The 8th STS Italia Conference will be hosted by the University of Trieste, Italy, June 18 through 20, 2020, by the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies.

The conference will be an opportunity to present empirical and theoretical work from a variety of disciplines: sociology, anthropology, design, economics, history, law, philosophy, psychology and semiotics. The focal theme of the 8th STS Italia Conference will be "Dis/Entangling Technoscience: Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice”. This broad theme refers to the complex and ambivalent role of technoscience and innovation in constituting societies – making possibilities flourish, but also creating new vulnerabilities. The conference will include 33 tracks , which are clustered into five thematic streams. The tracks focus on several topics, including: biomedicine, digital platforms and  media, work and organizations, expertise and public policy, ethics of technology and innovation, and governance of  science and technology at large.

Abstracts (written in English, or in Italian in case of tracks in two language) should be submitted by February, 21 to the conference email address ( and to the emails of convenors' selected track. Track Convenor(s) will be responsible for reviewing, accepting/rejecting and organising submissions into their track.



Submission (to the conference email address <> and to the emails of convenors' selected track) should include:

1. Author’s name and surname, affiliation and email address
2. Presentation title
3. Abstract (less than 300 words)

  1. Biomedicine, bodies and technoscience
  2. Platforms, digital technologies and media environments
  3. Rethinking science, technology and innovation: emerging challenges

  4. Including, excluding and connecting through / within technoscience

  5. Governing and reshuffling technoscience and innovation processes



Track on STS in Post-socialist/CEE countries:

Science and Technology Studies in Post-socialist countries/in Central and Eastern European countries



Tracks of Thematic Stream 1

Biomedicine, bodies and technoscience

TRACK 1 > Genetics and biomedical innovation: Between risky and promising scenarios


Convenors: Barbara Morsello (Bruno Kessler Foundation); Veronica Moretti (University of Bologna)


TRACK 2 > Dis/entangling living bodies and medical technologies in the post-genomic era: Health and wellbeing at the nexus between vulnerabilities, responsibility and solidarity


Convenors: Stefano Crabu (Politecnico di Milano); Federico Neresini (University of Padova)


TRACK 3 > From the imaginary to emancipation and back. The relationship between disability and technology


Convenors: Marina Maestrutti (Université Panthéon Sorbonne); Arianna Radin (University of Bergamo)

TRACK 4 > Dis-entangling later life: Ageing processes, innovative practices and critical reflections


Convenors: Silvia Fornasini (University of Trento / Fondazione Bruno Kessler); Francesco Miele (University of Padova); Francisco Nunes (Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS)


TRACK 5 > Disentangling technoscience and sensory experience


Convenor: Valentina Marcheselli (University of Milan); Giampietro Gobo (University of Milan)

TRACK 6 > Governing the platformization of health research and care


Convenor: Luca Marelli (KU Leuven); Ine Van Hoyweghen (KU Leuven)

Tracks of Thematic Stream 2

Platforms, digital technologies and media environments

TRACK 7 > Digital technologies and power relations in work and organizations. Theoretical and empirical perspectives


Convenors: Attila Bruni (University of Trento); Lia Tirabeni (University of Torino)

TRACK 8 > Weak Systems. Exploring bias, bugs and the vulnerability of digitization


Convenors: Paolo Bory (USI Università della Svizzera italiana); Philip Di Salvo (USI Università della Svizzera italiana)

TRACK 9 > Digitalisation and work: Perils and promise  


Convenors: Robert Gianni (University of Maastricht); Darian Meacham (University of Maastricht)

TRACK 10 > Platforms and infrastructures in media and cultural industries


Convenors: Tiziano Bonini (University of Siena); Paolo Magaudda (University of Padova)

TRACK 11 > Mapping technoscience in the media: How to do it, and what is it in, what is it out?


Convenors: Federico Neresini (University of Padova); Martin Bauer  (London School of Economics); Ahmet Suerdem (Bilgi University)


TRACK 12 > Surveillance infrastructures or open platforms? Aid and control of vulnerable populations through digital data


Convenors:  Annalisa Pelizza (University of Bologna); Lorenzo Olivieri (University of Bologna)

TRACK 13 > Disappearance, maintenance and reinvention in the biographies of technical objects. Perspectives on the transformative vulnerabilities of technology at the intersection between STS and Media Studies


Convenors: Sergio Minniti (University of Padova); Simone Dotto (University of Udine); Diego Cavallotti (University of Cagliari)

Tracks of Thematic Stream 3

Rethinking science, technology and innovation: emerging challenges


TRACK 14 > The new role of R&D networks and evaluation processes in the time of “Big science”


Convenors: Franc Mali (University of Ljubljana); Anuška Ferligoj (University of Ljubljana)

TRACK 15 > Alternative science and technology: Theory and practice


Convenors: Luigi Pellizzoni (University of Pisa); Laura Centemeri (CNRS)

TRACK 16 > Doing research in technoscience as affective engagement


Convenors: Silvia Bruzzone (Mälardalen University); Michela Cozza (Mälardalen University); Lucia Crevani (Mälardalen University)

TRACK 17 > Epistemologia politica delle controversie scientifiche, expertise e post-verità. Colmare il gap fra STS, storia e filosofia della scienza


Convenors: Flavio D’Abramo (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte); Gerardo Ienna (University of Verona)

TRACK 18 > Disentangling digital feminist technoscience


Convenors: Mariacristina Sciannamblo ("Sapienza" University of Rome / AMARC Europe); Letizia Zampino (Sapienza University of Rome)


TRACK 19 > What is Expertise?


Convenor: Barbara Saracino (University of Bologna)

Tracks of Thematic Stream 4

Including, excluding and connecting through / within technoscience

TRACK 20 > What is a Cashless Society? Interrogating access, stakeholders and practices


Convenors: Anwesha Chakraborty (University of Bologna); Jillet Sarah Sam (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur)

TRACK 21 > Effect of dataveillance on artistic and cultural production. Exploiting user data to shape user preferences and create new content


Convenors: Fabio Morreale (University of Auckland); Maria Eriksson (Umeå University)

TRACK 22 > Education and/as its making. Vulnerabilities in the sociomaterial worlds of learning


Convenors: Assunta Viteritti ("Sapienza" University of Rome); Leonardo Piromalli ("Sapienza" University of Rome)

TRACK 23 > The digital transformation in education: Addressing or reinforcing vulnerability?


Convenor: Valentina Goglio (University of Turin)


TRACK 24 > Migration and ICTs: Bodies, spaces and imaginary


Convenor: Guido Nicolosi (University of Catania); Olga Usachova (University of Padova)

TRACK 25 > Technoscience for whom? Disentangling technology and science by exploring multi-scalar conceptual tensions


Convenors: Raffaele Andrea Buono (UCL); Nicole Cristi (UCL)


Tracks of Thematic Stream 5

Governing and reshuffling technoscience and innovation processes

TRACK 26 > Law, data and technology: the role of sts in dis/entangling individual rights and social justice


Convenors: Carlo Botrugno (University of Firenze); Gianmarco Gori (University of Firenze); Laurence Diver (Vrije University Brussel)

TRACK 27 > Responsible and inclusive citizen science. Comparing initiatives and assessing impacts


Convenors: Paolo Giardullo (Università di Padova); Rosa Arias (Science for Change); Izaskun Lacunza (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología)

TRACK 28 > Responsible research and innovation in Central and Eastern Europe


Convenors: Miklós Lukovics (University of Szeged); Nikoletta Nádas (University of Szeged)

TRACK 29 > Talk, then prototype. Arguing out controversies over digital design processes - Fishbowl Discussions


Convenors: Karoline Krenn (Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication Systems); Jens Tiemann (Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication Systems)


TRACK 30 > Universal encounters: Coproduction of messy realities in semi-peripheral science and technology systems


Convenors: Marija Brajdić Vuković (Institute for Social Research, Zagreb); Adrijana Šuljok (Institute for Social Research, Zagreb)

TRACK 31 > STS Studies of Outer Space (New Space movement as Challenge to Government/Corporate Space Science and Technology)


Convenors: Ivan Tchalakov (University of Plovdiv); Irina Popravko (Tomsk State University)

TRACK 32 > “DIY AI” In Situ? – Dis/Entangling Practice, Re-engaging Critique


Convenors: Philippe Sormani (Joint Research Centre - Ispra); Florian Jaton (Ecole des Mines, Paris); Michael Mair (University of Liverpool)


Track on STS in Post-socialist/CEE countries

TRACK 33 > Science and Technology Studies in Post-socialist countries/in Central and Eastern European countries


Convenors: Aleksandra Lis (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)


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