Interdisciplinary Encounters: Graduate STS Workshop – CFP

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“Interdisciplinary Encounters: Exploring Knowledge-Making Across Boundaries
UIUC Graduate Science and Technology Studies Workshop
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | March 10-11, 2017


Photos courtesy of Celebrate U-C People’s History,

The Seeing Systems INTERSECT group is delighted to announce “Interdisciplinary Encounters: Exploring Knowledge-Making Across Boundaries” UIUC Graduate Science and Technology Studies (STS) Workshop. We invite scholars from across disciplines and regional locales whose work connects with STS, digital studies, media studies, communication, information sciences, informatics and design to submit proposals for a two-day workshop addressing diverse themes in the social making of facts, social histories of media and technology, user networks in practice, visual cultures and interactive technologies.

We welcome a range of formats — including standard paper presentations, posters, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops — as well as work intersectional with feminist, anti-racist, transnational, decolonial, queer, and ecological potentials in science and technology studies (STS) and in critical making. The event will also feature faculty-facilitated conversations, campus and nature walks, scavenging exercises, workshops on local citizen science, and keynotes by:

Jenny Reardon, director of The Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California – Santa Cruz, and Max Liboiron, founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist marine biology and technology lab at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

We invite work representing a variety of regions and sites, and aim for a gathering that is aware of its context and the opportunities afforded by local contextual considerations for scholarship and research. And we underscore what midwest STS scholars have noted, while the Midwest is often overlooked as a “deindustrial periphery,” it has thriving technoscientific and political groundswells amongst its histories of settler-colonialism (including Black technocultures, independent media, femtech, citizen science, community making, and indigenous presence and practice).  

We invite 500–800 word proposals for a variety of formats—from standard talks (15 min.) to hands-on activities with interdisciplinary methods (30–40 min.). Proposals should include a:

  • Preliminary title (10 words or less);
  • 5 keywords, concepts, or themes that your project can be tagged by;
  • Description of the content and style of your presentation (500 word max.);
  • Short personal/academic biography, which also elaborates on your interest in participating (300 word max.);
  • Any details about the potential space and tech needs of your paper/project/workshop.

Please submit your proposal by January 17, 2017 via the online form at:

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We aim to finalize participants by February 15, 2017. Please see for further information about the workshop.

Seeing Systems 2016 Cohort at 4S Barcelona!


See full photo set here.


And here’s what we were up to:

THURS, Sept. 1

9AM – Track 057 Non-conforming bodies: an exploration of public health knowledge, practice and technologies beyond ‘the body’  – Room 125 (

  • Lilah Leopold’s paper: “Between Desert and Tundra: Nutritional Realities of the Svalbard Vault”

12:30-2PM  #democraciarealya: Hacktivism and Networked Techno-politics in Spain, Room 111.

  • Anita Chan: Organizer

12.45-13.45PM: Making Sense of our 4S Experiences: An hour for Connecting and Reflecting Together — How have I come to be someone who would attend 4S/EASST at this time?, Room 123 –

  • elizaBeth Simpson: Organizer

2PM: T110, “What does it mean to be Human in the 21st Century?”, Room M214

  • Beth Strickland’s paper: “Implantable Brain Technologies and The Creation of Cyborgs” 

2PM: T008: Smart eco-cities: experimenting with new urban futures, Room: M220-M219.

  • Chamee Yang’s paper: “From Tidal Flats to a Smart City: Reassembling Songdo Using ANT Approach”

6PM Open Thursdays at El Hangar Visual Arts Center (Emilia Coranty 16, 08018 Barcelona, –

  • Anita Chan: Organizer

FRI, Sept. 2

12.45-13.45PM: Making Sense of our 4S Experiences: An hour for Connecting and Reflecting Together — How have I come to be someone who would attend 4S/EASST at this time? Part2, Room 123.

  • elizaBeth Simpson : Organizer

9PM: STS Verbena/Banquet –

SAT, Sept. 3

9A T114 – Innovation, Economic Driver, Disruption: Utopias and Critiques of Making and Hacking, Room 130 (

  • Anita Chan. Organizer and Paper presenter: “Hacking New Global Orders: Local Startup Networks and Re-scaling Innovation Ecologies in New Millennial Ecuador

4PM: T054 – Digital subjectivities in the global context: new technologies of the self”, room 113:

  • Mike Atienza’s paper: “Intimacies in Collaborative Survival: Gay Geolocative Dating Apps in Manila

6-9PM — Demo Night: An Evening of Platforms, Prototypes, and Multi-media Experiments in Action, at El Hangar Visual Arts Center (Emilia Coranty 16, 08018 Barcelona, –  

  • Anita Chan: Organizer