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Call for Papers for a session on "The Science Fiction of Science Studies" as part of the 4S/EASST meeting: "Acting with science, technology and medicine", August 20-23 Rotterdam.
Deadline: February 4th, 2007

The Science Fiction of Science Studies: Acting with science in the future.

The session attempts to develop improbable, inconvenient and extraordinary stories of the future of STS in the larger context of future societies, 30, 50, 100 or even a thousand years from today. Conceived as a follow-up to an session at “sciencefutures” this
February in Zürich, the goal is to imagine a future for a specific discipline, STS, in the context of an unknown future. Presentations can explore any theoretical, methodological or material aspect of the future of STS and its related fields. The following questions should serve as starting points for your own themes and ideas: What are the sources and materials of STS 100 years from now? How does scientific change of next 50 years or so affect our disciplinary practices? How can we act as STS scholars with science, technology and medicine in the light of future changes of society?

Will science still exist in the future, and if not, what happens to STS? What happens to STS if radically new technologies for doing STS appear? What if writing ceases to exist? What if universities and disciplines as organisational forms radically change or disappear? What will replace them? How are future generations going to assess present work in STS? What could their criteria be? What happens when a dictator once bans STS? Will it then become a clandestine or even a terrorist movement? What kinds of futurology are appropriate for STS? What are the specific problems for a science-fiction of STS? How could a theory of science in the 22nd century look like? Will STS provide the master-narrative for the23rd century?

The goal of the session is twofold: First, we would like to broaden STS-methods of inquiries by relying on techniques of Sci-Fi writing. Second, we would like to explore the possibilities of a discipline that has matured, but still seems to have no clear goal of its own future history and which has never had a clear vision of its future. Presentations can have any narrative, visual or audible form, please make sure that if you intend to use technologies from the future that these are appropriately translated for today's audiences in science studies. Papers drawing on research based on material from the 20th century or before are discouraged.

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words. Please include the following informations together with the abstract: Author Name, Institution, Institutional Title, E-mail. Please send your abstracts including your full address to: Michael Guggenheim:  For further information about the conference visit http://www.4sonline.org/meeting.htm.

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