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Please join us on June 11-13, 2021, for this year’s HAPSAT Conference. We are inviting scholars and students from all over the world to explore with us “Global and Local Networks” in the world of science. The event will happen online and be open to contributions in English and French. The deadline for submitting a paper is April 2, 2021. For more information, please consult our website or contact us by email at hapsatcon.2021@gmail.com.

Call for Papers:
Global and local networks have become increasingly important since the COVID-19 pandemic started, with more aspects of our lives happening online than ever before. In response to our growing reliance on online networks for social and professional connectedness, this year’s HAPSAT Conference will investigate networks in the history, philosophy, and interdisciplinary study of science, technology and medicine. The term “network,” however defined, implies the interaction of interconnected individuals. Whether they be construed as social media, news outlets, community organizations, political movements or professional associations, networks serve as a medium for exchange. They are what keep us informed and connected to the world around us. Throughout history, networks have played a key role in social, scientific, and technological change. From laboratories to think tanks, science has been an overwhelmingly social enterprise. Networks have also provided scientists with the conceptual apparatus to create new knowledge. With the emergence of cybernetics in the wake of the Second World War, for instance, the way information is exchanged through networks has established itself as the basis of genetics, ecology, and computing, in addition to many other fields. New ways of thinking about science itself, namely STS, have incorporated networks in their theoretical framework, as exemplified by actor-network theory. The new realities of our globalized, online world keep mobilizing scholars concerned with the changes undergoing contemporary society. New technologies like the Internet and social media connect us like never before; yet they also present ethical dilemmas that philosophers have only begun to disentangle. We invite scholars to reflect on the themes highlighted above as well as the following questions:

  • What is the role of professional and transnational networks in the history of science, technology, and medicine? What aspects of history come to the fore when we focus on networks rather than individual actors?
  • How do networks create meaning? What role do networks play in producing knowledge and justifying beliefs?
  • What are the social and ethical implications of communication technologies such as the Internet and social media?

Please join us in examining global and local networks in the world of science at this year’s HAPSAT Conference, which will be held online on June 11-13, 2021. The deadline for submitting papers is now April 2, 2021. Submissions can be submitted here and should include your name, affiliation, paper title as well as a 250-word abstract in PDF format. For more information on our conference, please contact us by email at hapsatcon.2021@gmail.com.