CFP: Collective practices of technology: hackerspaces, Fablabs, and co.

isaInternational Conference: Democracy and Participation in the 21st Century

Universidade de Lisboa, 12-15 July 2017
Lisbon School of Economics & Management – ISEG

worshop : Collective practices of technology: hackerspaces, Fablabs, and co.

Hackerspaces, Fablabs, Hacklabs, Openspaces, Design Centers, TechShop Inc., etc., the number of technological collaborative and machine sharing “spaces” is now growing rapidly all around the world. Often linked with the maker community, or the DIY movement, historically, sociologically, or only rhetorically, these places are often presented as a revolution in the way citizen consider (and practice) technology, innovation, and science.

This session proposes to analyze the diversity of these places, giving priority to fieldwork. By crossing various disciplinary perspectives, sociological, anthropological, but also from legal or design sciences, our aim will be to restitute and give a sense to the institutional and organizational diversity of these “spaces”. From social action to local entertainment, from non-profitable associations to start-ups selling services to other start-ups or to artists, designers, or architects.

Papers questioning specifically the way these places do or do not modify the relationship between the individual and the group, or the citizen and the community, are welcome. Does collaboration actually penetrate creative or innovative processes ? Which are the values that are built in order to legitimate collective practices ? What can we learn from the frequent tensions appearing  between these open communities and the questions raised by the practical sharing of data, intellectual property, responsibilities or the multiplication of paying services.

This session also aims to examine the transformation of labor in these specific places, and how it can be a way to understand wider changes in society. The users’ practices of these labs are located in a kind of blurred boundary between labor and leisure. Then, these places invite us to analyze the way people overflow, and sometimes hijack, employed labor, and, conversely, how companies, or the State, may use and incorporate some of these practices.

Workshop organized by Delphine Corteel (REGARDS, Université de Reims) delphine.corteel[@], Volny Fage (IDHES, ENS Cachan) fages[@], Stéphanie Lacour (ISP, CNRS) stephanie.lacour[@]

Deadlines and general informations

12 March – Deadline to submit abstract proposals
15 April – Notification of acceptance of the abstracts to the authors
31 May – Deadline for accepted authors to register for the conference

In order to submit a communication proposal please first choose a specific session. Please mention in the proposal the stream and the session number. Also please include your name, affiliation and email.
For your proposal to be considered please submit the title and an abstract (max. 300 words) both to:
– the mail(s) of the session organizer(s)
–  and the Conference email at:
The session organizer(s) will evaluate your abstract. The Conference email will confirm reception and notify if the abstract has been refused or accepted, for oral communication or as a distributed paper.

The working languages of the conference will be English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, but please be aware that no translation will be provided by the conference.

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