CFP: Spring 2017 Graduate Workshop

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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.