Knowledge: Power and Production, Annual Conference CFP

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The Social Thought Program and the student reading group are happy to announce the dates of the 2014 Penn State Social Thought Conference: April 4th-5th on the University Park Campus. The keynote address will take place Friday afternoon, and the main conference on Saturday. All events are free and open, with lunch served on Saturday.

Call for Papers

Knowledge: Power and Production

What is knowledge? Who defines it? Who and what determines the ownership of knowledge? What is the relationship between the production and dissemination of knowledge? What are the power dynamics of knowledge in contemporary society? How does the constriction and control of knowledge influence politics? How is our conceptualization of knowledge changing with technology?

We would like to facilitate a discussion of the changing conceptualization and commodification of knowledge in a world in which a library can occupy both a multi-story building and a computer’s hard drive. Perspectives…

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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