NESTS 2020 – Troy

Friday March 6 – Saturday March 7, 2020
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in Troy, NY

Welcoming Note:

NESTS 2020 is organized and hosted by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Science and Technology Studies Graduate Students. We look forward to meeting, hosting, and thinking with you!

Final Program for NESTS 2020 Now Available HERE!

The theme of the 2020 annual Northeast STS graduate conference is nest(ing). Structures of shelter, objects that fit inside one another, settling in place—nest(ing) works as both noun and verb. While, of course, the name of our consortium, nest(ing) provides an expansive analytic into precarity, of place-making, of making kin.

The call for proposals includes presentations, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other events, as the 2020 conference seeks contributions that think broadly and creatively about all instantiations of nesting. We are also particularly interested in contributions that work to situate the Northeast STS network within a broader STS ecology: What does a graduate student conference do? How did we get here? Where are we going? How do we cobble together academic community?

For any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact the 2020 NESTS organizers at:


This year’s conference will run from noon on Friday March 6th till Saturday March 7th. The conference will commence at noon on Friday to allow travelers a more leisurely arrival. The conference ends Saturday evening to allow for festivities and a leisurely return home on Sunday.
Details to follow once the program is finalized.


The conference is free and meal will be provided throughout the conference. Dietary restrictions will be requested on the conference attendee form (to come).


A limited number of accommodations can be arranged with local students. Please indicate if you will need lodging and if you have any pet allergies or require special accommodations on the conference attendee form (to come).


Attendees must arrange their own transportation to/from Troy/Albany. If arriving by air, train, or bus, please contact the organizers as rides to/from the airport/train station/bus station may be possible (from the Albany Airport it’s only about $20 ride, from the bus/train station about $15). If driving, street parking is plentiful and free in Troy and on campus.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Faculty of the RPI STS Department for providing funds for this year’s conference. Without this support this conference likely could not have occurred.