Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard|
The STS Circle at Harvard meets weekly during the academic semester. All Meetings will take place on Mondays, from 12:15–2 pm, at Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street unless otherwise noted. Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday noon the week before.
Jill Lepore (Harvard, History)
The Past As Proof
Larissa Belcic (Harvard, GSD)
Playlist from the Terrestrial Analog: Towards an Ecology of Outer Space
Lisa Haushofer (Harvard, History of Science/Chemical Heritage Foundation)
“Pepsin Era” – Artificially Digested Foods and the Eating Body
Behnam Taebi (Harvard, HKS Belfer Center)
Responsible Innovation and Public Values in the Dutch Shale Gas Controversy
Shreeharsh Kelkar (MIT, HASTS)
Platformizing Higher Education: Computer Science and the Making of MOOC Infrastructures
Aziza Ahmed (Northeastern Law School)
Risk, Feminism, and AIDS
Yael Berda (Hebrew University, Sociology and Anthropology)
The File and the Checkpoint: Managing Citizenship in Israel and India after Independence
Alden Young (Drexel University, History and Africana Studies)
Sudanese Economics: Between an Environmental and a Political Imagination
Cara Kiernan Fallon (Harvard, History of Science)
Healthy Forever? Aging, Mobility, and the Transformation of Later Life
Arunabh Ghosh (Harvard, WCFIA))
No ‘Mean’ Solution: The Reformulation of Statistical Science in the Early People’s Republic of China
Yaron Ezrahi (Hebrew University), Andy Stirling (University of Sussex), & Shiv Visvanathan (Jindal Global University) With Comment From: Jane Mansbridge (HKS) Science and Democracy Lecture:The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age
Note: Will be held 5-7PM in Location TBA
Trevor Pinch (Cornell S&TS)
Stanley Milgram and the Sonic Imaginary
Once a semester, the STS Program, with co-sponsorship from other local institutions, hosts an installation in its Science and Democracy Lecture Series.
Democratic societies are caught up in unprecedented political upheavals that are questioning some long-established principles of representative government. Do political parties matter? Are compromise and civility necessary for governing well? Do interests and identities take precedence over other bases for solidarity, including the ties of nationhood? All four countries represented on this panel—US, UK, Israel, India—are confronting these challenges in unique ways. In each, new digital technologies are centrally implicated in turning conventional democratic processes on their heads. Our discussion will be led by four of the most provocative and knowledgeable voices contributing to democratic theory today, all with specific insights into the realignment of politics and political subjectivities in the digital age. Video of this panel is now available here.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
Recent advances in biological and computational technologies are changing the way we imagine race, gender, kinship, citizenship, and disease risk. Existing taxonomies may be displaced or reconfigured, impacting the ways in which people are governed, how lives are lived, how groups are known, and how power is exercised. Drawing upon the tools and expertise from multiple disciplines and geographical regions, and with specific attention to the material and lived dimensions of these developments, this symposium interrogates the complex ways in which the molecular realm is an emerging site for constituting human identities in the 21st century.
With generous support from: The Israel Institute; Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Department of Anthropology, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Political Anthropology Group, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University; and MIT Anthropology.
We're pleased to announce that Sheila Jasanoff's latest book The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future will be out later this month. The book is now available for pre-order at Amazon and at the publisher's link.
A summary of our workshop "The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Subjectivity in the 21st Century," is now available in Genetics Research. The summary was written by workshop organizers, and past STS Fellows, Ian McGonigle and Ruha Benjamin.
Sheila Jasanoff was recently featured on a University of Melbourne podcast on "Twin Engines of Truth? How Science and Law Interact to Construct our World."
Missed our April 20th Science and Democracy panel with Yaron Ezrahi, Andy Stirling, Shiv Visvanathan, and Jane Mansbridge on "The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age?" The video is now available.
April 29-30th, we hosted"The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Subjectivity in the 21st Century," co-organized by current and former fellows, Ruha Benjamin and Ian McGonigle.
Former STS Fellow S.M. Amadae recently published Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy.
On Wednesday, April 20th, we hosted a panel discussion with Yaron Ezrahi, Andy Stirling, Shiv Visvanathan, and Jane Mansbridge on "The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age. Watch this space for the video when it becomes available!