7th STS Italia Summer School | ArTS in Society. Design, creative practices and technoscience | 3-6 September 2024 @Real Academia de España in Rome (RAER) Italy – Application deadline extended May 3rd

STS Italia – Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies, RedEsCTS, the Spanish Network for Science and Technology Studies and the Real Academia de España in Rome (RAER) are organizing the 7th STS Italia Summer School, “ArTS in Society. Design, creative practices and technoscience”, to be held in Rome (Italy) from September the 3rd to September the 6th 2024.


Goals and main topics

Art and design practices can help us question and reimagine scientific knowledge and technologies that shape our daily lives. To address the socio-ecological crises we face, we must reinvent our daily routines and establish new relationships with both humans and non-human beings in our world. Art and design offer ways to explore and rethink these issues. They can be valuable resources for overcoming communication barriers and engaging citizens. Science and Technology Studies focus on the interconnection between everyday practices, science, and technology. It is not surprising that artists, performers, designers, and Science and Technology Studies scholars have collaborated, sharing methods and approaches.

The 7th STS Italia Summer School aims to explore and enact such dialogue to provide an environment for hands-on learning and experimenting for early career researchers (Ph.D. students, post-docs), particularly about:
– how Science and Technology Studies’ notions and methods can contribute to the development of competences that enable the production of artworks or design prototypes allowing to explore alternative and more careful forms of inhabiting the world;
– how design and artistic practices can allow social sciences to rethink and approach in different ways the entanglement of technoscience and everyday practices.

Main themes that will be addressed:

    • what competences and kinds of knowledge more-than-human designers need;
    • how to co-design with neglected more-than-human actors;
    • how artistic practices can explore and foster more balanced compositions and evolutions of the social;
    • how artistic and design practices can contribute to the development of inventive ethnographic methods to investigate more-than-human worlds
    • how art and design practices can contribute to the development and construction of creative pathways in the communication of science and technology;
    • how art and design practices can contribute to the development of learning pathways in the field of social studies of science and technology

    Several group activities, performance creation, participatory activities will engage summer school participants.

Confirmed speakers

  • Attila Bruni (University of Trento)
  • Nerea Calvillo (University of Warwick)
  • Silvia Casini (University of Aberdeen)
  • Michela Cozza (Mälardalen University)
  • Adolfo Estalella (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Maral Kekejian Hernand (artist, former RAER guest)
  • Paolo Magaudda (University of Padova)
  • Gabriele Panico (Italian composer, producer and musicologist)

Schedule, costs, and accommodation

The 7th STS Italia Summer School will be residential, hosted in the prestigious venue of the RAER in the neighbourhood of Trastevere, Rome. The RAER will provide double or triple rooms as accommodation for 25 students. Teaching and workshop activities will take place within the RAER for an intensive program. All participants are expected to attend the entire duration of the Summer School and a Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end. The fee for participation is 350 €.

The fee includes:

  • Access to all lectures and workshops
  • Teaching materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Welcome aperitif
  • Accommodation at RAER
  • STS Italia membership for 2024

STS Italia is offering 5 scholarships for early career researchers that will cover the fee cost. A selection committee will evaluate the applications.

Important dates

  • April 28th, 2024: Application deadline NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE May 3rd

  • May 6th, 2024 May 10th, 2024: Notification of acceptance and scholarship eligibility

  • May 31st, 2022: Registration deadline


How to apply

The application form is available here. After space for personal details, the form includes a place to upload a short CV accompanied with a scientific CV or portfolio of works together with a statement of interest (maximum 500 words), which should describe the applicant’s current research and its relevance to the aims of the Summer School. Finally, a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) is mandatory only for additional applications for funding (STS Italia Scholarship). Applications must be submitted electronically to the Summer School Organizing Committee at: stsitaliasummerschool@gmail.com.


The application deadline is April 28th, 2024

The application deadline extended: new application date May 3rd, 2024


Scientific and Organizational Committee

• Maria Ángels Albert De Leòn (RAER)
• Simone Arnaldi (University of Trieste, STS Italia Board)
• Gianluca Burgio (“Kore” University of Enna)
• Paolo Giardullo (University of Padova, STS Italia Board)
• Alvise Mattozzi (Polytechnic University of Turin)
• Miguel Mesa del Castillo (University of Alicante)
• Annalisa Pelizza (University of Bologna and University of Århus, STS Italia Board)
• Micol Rispoli (Polytechnic University of Turin)
• Ramon Rispoli (University of Naples “Federico II”)
• Vincenzo Pavone (Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid – SPAIN)
• Mauro Turrini ((Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid – SPAIN)
• Assunta Viteritti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Full call is available here. Please do not hesitate to contact the Organising Committee via email at stsitaliasummerschool@gmail.com for any further questions regarding the school.


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