Call for Papers
Deadline: November 15th 2014
Knowledge from the Margins: Social Justice and Sustainability
When: Tuesday August 18, 2015 to Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Where: East Lansing, MI (with optional post‐conference Green Tour of Lansing/Detroit on Thursday August 20, 2015)
Organized by: Science Studies at State, Michigan State University
The Knowledge from the Margins (KFM) conference on Aug 18-19, 2015, will be a meeting of interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals, activists, and community members focused on the following three aims: (1) to showcase new scholarship in science and technology studies on social justice and/or sustainability; (2) to showcase community-oriented and/or activist work that provides social commentary on science, technology and society; and (3) to train scholars on how to create policy-relevant work. We will end the conference with a reflexive exercise so that participants have concrete and actionable ideas to take away with them. Also, a post-conference activity on Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 will be an optional “Greening Detroit & Lansing” tour of environmental justice and sustainability initiatives in the mid-Michigan region.
Within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies, there is an increasing interest among scholars in returning to the study of knowledge from the margins, that is, knowledge from people and institutions who are peripheral to modern knowledge production (e.g. civil society organizations, laypersons); ‘lacking’ modern knowledge production (e.g. non-Western, indigenous); or excluded from modern knowledge production (e.g. female, minority, disabled). Similar to some of the early scholarly work in science and technology studies, newer studies are focused on activism and engagement with scientists, technologists and society, and the longstanding work of various marginalized groups who struggle to create space for their knowledges and perspectives in the face of dominant discourses. This proposed conference is part of this re-turn to knowledge from the margins. It seeks to add to this newer scholarship on social justice and sustainability a more comprehensive understanding of knowledge from the margins to further encourage the production of alternative and appropriate technoscience choices.
We encourage submission from interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals,activists, and community members that speak to the broader conference theme of marginalization, science, technology, social justice and sustainability and the power dynamics of the production and consumption of technoscience. Please contact the Conference Chair Logan Williams (Lyman Briggs College & Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
For more updated information or to submit your abstract, please see the conference website: http://lbc.msu.edu/KFM/