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Humanist Archives: May 19, 2022, 5:58 a.m. Humanist 36.21 - events: Australasian Science and Technologies workshop

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 21.
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        Date: 2022-05-18 12:34:39+00:00
        From: Kieran Hegarty <>
        Subject: Call for Applications for the 2022 AusSTS workshop

Call for Applications​​​: 
Australasian Science and Technologies (AusSTS2022): “Generation” 
Dates: Thurs 28th and Fri 29 July 2022

As STS practitioners, we grapple with the understanding that generating
knowledge and ideas are always practices in becoming, unfinished, and
multiple, never isolated. We are asked to think about the
socio-technical, material-discursive, and political relations that
generate some worlds and ideas, and exclude others. These multiple
configurations speak of the inevitability of interdependence,
relationality, permeability, and boundaries.

To think about generation in multiple senses means to think through the
humble awareness of our indebtedness to other bodies, knowledges,
histories, ecologies—as a part of a community in constant formation.
This awareness can reflect in the ethics of our own praxis. It can
inspire us to bring into conversation different generations and
sensitivities of STS. It can also speak of the knowledges and material
practices that shape memories of past generations, and expectations and
promises about future ones. It can mean asking what relations get
remembered, what relations are maintained, and who is harmed or excluded
in the process.

AusSTS is committed to bringing together STS scholars from across
Australasia by offering a space where these conversations and
reflections can happen freely and generously. Like last year’s workshop,
AusSTS 2022 will be a multi-sited event hosted across four locations:
Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, and Wellington. The event will include shared
online keynotes, short presentations, as well as local activities and

We invite proposals for short presentations from early career and
PhD/Masters researchers that respond broadly to the theme of
‘generation’. This includes, but is not limited to:

   *   Generation as era: from historical epochs (18th century, 19th
century, 20th century) to population clusters (boomers, millennials, gen
z), to cultural movements (beat generation, MTV generation, digital
natives, TikTok teens)
   *   Generation as reproduction: intergenerational trauma, the passing
on of genes, the mutation of viruses, interventions into the
reproduction of humans, animals, crops, and other biological matter
   *   Generation as innovation: AI, machine learning, and other
computational processes that self-generate images, categories, or
actions (e.g. generative adversarial networks (GANs)), the Anthropocene
and new technologies for energy generation
   *   Generation as creativity: pedagogy and the creation of generative
spaces, generative frameworks, theories and methods for research,
practices and techniques for generating art, language, and social relations
   *   Generation as hope: regeneration, the next generation, techniques
of conservation/preservation in the face of extinction/disaster/destruction

Confirmed keynote speakers:

   *   Anne Pollock (King’s College London)
   *   Intergenerational Plenary: Hana Burgess (UoA), Mythily Meher
(UoA), Billy van Uitregt (VUW)

Structure, cost and accessibility:

The 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:

   *   Melbourne
   *   Sydney
   *   Darwin
   *   Wellington

We ask participants to apply to attend one of these face-to-face
locations. All sites will take part in shared online keynote
presentations. Each site will then host their own set of activities
ranging from short presentations, workshops, and field trips.
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
accessibility requests. All keynote events will be free and
live-streamed for those who are unable to attend the workshop in-person.
Details about cost will be shared in the coming months. AusSTS is
committed to making these events affordable for all our participants,
especially our HDRs and ECRs.

Submission guidelines:

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, including 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 ‘generation.’
Proposals must include a title, 250 word abstract, 5 keywords, and a
short presenter bio. To submit a proposal complete the online
application form here

The deadline for proposals is 30 May 2022.
For more information visit:

Kieran Hegarty
Digital Humanism Junior Visiting Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences,
Vienna (April–June 2022)
PhD candidate, Representing Multicultural Australia in National and
State Libraries project
PhD member, Centre for Urban Research and Digital Ethnography Research
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus
E | | @assemblingweb

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groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose ancestral lands I conduct my
research. I pay my respects to their Elders. I acknowledge that
sovereignty was never ceded, and this always was, and always will be,
Wurundjeri and Bunurong land. Pay the rent.

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