The 12th East Asian Science Technology and Society (EASTS) Network Conference

信息动态通知·预告2016-08-11 12:51

Call for Papers (Deadline: 31 May 2016)

Science and Technology in Transitional Societies  

The Institute of Science, Technology and Society, Tsinghua University is organizing the 12th East Asian Science Technology and Society (EASTS) Network Conference to be held at Tsinghua University, Beijing, November 18-20, 2016  

The conference theme is “Science and Technology in Transitional Societies”. This conference aims to explore the relationship between science, technology and society in East Asian countries and regions at different stages of technological and economic development. What roles has science and technology played, and what impact has science and technology made on societies in the process of social transitions? How East Asian countries and regions have dealt with various problems and challenges posed by technological transformation, industrial upgrading, and social changes at the past or current stages? How did these countries and regions balance development of science, technology and society, and achieve a smooth transition?

This conference welcomes papers in social studies of science, technology studies, history of science and technology, philosophy of science, and other relevant areas. We expect to discuss specific STS issues facing East Asian countries and regions at various stages of their social transitions, thereby contributing to the development and progress of STS studies with East Asian features.

Topics include (but not limited to):

1.Environment and sustainability transitions

2.Local knowledge

3.Life / techno sciences, and emerging science and technology

4.Governance and public policy

5.Risk and disaster

6.Science communication

7.Public participation

8.Technical learning and indigenous innovation

9.Gender and science

10.STS with an East Asian perspective

Important dates:

31 May 2016     Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals

20 July 2016       Notification of acceptance to authors

31 August 2016   Deadline for early bird registration

Session proposals and abstract submissions:

Please submit your abstracts and session proposals to before 31 May 2016. Each presenter must include name, affiliation, and contact information.

* Individual paper abstracts

Individual paper abstracts should be up to 500 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. 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 chair.

* Session proposal abstracts

Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 250 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. A typical session may have four presentations (three papers +one discussant or four papers) and open discussion slot. A minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session. The program chair may assign additional papers to proposed sessions to meet the typical session composition.

Registration fees:



(Before 31 August 2016)






(Before 31 August 2016)




Cancellation Policy:

Before 1 November, cancellations will be accepted with a refund of 50%. Any cancellations after 1 November will not receive a refund.

 For any further information, please contact the conference organizing committee at