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The Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology and Society (STS-CH) will hold its fifth conference on “Multiple Matters: From Neglected Things to Arts of Noticing Fragility” from February 15th-17th, 2021.

The event is currently planned as a hybrid conference with both virtual and in-person attendance options at the University of Lausanne. The event may be moved fully online depending on the sanitary situation.

The aim of the conference is to reassess the recent contributions of science and technology studies (STS) and beyond to the study of emerging worlds, by gathering scholars from all career levels from both inside and outside this interdisciplinary field of research.

Through different formats (workshops, thematic panels, exhibitions, art performances, round tables etc.), the organizers seek to address how such approaches can have significant impact on the understanding of contemporary issues such as climate change, global health, digitalization, knowledge politics, open innovation, maintenance and discontinuation, heritage and futurism, migration and care practices, among others, by capturing how they participate in reinventing worlds in the making.

Possible topics include

  • Climate change and environmental sciences
  • Artificial intelligence and algorithm studies
  • Knowledge politics and post-truth
  • Maintenance and repair studies
  • 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 urbanisms
  • Participatory design and experimental knowledge infrastructures
  • Media studies and web philosophy

Please visit the conference website for updates about the location and registration information.

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