Call for Papers

Work is economic. Labour is the lynchpin of capitalist society, productive not only of economic but social and cultural values. Work is social and situated. It is a negotiation that happens moment to moment between humans and non-humans alike. Work is existential. It is what you do and equally who you are. Work is complex. We work on things and things work on us. We approach the theme of work from a deliberately broad perspective, including but not limited to:

  • The production of science and technology: How are science and technology done, under what conditions, and by whom? Whose work matters and for whom? Historically, how have answers to these questions been addressed, how are they addressed today?
  • Science and technology in the workplace: How do science and technology change the workplace, including issues of information, materiality, and everyday practices? How does the ubiquity of technology change the spaces in which work is done (physical and virtual) and the bodies that do it? What is the relationship between technoscientific cultures and biopolitical labour?
  • The things that work on us: How do technologies and non-human actors shape us? What individual and social identities are made possible or foreclosed in the making and taking up of scientific, medical or technical concepts and devices? How do we decide what works?

We invite graduate studies from all disciplines and methodological frameworks to participate. Further example topics include:

  • Workplace ethnographies
  • Paradigms and occupational ideologies in engineering, design, science, and medicine
  • Professionalization
  • Critical technical practice, DIY, hacker, and maker cultures
  • Wearable technologies
  • Embodiment, situated action, textility, sociomaterial agency
  • Visible/invisible work or workers in medical, scientific and technical fields including, gendered and racialized roles in science and technology
  • Technological solutionism
  • Dynamics of information and materiality in the workplace

Please submit a maximum 350-word abstract, which includes your name, academic affiliation, year of study and email address to:

New EXTENDED Deadline: April 10, 2015