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Upcoming STS Events & Deadlines

Undergraduate Writing & Research Awards | Due April 15

The Holtz Center distributes a call for research proposals and an essay competition each spring - emphasis on science and technology in social life, and the social and cultural determinants of science and technology research and practice.

Faculty & Staff Outreach Fellowship | Due April 15

Available to a member who proposes an innovative way to engage the broader community in matters of STS that have general social and political importance. The fellowship provides the successful applicant with $5,000 in flexible funds.

STS Colloquium with Vijayanka Nair | April 9

Finger Printing and Finger Pointing: Debating India’s Biometric State

Thematic Cluster Grants | Due April 17

Proposals are welcome from any faculty and staff doing STS-related work on campus. The Center will select one group this spring to be funded in academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

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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February 2020

Deadline for Submissions: EASST and 4s Joint Meeting

February 29 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline for Submissions: EASST and 4s Joint Meeting Submissions close February 29, 2020 Prague, Czech Republic, August 18-21, 2020  Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds The general call for…

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March 2020

Sensoria: Interrogating the -cene[s] reading group

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meeting of the Interrogating the -cene reading group on Monday, March 2, 5-7 pm, in Science Hall Rm 350. Building on the Plantationocene's series of events this month, our theme will be Sensoria. Join us for a multi-sensorial experience…

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The Digital Authoritarians’ Toolbox: How to Protect Digital Democracy

Visiting Lecturer and Science and the Public event The Digital Authoritarians' Toolbox: How to Protect Digital Democracy Brittan Heller, Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School & Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP Democracy is under…

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Technology’s Impact on Local Elections

Technology's Impact on Local Elections Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm, Play Circle Theater, UW Memorial Union A panel featuring City of Madison officials, voting advocates and scholars. Topics will include the impact of technologies on…

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SUGAR MACHINE: Medical Technologies and Plantation Legacies in the Caribbean Diabetes Epidemic

March 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Amy Moran-Thomas, Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT LACIS Lunchtime Series Sponsored by LACIS and Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies "Sugar... has been one of the massive demographic forces in world history," anthropologist…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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April 2020

Graduate Student Award Deadline: Travel Grants

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Award Deadline: Travel Grants

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Graduate Student Award Deadline: Top Up Fellowships

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Award Deadline: Top Up Fellowships

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Graduate Student Award Deadline: Summer Scholars

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Award Deadline: Summer Scholars

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Faculty & Staff Travel Grants Deadline

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

Fall deadline: November 1 for travel Winter/Spring 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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