Critical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society Studies
The 19th Annual STS Conference Graz 2021 “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies” is the joint Annual Conference of the Science Technology and Society Unit of the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science of Graz University of Technology, the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) and the Institute for Advanced Studies of Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS).
It includes sections on various thematic fields, including “Gender, Science, and Technology”. This area of research particularly focuses on a broad understanding of gender, including queer-feminist, post-colonial and ‘crip’ perspectives of science and technology. On the one hand, individual perspectives of actors in the technological field as well as in academia are taken into account; on the other hand, educational, organisational, societal, environmental, policy and governance issues are of utmost relevance.
Areas of special interest for this year’s conference include:
- Studies and practical experiences about system change policies and practices in academia and research to overcome social injustices and increase gender equality and diversity (e.g. the debate of academic care-work; inclusion of gender criteria in research funding policies; academic ableism).
- Theoretical discourses of queer-feminist and crip techno-science (e.g. understandings of bodies, regimes of care, and modes of knowledge; utopias and dystopias) are welcome as discussions of empirical experiences.
- How these broad gender and social justice perspectives can enrich the mutual shaping of design and use approach (especially in the field of medicine technologies, robotics and A.I) and the debate, policies and practices around RRI and ‘good science’.