6th Nordic STS Conference 2023

University of Oslo, Norway, 7-9 June 2023

Theme: Disruption and Repair in and beyond STS

A crack in the pavement with measuring tape laid across it

Foto: hitchster, Flickr (cc) 

Welcome to the 6th Nordic STS Conference! This website will be continuously updated with more information in the coming months. We now invite submissions for open panels

Conference theme

Climate change, pandemic outbreaks, war in Europe, terrorism in Nordic capitals and rising social inequalities: We live in times of disruption where crisis seems to become the new normal state. Indeed, disruption has itself been a longstanding concern within STS. How do STS empirics, methods and theories provide insights and tools for understanding not only the new and ongoing crises, but also their historical, technical and political continuities? And conversely, how can STS attention towards ordinary everyday practices to repair and maintenance, help us analyse and explain societal developments, past and present?

This conference invites scholars in and beyond Nordic STS to take part in this conversation and to engage with emerging and longstanding topics in the field. In this first physical Nordic meeting since 2019, we seek to create a collective arena for exploring and rethinking STS scholarship and its role in society. Our keynote sessions will address two core STS interests: (1) datafication and data politics in democracy and (2) valuing and capitalizing the future.

Keynote sessions

  1. Remaking democracy? Datafication, data politics and participation in democracy 

    Hannah Knox, UCL Anthropology, University College London 
    Evelyn Ruppert, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London 
  2. The Future: Valuing and Capitalizing?

    Liliana Doganova, Centre de Sociologie de L’innovation, Mines Paris Tech, PSL University.   
    Fabian Muniesa, Centre de Sociologie de L’innovation, Mines Paris Tech, PSL University.

Preliminary titles. Full titles and more information will follow.

Suggested themes for panels and papers

We welcome open panels, closed sessions and individual papers relating to (but not exclusive to) the following topics: 

  • Datafication and digital practices
  • Nature, economization and valuation studies
  • The politics and practices of expertise and democracy
  • Health, technology and care
  • Infrastructuring, repair and maintenance
  • More-than-human relations and multispecies studies  
  • Geopolitics of post-cold war Arctic and Nordic STS
  • Nordic colonialism and indigeneity
  • STS methods – academic, activist, artistic, applied
  • Collaborative modes of academic practice


1 September: We now invite submissions for open panels. The deadline is 15 November 2022. 

Submit your open panel here


The conference will be held at the University library at Blindern Campus. Read more about the main and other venues.


  • November 15, 2022: Deadline for submission of open panels. Go to call for open panels
  • January 15, 2023: Announcement of open panels
  • March 1, 2023: Deadline for submission of abstracts (closed panels and individual papers)
  • March 30, 2023: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • March 30, 2023: Registration opens
  • May 3, 2023: Registration closes

Fees and registration

Conference participation will be free of charge. Lunches and the conference dinner may be purchased in advance as part of your conference registration. 


Please direct any queries to nordic-sts@tik.uio.no 

Local organising committee: Tone Druglitrø, Hilde ReinertsenGro Stueland Skorpen, Hanne Tresselt


The conference is funded by the Research Council of Norway through a SAMEVAL network grant.

Published July 7, 2022 11:44 AM - Last modified Sep. 1, 2022 9:12 PM