Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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STS Circle 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  Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, unless otherwise noted. Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Thursday noon the week before.

STS Circle schedule poster

Spring 2014

Feb. 3:
David Engerman (Brandeis, History)
The Import of Expertise: Towards an International History of Indian Economic Planning
Feb. 10:
Rachel Rothschild (Yale, History of Science)
Modeling without 'Target' Maps: Scientific Cooperation on Atmospheric Pollution in the Cold War
Feb. 24:
Jana Cephas (Harvard, GSD)
'The Body is Like an Automobile Chassis': Visualizing Control at the Henry Ford Hospital
Mar. 3:
David Meshoulam (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Science Education Across Mass Ave: PSSC and the History of (Harvard) Project Physics, 1961-1970
Mar. 10:
Victor Seow (Cornell, History)
Carbon Technocracy: East Asian Energy Regimes and the Industrial Modern
Mar. 24:
Alberto Cambrosio (McGill, Social Studies of Medicine)
Mar. 31:
Rochelle Sharpe (Freelance Journalist)
Sex, Lies and Technology: A Journalist's Encounters with Bioethics and Big Data
Apr. 7:
Sherine Hamdy and Soha Bayoumi (Brown, Anthropology, and Harvard, History of Science)
'Doctors of the Revolution': Egypt's Political Uprisings and the Limits of Medical Neutrality
Apr. 14:
Joakim Juhl (Harvard, STS-SEAS)
Innovation Science in the Making: Theoretical Physics and Industrial Production in a Danish Factory
Apr. 21:
Susan Greenhalgh (Harvard, Anthropology)
Obesity, Inc.?: Fat Science and Policy in the People's Republic of China
Apr. 28:
Joyce Chaplin (Harvard, History)
Early Modern Climate Science: The View from British North America

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Science & Democracy Lecture Series

Once a semester, the STS Program, with co-sponsorship from other local institutions, hosts an installation in its Science and Democracy Lecture Series.

Craig Calhoun event poster

Craig Calhoun
With panel discussion by David ArmitageMichèle Lamont, and Orlando Patterson. Moderated by Sheila Jasanoff.
April 15, 2014, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Tsai Lecture Hall, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University

In the last few years, almost every social science discipline has launched efforts to be more "public" in its work. Some of these are framed mainly in terms of communication of research results; others aim to build communication and an orientation to public purposes into every stage of the research process. In most of these efforts, though, the idea of 'public' has itself been underspecified. And at the same time, there have been substantial changes in the public sphere that have challenged older ideas about how academic knowledge might inform public debate or public policy. In this talk I take up questions about changing media, national and transnational arenas, and the extent to which academia is itself a public sphere.

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Workshops and Panels

Science, Ethnicity, and Identity event poster

Nadia Abu El-Haj
April 24-25, 2014, 5:00pm-7:00pm, 9:00am-5:00pm
William James Hall 1550/Belfer Case Study Room (CGIS South, S020)

With recent advances in the biosciences, such as second-generation genomic sequencing, advanced techniques in assisted conception, and the prediction of inheritable diseases, many aspects of individual identities— from ethnicity to genealogy to disease susceptibility— have been problematized. DNA is now being “read” by scientists to articulate a molecular basis for many historical and social phenomena, such as individuals’ membership in ethnic or national groups, as well as renewing older concerns about social control of populations through genetics. But what do these new kinds of genetic readings do for states and their citizens? To what extent have the genetic sciences expanded or circumscribed the ways of authorizing ethnic and national belonging? How has research in population genetics and human biogeography affected legal and political rights to citizenship, and territorial disputes? Are biological sciences, technologies, and society entangled to the point of being co-produced, and if so in what ways? This symposium tackles these questions from a global perspective, with the hope of fostering dialogue across disciplinary divides and geographical regions.

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Program news

Join us on April 24-25th for Science, Identity, and Ethnicity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes featuring a keynote by Nadia Abu El-Haj.

Calling all undergraduates and undergraduate advisors! We are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition.

Sheila Jasanoff answered questions about STS at Harvard and elsewhere in this month's issue of HKS Magazine.

See what we were up to in 2013! Check out our annual newsletter.

The deadline for applications for the STS Summer School: Science and Governance at the Frontiers of Life has been extended until April 11th.

Tania Simoncelli,one of our recent Science and Democracy Lecture panelists and friend of Harvard STS, has been profiled in Nature.

The Spring 2014 STS Circle schedule is now available.

Join the STS Program as a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow for 2014-2015! Apply by January 31, 2014.

Tania Simoncelli,one of our recent Science and Democracy Lecture panelists and friend of Harvard STS, has been profiled in Nature.

Join the STS Program as a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow for 2014-2015! Apply by January 31, 2014.

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