Video archive

April 7 – 9, 2011


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Does STS Matter, and to Whom?

In this session of the conference, Theodore Porter (UCLA) and Andrew Jewett (Harvard) discuss the relationship of Science & Technology Studies (STS) to other academic fields, policymakers, and practitioners. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard) chairs.

STS and the Law: Reframing Rights

In this session of the conference, Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard) and Douglas Kysar (Yale) discuss the recent edited volume “Reframing Rights.” The discussion centers on the biological sciences and their associated technologies as providing moments for society to ask fundamental questions about their “bioconstitutional” rights. Jeannie Suk (Harvard Law School) chairs.

STS, Politics, and Public Management: Disaster and the Politics of Intervention

In this session of the conference, Andrew Lakoff (USC) and Alan Irwin (Copenhagen Business School) discuss the role STS has to play in studying disasters. Centered on Lakoff’s recent book,”Disaster and the Politics of Intervention,” they discuss how disaster is most usefully seen as a central feature of 21st century governance and society. Daniel Barben (Aachen) introduces and chairs the session.

STS, Economics, and Sociology: Do Economists Make Markets?

In this session of the conference, Pierre-Benoit Joly (Paris-Est and IFRIS) and David Stark (Columbia) discuss how STS research has affected work in economic sociology, and what other STS tools might be usefully applied. Joan Fujimura (Wisconsin) introduces and chairs the session.

Friday, April 8, 2011

STS and the Public Sphere

Beginning with a provocation from Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard), this session of the conference discusses how the public sphere is viewed from within STS, followed by reflections from Myles Jackson (NYU Polytechnic) and Brian Wynne (Lancaster).

Defining the Boundaries

In this session of the conference, Kaushik Sunder Rajan (Chicago) gives a provocation for STS scholars to think again about STS’s close ties to post-colonial studies, with specific references to Indian life sciences in relation to the Western sciences. Discussants Javier Lezaun (Oxford) and David Winickoff (UC Berkeley) debate other “elsewheres” STS travels to, whether it could travel everywhere, and how best it travels.

Opening the Black Box

Trevor Pinch (Cornell) provokes this session of the conference by looking at where STS has gone and where it is going. David Kaiser (MIT) continues the conversation by focusing on the problem of scale in “black box” studies. Antoine Picon (Harvard) pushes back by suggesting that perhaps STS hasn’t opened the black box after all.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Core of STS: Where are we? Where are we headed?

In this session, Stephen HIlgartner (Cornell) acts as provocateur, stating that STS has a core, and is its own field and a distinct entity. Ulrike Felt (Vienna) argues that the core of STS is about learning to see and to make connections of seemingly disconnected entities. Yuko Fujigaki (Tokyo) provides a perspective on how STS is taught in Japan, articulating the core of STS through an analysis of the Fukushima disaster.

STS and Careers: Have we come home?

Jay Aronson (Carnegie Mellon), Brent Laurent (Ecole des Mine, Paris), Shobita Parthasarathy (Michigan), Anne Pollock (Georgia Tech), Kris Saha (Whitehead Institute, MIT) and Sonja Schmid (Virginia Tech) discuss their academic and institutional biographies in the context of their relationship with STS as a field.

New Horizons for STS

John Beatty (UBC), Stefan Helmreich (MIT), Myles Jackson (NYU Polytechnic), Andrew Lakoff (USC), Clark Miller (ASU) and  David Winickoff (Berkeley) discuss the development and institutionalization of STS in their various departments and programs.

An Editorial View

Michael Lynch (Cornell) and Ulrike Felt (Vienna) provide a fitting close to the meeting with a unique retrospective of the field from the editorial viewpoints of SSS and STHV.