CfPs: APSTSN Biennial Conference on Disasters, Controversy and Public Engagement; Taiwan, 1-4 Oct

anup kumar das anupdas2072 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 15 01:50:12 EDT 2015

Science, Technology and Society Biennial ConferenceDisasters, Controversy
and Public EngagementKaohsiung, Taiwan, Oct 1st~4th, 2015[image: logo_f]
<> Conference Website

APSTSN is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the biennial
conference, to be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Oct 1st~4th, 2015.

*DEADLINE EXTENDED: *April 30th, 2015

Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals

Conference Website:

*Conference Themes*
Over the past several years, the Asia-Pacific has experienced disasters on
various scales and severity, often compounded by technological system
failures, such as the 311 earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in
Japan, the Sowel ferry disaster in Korea, and the propene explosion in
Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In addition, recent scandals regarding food safety in
Taiwan and China have created a sense of urgency. These disasters and
threats have brought major controversies over how to ensure a safe future
in a risk society, and they have also drawn people from different sectors
to participate in the discussion. Most importantly, the public has become
even more critical in shaping the climate of civil and policy making
opinions. Confronting these disasters, how do we mobilize and empower the
public to engage in the improvement of a technological society in order to
increase our resilience in the face of giant disasters?

*Confirmed keynote speakers and panelists*

*Deborah Bird Rose* University of New South Wales, Australia
*Tadashi Kobayashi *Osaka University, Japan
*Kuei-Tien Chou *National Taiwan University, Taiwan
*Hee-Je Bak *Kyung Hee University, Korea
*Sulfikar Amir *Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Science and technology in society has an important role to play in
investigating disasters wherever they arise. We would therefore like to
invite scholars and activists to exchange ideas and findings on the topic
of disasters, controversies and public engagements in the Asia-Pacific

*All STS topics are welcome, including but not limited to:*
BiosciencesFood & AgricultureMedical CareBusinessFinance & MarketsGender &
TechnologyModeling & Numbers-workIndigenous KnowledgeNormativity &
NormalizationCitizenship & ActivismInformation & MediaPost HumanitiesScience
& LawMulti-Species RelationsEnergyRiskEnvironment & EcologyGovernment,
Policy & PoliticsTheory & MethodScience CommunicationDisability & Assistive
TechnologyPost-Colonial ScienceKnowledge & its LimitsAnd more

*Important Dates:*

February 1st , 2015                         Submission opens
*April 30th, 2015 *                        Deadline for submissions of
individual papers, session proposals
May 30th, 2015                               Acceptance Notification
July 31st, 2015                                 Early Bird Registration

(All presenters must register to be included in the program. For papers
with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in
the final program.)

*Proposal Submission:*

*Individual submission abstract:

Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should
include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS
literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key
words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a
session. You may choose to submit your paper abstract to one of the topics
listed above where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can
leave panel selection to the program chairs.

*Session proposal abstract:

Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 200 words. Each session
proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief
discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be designed
to fit one-and-half-hour time slots. A typical session will contain three
papers with a discussant. A maximum of four paper abstracts conforming to
the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session.

TO SUBMIT, please visit

Presentation time: A feature of APSTSN conferences is that adequate space
and time is provided for presentations and questions. For each
presentation, we will arrange 20 minutes for the delivery of the
presentation and 10 minutes for questions as a minimum.

Program Participation: To ensure there is adequate time for the above we
request that individuals may be listed for only one paper presentation as
the presenter and one other role (such as session chair or discussant but
not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances. That is, we request
one single authored paper and one co-authored paper as the limit with
regard to abstracts and presentations.

*Special Planning:*

STS Fair (Oct, 3rd Saturday afternoon 3:00~5:30pm)

Science, Technology and Society (STS) researches have always paid special
attention to social involvements of academic findings. The 2015 APSTSN
conference will hold an interactive STS FAIR session, to encourage
networking between scholars, social activists, policy makers, government
agents, industrial managers, designers and representatives from
communities, NGOs, NPOs, and more. We hope participants will gain insights
for developing projects and future collaborations. This fair is thus
intended to nurture STS networking and research that integrates social
practices and academic advances.

(Please see website for details - including submission instructions,
financial support and registration fees.)
*Dr. Anup Kumar Das*
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