The midweSTS 2018 Graduate Student Workshop brings together scholars across disciplines and institutions whose work connects with critical computing, STS, digital studies, media studies, and making. We’ll gather for a mix of student presentations and panels, faculty-facilitated conversations, city/nature walks, off-site visits to relevant local sites, “hands-on” sessions, and demos – with room for networking, mentorship, and community building. October 26-28, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
In light of ongoing contentious public debates over the appropriate role of higher education to meet the needs of the 21st century world, we especially encourage submissions that address issues relating to the future of the contemporary university as an institution that ostensibly is in service of the “public interest.”
This event, which is the third annual midweSTS Graduate Workshop, will gather together exciting critical work being created in this Midwest region and aims towards building stronger networks and communities between emerging scholars and researchers. We hope that this year’s iteration of the workshop will allow scholars to critically reflect on how STS scholarship stands in relation to how higher education continues to undergo structural shifts given increasing academic precarity, not to mention, corporatization (of scientific research), anti-intellectualism as well as the broader devaluation of the qualitative social sciences and humanities.
We welcome 500-700 word proposals for a variety of formats –from dissertation-based projects and standard talks to hands-on workshops and interdisciplinary demos. Those proposing traditional presentations may assemble a pre-formed panel presentation of 3-4 papers, or submit abstracts as an open call to be gathered into panels. Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include:
- A description of the content and style of your presentation
- A short biography elaborating on your background and your interest in participating
- 5 keywords, concepts, or themes that your project can be tagged by
Panel proposals should include a brief rationale for the panel including panelist biographies, as well as full abstracts for each paper, in a single PDF