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Varieties of Knowledge Production and its Relevance for Societal Trans­for­mation

Call for Papers

The central theme of the Inter­na­tional Workshop focuses on

Varieties of Knowledge Production and its Relevance: What can we learn with regard to societal trans­for­mation?

The inter­na­tional workshop will explore types of knowledge and their crucial role in promoting social change and addressing urgent global challenges. Speci­fi­cally, in the face of climate change, it seems important to recognise the diversity of types of knowledge that can contribute to finding solutions.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, scien­tific models have become central to policy-making. However, it is important to under­stand that the production of knowledge is not the sole respon­si­bility of scien­tific insti­tu­tions. Rather, it seems necessary to recognise and value other types of knowledge, including technical, experi­mental, regional, indigenous and wisdom-based knowledge, in order to address the complexity of global challenges.

In our workshop, we would like to explore the contri­bu­tions of different types of knowledge to the trans­for­mation of modern society and examine the normative condi­tions for knowledge production, the tools for trans­for­mative practices and the develo­pment of new techno­logies. We would also like to discuss the role of scien­tific insti­tu­tions and the different cultures of knowledge exchange.

We speci­fi­cally invite submis­sions of contri­butions on the following topics:

The centrality of knowledge in modern societies
Epistemic cultures and the diversity of knowledge types

The role of experi­mental knowledge in innovation and trans­for­mation

The limita­tions of scien­tific and technical knowledge in addressing globalchallenges

The importance of diversity of knowledge types and knowledge transferin societal trans­for­mation

Synergies between different forms of knowledge and their contri­bution totrans­for­mation

Varieties of knowledge production and their relevance for social transfor-mation

Normative premises for knowledge production and progress

Types of contri­bu­tions

We welcome different types of contri­bu­tions to the workshop. You may submit the following types of contri­bu­tions:

Short research papers - Present your interim or final results of a study and submit a short research paper. Your paper can be up to 3000 words, including a short abstract of 50-150 words.

Long research contri­bu­tions - Submis­sions should describe original, completed and unpublished work and include specific evaluation and analysis where appropriate. Long papers may be up to 7000 words (including abstract), with additional pages allowed for references and appen­dices.

Poster contri­bu­tions - Present an abstract of a study. Your poster contri­bution can be up to 1000 words, including a short abstract of 50-150 words.

Submission and publi­cation for all contri­bu­tions

The Workshop will be organised by the Institute of Technology and Systemsanalysis (ITAS) in colla­bo­ration with the KIT-Center “Humans and Technology” (MuT) and KIT-Graduate School “Cultures of Knowledge” (CuKnow). All contri­bu­tions will be reviewed by selection committee with relevant expertise in the field. After the peer review process, the selection committee will make the final decision on which contri­bu­tions will be suitable for presen­tation at the confe­rence. For short research papers, the authors may be invited to either an oral or poster presen­tation, depending on the decision of the committee. All contri­butions will be published as confe­rence papers. Key dates Deadline for submitting your contri­bution: 15th of June 2023 Notifi­cation of the final outcome of the peer review process: 15th of July 2023
Please send your contri­bution to:
As a hybrid event, we are offer both physical and online atten­dance options, as well as remote presen­tation possi­bi­lities.
We look forward to your contri­bu­tions and lively discus­sions in our host city Karlsruhe!


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