The 2021 Taiwan STS Association Annual Conference

Theme: Re/indigenizing STS: Dialogue between Alternative Knowledge and Science/ Technology Studies

Date: June 26-27, 2021 (Pre-conference field trip June 24-25)
Venue: College of Indigenous Studies and College of Environmental Studies, National Dong-Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan.

Abstract Submissions is now open

Call for Submission:
In the third decade of the 21st century, the world is still at a crucial stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, and technology still acts as an essential medium for humans to understand and respond to the world. The 13th STS Annual Meeting will be held at National Dong-Hua University in Hualien, the Pacific Ocean’s windward side. Through thinking about the relationship between global and local, policies and actions, culture and habits, and many more, we set the theme of this annual meeting as “Re/indigenizing STS: Dialogue between Alternative Knowledge and Science/Technology Studies” Facing different types of epistemological systems through contemporary technology, the multi-level network of local actors, and the correspondence between multi-ethnic cultural discourses and policies, we invite various types of “East Coast” dialogues about STS research and traditional knowledge, alternative knowledge, and indigenous knowledge to compare, interact, collaborate, and co-manage.

Well known for its scenic mountain range and coastline, the east coast is usually recognized as Taiwan’s pure and clean back-mountain. However, the east coast also suffers impacts from infrastructure planning based on developmental tourism to pollution and inbalance industry profile. Labeled as an alternative model of Taiwan’s technological development, the east coast is unique in dialogue on STS. We can reflect on industrial characteristics, particular cognitive viewpoints, and immigrant characteristics, and more.

We are looking forward to providing the “re/indigenization view” of STS research, triggering new actions back to the origin, and sincerely inviting you to explore the distance, entanglement, and future between Taiwan’s technology policy.

The theme of the 2021 Taiwan STS annual conference includes, but is not limited to:

Transcendence and recurrence of the traditional indigenous knowledge
The localization of STS knowledge and action
Mutual-embodiment of science, technology development, and infrastructure
STS and the right of the specific ethnic groups
“Localize science” vs. “Localization of science”

Also, welcome the following:

STS and History of Taiwan and/or East Asia
Knowledge and Theory of STS
STS and Risk
Science and Technology Development and STS
STS and Education
STS and Gender

Participant Format:
A. Oral presentation: (1) Curated panel and (2) single paper submission
(1) The curated panel can be traditional paper presentation sessions, roundtables, or workshops.

Traditional paper Session:
A traditional paper session should contain 3 or 4 papers, and the proposal needs to include an overview abstract of the session and abstracts from each paper. Each abstract should be up to 500 words. The session organizer should provide the commentator’s name and are responsible for contacting them. It is not required to have commentators.

The submission of roundtables should contain a proposal of up to 500 words and brief introductions of the moderator and panelists.

A workshop proposal needs to include a description of the workshop, the workshop format, and what participants can gain from this topic.

(2) Individual paper submission
Individual paper submission should contain an abstract of up to 500 words.

B. Poster Presentation (Poster Size: A0)
Poster presenters should provide an abstract of up to 500 words. The presenters need to give a summary of their poster at the designated session.

C. Exhibition
Every exhibition proposal should contain an abstract of up to 500 words. The exhibitor needs to be at the designated session. A 120 cm x 60 cm table is available for the exhibition. Additional requests can be made later.

*Due to space limitation, each presenter can only serve as the presenter for one oral presentation. Panels and special sessions organized by the Association are not restricted.

Important Dates:
March 15th, 2021 (9am) – Deadline for Abstract Submission
March 31st, 2021 – Notification of acceptance
May 24th, 2021 (noon) – Full Paper Submission

Organized by: Taiwan Science, Technology and Society (STS) Association, College of Indigenous Studies, National Dong-Hwa University

Supported by: College of Environmental Studies, National Dong-Hwa University

Committee: Wen-Ling Hong(Chair), Yi-Tze Lee (local Chair), En-Chieh Chao, Heng-An Chen, Jia-Shin Chen, Siu-kei Cheng, Hua-Mei Chiu, Ying-hao Huang, Kuang-Chi Hung, Hung-Bin Hsu, Hsing-Sheng Tai, Yu-Yuen Tsai, Tsung-Yen Tsou, Jr-Ping Wang