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[Commlist] CFP: AusSTS 2021: Situated Practice — A multi-sited workshop
Mon Mar 29 12:28:36 GMT 2021
*Call for Applications: *
*AusSTS 2021: Situated Practice — A multi-sited workshop*
*24th June – 25th June 2021*
“Knowledge is embedded in projects; knowledge is always /for/, in
many sense, some things and not others, and knowers are always formed by
their projects, just as they shape what they can know”
Donna Haraway, /Morphing in the Order/
As STS researchers, we are taught to see science as a situated
practice — something that is tied to knowledge and power, radically
historically specific, and irreducibly social and political. We
understand that science, like all practices, is contingent on the social
and material forces that circumscribe possibility and action. Yet, at
times, we struggle to articulate how our research practice too is a
We know that research is unruly. No matter how much we propose and plan,
no matter what timelines and techniques we use to discipline ourselves
into writing, the social and material forces (otherwise known as life)
have a unique way of acting back. For many, 2020 and now 2021 have been
a humbling experience into what it means to continue our practices in
situations we had not expected. While some of us had planned to situate
ourselves elsewhere — conducting fieldwork, attending conferences, etc —
others have found that once familiar situations are now vastly different.
While the pandemic may have introduced a set of limitations for
organising large gatherings (like a national workshop), it also offers
us a unique chance to reflect on how our practices are shaped by the
places we find ourselves in. This pause also offers us an opportunity to
explore the concrete possibilities for the future of sustainable
The AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop is an annual, multi-day,
multi-disciplinary event that brings together STS researchers from
across Australasia. This year’s workshop will be hosted as a multi-sited
event, with shared online keynotes and local (read: “situated”) meetup
events. The workshops are designed for postgraduate students and ECR
researchers interested in STS, and will include a variety of activities
including keynote events, short presentations from HDRs and ECRs, field
trips, and more.
*Confirmed Keynote Speakers*
Keynote Lecture: Professor Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto
Keynote Conversation Event: Professor Kane Race, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Anne Galloway, Victoria University of Wellington
*Structure, cost, and accessibility*
This year’s workshop is a multi-sited, face-to-face event that will take
place across four locations. Registration costs will vary depending on
the events planned at each location:
We ask participants to apply to attend /one/ of these face-to-face
locations. All sites will take part in shared online keynote
presentations on Day 1 and 2. Each site will then host their own set of
activities ranging from short presentations, workshops, and field trips.
Some sites will have limited numbers based on the activities planned, so
do not delay your application.
We endeavour to make all face-to-face venues accessible for our
participants. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any
questions regarding accessibility requirements or have specific venue
All keynote events will be free and live streamed on YouTube Live for
those who are unable to attend the workshop in-person.
*/Please note that Darwin will not be hosting short presentations but
will instead organise alternate activities for participants/
This workshop departs from the traditional symposia format of long
papers and short discussion. Participants can expect to present a short
paper consisting of a question, problem or provocation and take part in
panel discussions and cross-disciplinary dialogues.
We invite postgraduate and early career researchers (ECRs) from all
disciplines and areas of expertise to apply: life, environmental and
materials science, social sciences and humanities, artists, social
activists, and other practitioners.
To apply, you will need to submit a proposal for a *5-minute
presentation* at the workshop on any topic that relates to the theme of
Proposals must include a title, 250 word abstract, 5 keywords, and a
short presenter bio.
To submit a proposal complete the online application form
<https://forms.gle/AWgrujYdeVDwQtW69>. The deadline for proposals is
*Friday, April 30th*.
For questions or enquiries please contact Thao Phan at
(thao.phan1 /at/ deakin.edu.au) <mailto:(thao.phan1 /at/ deakin.edu.au)>
You can also find us on Twitter at @AusSTSgrad using the hashtag #AusSTS2021
*Overview of activities for each location:*
/Organising committee: Kari Lancaster, Sophie Adams, Mia Harrison,
The Sydney AusSTS event will be split over two days, each beginning at
the UNSW Kensington campus. Day 1 will include the opening keynote,
short presentations from HDRs and ECRs, a special object-based learning
event at the Chau Chak Wing Museum
<https://www.sydney.edu.au/museum/about-us.html> at the University of
Sydney, and a social event in the evening. Day 2 will include the
conversation keynote, short presentations, and opportunities for
networking and engagement. Further details will be announced closer to
the date. Estimated cost to attend is $30 – $40.
/Organising committee: Thao Phan, Emma Kowal, Timothy Neale/
The Melbourne AusSTS event will be split over two days. Day 1 will be
hosted at CERES Community Environment Park <https://ceres.org.au/> and
will include the opening keynote event, short presentations from HDRs
and ECRs, and an evening social event. Day 2 will include the
conversation keynote and a field trip to the Werribee Western Treatment
Plant (TBC). More details will be announced closer to the date.
Estimated cost to attend is $50 – $80 and will include field trip
transport on day 2.
/Organising committee: Matt Barlow, Cathy Bow, Kelly Lee Hickey, Kirsty
Howey, Jen Macdonald, Michaela Spencer/
The Darwin AusSTS event will take place as three public events, spread
from Thursday- Saturday: a walkshop tracing a series of encounters along
Gurambai/Rapid Creek; a film night on the Darwin foreshore with the
Gapuwiyak-based Arts collective Miyarrka Media
<https://miyarrkamedia.com/>; and a food sharing workshop exploring
reciprocities and connections within the Gurambai catchment.
Registration for events will be through their own eventbrite page, and
costs are expected to range from FREE to $15.
/Organising committee: Courtney Addison, Max Soar/
The Wellington AusSTS event will take place over two days in the central
city and surrounds. Day 1 will include the opening keynote and short
presentations from HDRs and ECRs, followed by an evening social event.
The second day will include the conversation keynote event and a field
trip (to be confirmed) exploring the conference theme of situated
practice. We will endeavour to keep costs to a minimum, but please
expect a small registration fee (less than $40) so we can ensure
everyone is well fed.
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