Locating and Timing Matters:
Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds

Conference News

You are now probably all acutely realizing how timing and locating matters and what it means to be taking decisions under conditions of multiple radical uncertainties. Here in Prague and in the EASST and 4S headquarters we certainly do. But still we all can act – reasonably and responsibly.

Under these conditions, we have decided finally to make our conference fully virtual. Given future scenarios of the current pandemic and related restrictions in global mobility, we concluded that it is not reasonable any longer to (techno)optimistically keep organizing the physical event in Prague. From the three options on the table – to cancel, postpone or go virtual, we decided on the third option. We will migrate the event to the virtual timespace and it will take place in the planned dates of August 18-21, 2020.

We are now intensely investigating the technical possibilities for the entirely virtual meeting and will keep you updated. Going virtual will definitely mean learning new things for all of us and a bit of extra work for the sessions chairs. However, we very much hope you all will stay with us on board this experiment of recreating the community online. We believe the new format, however forced upon us, can also become a petri dish for testing new, more eco- and climate-friendly ways of scholarly exchange. Having said that, please do not worry, there will surely be face-to-face academic sociality (perhaps mask-to-mask for some time) again!

Be well. Stay safe.

Tereza Stöckelová & Filip Vostal (from Prague)

Ulrike Felt (EASST)

Joan Fujimura (4S)

Due to the current Covid-19 emergency, the date of notification of acceptance/rejection of all abstracts will be postponed to April 30. In case you are a convener, the deadline for open panels is extended to April 8.

Thanks for your understanding. Please note we are also considering alternative modes of organizing the conference and will update you in due course – by the end of April at the latest. 

All of us are now surely closely following the socio-epidemiological developments of the coronavirus/COVID 19. Many professional meetings and academic conferences are now being cancelled. Given the fact that the Prague conference is still more than 5 months ahead of us, we luckily do not need to rush into any radical decisions now, under extreme uncertainty about future dynamics of the epidemic. We are continuing our preparations of the conference while keeping close eye on the development. We will do our best to have a safe, physical meeting with you in Prague in August. 

In this moments we would like to express our solidarity with colleagues in China, Italy and other parts of world hit by the COVID 19 crisis in the most severe way.

The submissions have been closed on Feb 29. Please don’t ask for exceptions, they will not be granted. Sorry!

There will be six subplenaries on the conference programme. We will announce them as they are finalized. Check out the first one.

Practices aimed at creating a less wasteful, less carbon-intense conference

6 Jan, 2020

Call for mentors and mentees to meet in Prague. The goal of the program is to exchange ideas with junior scholars and support their career development. Register your interest here.

17 Dec, 2019

The general call for EASST+4S 2020 is now open! We invite submissions of single papers, closed panels and Making and Doing interventions. The Program Committee accepted 217 Open Panel proposals, a good place to start for submitting a paper. Check out the complete Call for Submissions. Deadline is 29 Feb.

2 Nov, 2019

A record number of OP proposals has been submitted – 282. Thank you for your interest in STS and Prague. We start the review process now and will get back to you at the beginning of December. Please note that only the person who submitted the proposal can edit it at this stage. After the proposal is accepted, all panel organizers will be able to fully participate in managing it.

30 Sept, 2019

Check the Focus and Themes of the conference and submit your proposal for open panels. The proposal should include: title, abstract (up to 250 words) and convenors of the panel. The deadline for submission is 31 October 2019. Wide variety of STS topics is welcome. For details go to Call for Submissions.