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Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Science and technology studies (STS) is a growing field of study that seeks to understand how science and technology shape human lives and livelihoods and how society and culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology.

History of The Holtz Center

In the 1990s, Bob and Jean Holtz made an initial commitment that created the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at UW-Madison.

Graduate Program

The Ph.D. minor (Option A) in STS is offered to graduate students who are candidates for a Ph.D. degree in another department or program. The minor is open to students in all campus departments, including the humanities, social sciences, natural scie

Undergraduate Certificate

ISSuES offers undergraduate students an opportunity to interact with the social sciences and humanities in a way that emphasizes the relationship between science, technology, engineering and society.

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January 2021

Refugees to the Rescue: Motivating Pro-Refugee Public Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Refugees to the Rescue: Motivating Pro-Refugee Public Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic STS Lunch Seminar with Adeline Lo, PhD Assistant Professor, Political Science Migrants are often scapegoated during public health crises. Can such crises cre-…

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February 2021

Deadline: Call for Papers: The Nordic Science & Technology Conference 2021

February 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Conference theme: STS and the Future as a Matter of Collective Concern Deadline for submission of abstracts: FEBRUARY 1, 2021 The conference format will be blended and allow physical or virtual attendance. Rising sea levels,…

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Of Neutrality: Science, innovation and the politics of future

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

February 2, 12-1 pm, via Zoom (details to follow) Spain:  Vincenzo Pavone: “Of Neutrality: Science, innovation and the politics of future” We are used to think that technologies are neutral and that it all depends…

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Deadline: Top-Up Fellowships for Recruiting New Graduate Students

February 20 @ 5:00 pm

The Holtz Center announces its 2021 competition for top-up fellowships for admitted graduate students. The fellowships are designed to help recruit graduate students who plan to work on topics in science and technology studies, construed…

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Perspectives of development in Yucatán Península

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

February 23, 12-1 pm, via Zoom (details to provided) Mexico:   Robin Canul: “Perspectives of development in Yucatán Península”. This seminar is part of "Science and Technology in the Hispanic World", a special seminar series prepared…

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March 2021

Agribiopolitics: Plants and humans in the age of monocrops in Paraguay

March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

March 23, 12-1 pm, via Zoom (to be provided) Paraguay: Kregg Hetherington: “Agribiopolitics: Plants and humans in the age of monocrops in Paraguay” Agribiopolitics: How monocrops transformed the welfare state The Green Revolution in crop development…

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April 2021

Deadline: Faculty & Staff Travel Grants (for Summer/Fall Travel)

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

Spring deadline: April 1 for travel Summer/Fall 2020 The Holtz Center is pleased to offer travel awards of up to $1000 to Holtz Center faculty and staff members presenting STS-related research at conferences.  Two cycles…

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Facing the Environmental Mission: Small Farmers in Nicaragua and the Agro-Ecological Challenges of the Neoliberal Food Regime

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 20, 12-1 pm, via Zoom (link to be provided) Nicaragua:   Birgit Muller “Facing the Environmental Mission: Small Farmers in Nicaragua and the Agro-Ecological Challenges of the Neoliberal Food Regime” The efforts of small development…

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May 2021

Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference 2021

May 20 @ 8:00 am - May 21 @ 5:00 pm

STS and the Future as a Matter of Collective Concern

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October 2021

4S Annual Meeting 2021

October 6 @ 8:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

Good Relations Practices and Methods in Unequal and Uncertain Worlds What does it mean in practice to strive towards good relations as humans, with technologies, in our modes of knowing, within environments, across distance, and…

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