Science and Technology Studies Reading Group

The Science and Technology Studies Reading group will examine issues at the intersection of scientific knowledge, technological systems and society. We will look at themes in the history, philosophy and sociology of science, including but not limited to cultures of science, history of technology change, citizen science, science policy and science communication.


CSaP STS Reading Group Schedule

When: Third Friday of every month, 12-1:30pm, starting December 2020. Dates below.

Who: All are welcome to attend. Conveners are Anin Luo, Julia Amtmann, Katie Cohen, and James Dolan. Please contact Anin and Juli with questions.

Where: Meetings will take place on Zoom and mailing list members will receive links in advance.


Session 1: Cultures of Science (December 18, 2020)

● Chapter 1, Knorr Cetina, Karin. Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.

● Chapter 3, Becher, Tony, and Paul Trowler. Academic Tribes and Territories: Intellectual Enquiry and the Culture of Disciplines. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Open University Press, 2001.

Optional

● Chapter 2, Bloor, David. Knowledge and Social Imagery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991 [1976].


Session 2: History of Technology (January 15, 2021)

● Chapter 1, Pickstone, John V. Ways of Knowing: A New History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.

● De Laet, Marianne, and Annemarie Mol. "The Zimbabwe bush pump mechanics of a fluid technology." Social Studies of Science 30, no. 2 (2000): 225-263.

Optional

● Epilogue, Mitcham, Carl. Thinking through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

● Bijker, Wiebe. “How is Technology Made—That is the Question!” Cambridge Journal of Economics. 34 (2010): 63-76.


Session 3: Place and Infrastructure (February 19, 2021)

● Winner, Langdon. “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” Daedalus 109, no.1 (1980): 121–136

● Gieryn, Tom F. "Three truth-spots." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 38, no. 2 (2002): 113-132.

Optional

● Agard-Jones, Vanessa. "Bodies in the System." Small Axe 17, no. 3 (42) (2013): 182-192.


Session 4: Citizen Science (March 19, 2021)

● Introduction and Chapter 1, Irwin, Alan. Citizen Science: A Study of People, Expertise, and Sustainable Development. London: Routledge, 1995.

● Ottinger, Gwen. “Buckets of Resistance: Standards and the Effectiveness of Citizen Science.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 35, no. 2 (2010): 244–270.

Optional

● English, P.B., M.J. Richardson, and C. Garzón-Galvis. “From Crowdsourcing to Extreme Citizen Science: Participatory Research for Environmental Health.” Annual Review of Public Health 39, no. 1 (2018): 335–50.


Session 5: Post-truth and STS (April 16, 2021)

Note: It looks like there’s a lot of reading, but they’re all short!

● Sismondo, Sergio. “Post-truth?” Social Studies of Science 47, no. 1 (2017): 3–6.

● Collins, Harry, Evans, Robert, and Weinel, Martin. “STS as science or politics?” Social Studies of Science 47 no. 4 (2017): 580–86.

● Latour, Bruno. "Do you believe in reality? News from the trenches of the science wars." In Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition, edited by Robert C. Scharff and Val Dusek. London: Blackwell Publishing, 2003.

● Jasanoff, Sheila, and Hilton R. Simmet. "No Funeral Bells: Public Reason in a ‘Post-Truth’ Age." Social Studies of Science 47, no. 5 (2017): 751–70.

Optional

● Kofman, Ava. 2018. “Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science.” NYTimes


Session 6: Climate Change (May 21, 2021)

● Radin, Joanna. “Alternative Facts and States of Fear: Reality and STS in an Age of Climate Fictions.” Minerva 57 (2019): 411–31.

● van der Linden, Sander, Edward Maibach, and Anthony Leiserowitz. “Improving Public Engagement With Climate Change: Five ‘Best Practice’ Insights From Psychological Science.” Perspectives on Psychological Science 10, no. 6 (2015):758-763.

● Kahan, Dan M., Ellen Peters, Maggie Wittlin, Paul Slovic, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Donald Braman, and Gregory Mandel. ‘The Polarizing Impact of Science Literacy and Numeracy on Perceived Climate Change Risks’. Nature Climate Change 2, no. 10 (October 2012): 732–35.