On 12 June 2019, prior to the 4th Nordic Science and Technology Studies conference, we will organise a one-day pre-conference for junior researchers (doctoral and postdoctoral researchers). This pre-conference will be organised in collaboration with the Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies, the Research Center for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, and the New Social Research programme, Tampere University.

The pre-conference is an opportunity to present work-in-progress and receive feedback from more experienced STS scholars. We are interested in a wide range of research as long as there is a topical, theoretical, and/or methodological connection to the field of STS.


The pre-conference abstract submission is now closed.

We will inform about accepted abstracts no later than 1 March 2019. Researchers, whose abstracts are accepted to the pre-conference, will be asked to submit a longer 10-page paper. The deadline for the longer research papers is 15 May 2019.

Please note that we encourage all junior researchers to submit their abstracts also to the conference, which begins the day after the pre-conference. More information on the conference call for papers here.


Pre-Conference programme

 Venue: Tampere University, City centre campus, Linna building, Kalevantie 5
 (by invitation only)

10.15 – 11.45 Student papers
12.00 – 13.30

Impact workshop, Stefan de Jong, University of Manchester & Reetta Muhonen, Tampere University

Lunch is served in the workshop room.


13.45 – 16.00 Student papers
14.15 A listening walk: a workshop for conference participants

A method used by urban scholars and in soundscape studies, a listening walk can be used as a way of examining knowledge production, sensory affordances, and auditory access in urban spaces. The workshop will comprise of an introduction to the method, a guided walk in the Tampere city centre (45 minutes), and a discussion. The guide of the walk, Meri Kytö (Tampere University) is a soundscape scholar specializing in sensory agency and technology.

To participate, please sign up when registering to the conference. The group size is limited to 20 persons in order of registration. The walk is suitable for people using hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Walk starts at 14.15 from the City centre campus, Linna building, Kalevantie 5. The guide of the walk, Meri Kytö, will wait for the registrated participants in the front of the info desk, at the lobby of Linna building.


For more information on the pre-conference, please contact Associate Professor Elina I. Mäkinen, elina.makinen (at) tuni.fi.