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Biennial STS Conference 2015

Science, Technology and Society Biennial Conference

Disasters, Controversy and Public Engagement

Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Oct 1st~4th, 2015


 Conference Website

APSTSN is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the biennial conference, to be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Oct 1st~4th, 2015.

April 15th, 2015: Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals

Conference Website: http://apstsn.tw-sts.org/

Conference Themes

Over the past several years, the Asia-Pacific has experienced disasters on various scales and severity, often compounded by technological system failures, such as the 311 earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Sowel ferry disaster in Korea, and the propene explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In addition, recent scandals regarding food safety in Taiwan and China have created a sense of urgency. These disasters and threats have brought major controversies over how to ensure a safe future in a risk society, and they have also drawn people from different sectors to participate in the discussion. Most importantly, the public has become even more critical in shaping the climate of civil and policy making opinions. Confronting these disasters, how do we mobilize and empower the public to engage in the improvement of a technological society in order to increase our resilience in the face of giant disasters?

Confirmed keynote speakers and panelists

Deborah Bird Rose University of New South Wales, Australia
Tadashi Kobayashi Osaka University, Japan
Kuei-Tien Chou National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Hee-Je Bak Kyung Hee University, Korea
Sulfikar Amir Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Science and technology in society has an important role to play in investigating disasters wherever they arise. We would therefore like to invite scholars and activists to exchange ideas and findings on the topic of disasters, controversies and public engagements in the Asia-Pacific region.

All STS topics are welcome, including but not limited to:

Biosciences Food & Agriculture Medical Care
Business Finance & Markets Gender & Technology
Modeling & Numbers-work Indigenous Knowledge Normativity & Normalization
Citizenship & Activism Information & Media Post Humanities
Science & Law Multi-Species Relations Energy
Risk Environment & Ecology Government, Policy & Politics
Theory & Method Science Communication Disability & Assistive Technology
Post-Colonial Science Knowledge & its Limits And more

Important Dates:

February 1st , 2015                          Submission opens
April 15th, 2015                               Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals
May 30th, 2015                                Acceptance Notification
July 31st, 2015                                Early Bird Registration closes

(All presenters must register to be included in the program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.)

Proposal Submission:

*Individual submission abstract:

Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session. You may choose to submit your paper abstract to one of the topics listed above where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can leave panel selection to the program chairs.

*Session proposal abstract:

Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 200 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be designed to fit one-and-half-hour time slots. A typical session will contain three papers with a discussant. A maximum of four paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session.

TO SUBMIT, please visit   http://apstsn.tw-sts.org/

Presentation time: A feature of APSTSN conferences is that adequate space and time is provided for presentations and questions. For each presentation, we will arrange 20 minutes for the delivery of the presentation and 10 minutes for questions as a minimum.

Program Participation: To ensure there is adequate time for the above we request that individuals may be listed for only one paper presentation as the presenter and one other role (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances. That is, we request one single authored paper and one co-authored paper as the limit with regard to abstracts and presentations.

Special Planning:

STS Fair (Oct, 3rd Saturday afternoon 3:00~5:30pm)

Science, Technology and Society (STS) researches have always paid special attention to social involvements of academic findings. The 2015 APSTSN conference will hold an interactive STS FAIR session, to encourage networking between scholars, social activists, policy makers, government agents, industrial managers, designers and representatives from communities, NGOs, NPOs, and more. We hope participants will gain insights for developing projects and future collaborations. This fair is thus intended to nurture STS networking and research that integrates social practices and academic advances.

(Please see website for details – including submission instructions, financial support and registration fees.)

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