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CSST Summer Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University is excited to host the CSST Summer Institute June 18-22, 2019, supporting late-phase doctoral students, post-docs and early career emerging scholars in the socio-technical systems, social informatics and critical informatics research domains.


Now 10 years running, the event will be co-organized by LIS professor Rebecca Reynolds and Dr. Morgan Ames of UC-Berkeley and held at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, close to NYC, Newark Airport, and other major transportation hubs.


Please see the CFP including the list of amazing mentors, and all application instructions. Deadline for emerging scholar applications: March 31, 2019.


The event is funded by a generous support from the NSF, is ACM SIGCHI Sponsored, and we  are grateful for additional support from Rutgers University, University of Missouri, Syracuse University.


Further details:

The CSST Summer Research Institute supports promising doctoral students and emerging scholars in sociotechnical systems research at the post-doctoral and early professoriate levels (within first 3 years). The institute has been an activity of the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems Research (CSST) since 2008. Topics and problem domains of focus in socio-technical systems research include (but are not limited to) personal health and well-being; open innovation, eScience, and citizen science; co-production, open source, and new forms of work; cultural heritage and information access; energy management and climate change; civic hacking, engagement and government; disaster response; cybersecurity, surveillance and privacy; education and learning.

In addition to these long-standing areas of focus for the Institute, this year we are also highlighting and inviting submissions from those whose research resides in the area of critical informatics. By this, we mean work that considers and/or applies the role of cultural factors in the study of socio-technical systems research and design. This includes (but are not limited to) those whose research addresses questions of inequality, inclusion, corporate infrastructure policy and responsibility, and political and activist engagement, participation, action and design from socio-technical and critical informatics perspectives.

For 2019, we are delighted to have commitments from the following scholars who will serve as mentors. 

  • Cecilia Aragon (University of Washington)
  • Mako Hill (University of Washington)
  • James Howison (University of Texas - Austin)
  • Cliff Lampe (University of Michigan)
  • Alice Marwick (UNC-Chapel Hill [1 day])
  • Helena Mentis (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
  • Britt Paris (Rutgers University)
  • David Ribes (University of Washington)
  • Bryan Semaan (Syracuse University)
  • Charles Senteio (Rutgers University)
  • Janet Vertesi (Princeton University [1 day]
  • Susan Winter (University of Maryland)
  • Lana Yarosh (University of Minnesota)

Some others may be added as we finalize the mentor participation in the next week or so, based on available budgets.  We look forward to reviewing applications.

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