Living in a Crisis Moment: Empirical Research, Social Action, and Mentorship in Engineering Studies

Living in a Crisis Moment: Empirical Research, Social Action, and Mentorship in Engineering Studies
Globally Online via Zoom
June 27th - 30th, 2021

Last updates

Preliminary program of workshop

Soon you will be able to find some abstracts of the workshop's talks in our website as well as in our Twitter account.

The main features of this workshop are as follows:

A pre-workshop community film screening & discussion

Sunday, June 27th - 9am(Denver) / 4pm(London) / 12am (Seoul)

Afrofuturism, Social Justice and Engineering Imaginaries in Ryan Coogler's Black Panther

Kathryn Neely & Rosalyn Berne (University of Virginia)

Please obtain your own copy of the Black Panther via (DVD, Hulu, Netflix, etc…) to watch. We’ll be live streaming a chat session where we can share our observations and discussions. Bring your popcorn, mimosa, shōchū, or soft drink to this event!

Engineering Studies Workshops on:

-Empirical research and data from COVID

-Caring for community by caring for data

-Interview based projects and interview techniques

-Historical and STS perspectives on AI and engineering design

-How we build

Roundtables & Discussions on

-The ‘us’ who cannot say ‘we’

-The coffee care collective (visioning engineering studies as it could be otherwise)

-What is a “demo account” of an engineering studies project

-The Engineering Studies editorial staff: who are we …

Mentoring Sessions on:

-The study of humanistic education for engineers: a focus and mission

-Where does engineering studies belong?

Teaching & Careers

-Teaching and learning ‘sense-ability’

-Critical re-framings of early career engineering practice

Plus two standard technical sessions (research papers)


The workshop is FREE to INES members. $56 (the price of membership) to non-members, which includes a one-year (2021 calendar year) membership.

Event Access

If you are a presenter, we will be emailing you a direct link to the sessions. If you are NOT a presenter, please email one of the program committee members (and current INES chair), Atsushi Akera, so we can send you a link in advance of the first day of the program.


Crisis lays bare the stakes of our work. As engineering studies scholars, we all recognize the conditions behind the crisis moment we live in today. The present moment was built through systemic racial violence and organized movements demanding justice; through global circulations of people and viruses and socially-patterned limits to the equitable distribution of resources; through educational systems constructed to serve particular political interests, even as others strive to create new opportunities; through slow disasters such as climate change, and built infrastructures designed to weather different storms, both environmental and political. The dynamics of power, knowledge, and materiality are familiar to many in our field. However, in learning to confront crises in our own lives and scholarly practices requires us to reckon with these dynamics in new ways. Living in a crisis moment pushes us into new and different relations with our work, and the communities we inhabit. We hope that our present situation offers us new possibilities, even as we cope with its foreclosures. For the first time in a dozen years, the International Network for Engineering Studies convenes a workshop to address the state of our field. Bringing both established and early career scholars together to share and discuss our work and our interventions, we seek to interrogate the current moment and its implications for our field. Our forms of life and scholarship have already begun to shift, and will continue to change in the coming decade. Seeking reflexivity and greater intentionality amidst this shift, we aim to draw on the insights of engineering studies itself--in its full intellectual diversity--to set new research agendas, take social action, and mentor and accept mentorship. What new forms of care have we been cultivating, what relations have we had to let go, and with what consequences? How can past moments of crisis inform our reckoning with our current moment and future we create? How can we observe the engineered world and translate knowledge into action?

The Program UnCommittee
Atsushi Akera (Rensselaer)
Beth Reddy (Colorado School of Mines)
Jessica Smith (Colorado School of Mines)
Konstantinos Konstantis (Univ. of Athens)