Convocatoria a resúmenes para 4S/EASST Barcelona 2016: “Engaged STS for inclusive development”

4s-easstEstá abierta la convocatoria a resúmenes para el panel abierto «Engaged STS for inclusive development: exploring concepts, practices, networks, and policies towards inclusive and sustainable futures» que se realizará en el marco de la Conferencia 4S/EASST en Barcelona, 31 de agosto al 3 de septiembre 2016. Cierre de enví­o de resúmenes: 21 de febrero.

Call for abstracts 4S / EASST Barcelona 2016 open track:

Engaged STS for inclusive development: exploring concepts, practices, networks, and policies towards inclusive and sustainable futures

Deadline: 21st February 2016.

Convenors: Hernan Thomas & Gabriela Bortz (Institute of Science and Technology Studies, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes / CONICET, Argentina)

4S/EAAST Conference “Science & technology by other means: Exploring collectives, spaces and futures” will be held in Barcelona from 31st August 2016 to 3rd September 2016.



In recent years a consensus has grown between scholars, civil society actors, and policy-makers about the role that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) may play in the construction of solutions to social exclusion problems, providing alternative pathways for inclusive and sustainable development. This interest has spread both in the global north and the global south, being promoted by international institutions like OECD, IDB, World Bank, IDRC, and some national governments in Latin America and Asia, who have implemented inclusive innovation programmes and supporting pre-existing initiatives.

However, despite this general agreement, what is innovation for inclusive and sustainable development is still as a contested ground between different definitions, approaches, visions, knowledge framings, and institutional and technological strategies, operating through heterogeneous networks of social movements, R&D units, international aid agencies, NGOs, governments, unions, and firms. The STS field constitutes a fruitful space to problematize knowledge and technology production alternatives and to contribute with empirical analysis, theoretical reflection, and policy debate.

Interested in addressing institutional and policy analysis, processes and organization, as well studies on artefactual design and production, this track welcomes papers on the following issues:

  • Inclusive and sustainable development, concepts and visions: Innovation vs. technological change. Inclusive innovation as outcome and as process. Palliative initiatives vs. systemic approaches.
  • Knowledge production and the politics of knowledge: grassroots and informal knowledge, material and cognitive practices. R&D agendas, knowledge dialog and negotiation.
  • STI policies: promotion and evaluation processes, explicit and implicit agendas. Institutional strategies. Decision making processes and multi-actor participation.

Paper proposals should include: a paper title (no more than 10 words); author/co-authors; a short abstract (maximum 300 characters including spaces) and a long one (up to 250 words). The long abstract will be shown on the web and the short one is what will be displayed in the conference programme. Abstracts should make reference to the paper object, main related arguments, methodology, and contribution to the STS literature. A specific mention to paper’s relation to track’s themes and topic is required. Please, do mention, if any special technical requirement will be needed.

All abstracts should be submitted in International English through the conference website: Instructions for paper submission are available at:

If you have any questions regarding the panel, please feel free to contact us to: [email protected].

Any general questions about the Conference please contact 4S/EASST organization: [email protected] or [email protected] for program-related issues.

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