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Working with Co-Production: A STS Methods Workshop, March 31, 2019, Ottawa

Abstract submission deadline: February 20

In collaboration with the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, the Canadian Network for Science and Democracy (CNSD) invites paper proposals for its inaugural workshop (March 31 - April 1, University of Ottawa). With the aim of developing co-productionist scholarship and methods in Canada, we welcome submissions both from established STS researchers and from those whom are just beginning to apply the “idiom of co-production” (Jasanoff 2004) in their own work. All accepted papers (~5000w) will be expected to be shared two weeks in advance, read by all, and discussed in roundtable format. Workshop discussions will also be anchored by two keynote presentations from Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University) and Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University).

If you would like your paper to be considered for this workshop, please submit a brief abstract here (200-400 words) before February 20 to which describes a new or ongoing research project. Please be sure to point out how co-production applies. Please also include in your email a brief statement (2-3 sentences) on your interest in participating. Due to limited presentation slots, preference will be given to submissions that most closely fit the goals of the event.

If you would like to attend without submitting, please RSVP to

Draft Workshop Agenda

updated Jan 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

8:30-9am: Continental Breakfast

10am - 12pm: Presentation of working papers

11:30-12:30pm:  Lunch break

1:30- 3:30 pm: Roundtable paper discussions

3:30-4:30 pm: Group brainstorming - Future STS scholarship and community in Canada

4:45pm: Keynote presentation and Q&A with Dr. Sheila Jasanoff (via skype)

Monday, April 1, 2019

TBD - Dr. Sergio Sismondo will deliver a keynote talk (support by the Institute for Science, Society and Policy as a “feature event”) on his new book, Ghost-Managed Medicine (Mattering Press, 2018)

Dr. Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and director of the Harvard Program on Science, Technology, and Society. She has been editor and author for many foundational texts in STS, including the first volume dedicated to the “idiom of co-production” (States of Knowledge, 2004).She currently serves on the governing board of the Science and Democracy Network (

Dr. Sergio Sismondo is professor of philosophy at Queen’s University. He has authored one of the standard textbooks in STS, An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (2nd ed. 2010); the book has been twice translated into Chinese (simple and complex characters) as well as into Turkish, Persian and Estonian, with Japanese and Korean translations in process. Dr. Sismondo is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Social Studies of Science, one of the field’s flagship journals.