CFP: 3D Printing – Social and Cultural Trajectories

3DPrinting Edumake
A one-day symposium organised by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research
Thursday 5 December 2013 (Abstracts due Friday 13 September 2013)
Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn campus
Melbourne, Australia
The increasingly accessible technology of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the focus of this interdisciplinary event. In recent years, inexpensive printers have allowed users to fabricate items that would otherwise be conventionally produced in specialised, remote factories.With this capability comes a range of questions for social and cultural analysis: How are people using 3D printing technology? What legal and policy frameworks shape its development? How are its capabilities differently imagined by consumers, regulators, experts and enthusiasts? What kinds of markets and practitioner communities are forming around the technology?
The symposium aims to open up an exploratory conversation around these and other issues, connecting researchers from across the humanities, social sciences and design. We invite proposals for short papers and panel discussions. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
-3D printing and intellectual property
-amateur and hacker involvement in 3D printing
-intermediaries and emerging markets
-policy and regulatory challenges
-technology and industry disruption
-3D printing and material culture
-aesthetics of 3D printing
-comparative histories of print
Proposals, including a 300-word abstract, are due by Friday 13 September 2013. Successful contributors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by 30 September 2013. Please send abstracts to We plan to publish the proceedings of the symposium electronically and record presentations for online streaming.
Contact: Angela Daly, Swinburne Institute for Social Research

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