Science in Public 2018: Call for Papers “Intersecting Science” – 12th Annual SiP Conference, 17-19 December 2018, Cardiff University, UK

Deadline for papers: Friday 18th May 2018, 5PM

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Science in Public 2018 is a conference centred on the multiple ways that scholars have sought to intervene in, understand, talk about, and co-produce with, the natural sciences – whether from the perspective of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, Medical Sociology, the History of Science, Social and Cultural Theory, Science Journalism or some other intellectual inheritance. Intersecting Science is an explicit invitation to all scholars, practitioners, public engagement and communications specialists, and anyone else with an interest in Science in Public, to contribute. But it is equally an invitation for contributors to make intersection a problem in itself. Together, we ask: what is it that holds these different points of intersection together, beyond institutional convenience or historical legacy? What might be learned from making different trajectories, practice and politics of intersection explicit? What might be productively drawn forth from making intersecting science a problem as well as an ambition?

The conference situates itself in Cardiff School of Social Science’s long tradition of STS, science communication, and studies of public engagement, including its history of training practitioners and professionals in science communication and engagement. It seeks proposals for single papers, full panels, roundtables, and other forms of scholarly communication that engage with the theme Intersecting Science under its most generous interpretation. Contributions are invited in one or more of the following 15 streams:

  • Disability, science, and technology
  • Environments, sustainability, and toxicity
  • Expertise and the nature of scientific knowledge
  • Histories of science and technology
  • Medicine, science, and laboratory life
  • New developments in the life sciences and bioethics
  • Non-humans and post-humans: animals, AI, robotics, and enhancement
  • Public understanding of / participation in science
  • Race, gender, and class in science
  • Risk, technology, and governance
  • Science education, communication, and engagement
  • Science journalism, media, and literature
  • Science policy and public relations
  • Scientific imaginaries in science fiction, art, and film
  • Space, place, and geographies of science

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for regular papers should be no more than 250 words. We also welcome proposals for diverse formats of presentation and encourage people to suggest their own panels, practical workshops, roundtables, author-meets-critics events, and other alternative session formats. Please make this clear in your submission (the website has further information, but you can also email the SiP team to discuss further). All abstracts should be submitted by Friday 18th May by 5pm via the following portal Some funds may be available to support proposed alternative format sessions. Notification of acceptance is expected to be given by mid-June 2018.


SiP 2018 will be a low-cost conference, with bursaries available to early career, student or low-income scholars. Delegates will be asked to book their own accommodation (recommendations will be available on the website).

Contact and further Info

Any questions, please contact the SiP team at
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