Science, technology & society: conferences,workshops, lectures

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5. 12. 2019 ::::

Zelená totalita: Přichází? A poznáme to? [Green totalitarianism: Is it coming? How do we know?]

Participation in a discussion Enviro Meetup, organised by Paralel Polis, Dělnická 43, Praha 7; 18:30-20:00

1. 11. 2019 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Religion in action: How private apparitions may become true/real

Presentation for the workshop with Tanya Luhrmann, CEFRES Library, Na Florenci 3, Praha 1

When studying mediations by which a fragile and untrustworthy personal experience of two children in Litmanová, 1990, gradually turned into a widely recognized and shared, authentic religious miracle or a true religious phenomenon, one quickly gets somewhat more complicated picture of religiousness than the one offered by Latour in his numerous writings on the topic. On one hand, the apparition in Litmanová was enacted in many ways as making the Blessed Mother present, here and now, to all the worshippers – to Latour’s joy, one would say. On the other hand, equally frequently, the apparitions were articulated, examined and recalled as matter-of-fact historical events, i.e., false or true according to quite different sets of criteria than those imagined by Latour for his religious mode of existence. The two modalities not only co-existed (our interviewees often switched quite smoothly between them in their accounts), but they did their work together, they constituted each other. Nonetheless, Latour’s point about the nature of religion does hold – in a way: it can be observed in our data that while matter-of-fact articulations of the apparition were prevailing and decisive in the beginning of the entire story, their importance decreased as the religious authenticity of the apparition was becoming more and more established. Thus, Latour’s characterization of religion makes sense only if we look at it in its ready-made, accomplished form. If we want to understand religion in the making, however, the picture is much less pure.
8. 6. 2019 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek, Radek Carboch, Dana Hradcová & Michal Synek: Zranitelní obyvatelé v křehkých obydlích [Vulnerable residents in fragile residences]

Presentation for the 21th working conference of Biograf, June 7-9 2019, Mohelno

(only in Czech)
9. 5. 2019 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek, Radek Carboch, Dana Hradcová & Michal Synek: Péče a údržba - dvojí starost pobytových služeb [Care and maintenance: An inquiry into tensions of residential care]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
30. 11. 2018 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co je translace, sociologicky vzato [What is translation, taken sociologically]

Presentation for the conference of Czech Sociological Association, Hradec Králové, November 28-30. 2018

In Czech only
25. 7. 2018 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek, Michal Synek & Radek Carboch: Making clients to decide for themselves: turning people with learning difficulties into "modern subjects"

Presentation for the EASST conference "Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together" in Lancaster (UK), July 25-28, 2018

In our study of social services for people with learning difficulties we focus on efforts aiming at their emancipation, i.e. at making them as independent on institutions and professionals as possible. Emphasis is being put on what is called "autonomous decision-making" about one's life - what to do, what to buy, where to go and when. These decisions are to be based on authentic and unrestricted expression of clients' desires and passions. Professionals are instructed and trained to move from making decisions on behalf of their (passive) clients to providing sensitive support for the activity of decision-making, performed preferably by the clients themselves. But how to make clients to "decide for themselves", co-creating a world for them, which would resemble the world of all other people? How to de-attach them from professional assistance? Sometimes it may seem that a simple redistribution of passivity and activity among professionals and their clients suffices. Even the official instructions and guides often imply that the less support from the others is offered, the more free and autonomous ("normal") decision is made by the client - an ideal, desirable, but not always achievable situation. However, a closer look at the emancipating practices reveal that: (a) a lot of carefully orchestrated professional action, including enormous amount of paperwork, is mobilized to make one do things; (b) it is the quality of particular attachments - and not a reversal of activity/passivity - what makes a desirable difference. Misunderstandings about this may bring about perverted results.
6. 10. 2016 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Latour o “modech existence” [Latour on modes of existence]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
24. 9. 2015 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co všechno děláme, když "papírujeme" [About the social practice of paperwork]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS - a seminar to celebrate 25th anniversary of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
11. 12. 2014 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Ztraceno v překladu: nové demokratické způsoby na postupu [Lost in translation: Spreading the new democratic procedures]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
30. 10. 2013 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Konstruktivismus, sociologie plná nedorozumění [Constructivism - a sociology replete with misunderstanding]

Lecture open for public, Brno, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University

10. 10. 2013 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Karel Svačina: Jak najít bezpečné místo pro jaderný odpad a neotrávit přitom demokracii: příspěvek ke studiu socio-technické komplexity [How to find a safe space for highly radioactive nuclear waste without poisoning democracy: A comment toward the study of socio-technical complexity]

Presentation for the 4S conference in San Diego (USA, California), October 9-12, 2013

Technology transfer is intricate business with uncertain results. Our paper takes this well-known STS lesson as a starting point for a study in public deliberation. We will critically discuss the story of how a (social) technology for organizing public dialogues was transferred to the Czech Republic. This technology, called RISCOM, originally appeared during public debates about geological repository for high-level nuclear waste in Sweden. After some time it entered the international arena: under the auspices of European Commission and within several European projects it was proposed as something that would facilitate – and democratize – the processes of siting geological repositories. As such it is being implemented in several East European countries and in the Czech Republic in particular. On the one hand, RISCOM served well the Czech situation in that it helped to bring all the main actors to a discussion table after previous negotiations had completely crashed. On the other hand, it seems that RISCOM substantially failed from a broader perspective. Our study shows that it “succeeded” only at the cost of losing much of its specific original characteristics. As such, it became associated with only too general appeals to dialogue, the attractiveness of which lived but shortly. RISCOM also contributed to the increasing focus on dialogue per se, which ultimately lead to frustration and impatience on both sides. This recently resulted in the shift towards more authoritative decision making and another crisis of mutual trust. All in all, this import of democratic technology turned out to be somewhat counterproductive.
13. 6. 2013 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Karel Svačina: Jak najít bezpečné místo pro jaderný odpad a neotrávit přitom demokracii: příspěvek ke studiu socio-technické komplexity [How to find a safe space for highly radioactive nuclear waste without poisoning democracy: A comment toward the study of socio-technical complexity]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
9. 6. 2013 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Karel Svačina: Vyjednávání místa pro úložiště v Čechách: Jak importovaná demokratická metodika může přispět k rozvratu snah o nesilové řešení (Hoješín u Seče)

Presentation for the 15th conference of Biograf, June 7-9 2013, Hoješín near Seč (Chrudim)

22. 5. 2013 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: O sociologickém smyslu actor-network theory: Na čem vlastně Latourovi záleží, když mluví o hybridech, non-humans a sítích? [On the sociological meaning of actor-network theory: Why Latour actually speaks of hybrids, non-humans and networks?]

Presentation for the workshop on "Bruno Latour and his actor-network theory", organised by the section Sociological theory of the Slovak sociological association, Bratislava, Slovensko; 13.30-17.00 in the meeting room of the Institute for philosophy SAV (Klemensova 19, IV. floor, room 94)

30. 4. 2013 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek, Radim Marada & Csaba Szaló: Discussion on "Mravenečci v tajuplném světě symbolů aneb o vztahu ANT a kulturní sociologie (je-li nějaký)"omplexity [Ant(s) in the mysterious world of symbols - or, about the relationships between actor-network theory and cultural sociology]

Discussion organized by "Sociological platform", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (????): Antropocén: Více než jeden, méně než dva [Anthropocene: More than one, less than many]. In: P. Pokorný & D. Storch, eds: Antropocén. (edited book in preparation)

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. / SONERYD, L. / SVAČINA, K. (2018): Lost in translation: Czech dialogues by Swedish design. Science & Technology Studies, 31 (3): 5-23

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BARTLOVÁ, M. / BÍLEK, P. / KONOPÁSEK, Z. / REIFOVÁ, I. (2017): Diskuze o interdiciplinárních přístupech k normalizaci [Discussion on interdisciplinary approaches toward normalization]. In: K. Činátl, J. Mervart & J. Najbert, eds: Podoby česko-slovenské normalizace: Dějiny v diskusi [Forms of Czech-Slovak normalization: History debated]. Praha: ÚSTR/NLN. Pp. 81-101

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