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 K262, the Bowie-Vernon Room, Knafel Building, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street, unless otherwise noted. Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday noon the week before.
Andreas Mitzschke (Maastricht University, STS)
Competing, Conflicting, and Contested Futures: Temporal Imaginaries in the GM Crops Controversy
Note: Will be held in CGIS, K262
Megan Black (Harvard, Warren Center)
Rethinking Landsat: The American State and Big Oil in the Space Race
Thorsten Trimpop (MIT, Comparative Media Studies)
Meanwhile in Japan — Filming in the Nuclear Exclusion Zone
David A. Mindell (MIT, STS)
Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy
Michael Aaron Dennis (U.S. Naval War College)
Memex takes Manhattan: Vannevar Bush's other History of the Future
Myles Jackson (NYU-Gallatin)
The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS and Race
Susanne E. Freidberg (Dartmouth, Geography)
Obstinate Harvest: Corporate Food and the Technoscience of Supply Chain Sustainability
Andrew Jewett (Harvard, History)
Of Science and Scientism: Framing Science in the Postwar American Humanities
Joseph Rouse (Wesleyan, Philosophy)
What is a Scientific Conception of the World?
Saptarishi Bandopadhyay (Harvard Law School)
What We Talk About when We Talk About Disasters: Early Modern Precedents for 21st-Century Disaster Management
Stu Marvel (Emory University)
The 'Nature' of Queer Families: Tracking the Socio-Technics of the Fertility Clinic
Co-sponsored with Women and Gender Studies (FAS)
John P. McCaskey (Columbia University)
Universal Laws and the Case of Cholera
Once a semester, the STS Program, with co-sponsorship from other local institutions, hosts an installation in its Science and Democracy Lecture Series.
Recent discussions about the role of technology in society have oscillated between very short term worries ("what are smart phones doing to our brains?") and very long term nightmares ("will artificial intelligence replace humanity?"). Left out of these discussions are the next twenty years: our horizon for making concrete plans. The most important question for this medium term might be: will we create enough new technology to sustain our society? Instead of taking it for granted (or doomed), we must go back to the future and build it ourselves.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power, edited by Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim, builds on research conducted as part of a National Science Foundation grant and was recently published by University of Chicago Press.
Missed last month's Science and Democracy Lecture with Peter Thiel? The video is now available.
Science and Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond, edited by Stephen Hilgartner, Clark Miller, and Rob Hagendijk, features contributions by many Harvard STS fellows and visitors.
On Monday, May 18th, our STS Fellows will host Visual Framings of Changing Orders, an exhibit of their work.
Join us April 28th, 2015 for Science and Its Publics: Conversations on Accountability, organized by some of this year's visiting fellows!
This Friday, April 24th, we're pleased to host Francois Gemenne for a special seminar on Anthropocene and Its Victims: How We Name Those Displaced by Environmental Changes.