5th​ STS-CH Conference | University of Lausanne | September 7-9, 2020
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Nicolas Baya Laffite (UNIL), Nolwenn Bühler (UNINE/UNIL), Giada Danesi (UNIL), Laetitia Della Bianca (UNIL), Anna Jobin (ETHZ), Julio Paulos (ETHZ), Loïc Riom (Mines Paristech), Tanja Schneider (UNISG; STS-CH co-president).

LOCAL COMMITTEE:
Marc Audétat (UNIL), Olivier Glassey (UNIL), Cynthia Kraus (UNIL), Alain Kaufmann (UNIL), Francesco Panese (UNIL), Dominique Vinck (UNIL), Gianluigi Viscusi (EPFL).
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MULTIPLE MATTERS: FROM NEGLECTED THINGS TO ARTS OF NOTICING FRAGILITY
CONFERENCE RATIONALE

Over the past decades, in the face of natural hazards, economic collapses, democratic deficits and other forms of daunting setbacks, a prosperous body of literature has emerged to address the precariousness, complexity and plurality of things, beings and their coexistence. Within this literature emerging from Science and Technology studies, as well as from bordering disciplines, various debates have suggested the fragility of not only the Earth and its ecosystems, but also of large technical systems, forms of life, human bodies and scientific knowledge. Different scholars and researchers have argued that such cataclysms offer us potential pathways to rethink the emergence and composition of heterogeneous worlds, the relations between various ecologies of possibility, so as to reconnect with non-human forms, values, actors and species. Many of them argue for re-imagining the politics of inquiry to develop arts of noticing the “thickness” or “togetherness” of the actual and multiple worlds we inhabit.

Building on these debates, this international conference invites contributions that engage empirically, but also methodologically or theoretically, with fragile futures. The aim is to reassess the recent contributions of STS and beyond to the study of emerging worlds by gathering scholars from both inside and outside this field of research. Through different formats (workshops, thematic panels, exhibitions, art performances, round tables etc.), our objective is to address how such approaches can have significant impact on the understanding of contemporary issues such as climate change, artificial intelligence, knowledge politics, maintenance and repair, heritage and futurism, open innovation, migration and border studies and care practices by capturing how they participate in reinventing worlds in the making. We welcome all proposals that allow for fruitful exchanges, experimental collaborations and speculative modes of engagement between academics from various disciplines, but also with and among activists, artists, and anyone concerned.

Like former editions before the Swiss STS Meeting 2020 is intended to encourage and promote the social, historical and philosophical study of sciences in Switzerland. This event lasts for three days and aims at bringing together bringing together STS scholars of all career levels.


Illustration: Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017. Exhibition ON AIR, Carte Blanche à Tomás Saraceno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, du 17 octobre 2018 au 6 janvier 2019.
PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Paper proposals should be submitted via this form by 31 March 2020.

We welcome proposals covering a wide variety of topics and domains, including (but not limited to) the following:

• Climate change and environmental sciences

• Artificial intelligence and algorithm studies

• Knowledge politics and post-truth

• Maintenance and repair studies

• Heritage and futurism

• Migration and border studies

• Medicine and environmental health

• Gender studies and material feminism

• Communication infrastructure and digital technologies

• Hacking, DIY and open innovation

• Market devices and the platform economy

• Digital cities, open government and platform urbanism

• Participatory design and experimental knowledge infrastructures

• Media studies and web philosophy

The organizers will group paper proposals into panels.

Submissions for papers should be written in English. They should include the name and contact details (email address and affiliation) of the proposer, the title of the proposal and an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Organizers will notify paper acceptance by 30 April 2020.


PANEL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Panel proposals should be submitted via this form, by 31 March 2020.

Submissions for panel should be written in English.

Along with traditional academic sessions, the submission of alternative formats is encouraged. These can include (but are not limited to) round tables, workshop style sessions, art performances, exhibitions, and other performances. We welcome panels covering the above topics or any other relevant issue.

Panels will be comprised of 3 to 6 papers. They should include:
1. The names and contact details of convenors (email addresses and affiliation).
2. The short description of the proposed theme (max. 200 words).
3. The list of Participants and Titles of their papers.

PARTICIPANTS IN PROPOSED PANELS MUST SUBMIT THEIR PAPER INDIVIDUALLY IN THE PAPER SUBMISSION SECTION INDICATING THE TITLE OF THE PANEL.

Convenors will be responsible for organizing their panel according to the constraints specified by the conference organizers. The organizers might ask convenors to include additional papers that fit into their panels.
PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (ASSH).

University of Lausanne: STS Lab, Institute of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences; Le ColLaboratoire.

University of Neuchâtel: Maison d'analyse des processus sociaux (MAPS), Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

University of Geneva: Confucius Institute and the "Rethinking Public Participation in Science" research group
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