midweSTS 2018 – CFP

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.

midweSTS invites graduate student submissions for a 3-day workshop addressing themes in critical, decolonial, feminist, anti-racist, transnational, queer, and ecological potentials in science and technology studies, as well as critical doing/making and design studies. We invite work engaging in the politics of creation/knowledge production and political intervention, as well as scholars working in the regional in-between that gets called “Midwest,” including the Great Lakes region; lands variously territorialized by histories of settler colonialism, indigenous presence and practice, industrialism and its alternatives, black technocultures, migrant makings, and visible and invisible genealogies of innovation. It is a region that today is often positioned as a deindustrial periphery despite its lively and ongoing technoscientific and political innovations, experimentations, and solidarities.

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 midwests2018.workshop@gmail.com 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

Hands-on workshops will be limited to 35 minutes and presentations and demos to approximately 20 minutes each. Basic supplies will be offered on site. If you have special needs (such as whiteboards, paper, creative tools, an open space, etc.) for your proposed session please note this in your proposal Information about workshop logistics and accommodation options will be posted on the workshop website (https://midwestsnetwork.wordpress.com) in the coming weeks. Free housing on a first-come, first serve basis will be available to accepted participants
If you have any questions or queries, please contact the organizers at midwests.workshop@gmail.com
** A submission deadline is passed. The committee is currently reviewing the submitted abstracts. The accepted authors will soon be contacted by the committee with logistical information, including the registration, travel schedule, and a format of presentation. **