Call for Provocations: Decennial Sociotech Futures Symposium

Decennial Sociotech Futures Symposium

“Call for Provocations”

We invite contributions from CSST alumni that advance the current state of sociotechnical scholarship. These brief position statements will be assembled into a community “seed catalogue” that will inform the activities and discussions at our first decennial conference on the future of sociotechnical thinking, 29 June to 1 July, 2018 at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

These statements are meant to be provocative conversation starters. They will also be personal, foregrounding your role in the sociotech movement and answering “why am I excited to be here?” We imagine these contributions to focus on a range of topics which might include: advancing current concepts and theories; advocating for and expanding research methods; assessing and improving the design of digital technologies and systems; shaping policy; and/or proposing new topics and revisiting existing foci of interest with new perspectives. As you develop your contribution, we are keen to see submissions that articulate the specific sociotechnical concepts, methods, topics, theories, or phenomena that would benefit from attention at the symposium.

SUBMISSIONS: These are intended to be one-page entries in the catalogue. This is a maximum of 500 words and is inclusive of all images and references. Each entry must include 5 author-defined keywords that best represent the ideas presented. We ask that authors hold to this format using the attached template (also on to ease the review and assembly process.

There is an exception to this word limit for authors who would like to collaborate on a joint submission. In this case we can provide 1.5 pages (750 words) per author. (For example, two authors have up to a 3 page submission.) Because of the focus on engagement and the goal of this being a working conference, we will not accept submissions that include non-attending authors.

Please submit your final position statement via e-mail to:

PUBLICATION: Building on the core values of the Sociotech community and CSST experience such as engagement, participation, mentorship, collaboration, and diversity, these provocative seed ideas will be assembled into a digital “seed catalogue” made available to all on-site participants to help shape our activities and interactions during the symposium. This is a private document for use at the event only. At the conclusion, authors will be invited to optionally revise their statements for a public-facing collection that will be hosted on It is our intention that these seeds, cross-fertilized during the symposium, will blossom into myriad submissions over the coming year: funding proposals, journal articles, special issues, editorials, blog posts, and the like. As such, these original statements are not for a peer-reviewed, archival publication themselves. Authors retain full copyright and publishing rights.

REVIEW: Submissions will be lightly reviewed by a peer program committee with the intention of providing an initial pass at clustering with an eye to novel idea integration. On the basis of these submissions some authors may be invited to participate in provocative panels or co-chair thematic table discussions. We anticipate accepting all sociotech-relevant submissions up to the maximum number of attendees we can support for the event (approx. 200).

REGISTRATION: With your acceptance notification you will receive a link to officially register for the symposium. Most of our on-site expenses will be covered by our sponsors, offset by a modest $95 registration fee. Travel and lodging are on your own. The Detroit metro airport (DTW) is closest airport with regular shuttle service to Ann Arbor. The symposium is holding a set of lodging room blocks with heavily discounted rates at pricing tiers ranging from the A2 Graduate conference hotel ($173-$189/night) to venue-adjacent dorm rooms ($60/night).


19 March, 2018 – Statement submission as PDF by e-mail (
23 April, 2018 – Notification of acceptance
21 May, 2018 – Registration deadline
29 June, 2018 – Evening start to symposium
1 July, 2018 – Afternoon conclusion to symposium

Any questions? Please contact We thank you for your submission and look forward to engaging all of our creative ideas this summer!