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8th Annual S.Net meeting

The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies

The 8th annual S.Net meeting will take place from the 12th to the 14th of October 2016 in Bergen, Norway. It will continue to provide room for reflections on emerging technologies, this time with a special (though not exclusive) focus on politics.

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Confirmed keynotes:

  • Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies,
    Harvard Kennedy School, Law and Order at the Technological Frontier
  • Silvio Funtowicz, Adjunct professor Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, Can Science and Democracy coexist?
  • Joseph Dumit, Professor of Anthropology,Department of Science & Technology Studies, University of California at Davis, Corporate Speculation: Techniques for Calibrating Our Futures

The 8th annual S.Net meeting will take place from the 12th to the 14th of October 2016 in Bergen, Norway. It will continue to provide room for reflections on emerging technologies, this time with a special (though not exclusive) focus on politics.

Former discussions at S.Net have often examined politics in the sense of governance of new and emerging technologies; regulation; RRI; research policies; sustainability. The S.Net 2016 conference also invites papers and other contributions that explore other and broader meanings of the “politics of new and emerging technologies”:

How do emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology or ICTs shape institutions, citizen organizations and other political agencies? And, vice versa; how are these emerging technologies shaped by politics? In what new ways are the bodies of citizens’ subjected to technological intervention and what are the political effects of such interventions? What new forms of politics can be seen to emerge together with technological emergence?

We will dedicate a number of sessions to talks, workshops and other formats that examine new and emerging configurations of human nature, ethics (the good life) and politics (the good society) in the context of new and emerging technologies.

The S.Net 2016 Conference will invite the submission of abstracts to explore these topics relating to emerging technologies, tentatively organized around the following themes:

  • Innovation policies, imaginaries and practices
  • Narratives and imaginaries of emerging and future technologies
  • Public engagement, citizenship and emerging forms of expertise
  • Politics in the era of emerging technologies
  • Safety and security
  • Emerging technologies and human nature
  • Cancer: Emerging technologies, bodies and politics
  • Visualization in science and technology

Important dates:
Deadline for submission of proposal: March 10th
Notification of accepted proposals: May 1st
Registration deadline: August 15th
Conference: October 12 -14 

Program and practicalities

Updated 04.10.2016

Detailed programme (pdf)
Book of abstracts (pdf)

Registration and Conference Information

The Registration Desk is located in the Main Hall (2nd floor) of the Student Centre, Parkveien 1, Bergen.

The desk is open for registration and information:

Tuesday, 11 October:        13:00 - 19:00
Wednesday, 12 October:    08:30 - 18:00
Thursday, 13 October:       08:30 - 17:00
Friday, 14 October:            08:30 - 11:00

The staff at the desk will be happy to assist you with all matters concerning the conference.

AV Equipment and Uploading your Presentation
There are stationary PCs and projectors in all the conference rooms. Technical support is available should you encounter any trouble – but please note that support for Mac computers cannot be guaranteed, and remember to bring an adapter if you are using your Mac.

Please arrive at the room ten minutes before the start of your scheduled session, and upload all presentations of a session onto the same computer in order to minimize transition time between presentations. Remember to check whether the technical aspects of your presentation work on the computer before the start of the session! If you require sound or other special equipment, please relate this to the staff at the registration desk upon your arrival.

Lunch
Lunch will be served in the Main Hall of the Student Centre, and the upper level area of the cafeteria is reserved for conference participants to eat on Wednesday and Friday. The Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen (SIB) caters the lunches. On Thursday, lunch will be served in lunch bags, which can be brought into “the Egg” for the S.Net Business Lunch.

Coffee Breaks
Coffee and snacks will be served in the Main Hall in every break between sessions. The coffee and snacks are catered by the The Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen (SIB).

Conference dinner
The conference dinner on Thursday, 13 October, will take place in the University Aula, inside the Natural History Museum, Museplassen 3. Entrance through the Museum Garden from Olav Ryes vei (vis-à-vis the Student Centre), through Christie Café and up the stairs on your left. The food, a buffet dinner consisting of seafood, meat, and plenty of vegetarian options, followed by dessert, will be served by the restaurateur Søtt + Salt.

If you have not yet purchased a ticket for the dinner, you can do so at the Registration Desk upon your arrival. We will ask you to register within 15:00 on Wednesday, October 12, in order to give Søtt + Salt time to prepare food for the correct number of people.

Conference Pub
The Conference Pub is located at Christie café, inside the Natural History Museum, Museplassen 3. Entrance through the Museum Garden from Olav Ryes vei (vis-à-vis the Student Centre). The Conference Pub will be open as a preconference venue for music and mingling on Tuesday, October 11, from 19:00-22:00. On Wednesday, October 12, it will be open from 20:30 (directly after the BIO·FICTION film screening and debate) to 22:00. Drinks can be purchased at a discount price, and light snacks will be available

Internet Access
WiFi is available free of charge throughout the UiB campus. If you have eduroam, this is available and is the easiest way to get online. For participants who do not have access to eduroam, the network uib-guest is the next best option. To access the uib-guest network, please follow this procedure:

  1. Choose the uib-guest network among the WiFi options. A window with various log-in options will appear. The message “If you are not affiliated with UiB, this service should not be used” can safely be ignored.
  2. Enter your phone number in place of a username in the log-in field, and leave the password blank. You will then receive a password to use for your login. Please note that this service does not provide encryption on your data traffic after login, and that the organisers are not responsible for the security of your data - be careful!

Liability
Neither S.Net nor the University of Bergen are liable for any losses, accidents, theft, or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants attend the conference and related events at their own risk and responsibility.

Registration

You must be registered and have paid your registration fees in order to attend the conference. Registration gives you access to all S.Net Conference 2016 activities from Tuesday (pre-conference) October 11th to Friday October 14th, which includes:

- Plenary sessions
- A variety of other sessions
- Access to the public events
- Breaks and on-site lunches

Please note that a conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening, October 13th. Registration does not include access to this event. If you want to attend the dinner, at a cost of 500 kr (about 50 €), please indicate this by checking the box for the conference dinner during registration.

Registration deadlines:

Early bird:June 17
Regular registration: August 15

PRICES

Early bird (registration by  June 17) NOK 1700,-
Regular registration NOK 2000,-
Conference dinner   NOK   500,-

Fees are payable in Norwegian kroner. Registration and payments are made online, follow this link: registration
Payments must be made by credit card (Visa, Master Card ). Registration fees do include applicable taxes.

By completing the registration form you will recieve a separate email confirming your registration.
This email states the detailed information for registration and will be your official receipt for the conference.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Please contact the organizing comitee by email should you need to cancel or modify your registration. The deadline for refundable cancellation is September 12th.
Refund will be issued to credit cards, a 10% cancellation fee will be charged. 

 

The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with 14,800 students and 3,600 staff.
The conference takes part at Nygårdshøyden, an area consisting of a mixture of houses, shops and seats of learning in the heart of Bergen,
hosting the faculties of mathematics and natural sciences, social sciences, psychology, the humanities and arts, and law.
The organiser of the 8th Annual S.Net Meeting is the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT), a permanent, interdisciplinary and
interfaculty institution at the University of Bergen.
SVT is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination within the field of "theory of science”. In Norwegian, the Centre is called Senter for vitenskapsteori,
“vitenskapsteori” meaning «theory of science» but being understood broadly as "research on research”, inquiry into all the disciplines and approaches found at a
comprehensive university, and their relationships to society.
The Centre is internationally renowned for its work within post-normal science (PNS) as well as RRI (responsible research and innovation) and
ELSA (ethical, legal and social aspects) of science and technology, and political theory."

Travel and accomodation

In addition to a large selection of direct flights to Bergen, you can also arrive by ferry, by train from Oslo or drive along the scenic fjords and coast to Bergen.
There is also an express bus from Stavanger.

Accommodation

The following are a few hotels near the conference venue where rooms at a special rate are available for the S.NET Conference 2016 participants.Please be aware that these offers will only be valid until about one month BEFORE the conference starts. Please book your room as soon as possible in order to receive these discounted rates. Some of the hotels are already almost sold out at these discounted prices.
Please keep in mind that the conference organization will not bear any financial responsibility in connection with your stay and accommodation.


Thon Hotel Bergen

BryggeBradbenken 3, N-5003 Bergen
Phone: +47 55 30 87 63
Email: bergen.brygge.booking@thonhotels.no

NOK 961. - per room, per. night, includes breakfast and internet.
If you want to book by telephone or e-mail, use this reference:
Ref: 24123834
This price is valid until: 28.09.16
Link for online booking:
http://www.thonhotels.no/en/standalone-pages/block-booking/s-net-conference/


COMFORT HOTEL HOLBERG

Strandgaten 190 | NO-5004 BERGEN
Phone +47 55 30 42 00 
E-mail: co.holberg@choice.no

Unfortunately guests cannot book on-line with this reference number. You will need to telephone them or send an e-mail
Single room  1195,-NOK per night and double room 1395,-NOK. Breakfast included.
Use this reference:1013GR001899.
These prices are valid until one month before the conference.
 

Scandic Byparken

Christiesgt. 5-7, Bergen, NO-5808 Bergen, NorwayNorway
Phone: +47 55 36 29 00
E-mail   Byparken@scandichotels.com

Booking code for internet booking: BSNE121016
Price is 1109 NOK pr. room, pr. night, includes breakfast


Scandic Ørnen

Lars Hilles gate 18, NO-5008 Bergen
Phone: +47 55375016
E-mail: annabelle.butz@scandichotels.com

Agreement number D000029132. Use this number when you book your reservation. 
NOK 1312, - single room and NOK 1512,- for a double room, includes breakfast.


Clarion Hotel Admiral

C. Sundts gate 9 | NO-5004 BERGEN
Phone: + 47 55236406
E-mail: Tove.Fauskanger@choice.no

Price: 1332,- per room, per night.  Includes breakfast.
Prices valid until 1 month before the S.Net conference
Booking ref: 255724
This code can only be used by direct contact with the hotel, either by telephone or e-mail.
The Customer Service Center can also take this booking – but NOT the Choice web-site.

Other hotels:
Hotel Park - Bergen
Harald Hårfagresgate 35
N-5007 Bergen
Norway
T: +47 55 54 44 00
F: +47 55 54 44 44
M: booking@hotelpark.no
W: www.hotelpark.no
Prices as of March  date: 1190 nok per night, single room ; 1490 nok Double room. Includes breakfast.
 

Citybox Bergen AS
Nygårdsgaten 31 - 5015 Bergen
Telephone: 55 31 25 00
Single rooms from: 537-637 nok; Double rooms from: 675, 777, og 875 nok.
NB! No breakfast included.
Epost: bergen@citybox.no / www.citybox.no

 

Call for proposals

The S.Net 2016 Conference invites the submission of abstracts to explore topics tentatively organized around the following themes:

A. Innovation policies, imaginaries and practices
B. Narratives and imaginaries of emerging and future technologies
C. Public engagement, citizenship and emerging forms of expertise
D. Politics in the era of emerging technologies
E. Safety and security
F. Emerging technologies and human nature
G. Cancer: Emerging technologies, bodies and politics
H. Visualization in science and technology 

We invite proposals in two different formats:

1) Paper presentation sessions:
a) Individual papers.
Please submit abstract (maximum 300 words) and indicate relevant themes (A-H); you may choose more than one.
Presentations will typically be 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minutes question period.

b) Thematic session:
Please submit abstract (maximum 1000 words) and indicate relevant themes (A-H); you may choose more than one.
Sessions should include 3-4 presentations. All session participants must be confirmed.
Please specify the length of the contribution and, if applicable, how many participants can be included in the event.

2) Special format sessions:
We encourage experimental formats beyond the usual paper based-presentations. All types of alternative audio-visual and art-oriented formats (e.g. theatre, movies, photography and installations) can be proposed. Interactive formats such as story-telling fora, ‘hands-on workshops’ and similar are also welcome. Please submit abstract (maximum 600 words) and indicate relevant themes (A-H); you may choose more than one.
Please specify the length of the contribution and, if applicable, how many participants can be included in the event.

Full call for proposals  Guidelines


Selection criteria:
Submissions will be evaluated by an international, multidisciplinary scientific committee.
Principal criteria for selection will be:
• Quality of the abstract
• Relevance to the general theme and, more specifically, to the subthemes described in the Theme section
Proposals submitted by any other means than the registration link below will not be considered.

Important dates:
Deadline for submission of proposal: March 10th
Notification of accepted proposals: May 1st
Registration deadline: August 15th
Conference: October 12 -14.


Further information:
s.net2016@uib.no