AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop: Cordelia Fine and Geoffrey Bowker announced as keynotes

Keynotes for the AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop have now been confirmed!
We're excited to welcome:

Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne
Geoffrey Bowker, University of California Irvine

We can now also confirm that we have bursaries of up to $300 per person.
See call for abstracts below for details on how to apply.

Workshop applications close March 1, 2019. Please feel free to share
through your networks.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop

Deakin University
Melbourne, Australia
3–5 July, 2019


  • Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne;
  • Geoffrey Bowker, University of California Irvine

To meet the great challenges of this century, scientists and humanities and
social science researchers need to work together. No single academic field
can bring about the changes we need to see in the world. Bridging
disciplinary divides is the key to finding new solutions to the problems we

The AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop is a multi-day event that seeks to
convene conversations between researchers around the complex issues facing
science, technology and society today. It consists of workshops, keynote
lectures, creative events, and short papers. This symposium is designed for
postgraduate students and ECRs researching science and technology and who
are interested in

  1. exploring new and creative forms of inquiry,
  2. developing collaborative practices to further their research.

The aim of this collaboration is not to turn scientists into social scientists or
humanities scholars or vice versa. Rather, it is to create opportunities
for students to share diverse perspectives on common issues.

This workshop departs from the traditional symposia format of long papers
and short discussion. Participants can expect to present a short paper
consisting of a question, problem or provocation, take part in panel
discussions and cross-disciplinary dialogues, participate in workshops
focusing on collaboration and creative research, as well as field trips. We
invite postgraduate students and ECRs from all disciplines and areas of
expertise to apply: life, environmental and materials science, social
sciences and humanities, artists, social activists, and other practitioners.

We want to encourage participants to communicate their research interests
in ways that are legible to audiences outside of their discipline and to
engage in sustained discussions with a range of publics. Scholars
interested in participating are asked to apply by putting forward a
proposal for a 5-minute presentation at the workshop.

Possible topics for proposals can include but are not limited to:

  • The Anthropocene and twenty-first century environmental challenges
  • Advances in biomedicine and public health
  • Science and Indigenous knowledges
  • AI, big data and algorithmic cultures
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Intersections with gender, race, class and ability with issues in
    science and technology
  • Methods and strategies for collaborative STS (science and technology
    studies) or HPS (History and Philosophy of Science)

Structure, cost, and accessibility

The AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop will take place over three days. Day
one and two will be organised around panel presentations, keynotes, and
collaboration workshops. Day three will include an off-site field trip and
creative challenge.

All venues will be wheelchair accessible. Please do not hesitate to get in
contact if you have any questions regarding accessibility or have
accessibility needs.

Travel bursaries

We are committed to making this event affordable and accessible to all
participants. We have travel bursaries of up to $300 per person to help
cover travel and accommodation costs.

To apply for a bursary, please include a 200 word statement explaining
why this support is necessary for you to attend in your application for the

Bursaries will be assessed based on an equity basis.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit proposals (250–350 words) for presentations by Friday March 1

Proposals must contain the following information:
Name of presenter(s);
email address;
brief bio;
five keywords;
supervisor names (if applicable)/areas of discipline

This event is hosted by the Australasian STS Graduate Network (AusSTS), a
network of Australasian postgraduate and early career researchers
interested in STS. Masters, PhD and ECRs from any institution and
discipline are invited to apply.

For questions or enquiries please contact Thao Phan at
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