Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fujimura and Rajagopalon on the Peril and Promise of Genomics, on WORT

by Lyn

On WORT’s Perpetual Notion Machine, co-produced by Kaitlin Stack Whitney.  Listen to the whole show here:

Applications for Lecturer Now Being Accepted for STS 901

by Lyn

The Holtz Center is currently accepting applications for a lecturer for the Spring 2015 section of STS 901, the foundational course in STS for grad students.  A Ph.D. is required.  Please see the full listing at

Collections for Conservation Radio Program

by Lyn

A recent edition of WORT’s Perpetual Notion Machine features Dr. Joanna Radin of Yale University and Dr. Kristoffer Whitney of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Learn more about Dr. Radin’s research on frozen collections, including those of nonhuman life for conservation, here .  Learn more about Dr. Whitney’s research on bird banding in his recent piece in The Atlantic.   This show was produced by Kaitlin Stack Whitney and engineered by Matthew Zmudka.

Listen to the show here:

CFP: Social Justice and Sustainability Conference, Michigan State

by Lyn
Call for Papers
Deadline: November 15th 2014
Knowledge from the Margins: Social Justice and Sustainability
When: Tuesday August 18, 2015 to Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Where: East Lansing, MI (with optional post‐conference Green Tour of Lansing/Detroit on Thursday August 20, 2015)
Organized by: Science Studies at State, Michigan State University
The Knowledge from the Margins (KFM) conference on Aug 18-19, 2015, will be a meeting of interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals, activists, and community members focused on the following three aims: (1) to showcase new scholarship in science and technology studies on social justice and/or sustainability; (2) to showcase community-oriented and/or activist work that provides social commentary on science, technology and society; and (3) to train scholars on how to create policy-relevant work. We will end the conference with a reflexive exercise so that participants have concrete and actionable ideas to take away with them. Also, a post-conference activity on Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 will be an optional “Greening Detroit & Lansing” tour of environmental justice and sustainability initiatives in the mid-Michigan region.
Within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies, there is an increasing interest among scholars in returning to the study of knowledge from the margins, that is, knowledge from people and institutions who are peripheral to modern knowledge production (e.g. civil society organizations, laypersons); ‘lacking’ modern knowledge production (e.g. non-Western, indigenous); or excluded from modern knowledge production (e.g. female, minority, disabled). Similar to some of the early scholarly work in science and technology studies, newer studies are focused on activism and engagement with scientists, technologists and society, and the longstanding work of various marginalized groups who struggle to create space for their knowledges and perspectives in the face of dominant discourses. This proposed conference is part of this re-turn to knowledge from the margins. It seeks to add to this newer scholarship on social justice and sustainability a more comprehensive understanding of knowledge from the margins to further encourage the production of alternative and appropriate technoscience choices.
We encourage submission from interdisciplinary scholars, policy professionals,activists, and community members that speak to the broader conference theme of marginalization, science, technology, social justice and sustainability and the power dynamics of the production and consumption of technoscience. Please contact the Conference Chair Logan Williams (Lyman Briggs College & Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, with any questions.
For more updated information or to submit your abstract, please see the conference website:

Job Announcement: STS Position at York University

by Lyn

The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Faculty of Science, York University invites applications for a tenure track appointment in Technology Studies at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence July 1, 2015. The position will focus on contemporary issues related to technology, and will complement the Department’s existing strengths in history of science and technology. Areas of specialization may include: law and regulatory practices, political economy, sociology of technology, anthropology of technology, or cognate fields in STS. Candidates must have a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, or in a related field, and should show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly research and publication. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in STS, in addition to teaching in the Natural Science general education curriculum. The candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Dec. 31, 2014. A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and three current letters of reference (at least one letter should address teaching) should be sent to: Chair, Science and Technology Studies Search Committee, 218 Norman Bethune College, York University

4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3, Email:
All positions at York University are subject to final budgetary approval. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

CFP: Poster Abstracts for Democratizing Technologies at UCSB

by Lyn

Democratizing Technologies focuses on NGOs with environmental and social justice concerns regarding new technologies and asks: How can NGOs produce more equitable and sustainable outcomes of emerging technologies? What are the implications of NGO participation in governance for democracy and technological futures?

The conference is convened by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Global in scope, the conference brings together social scientists, science experts, government regulators, and NGO leaders to consider how NGOs – by engaging broader publics, media and policy makers – can and should influence technological investment, advancement, and regulation within a rubric of “responsible development.”

Poster abstracts will be accepted until October 10.  Please see