Call for tracks

Continuing the approach adopted in the 2010 EASST conference in Trento, the 2014 conference involves a first stage call for tracks and convenors, with a subsequent call for papers and sessions. The conference will be organized in parallel thematic tracks that may run through part or the whole of the conference.

This initial call is for thematic tracks by convenors who will be responsible for organizing them. Convenors of track proposals accepted by the Programme Committee of the conference will manage their theme within the call for abstracts, and will be responsible for reviewing, accepting/rejecting and organising submissions into their track. Teams of convenors (up to a maximum of four people) are welcomed, particularly if they are international in composition.


Track proposals are invited for EASST 2014 which address any theme within the field of science, technology and innovation studies. Track proposals may address (but are not limited to) the particular focus on Situating Solidarities. These could include some of the following themes:

  • Socio-technological innovation
  • Solidarity: technologically embodied and embedded
  • Exclusive and inclusive scientific practices
  • Global situatedness and trajectories of technoscientific objects
  • Technoscience and the reversing of power relations
  • Ethics, culture, and technological myths
  • Technoscience and modernity – necessary or contingent relation?
  • Capitalism and technoscience – is it possible to think of technoscience without capitalism?
  • Socio-technical progress and economic growth
  • Communication, media, and solidarities
  • Politics of mobile technologies
  • Technoscience and development of underdevelopment
  • Medical practices in socio-scientific controversies, and their international travels
  • From Science to research, from research to neoliberal control over innovation process
  • Socio-scientific controversies and neoliberal politics
  • Technoscience in the context of local and global inequalities
  • Technoscience and gender relations
  • Body, gender, technoscience
  • Technoscience, utopias and dystopias
  • Science studies meets city studies
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Theoretical tensions and philosophical perturbations in STS
  • Macro-politics of everyday and its materiality
  • Studing technoscience as subversive practice
  • Subversive technological artefacts
  • Is not-externalising-costs-technoscience possible?
  • Technoscience and the reversing of power relations
  • Technoscience and economic crisises
  • Imperial technoscience
  • Are socio-scientific controversies universal? And what prize do they pay for that?
  • Methodologies of studying technoscience in capitalistic world-system
  • Politics of science
  • Are universities outdated in contemporary scientific culture
  • Does studying technoscience can help to create models of better collective future?
  • Biomedical interventions


Tracks should address broad issues and themes within the field of science, technology and innovation studies, in order to attract a large number of scholars and can last for the entire duration of the conference or be shorter. We are open to different types of sessions: traditional ones with standard papers, practitioners’ workshops, open debates concentrated upon specific topics.

Track proposals should consist of track title, name(s) of convenor(s) (with a short description of their position and location), and a short abstract elaborating the proposed theme and the area of interest, naming exemplary problems or giving other information crucial to a participant interested in proposing a paper (maximum of 250 words).

There will also be an open stream, whose convenors will be indicated by the Programme Committee of the conference.

Track proposals should be submitted via EASST website [click here] by January 8