Seventeenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society
University of Melbourne - Parkville Campus
Melbourne, Australia
8–9 April 2021

Building Resilient Research Communities

We are trying to move away from the either/or of place-based or online conferences. For whichever way you choose to participate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.

We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.

This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

2021 Call for Papers

When you join the Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network, you become part of an international network of scholars, researchers, and practitioners. Membership makes our independent organization possible. Membership also comes with many benefits, including subscriber access to all electronic publications, discounts to conference registrations, and a range of other opportunities to stay connected and be supported by the Network. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to find out more. Join today to connect with a movement of likeminded researchers, get access to a large body of knowledge, and professional development opportunities, and let our Research Network become the advocate of what you do.

The Seventeenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society features research addressing the following annual themes. Each year we also focus on a Special Focus that presents a timely challenge.

  • Theme 1: Histories of Technology
  • Theme 2: Knowledge Makers
  • Theme 3: Social Realities
  • 2021 Special Focus: Considering Viral Technologies: Pandemic-Driven Opportunities and Challenges

Become a Presenter

1 Submit a Proposal

If you would like to present, start by submitting a proposal. You will need the following: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

View our Step-by-Step Guide to submitting a presentation proposal.

2 Get Accepted

After we receive your presentation proposal, it moves to the evaluation step. We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed between two to four weeks of submission.

See proposal deadlines below.

3 Register

Once your proposal is accepted, you must register before our Program Development team can schedule your presentation.

View our Step-by-Step Guide to the registration process.

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The dates below serve as a guideline for proposal submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines.

Proposal & Registration Dates

Proposal Deadlines

Advance Proposal Deadline 8 June 2020
Early Proposal Deadline 8 September 2020
Regular Proposal Deadline 8 January 2021
Late Proposal Deadline 8 March 2021

Registration Deadlines

Advance Registration Deadline 8 July 2020
Early Registration Deadline 8 October 2020
Regular Registration Deadline 8 March 2021
Late Registration Deadline 8 April 2021

Submit Your Proposal

Use the button below to submit a proposal for review.