WTMC PhD Workshop (Re)inventing Responsibility and Innovation, 18-20 December 2017, Conference center Soeterbeeck, Deursen-Dennenburg (previously Ravenstein), NL | Please register by 31 October 2017

WTMC Workshop (Re)inventing Responsibility and Innovation

18-20 December 2017

Conference centre Soeterbeeck, Deursen-Dennenburg (previously Ravenstein), the Netherlands


In this WTMC Workshop, we look at innovation in its social context, as well as current perspectives on how innovation can and should be made ‘responsible’. We will discuss some of the standard views of innovation, and see how research from innovation studies and innovation management provide handles to think through innovation, and to manage it in specific ways. STIS (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) has intensively engaged with this new discourse of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). How is RRI new – if at all – given the historical engagement of STIS with issues of responsibility and normativity? We will also look at how STIS scholars critically engage with some of the field’s built-in assumptions. What tends to be assumed under ‘innovation’, and what kinds of phenomena does that tend to make invisible – think of social innovation, resistance, recycling, repair and maintenance? What normativities are built into the framework of RRI – is innovation always ‘good’, and should we always have more innovation? What is meant by ‘responsible’, and for whom? Who are assumed to be the key actors in innovation? How can we enrol actors who are often excluded from innovation discourses and processes, such as users, and more particularly users in the ‘Global South’? And how can we conceptualize non-use and resistance?


This workshop is aimed at PhD students across STIS. An explicit background in innovation studies is not required.


Confirmed speakers include: Lotte Asveld, Stefan Kuhlmann and Annapurna Mamidipudi.


The registration form for this workshop is now available here. Please register by 31 October 2017!


Costs for WTMC members: meals 10 EUR /day.

Costs for everyone else: 695 EUR, including fee, accommodation and meals.


If you have any content-related questions regarding this workshop, please feel free to contact Govert Valkenburg: g.valkenburg@cwts.leidenuniv.nl or Bernike Pasveer: b.pasveer@maastrichtuniversity.nl

For practical questions please contact Elize Schiweck: e.schiweck@utwente.nl


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