel in nature. However, in these times of crisis discourse on topics such as, for example, climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and energy supply, STS studies are attaining new societal relevance. STS approaches and concepts offer relevant analytical frameworks to analyse current trends, to unpack the social imprints of scientific knowledge production and to develop new options for action. At the same time, recent STS debates on the Covid-19 crisis have also displayed the limits of STS theories and concepts. Scholars have pointed to the need to develop new approaches that rethink, reflect, reshape, rehabilitate the place of knowledge in policy and society to imagine and pursue more sustainable futures.

Against this background, the conference aims to address the questions of how diverse knowledge regimes shape social identity, political citizenship, and cultural heritage. How are knowledge claims fashioned, represented and questioned? What kind of features and mechanisms influence their success or defeat? How do current societal transformations influence different knowledge claims and their residues of non-knowledge, such as subjugated, lay, or amodern forms of knowledge? In short, we are particularly interested in the ways in which such modes of producing knowledge claims essentially shape our views and our relationship with the world around us.

The STS-CH conference aims to bring together Swiss and international scholars from all career levels around current issues in science, policy and society. We are interested in exchanging research on the broad spectrum of STS topics and therefore welcome contributions researchers working across various disciplines, research fields and communities of practice.

The STS-CH conference of 2023 invites empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions on the topic Science, Expertise and other Modes of Knowledge: Trends, Patterns, and Prospects. The event aims to promote the Swiss community of STS scholars by fostering exchange between various disciplines and fields of research that address issues relating to science, technology, policy, and society. The meeting connects local and international researchers and welcomes participants with knowledge and expertise from adjacent communities of practice working on these issues outside of academia.

Submission formats

Participants are invited to contribute a paper or an open or closed panel. Multiple submissions are permitted in principle.

Open panel submission

STS-CH welcomes abstract submissions for open panels (250 words max.) in English including a title for the open panel, your name and contact details (email address and institutional affiliation) by 15 March 2023. We welcome traditional academic sessions as well as alternative formats such as roundtables, workshop-style sessions, art performances, or exhibitions. Once panel proposal have been accepted by the scientific committee, organizers issue their call for papers and convene the panel.

Closed panel submission

STS-CH welcomes closed panel submissions containing a short description of the proposed topic in English (200 words max.) and titles and abstracts of the papers in English (250 words max.). Please include the names and contact details of the panel chairs and 3 to 6 presenters (email addresses and institutional affiliation) by 15 April 2023. Panel chairs will convene their panel according to the general specifications of the conference.

Paper submission

STS-CH welcomes abstract submissions for paper presentations in English (250 words max.) including a title, your name and contact details (email address and affiliation) by 15 April 2020. Paper presentations may address any STS-related research topic and are not restricted to the conference theme.

The submission portal is not yet open. It will open in January 2023.