Monthly Archives: September 2017

CFP: Questioning Science in Uncertain Times, Workshop at OSU

by Lyn

Call for Abstracts

In addition to the two keynote speakers, our workshop will feature contributed papers that address the theme of the workshop: how should scholars working in STS and allied fields approach science and technology in these “uncertain” times? We encourage both submissions that interrogate the role of STS, but also submissions that consider questions of science and democratization (e.g. social movements, citizen science, populism, the politics of knowledge and ignorance, etc.), how values are formed in science, the role of art and design in scientific critique, and structural inequalities and the politics of science and technology. (See here additional details.)

To submit a paper for consideration, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, including references. Each speaker will have 30 minutes to present their paper during the workshop. The closing date for abstracts is November 1, 2017.

To submit an abstract, please email it as a PDF attachment to If you have any questions about this call, feel free to email either Chris Pincock ( or Monamie Bhadra (

A limited amount of funds will be made available for presenters to cover some of the costs of attending the workshop. We plan to finalize the workshop schedule by the end of November.

Call for Abstracts

Job Announcement: Tenure Track Position in STS, York University

by Lyn

The Department of Science & Technology Studies (STS) at York University invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in STS at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2018.

We are seeking candidates with teaching and research strengths in contemporary issues in STS preferably in one or more of the following topics: big data; environment and climate change; genomics and genomic technologies; science & technology policy and politics; and science & technology in the Global South. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in our STS program, as well as in our Natural Science curriculum (a General Education program for non-Science majors). The candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies to facilitate teaching and supervision in the Graduate Program in STS.

Candidates must have a PhD in STS, or in a related field, and will show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and in their scholarly research and publications. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset. Demonstrated commitment to program development, community engagement, or professional leadership are valued assets.

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.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 4, 2017. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Complete applications include a letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, three current letters of reference (at least one letter should address teaching), and teaching evaluations. Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to Prof Kenton Kroker at Applications are to be sent to STS Search Committee, Department of Science and Technology Studies, 218 Norman Bethune College, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3, Email: Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: .

Fall Course Announcement: Feminist Science Studies

by Lyn

Sociology/STS/Gender & Women’s Studies 611

Feminist Science Studies

Fall 2017

Tuesday 2:45-5:00pm

Joan H. Fujimura

Phone: 265-2724


Office: 7101 Social Science

Course Description

This course examines different perspectives on issues in the study of gender, science, and technology.  Topics include the historical and contemporary studies of technoscientific and medical constructions of sex/gender differences;  the impact of gender (and race) on scientific and biomedical productions;  feminist critiques of scientific theories and methods;  feminist proposals of new epistemologies;  the work of women in science;   and debates on feminist epistemologies.

The issues we will discuss include methodological/theoretical and substantive concerns.  Our questions will include:  Is science gendered?  Does the presence or absence of women in science create different kinds of scientific knowledge?  How do our cultural conceptions of sex/gender influence our scientific knowledge and technologies? Does the influence extend to all the sciences including the biological, medical sciences, and physical sciences as well? How do scientific and technological developments contribute to our understandings and productions of sex/gender?  We will also consider how scientific constructions of race differences overlap with and complicate scientific constructions of sex/gender differences.  Finally, we will consider what effect feminist (and race) critiques of techno-scientific work have had.