[Air-L] CFP EASST18 - Open design & manufacturing in the platform economy -

Raúl Tabarés faraondemetal at gmail.com
Tue Feb 6 07:31:54 PST 2018

Dear all,

-Just a friendly reminder few days before the deadline-

Please consider to submit paper proposals to our panel "Open design &
manufacturing in the platform economy" at next EASST18 conference that will
be held in Lancaster. The event will be held from 25-28 of July and will
bring together a lot of STS and SSH scholars. The call will be open till
the 14th of February of 2018.

A description of the panel is included below. Feel free to contact us in
case of any doubt. Papers can be submitted here->https://nomadit.co.uk/

- Open design & manufacturing in the platform economy -

Short abstract

Open design and manufacturing paradigms have been recently embraced for
promoting technological appropriation as well as enablers for transforming
traditional fabrication. In this panel we explore the role that these
concepts can have in a post-industrial society.
Long abstract

With the popularization of the Web 2.0 paradigm, digital platforms have
become cultural intermediaries in a growing technology mediation
environment that has been framed by various scholars as "platform economy".
This recent phenomenon has favored the establishment of different "black
box" systems that impede us from discovering the inner workings of these
new socio-technological brokers.

Different self-organized communities and grassroots initiatives have
simultaneously appeared thanks to the Internet and the emergence of new
makerspaces that have a subset of digital fabrication tools. These groups
promote citizen empowerment through technological appropriation and rely on
digital commons such as open designs, software and knowledge. In this
sense, especially relevant has been the emergence of new discourses aligned
with these non-proprietary technologies like open design and manufacturing,
which are conceived to promote a radical change in the fabrication towards
a more sustainable relationship between production processes and goods.

How can digital platforms be designed in order to facilitate encounters
between people, things and environments within open design & manufacturing?
How can we understand the impact of such digital platforms on society? In
this panel we would like to invite authors to analyze the emergence of
these phenomena and critically examine the opportunities, contradictions,
challenges and tensions that this combination of new tools and mindsets
bring for technological appropriation in a post-industrial society. We
welcome submissions that can explore alternative paths for R&D systems and
innovation policies but also for reconfiguring design and production

All the best,


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