Open panels at EASST4S Prague

Call for Papers

I would like to draw your attention to two open panels at the EASST/4S 2020 that might be of interest to some of you. Deadline for submitting an abstract is February 29, 2020.

Kind regards

Jane Bjørn Vedel

130. Organizing Technoscientific Capitalism: Assets, Rents, and Values

Jane Bjørn Vedel, Copenhagen Business School; John Grant Gardner, Monash University, Australia; Kean Birch, York University

Technoscientific capitalism is organized through the configuration of technological products, platforms, and data, as well as the configuration of capitalist practices like accounting, corporate governance, and valuation logics. As a result, technoscientific capitalism entails organizational dynamics and inter-organizational relationships that often get obscured within STS debates about the supposed ‘neoliberalization’ of society and science. In this panel, we want to explore how assets, rents, and values are made through this configuration of technoscience and capitalism. There are many possible analytical and empirical avenues and questions to explore here: How do managerial practices and collaborations underpin the transformation of things into assets? How do organizational epistemologies and resources manifest as different forms of rentiership? And how do public-private logics and frameworks produce specific forms of socio-economic values? Overall, we are concerned with examining how diverse processes of assetization, rentiership, and valuation open up and/or close down alternative futures and political possibilities.


Keywords: assets, organizational dynamics, rents, technoscientific capitalism, values

Categories: Economics, Markets, Value/Valuation

167. STS Perspectives on Innovation: Significance and Agency in Emerging Worlds

Alan Irwin, Copenhagen Business School; Jane Bjørn Vedel, Copenhagen Business School

There is now a well-established story of STS and innovation studies working at some distance from one another, with innovation scholars sometimes calling for a closer relationship with STS in order to repair this division. However, there have always been good examples of STS scholars working across both fields – and contributing to each. At the same time, there is a growing strand of STS research which addresses innovation in terms (for example) of imaginaries, co-production, responsibilities, transformations and incumbencies. Very often, such research challenges the universalistic claims made for innovation and instead stresses the contingencies, multiple possibilities, interruptions, emergences and contexts within which specific innovations are enacted. Themes of innovation cultures, futures, regenerations and democratic engagement are also important here. This open panel invites contributions from STS scholars whose work addresses the broad topic of ‘innovation in emerging worlds’. We welcome empirical studies exploring innovation in specific contexts but also those which seek new conceptual possibilities regarding the relationship between STS and innovation. What place can – and should – the study of innovation play within STS?


Keywords: Innovation, co-production, democracy, futures, emerging worlds

Categories: Governance and Public Policy