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Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - Saturday, October 20, 2012
Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
The Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) will be held jointly with European Associarion for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) this October in Copenhagen. At the 4S/EASST conference 2012, the local organizing committee invites you to explore not only the city of Copenhagen, but also the phenomenon of Copenhagenization. This concept refers to the status the city has acquired as a site for experimental design, green city development, and bicycling. When part of Broadway on Manhattan was turned into a bike path, this was talked about as an instance of Copenhagenization. In line with the overall theme of the 2012 4S/EASST conference, Design and Displacement, the local organizing committee wishes to discuss Copenhagen as a socio material space, which constantly evolves through design experiments and their partly unexpected effects. On Wednesday October 17, we thus attempt to ‘localize’ the conference and address the concept of ’Copenhagenization’ as an example of a range of specific design experiments in relation to city planning and sustainability. We zoom in on interventions in relation to traffic planning, bicycling, culture, gastronomy, etc., and look at how they disturb existing technical, organizational, and cultural spaces.