Call for Papers: Panel “Contested Conduct shaping Sciences and Societies: Epistemic and Moral Accountability in the Worlds of S&T Research” at STS-Hub 2023, deadline 31 October 2022

Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract as part of the special topic panel I am convening for the upcoming 2023, under the heading “Contested Conduct shaping Sciences and Societies: Epistemic and Moral Accountability in the Worlds of S&T Research”.
I am happy to receive and review abstracts (of about 500w + short authors BIO) latest by October 31st, 2022 to my personal address:
(Feel free to use same address for communications in regards to any issues that might emerge in the meantime or to address questions specifically about the panel organization) Notification of acceptance will be sent before the 7th of November.
The does not charge any participation fees, and this panel does not compensate monetarily for participation. For more details, please see:
Frequently asked questions STShub 2023.
I look forward to continuing the discussions with some of you, as I am also very much looking forward to meeting new colleagues of all academic career stages. MA thesis level papers, professional and/or personal experience reflections, and project presentations are as much welcome as fully fledged scientific papers, to the extent that they engage any of the panels’ questions, STS literature and/or the theme of ’circulations’.

Melina Antonakaki

Doctoral Candidate, STS Department TUM


Contested Conduct shaping Sciences and Societies: Epistemic and Moral Accountability in the Worlds of S&T Research
Convenor: Antonakaki, Melpomeni

In recent years, longstanding questions about proper scientific conduct have gained a new currency, as scientists, policymakers, affected publics and even new categories of aspiring gatekeepers, i.e., ‘epistemic activists’ of the metascience movement, professionals in misconduct detection or ‘science watchdogs’, debate the nature of appropriate scientific practice in a wide variety of fields and forums. Controversy often surrounds the socalled “reproducibility crisis” as well as highly visible cases of data fabrication, plagiarism or the overall careless mishandling of research. Debate on public research governance pertaining to its (data and beyond) accessibility, as well as the reallocation of ownership and control in knowledge production and circulation, have also been sharply criticized, often arising in concert with questions about financial conflicts of interest or cases of ‘whitewashing’ criminal money and reputations through extremely opaque practices for cultivating research donorship. Debates about gender disparity in citation practices, gender and racial bias in hiring and promoting decisions, and sexual harassment are raising issues that include questions in regards to epistemic consequences as well as matters of fairness and justice. Although scholarship, policy analysis, and public discussions tend to treat these disparate issues as belonging to different domains, the concept of the panel is premised on the idea that in the present moment, they all share sufficient similarities to justify treating them as members of a common category: debate about the epistemic and moral accountability of specific academic and public research practices.

Whether the practice being criticized pertains to data access, financial arrangements, reproducibility problems, or gender justice, prominent voices are challenging academic and research institutions, raising epistemic concerns, demanding accountability, and, in some cases, promoting imaginaries of farreaching reform.

The full CfP can be found here.

An overview of all calls for papers/abstracts for the in Aachen (March 15-17 2023) can be found here.