Knowledge from the Margins Conference

When: August 18-19, 2015 with post conference tour August 20, 2015*
*Just before "SKAT 25: New Directions after a Quarter-Century of the Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology" A mini-conference organized by the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (Aug 21, 2015 at the downtown Chicago campus of Northwestern University) and the American Sociological Association annual meeting (Aug 22-25, 2015 in Chicago, IL).

Where: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Transportation, Lodging, and Childcare

Sessions Overview and Speakers Information UPDATED

Conference Program

Who: scholars, policy-professionals, activists, and community members interested in science, technology, sustainability and social justice

Registration Information:
Please note: a small registration fee will be required; we will try to keep this fee as low as possible. Additionally, we intend to offer a limited number of registration subsidies for graduate students and community members to participate. Register Here on the EventBrite Conference page

Call for Papers Extended Deadline January 26, 2015

Conference Photo Release Form

Submitting Your Paper:

Paper Style sheet (created by KFM conference digital curator)

MSU Library KFM Conference Digital Repository

The KFM conference digital repository features videos of Gwen Ottinger and Sandra Harding giving their talks as well as several other speakers. It also includes TIFF photographs of the sessions where video was not taken. Finally, it includes early draft copies of papers that are officially published elsewhere. Thanks are owed to Robin Dean in MSU Libraries and the conference digital curator for their work in making this collection.

Topical Areas: health/medicine, energy, environment, etc.

(1) To showcase new scholarship in science and technology studies on social justice and/or sustainability
(2) To showcase community-oriented and/or activist work that provides social commentary on science, technology and society
(3)To train scholars on how to create policy-relevant work
(4) Open-Access dissemination of conference results

The conference will be inclusive (science and technology studies as a "big tent") but definitive in its focus on knowledge produced by (or about) people and institutions who are marginalized in society (e.g. layperson, low-income, low-caste/class, indigenous, non-Western, non-Protestant, racial/ethnic minority, female gender, LGBTQ sexual orientation, disabled, etc.)

This conference builds on the interesting conversations that started in the 2011 Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) triple session, "Knowledge from the Margins: Innovation and Institutional Change." Please see:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015 Post KFM Conference Activity: Greening Detroit & Lansing Tour

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Organizing Committee:
¨ Thomas Dietz, MSU, Sociology
¨ Kevin Elliott, MSU, Lyman Briggs College & Fisheries and Wildlife
¨ Aaron McCright, MSU, Lyman Briggs College & Sociology
¨ Georgina Montgomery, MSU, Lyman Briggs College & History
¨ Shobita Parthasarathy, University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy
¨ Naoko Wake, MSU, Lyman Briggs College & History
¨ Kyle Powys Whyte, MSU, Philosophy
¨ (Chair) Logan Williams, MSU