Registration and Event Details for AusSTS 2021: Situated practice — a multi-sited workshop

AusSTS 2021: Situated practice — a multi-sited workshop

Registration and Event Details

Thursday 24th June – Friday 25th June 2021


*Please note that the Call for Applications for in-person attendees has now closed.*


“Knowledge is embedded in projects; knowledge is always for, in many sense, some things and not others, and knowers are always formed by their projects, just as they shape what they can know” 

Donna Haraway, Morphing in the Order


As STS researchers, we are taught to see science as a situated practice — something that is tied to knowledge and power, radically historically specific, and irreducibly social and political. We understand that science, like all practices, is contingent on the social and material forces that circumscribe possibility and action. Yet, at times, we struggle to articulate how our research practice too is a situated practice. 

We know that research is unruly. No matter how much we propose and plan, no matter what timelines and techniques we use to discipline ourselves into writing, the social and material forces (otherwise known as life) have a unique way of acting back. For many, 2020 and now 2021 have been a humbling experience into what it means to continue our practices in situations we had not expected. While some of us had planned to situate ourselves elsewhere — conducting fieldwork, attending conferences, etc — others have found that once familiar situations are now vastly different. 

While the pandemic may have introduced a set of limitations for organising large gatherings (like a national workshop), it also offers us a unique chance to reflect on how our practices are shaped by the places we find ourselves in. This pause also offers us an opportunity to explore the concrete possibilities for the future of sustainable conferencing

The AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop is an annual, multi-day, multi-disciplinary event that brings together STS researchers from across Australasia. This year’s workshop will be hosted as a multi-sited event, with shared online keynotes and local (read: “situated”) meetup events. The workshops are designed for postgraduate students and ECR researchers interested in STS, and will include a variety of activities including keynote events, short presentations from HDRs and ECRs, field trips, and more.

Register for online keynote events

Keynote lecture, Thursday 24th June, 9:30am (AEST)

Prof Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto):

Keynote conversation event, Friday 25th June, 9:30am (AEST)

Professor Kane Race (University of Sydney) and A/Prof Anne Galloway (Victoria University of Wellington): 


All are welcome to attend keynote events. These will be livestreamed on YouTube with discussion available in the YouTube chat. Please register to receive event reminders.

Workshop details

This year’s workshop is a multi-sited, face-to-face event that will take place across four locations. 


Organising committee: Kari Lancaster, Sophie Adams, Mia Harrison, Matthew Kearnes

The Sydney AusSTS event will be split over two days, each beginning at the UNSW Kensington campus. Day 1 will include the opening keynote, short presentations from HDRs and ECRs, a special object-based learning event at the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, and a social event in the evening. Day 2 will include the conversation keynote, short presentations, and opportunities for networking and engagement. For more information contact Mia Harrison: 


Organising committee: Thao Phan, Emma Kowal, Timothy Neale

The Melbourne AusSTS event will be split over two days. Day 1 will be hosted at CERES Community Environment Park and will include the opening keynote event, short presentations from HDRs and ECRs, and an evening social event. Day 2 will include the conversation keynote and a field trip to the Werribee Western Treatment Plant (TBC). For more details see: 


Organising committee: Matt Barlow, Cathy Bow, Kelly Lee Hickey, Kirsty Howey, Jen Macdonald, Michaela Spencer

The Darwin AusSTS event will take place as three public events, spread from Thursday- Saturday: a walkshop tracing a series of encounters along Gurambai/Rapid Creek; a film night on the Darwin foreshore with the Gapuwiyak-based Arts collective Miyarrka Media; and a food sharing workshop exploring reciprocities and connections within the Gurambai catchment. To register for Darwin events visit: 


Organising committee: Courtney Addison, Max Soar, Dinithi Bowatti

The Wellington AusSTS event will take place over two days in the central city and surrounds. Day 1 will include the opening keynote and short presentations from HDRs and ECRs, followed by an evening social event. The second day will include the conversation keynote event and a field trip (to be confirmed) exploring the conference theme of situated practice. To register visit:


A reminder that application for in person attendance is now closed but all are welcome to attend the online keynote events (see above)

For general questions or enquiries please contact Thao Phan at

You can also find us on Twitter at @AusSTSgrad using the hashtag #AusSTS2021

With thanks to our event sponsors: