Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales



2019 Annual S.NET Meeting
Imagen: Ricardo Cronel Ruiz


The 11th Annual S.NET meeting will take place on November 18-20, 2019, at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Quito, Ecuador.

The Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) is an international association that promotes intellectual exchange and critical inquiry about the advancement of new and emerging technologies in society. S.NET represents diverse communities, disciplines, viewpoints, and methodologies in the social sciences and humanities. It welcomes contributions from scientists and engineers that advance the critical reflection of nanoscience and other emerging technologies. Current S.NET board members are: Michael Bennett (chair), Marianne Boenink, Ana Delgado, Clare Shelley-Egan, Chris Toumey, Poonam Pandey, Christopher Coenen, Colin Milburn, Kornelia Konrad, Nora Vaage, María Belén Albornoz, and Ryan LaBar.

Contrasting Visions of Technological Change

This year’s meeting will provide rich opportunities to reflect on technological change by establishing a dialogue between contrasting visions on how technology becomes closely intertwined with social orders. We aim to open the black box of technological change by exploring the sociotechnical agreements that help to explain why societies follow certain technological trajectories.

Following the transnational nature of S.NET, the meeting will highlight the diverse geographical and cultural approaches to technological innovation, the forces driving sociotechnical change, and social innovation. It is of paramount importance to question the role of technology in shaping society and the outcomes of these configurations. What happens when these arrangements come into being, are transformed or fall apart? Does technology create contestation? Why and how should we engage with contested visions of technology change?

This is the first time that the S.NET meeting will take place in Latin America and we encourage panels and presentations with contrasting voices from both the Global North and the Global South. Contributors are invited to explore the ramifications of technological change, reflect on the policy process of technology, and debate whether or why technological innovation is a matter for democracy.

Topics of interest include the following:
  • Sociotechnical imaginaries of innovation
  • The role of technology on shaping nationhood and nation identities
  • Decision-making processes on science and technology public policies
  • Co-creation approaches to promote public innovation 
  • Grassroots innovation, sustainability and democracy
  • Visions and cultural imaginaries
  • Role of social sciences and humanities in processes technological change

In addition, the usual S.NET themes are also strongly encouraged, including:
  • Research dynamics and organization
  • Innovation and use
  • Governance and regulation
  • Politics and ethics
  • Roles of publics and stakeholders

Submit your abstract

The program committee invites contributions from scholars, technology developers and practitioners, and welcome presentations from a range of disciplines spanning the humanities, social and natural sciences. We invite individual paper submissions, open panel and closed session proposals, student posters, and special format sessions, including events that are innovative in form and content. 

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to May 12, 2019. Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length, an emailed in PDF format to 2019snet@gmail.com.  Notifications of acceptance can be expected by May 30, 2019.

Junior scholars and those with limited resources are strongly encouraged to apply, as the organizing committee is actively investigating potential sources of financial support.


Registration

Registration is now open click here
  • The regular fee is $190, after July 19 it is $250 (USD)
  • Fee for (PhD) students is $95, after July 19 it is $125 (USD)
  • Conference Dinner on Tuesday November 19: $70 (USD) (optional)

Location and Accommodation

We advise participants to book their accommodations as soon as possible. Most hotels, museums, shopping centers and other cultural hotspots in the city are located near the campus and are easily accessible by public or private transportation. Due to its proximity and easy access, meeting participants would be able to enjoy Quito’s rich cultural life during their stay.

FLACSO-Ecuador University Building
La Pradera E7-174 and Av. Diego de Almagro
Quito, Ecuador 170201


Taxi Cabs: Make sure you use taxi cabs with the seal of Secure Taxi. Ask your hotel to get you a taxi. Your hotel might also be able to suggest a reliable phone application for cabs. Taxis are also the easiest form of transportation between Quito's airport and the city (they're usually yellow). Trips to the city from the airport will run approximately $20-25 USD. Taxis will provide a fare quote on a piece of paper in advance for the rider.

Bikes: Quito has a free bike share program (BiciQuito). You'll need to register with them, including supplying a completed application form and photocopy of your passport photo ID page and Ecuador entry stamp. Find more information.

Travel & Tourism: For helpful information on traveling to Ecuador, please check out Ecuador’s Official Travel Website. The city of Quito also has a free official phone app that you may find useful (GO UIO), which includes travel information, restaurants, hotels, attractions, maps and more. The app is available in both Apple and Android formats.

Accessibility and Regional Information

The Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito is the main gateway to Ecuador and approximately a 45-minute drive to the city.
  • Currency – Ecuador’s official currency is the American dollar. Many local locations accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), and ATMs (Automated Teller Machine) are located throughout the city at various bank locations.
  • Plugs & Voltages – Electrical Outlets in Quito are 110v and 60Hz, the same that is used for USA standard appliances (plug types A & B).
  • Medical Advice – Quito is situated at an elevation of 9,350 ft (2,850 meters) above sea level, making it one of the world's highest capital cities. Altitude sickness may be of concern for some. Attendees are encouraged to stay well hydrated and get plenty of rest, especially in the initial days of the meeting. As always, you should consult your doctor regarding health concerns and travel suggestions.

The organizations

About S.Net

The Society for the Studies of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) is an international association that promotes intellectual exchange and critical inquiry about the advancement of new and emerging technologies in society. 

S.NET represents diverse communities, disciplines, viewpoints, and methodologies in the social sciences and humanities. It also welcomes contributions from scientists and engineers that advance the critical reflection of nanoscience and other emerging technologies. The S.NET community addresses a broad range of questions related to the development and societal embedding of new and emerging technologies, including, but not limited to research dynamics and organization, innovation and use, governance and regulation, politics and ethics, visions and cultural imaginaries, and roles of publics and stakeholders.

About FLACSO Ecuador

The Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) Ecuador is located in the heart of Quito. FLACSO is an international organization that emerged in 1956 at the General Conference of UNESCO. In 1957, the Rio de Janeiro Agreement was signed for the creation of FLACSO, initially convened by the governments of Chile and Brazil, to which a total of 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean subsequently adhered. The FLACSO Ecuador headquarters was established in 1974, through an agreement between the Ecuadorian State and the international FLACSO system. The institution is part of the Ecuadorian university system and is recognized by the Higher Education Law in 2000. The headquarters enjoys administrative and financial autonomy in accordance with its constitutive agreement. 

FLACSO Ecuador builds and disseminates knowledge in the field of social sciences and humanities through teaching and critical and creative research. Its principles are pluralism and academic autonomy in the search to contribute to the development of the diverse approaches of Latin American and Andean thought, and to promote justice, equity, and social inclusion.