[Air-L] CfP 4S2018 Open Panel: STS Interventions for studying invisible data infrastructures

Ogden J.R. Jessica.Ogden at soton.ac.uk
Wed Jan 10 06:52:09 PST 2018

Hi all -

Please find below our Call for Papers for an open panel at the annual Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference on STS and studying invisible data infrastructures. For information, the full conference call for submissions is also included. We’d love to see some AoIR folks in Sydney - any questions about the panel please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Also just to flag up - the abstract submission deadline is Feb 1 and quickly approaching!

Best wishes,

Jessica Ogden
PhD Candidate
Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training
University of Southampton
Email: jessica.ogden at soton.ac.uk<mailto:jessica.ogden at soton.ac.uk>
Twitter: @jessogden
Web: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/sociology/postgraduate/research_students/jro1v07.page


Call for Papers 4S Sydney: Transnational STS - Open Panel #106

From Black Boxes to Locked Boxes: STS interventions for studying invisible data infrastructures

Panel Convenors: Jessica Ogden, Susan Halford, Jack Webster (University of Southampton)

Data infrastructures pervade our lives, and yet often remain obscured, inaccessible and resistant to study. Some of the material impacts of data infrastructures can be felt in our everyday lives through interactions with location awareness and transportation apps, music recommender systems, health tracking and grocery store checkouts. And yet, after decades of infrastructure studies, STS methods and theories are increasingly stretched to accommodate the scale and rate at which data infrastructures manifest. As systems of governance, social justice, commerce and warfare are embedded in and utterly reliant upon data infrastructures, the stakes could not be higher. This panel invites contributions that engage with the methodological challenges associated with investigating socio-technical invisibilities in digital data infrastructures. Here we envisage invisibilities to encompass the context of wide-ranging socio-technical relations that enable and disable access to data infrastructures, from black-boxed algorithms and internet protocols to labour and organisational structures. The panel welcomes critical reflection on the ontological and material implications of the ways in which invisibility in data infrastructures is conceptualised in STS, and by extension, operationalised into methods and methodological interventions. We invite creative methodological contributions to STS that reconfigure and extend existing concepts to develop ways of engaging with varying types and degrees of access and absence in digital infrastructures – where even the barriers themselves may become the subject of study. The panel hopes to create an atmosphere of reflexive engagement with both the possible consequences of inaction and the potential for STS interventions in making visible the invisible.


4S Sydney 2018 - Call for Submissions

Closes February 1st 2018

We are excited to announce that 4sSydney (August 29th - September 1st 2018) is now open for submissions:


On this website you will find information about submitting a closed panels and single papers<https://4s2018sydney.org/panels_papers/>  a paper to an open panel<https://4s2018sydney.org/accepted-open-panels-4s/>  a Making and Doing<https://4s2018sydney.org/making_doing/> session; and an exciting new addition to the 4S program, the STS Across Borders Exhibit<https://4s2018sydney.org/across-borders/>.

Our theme<https://4s2018sydney.org/> – TRANSnational STS – encourages presentations, panels, and other events that deepen and extend the transnational character of the Society itself, while engaging issues invoked by both the TRANS prefix (across, beyond, to change thoroughly), and by the problematic and evolving status of ‘nations’ in processes of global ordering.

Over one hundred open panels<https://4s2018sydney.org/accepted-open-panels-4s/> have been accepted from scholars on every continent and covering every major STS theme. Please consider contributing to what is certain to be a rich and diverse regional conference – by submitting<https://4s2018sydney.org/call-for-papers-open-panels/>  by adding to our collection of translations<https://4s2018sydney.org/translations/> of the conference (currently 18 languages) or by contributing to the blog<https://4s2018sydney.org/blog/> highlighting our two plenary themes, Indigenous STS and Querying STS Geneaologies.

Please share this call to your networks far and wide, email us<mailto:4s2018Sydney at gmail.com> with any questions, and follow us on twitter<https://twitter.com/4sSydney> or join our mailing list<https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4ssydneyinfo/join> for updates.

Emma Kowal and Matt Kearnes, Program Chairs

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