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.
Science and Democracy Network 16th Annual Meeting, 2017 June 29-July 1, 2017 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA USACall 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 has been extended to March 29, 2017. We will make decisions on which abstracts to accept by about a month from that date. 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 2, 2017. Please keep this date in mind as you respond to the call for abstracts.
The workshop will be organized around the following major themes:
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 for 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.
This year, we would also like to solicit proposals for roundtables on current issues of relevance to SDN members, for example, reflecting on recent political developments challenging knowledge and expertise. The program may be able to accommodate one such panel (60-90 minutes) provided it is sufficiently interesting and inclusive. Panelists need not present formal papers but should represent a breadth of research experiences and institutional affiliations.
We will also be unveiling the new SDN website (now in beta) at this year’s meeting. You will need to register with the website no later than June 2, 2017 in order to be listed as a member on the new website and access the “members only” sections.
The 15th Annual SDN Meeting was held June 23-25, 2016 at University College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science.Presenters' papers are available to members and meeting participants only in advance of the meeting.
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