Past Events

2014-2015 Events +

Fall 2014

22 September
Energy, Security, and America’s Long War in the Middle East
Toby Jones, Rutgers University
Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the International Institute

6 October
The Science of Hearts and Minds: Psychology and Counterinsurgency in the British Empire
Erik Linstrum, University of Michigan

27 October
Tremors, Critters, and Senses: Animals as Detectors of Earthquakes in Communist China
Fa-ti Fan, State University of New York-Binghamton
Co-sponsored by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Program in the Environment, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment

17 November
Coevolutionary History
Ed Russell, University of Kansas
Co-sponsored by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Natural Resources and Environment

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25 September
Stretching Time: Quantum Legacies in Analog and Digital Media
Jonathan Sterne, McGill University
Sponsored by Digital Studies Workshop

27 October
HPV and the Expanding Sexual Politics of Cancer Prevention

Laura Mamo, San Francisco State University
Sponsored by Feminist Science Studies

Winter 2015

26 January
STS Grad Student Panel

Objects of Exclusion: Open Questions on the Global South of Technology Studies
  Robyn d’Avignon, Anthropology & History
  RJ Koscielniak, Urban & Regional Planning
  Geoffrey Hughes, Anthropology
  Jeffrey Albanese, Social Work & Anthropology

23 February
Transcontinental Drug Traffic: Chemical Arbitrage, Speculative Capital, and Pharmaceutical Markets in Nigeria [CANCELLED]
Kristin Peterson, University of California-Irvine
Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center

9 March
The Biopolitical Imagination: A New Politics of Human Biotechnology
Marcy Darnovsky, Center for Genetics and Society (California)
Co-sponsored by Science, Technology and Public Policy

23 March
The Envelope Please! Seeds and Knowledge
Lisa Gitelman, New York University
Co-sponsored by American Culture and the Digital Studies Workshop

STS Distinguished Lecture
13 April
What if the Actor were an Eater? Notes on Moving and Transforming
Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam
Co-sponsored by Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Feminist Science Studies, Program in Society and Medicine, and Department of Anthropology

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6 February
Beyond Life/Not Life: A Feminist-Indigenous Reading of Cryopreservation Practices and Ethics, Interspecies Thinking, and the New Materialisms
Kim TallBear, University of Texas at Austin
Sponsored by Feminist Science Studies

2013-2014 Events +

Fall 2013

9 September
How Political Violence Became Terrorism
Lisa Stampnitzky, Harvard University

30 September
Banking on DNA Futures: Thinking About Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests in Comparative Contexts
Rayna Rapp, New York University
Co-sponsored by the Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, Feminist Science Studies, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender

7 October
The Infrastructure of Post-Imperial Citizenship: The Global Adoption of the South African Model of Biometric Government
Keith Breckenridge, University of Witwatersrand

4 November
Technoscientific Tests and the Future of Athletic Competition
Rayvon Fouché, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

18 November
Making Media Work: Time, Space, Identity, and Labor in the Analysis of Information and Communication Infrastructures

Greg Downey, University of Wisconsin, Madison

9 December
Technogigantism from Below: The Quest to Flood the Kalahari, 1920-1950
Meredith McKittrick, Georgetown University
Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center and the African History and Anthropology Workshop


Winter 2014

13 January
Re-Locating Race: Edward Long and the History of Jamaica
Suman Seth, Cornell University

10 February
Money in Motion: Circulation in Early Modern Science, Political Economy, and Debates over Currency and Banking
Jefffrey Sklansky, University of Illinois at Chicago

17 March
The Work of Diagrams: Translations from Factory to Hospital
Joy Knoblauch, U-M, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

31 March
What Can STS Do for Africa That Marx Couldn't?
Clapperton Mavhunga,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center

11 April
Sex, Race & Sciences of Human Behavior
Helen Longino, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Related Talks

11 February
Earth, Water, Power: The Ecology of War in North China’s Henan Province, 1938-1950
Micah Muscolino, Georgetown University

22 April
Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine and the Struggle over China’s Modernity
Sean Hsiang-lin Lei, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica,Taiwan


2012-2013 Events +

Fall 2012

17 September
The Perils and Promises of Microbial Abundance: Science, Politics, and Value, from Artisan Cheese to Alien Seas
Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

22 October
Print Disability and the Emergence of Audio Book Formats
Mara Mills, New York University

5 November
Engineers’ Class Struggle and the Question of ‘Technology’ in German and American High Industrialism
Adelheid Voskuhl, Harvard University

26 November
The Sciences of Facial Feminization Surgery
Eric Plemons, McGill University

Related Events

20 September
The Concept of Persona in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Tetsuro WATSUJI
Masahiro Morioka, Osaka Prefecture University

20 September
Montevideo takes Manhattan: The Latin American Provenance of the Global Children’s Health/Children’s Rights Movement
Anne-Emanuelle Birn, University of Toronto

27 September
Creating (Dis)Advantage: How Global Health Statistics Work
Susan Erikson, Simon Fraser University

24 October
Reinvention of Chronic Disease in the 20th Century
George Weisz, McGill University

Winter 2013

14 January
Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women's Labor and the Gendering of Semiconductor Manufacture
Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan

28 January
What STS Can Learn from the Black Panther Party
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

25 February
The Tocqueville of Techniques: Michel Chevalier and the Cosmic Geography of the USA
John Tresch, University of Pennsylvania

25 March
STS and Latin America
Eden Medina, Indiana University

1 April
STS Distinguished Speaker 2012
The Rise and Fall of Natural Disasters: Rethinking Risk and Responsibility
Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute / University of Chicago

Related Talks

IRWG Feminist Science Studies Series
14 March
Community Ecologies: Invasive Species and Interdisciplinary Crossings
Banu Subramaniam, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Peggy Schultz, Indiana University
James Bever, Indiana University

19 April
Race and Genes
Joan Fujimura, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2011-2012 Events +

Fall 2011

3 October
The Making of a Techno-Political Device: Expertise, Prepayment Technology and the Materiality of Politics in South Africa

Antina von Schnitzler, The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs

24 October
Credibilizing Spaces (a.k.a. ‘ Truth Spots ’)

Thomas Gieryn, Indiana University

14 November
Challenging Sociality? Humanoid Robots and Their Therapeutic Use amongst Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions
Kathleen Richardson, University College London

5 December
Entanglements of Aging and Dementia: Pathological Brains and Healthy Minds
Margaret Lock, McGill University

Related Events

Davenport Lecture in Medical Humanities
10 October
As Others Have Seen Us: Graphic Art and the Art of Medicine

Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, Yale University School of Medicine

17 October
Hunger in America: The Gender Politics of Race, Poverty and Malnutrition

Laurie Green, University of Texas at Austin

Winter 2012

23 January
Servant to Science: The Aspiration, Frustration, and Defiance of Saul Sithole of the Transvaal Museum
Nancy Jacobs, Brown University

13 February
The Child Toileth Not, But the Statistician Does: The Labor History of U.S. Labor Statistics, 1880-1930
Thomas Stapleford, Rutgers University

5 March
Creation, Ontology, and Refusal in an Oncology Ward
Julie Livingston, Rutgers University

23 March
STS Distinguished Speaker 2012
Place and Path-Dependence in the Emergence of Automated Trading
Donald MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh

9 April
Digital Inequality and Its Implications for Internet Research
Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University

Related Talks

Jan 10
Wastelands and Wilderness
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Presented by U-M Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Jan 11
Einstein, Clocks, and the Materiality of Time
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Presented by U-M Institute for the Humanities

IRWG Feminist Science Studies Series
10 February
Tales of the Evolution of Female Orgasm and Adaptationist and Sexists Biases in Research

Elisabeth Lloyd, Indiana University

20 March
Feminist Interventions in the Sciences and in Epistemology: Significant Parallels

Phyllis Rooney, Oakland University

2010-2011 Events +

Fall 2010

21 September
Cents and Sensibility: Economic Valuation and the Nature of ‘Nature’ in France and America
Marion Fourcade, University of California-Berkeley

12 October
How Geneticists Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mutation
Nathaniel Comfort, Johns Hopkins University

2 November
Breaking the Expertise Barrier: New Politics of the Patent System in the United States and Europe

Shobita Parthasarathy, UM-Ford School of Public Policy

9 November
Struggles over Water, Struggles Over Energy, Struggles Over Memories: Cahora Bassa Dam, 1965-2008
Allen Isaacman, University of Minnesota

7 December
STeMS Distinguished Lecture
Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America's Enemies
David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security

Related Events

14 October
The Green Light of a New World: Americans and the Limits of Nature

Donald Worster, University of Kansas

10th Davenport Lecture in Medical Humanities
19 October
Every Generation: Family Secrets and Their Consequences
Steve Luxenburg, The Washington Post

Science, Technology & Public Policy Series
20 September
Reinventing Technology Assessment in the US: A 21st Century Model
Richard Sclove, Founder and Senior Fellow of the Loka Institute

25 October
The Climate Fix: A Pragmatic Future for Climate Change
Roger Pielke, Jr., University of Colorado-Boulder

8 November
Humanitarian Work in a Changing Climate:  How Can the Ford School and the Red Cross Help Each Other?
Pablo Suarez, Associate Director of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

22 November
Threading a Very Fine Needle: Race, Gender, and the Public Policy of Reproductive Genetic Technologies
Sujatha Jesudason, Executive Director of Generations Ahead


Winter 2011

11 January
Whither Cosmopolitan Science? Reflections on Changing Networks of European Scientific Correspondence during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Elise Lipkowitz, University of Michigan-History

15 March
American Engineers in the Postwar World:  Global Techno-science, Local Environments, and US Imperialism after World War II
Linda Nash, University of Washington

12 April
Two Aging American Ornithologists at the End of European Empire in Africa
Nancy Jacobs, Brown University