Call for Papers: the HKS Conference for Graduate Research in Science and Technology Studies

January 30, 2020

The Call for Papers is open for the Conference for Graduate Research in Science and Technology Studies (GRiSTS), to be held April 17-18, 2020 at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The deadline for submissions has now been extended to February 14, 2020.

We recognize that STS research, broadly defined, is flourishing at many regional universities in a variety of departments and research centers. The implications of this body of work for contemporary policy and politics are more salient than ever. This graduate conference offers an opportunity for students of S+T to explore how best to enhance the cumulative impact of their work and gain additional recognition and support for the STS dimensions of their projects. Participants will discuss areas of shared theoretical interest and benefit from meeting with peers from other fields as well as senior faculty discussants.

Our theme is Submerged Futures: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Forgetting. We are soliciting submissions that interrogate today’s faltering narratives of progress through advances in S&T and consider how best to recover alternative pathways to more promising futures. We encourage work that actively engages with STS scholarship regardless of its formal disciplinary affiliations. The full conference abstract is below.

The Call for Papers is open and Ph.D. students and early career researchers are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 350 words via the CFP form by February 14, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February.

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