[Air-L] CfP 3D printing: social and cultural trajectories symposium, 5 Dec 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Angela Daly angela.daly at eui.eu
Fri Sep 6 17:58:39 PDT 2013

*3D printing: social and cultural trajectories*

A one-day symposium organised by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research

Thursday 5 December 2013

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn campus

Melbourne, Australia

The increasingly accessible technology of 3D printing, or additive 
manufacturing, is the focus of this interdisciplinary event. In recent 
years, inexpensive printers have allowed users to fabricate items that 
would otherwise be conventionally produced in specialised, remote 
factories.With this capability comes a range of questions for social and 
cultural analysis: How are people using 3D printing technology? What 
legal and policy frameworks shape its development? How are its 
capabilities differently imagined by consumers, regulators, experts and 
enthusiasts? What kinds of markets and practitioner communities are 
forming around the technology?

The symposium aims to open up an exploratory conversation around these 
and other issues, connecting researchers from across the humanities, 
social sciences and design. We invite proposals for short papers and 
panel discussions. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

-3D printing and intellectual property

-amateur and hacker involvement in 3D printing

-intermediaries and emerging markets

-policy and regulatory challenges

-technology and industry disruption

-3D printing and material culture

-aesthetics of 3D printing

-comparative histories of print

Proposals, including a 300-word abstract, are due by Friday 13 September 
2013. Successful contributors will be notified of the acceptance of 
their proposal by 30 September 2013. Please send abstracts to 
acdaly at swin.edu.au <mailto:acdaly at swin.edu.au>

We plan to publish the proceedings of the symposium electronically and 
record presentations for online streaming.


Angela Daly

Swinburne Institute for Social Research

acdaly at swin.edu.au <mailto:acdaly at swin.edu.au>

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