STS Conference

STS Conference 2022

Welcome to the Swedish STS conference 2022: 4-5 May in Gothenburg

The STS conference is the Swedish meeting place for Science & Technology Studies in Sweden. The
purpose of the STS conference is to create a meeting place for researchers who are interested in
issues related to technology and science in society. The conference is especially aimed at doctoral
students and early stage researchers.
Science and Technology Studies (STS), is an interdisciplinary research area that has long attracted
researchers from widely differing fields in both the social sciences and humanities: including
sociology, anthropology, the historical sciences, business administration, philosophy, media and
communication studies, design and organizational studies.

Theme expertise, knowledge production and politics

The theme of the conference is expertise, knowledge production and politics. STS has had a long
standing engagement with expertise and knowledge production in society. Today, the role of the
expert in society is highly relevant due to the increasingly public role that science has gained in the
national and global arena. For instance, the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic have made the
question of experts in society crucial to attend to.
Common to the STS field's understanding of the expert in society is a desire to understand science
and technology as intertwined with values, power, politics and normativity. STS has approached
expertise in terms of uncertainty troughs, public understandings of science, research
communication, skepticism towards science, citizen science, amateur science, sensing, and
What questions about expertise and knowledge production are raised when the number of experts,
knowledge infrastructures and sensors are multiplied? How are conflicts and controversies handled?
What norms are enacted through different infrastructures and sensors? In what ways are experts
challenged by lay people - and what needs and questions are answered through popular movements
and forms of activism? What are the tensions and problems?

Important dates

  • Abstract and session proposals must be submitted no later than 31 January
  • Notice of abstract must be submitted no later than 28 February
  • Registration closes on April 30
  • Conference: 4-5 May


  • We welcome abstracts both within and outside the conference theme, in Swedish or English.
  • Abstracts for individual papers should not exceed 300 words.
  • Session proposals must contain a description of the theme of a maximum of 300 words and
  • abstracts of a maximum of 300 words for the papers included in the session.
 Send the proposal to


The conference is organized by the Division of Science, Technology and Society at Chalmers
University of Technology. Questions about the conference can be sent to

Scientific Committee

  • Ordförande: Francis Lee, Chalmers
  • Sekreterare: Alicja Ostrowska, Chalmers
  • Ingemar Bohlin, Göteborgs universitet
  • Helena Cleeve, Göteborgs universitet
  • Mark Elam, Göteborgs universitet
  • Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist, Göteborgs universitet
  • Gustav Holmberg, Göteborgs universitet
  • Lisa Lindén, Göteborgs universitet
  • Sebastian Linke, Göteborgs universitet
  • Kenneth Nyberg, Göteborgs universitet
  • Anna Åberg, Chalmers

Doctoral Committee

  • Chair: Alicja Ostrowska, Chalmers
  • Parissa Mokhtabad Amrei, Chalmers
  • Maria Arnelid, Linköping University
  • Jens Millkrantz, Chalmers


The conference takes place at Chalmers, Vera Sandbergs allé 8 in Gothenburg. Participation is free of charge.
The registration has closed. 

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