6th STS Italia Conference - Sociotechnical Environments

Dept. of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento

November 24, 2016 – November 26, 2016

The 6th STS Italia Conference will be held at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento (Via Verdi 26, Trento, Italy), November 24 through 26, 2016, by the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento.

>>>Final Program<<<

>>>Book of abstracts now online<<<

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As for past editions, the Conference aims at offering the opportunity to discuss empirical and theoretical work addressing diverse aspects of the social study of science, technology and innovation from a variety of disciplines and fields (sociology, anthropology, law, philosophy, design, psychology, semiotics, history, and economics, etc.).

The focal theme of this year’s conference is Sociotechnical Environments. On the one hand, we are conscious that everyday and professional environments we inhabit are increasingly shaped by science, technology and innovation processes. However, these environments are not mere results of technical solutions and rational choices, but they rather emerge from a collective, dynamic and open-ended process of co-production, involving social arrangements and technoscientific processes, human actors and material artifacts, natural resources and cultural frameworks. At the same time, reflecting on the sociotechnical co-production of our social world brings to the foreground the relationship between technoscientific innovation and natural environment, turning environmental practices, politics and materialities as decisive focal points for the current research in multiple fields and intellectual domains.

Under this unifying framework, the conference will be articulated in 21 different thematic sessions, focusing on several different topics, including: environmental issues, biomedical settings, robotics and algorithms, communication and digital media, scientific and professional work, design, urban infrastructures and innovation processes at large.



Confirmed keynote speakers (more to follow):

Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmith University of London)

Steve Yearley (Edinburgh University)



Authors who have been scheduled for a presentation are eligible to be included in the conference proceedings by submitting the final version of their paper (excepting any changes requested by the editors) by December 15th, 2016.

Papers must be written in English or in Italian. Maximum length is 5000 words (abstract, keywords and references included). Submitted papers should respect the editorial guidelines included in the template which can be download by clicking here. Adherence to the template is a binding requirement to be considered for publication.

Authors must provide a warranty about the property of the rights for publishing the whole contribution by submitting a signed warranty form downloadable by clicking here. The warranty file is particularly binding for papers involving images.

Please submit papers to the address proceedings@stsitalia.org enclosing warranty form as a further attachment.




June 5 2016

Deadline for abstract submission (send submission to conferences@stsitalia.org )

June 30, 2016:

Authors notified of abstract acceptance or rejection

September 10, 2016:

Early-bird registration fees

October 1, 2016:

Late registration fees (mandatory to be included in the programme)

November 1, 2016:

Publication of final conference program

December 15, 2016:

Deadline for paper submission (to be included in the proceedings)



Conference Information


Sociotechnical Environments

6th STS Italia Conference

24-26 November 2016

Universita' di Trento

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