The Science and Democracy Network

The Science and Democracy Network (SDN) was established in 2002 to enhance the quality and significance of scholarship in science and technology studies (STS) by training young professionals and by forging links between STS and related fields of study and practice.

The SDN sponsors an annual meeting whose primary goal is to strengthen and deepen STS scholarship on science and democracy, and to provide training opportunities for young STS scholars to enable them to participate more effectively in decision processes and public affairs.

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Call for Abstracts

Science and Democracy Network 13th Annual Meeting, 2015

June 25-27, 2015 Harvard University Cambridge, MA USA

On behalf of the SDN Governing Council, I would like to remind you that the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network (SDN) will be held at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Thursday, June 25th-Saturday, June 27th, 2015.

Call for Abstracts

The Workshop Planning Committee invites abstracts (up to 300 words) on a theme appropriate for discussion at the workshop. The closing date for abstract submissions is April 1, 2015. We will make decisions on which abstracts to accept by about a month from that date.

The workshop will be organized as in previous years around the following themes:

  • Institutions: Role of governmental and non-governmental institutions in producing, using, disseminating or contesting authoritative knowledge; institutions with claims to epistemic authority include NGOs, corporations, international governmental organizations, scientific institutions, the state and its agencies.
  • Citizenship and Participation: Forms and modes of citizen mobilization and expression around scientific or technological issues, including (new) social movements, new forms of participation, consumer activism, patient groups, indigenous peoples, and “liminal citizens” (endangered species, animals, embryos, and stem cells, for example).
  • Communication and Representation: Intersection between political and expert or professional discourses; role of mass media in presenting science, with particular interest in visual representation; political implications of information and communication technologies, databases, identification technologies, etc.
  • Under each theme, priority will be given to work that effectively integrates issues of political and epistemic authority. We plan to accept somewhere between 16-20 abstracts in all. Preference will be given to abstracts from people who did not present last year (though this is not an absolute rule).

    As in prior years, we will accept proposals not only for individual papers but also for panels of 3-4 papers on topics of broad interest under the heading of science and democracy. Such proposals must meet high standards of theoretical significance and/or political or policy salience. Please note that, to ensure widest participation, only one panel proposal can be accommodated in the final program. If you submit a panel proposal, but would also be willing to have the entries considered individually, please so indicate.

    You should submit your abstracts via the online form. Decisions will be made in April. Questions should be directed to Shana Rabinowich at

    If your abstract is accepted by the Workshop Planning Committee, you will be expected to provide a final paper for circulation to other workshop participants no later than June 4, 2015. Please keep this date in mind as you respond to the call for abstracts.

    2014 SDN Annual Meeting Hosted by the University of Vienna
    The Thirteenth Annual Meeting was hosted by the University of Vienna's STS Program and Ulrike Felt. The papers presented are located here here.

    2014 SDN meeting group picture Attendees at the 13th Annual SDN Meeting in Vienna hosted by University of Vienna, June 30-July 2, 2014.

    Felt SDN 2014 Ulrike Felt welcoming the Science and Democracy Network to the Univeristy of Vienna for the 13th Annual Meeting.

    Past meetings

    Information about past meetings, back to the first meeting in 2002, is available here.

    Photos credit: Clark Miller

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