4S/EASST 2012

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) held jointly with European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) From Copenhagen to Copenhagenization
When 17 Oct, 2012 12:55 PM to
20 Oct, 2012 12:55 PM
Where Frederiksberg, Denmark
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From Copenhagen to Copenhagenization

The conference encourages analytic, critical, and practical engagement with design and displacement in several ways. First, it points to the need for investigating the relation between design intentions and their displacements, for example as catalysts for change and conflict. It also highlights the importance of investigating design controversies. It locates design practices in broader political contexts, and focuses attention on how design facilitates or hinders social inclusion, locally and globally. The theme ‘Design and Displacement’ invites careful analyses of the way design practices take part in shaping worlds. However, ‘Design and Displacement’ also raises questions around STS as design work and practice-based interventions. In this sense design becomes simultaneously topic and outcome, a situation that raises new questions concerning the role of STS research.

At the 4S/EASST conference 2012, the local organizing committee invites you to explore not only the city of Copenhagen, but also the phenomenon of Copenhagenization. This concept refers to the status the city has acquired as a site for experimental design, green city development, and bicycling. When part of Broadway on Manhattan was turned into a bike path, this was talked about as an instance of Copenhagenization. In line with the overall theme of the 2012 4S/EASST conference, Design and Displacement, the local organizing committee wishes to discuss Copenhagen as a socio material space, which constantly evolves through design experiments and their partly unexpected effects. On Wednesday October 17, we thus attempt to ‘localize’ the conference and address the concept of ’Copenhagenization’ as an example of a range of specific design experiments in relation to city planning and sustainability. We zoom in on interventions in relation to traffic planning, bicycling, culture, gastronomy, etc., and look at how they disturb existing technical, organizational, and cultural spaces.


Registration deadlines:

Early registration ends on 07/31/2012.
Regular registration starts on 08/01/2012 and ends on 10/17/2012.
Late registration starts on 10/17/2012.

Important Dates:

  • January 4, 2012: Deadline for submitting open panels
  • January 18, 2012: Abstract submissions open:
  • March 18, 2012: Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals.
  • May 15, 2012: Acceptance notification.


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