Call for Papers: 4S/EASST CONFERENCE, Barcelona (Spain) aug 31 – sept 3rd 2016.
This track aims to foster collaborations between researchers from different fields and with different research objects, but having in common some consistent engagement with the concepts and ideas of the increasingly relevant french philosopher, Gilbert Simondon.
Gilbert Simondon’s works have gained relevance in the Social Studies of Science and Technology, especially thanks to the innovative, creative and powerful perspective it offers on what he called “the mode of existence of technical objects”. But Simondon’s Philosophy goes much beyond technical objects, mobilizing with great originality concepts such as metastability, resonance, transduction, reticulation and information to illuminate collective phenomena and processes that are central to the Social Studies of Science and Technology. This track aims to foster collaborations among researchers from different areas and dealing with different research objects, but having in common some consistent research engagement with the Simondon’s concepts and ideas. Our objective is to promote an exchange of experiences on different possible uses of Simondon’s concepts, thus contributing to the maturation of the perception of its contemporary relevance. Assuming that the power and relevance of Simondon’s works must be demonstrated in practice, this track expects submissions that put Simondon’s concepts and ideas to work in concrete research situations.
The scope of interest of this track also includes: studies concerned with the ways Simondon’s Philosophy affect the practice of Social Scientists and its products (a particular version of the more general debate on the relations between Philosophy and Science); and studies about convergences or incompatibilities between Simondon’s Philosophy and different theoretical and methodological proposals in the Social Sciences.