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.
By focusing scholarly attention on science and technology as human institutions, situated in wider historical, social, and political contexts, STS provides insights into the relationship between science and technology and such basic categories of social thought as race and gender, poverty and development, trust and credibility, participation and democracy, health and pathology, risk and uncertainty, globalization, and environmental protection.
A unique collaboration across the boundaries of the modern research university to promote the understanding of science, technology and medicine as human enterprises.
Brown Bag: Alternative Logics of Soviet “Pseudoscience”: Amateur Encounters with the Tunguska Explosion
Andy Bruno, Ph.D. Associate Professor History and Environmental Studies Northern Illinois University Alternative Logics of Soviet “Pseudoscience”: Amateur Encounters with the Tunguska Explosion This talk will use the wide-ranging amateur expeditions that began in the…Find out more »
Holtz Center Member, Professor Steph Tai is competing in Iron Chef 2018, a Fundraiser for the Tenant Resource Center BATTLE BLACK GARLIC: Steph Tai vs. Steve VigFind out more »
Katharine Mach, Director, Stanford Environment Assessment Facility; Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University Earth System Science Abstract: Given rapid global change, knowledge about the environment is essential in real-time to societies making complex decisions. There is…Find out more »
Thanks to technological advances, researchers know more about the human microbiome, a person's genetic makeup, and the human brain than anyone could have imagined decades earlier. This knowledge brings with it great potential but also…Find out more »
This lecture explores the origins of our present “Information Age” in food and diet markets, looking at the ways that regulatory institutions and market interests have sought to shape consumers’ understandings of food, diet, and…Find out more »
This article traces the history of the US FDA regulation of nutrition labeling, identifying an ‘informational turn’ in the evolving politics of food, diet and health in America. By studying product labels as ‘information infrastructure’,…Find out more »
Have you written in the fall or are you writing a paper this spring on a theme related to how science and technology affect and are affected by social, political, cultural, or economic life? Are…Find out more »
Black Twitter, Big Data, and Deep Engagement Meredith Clark, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia Prof. Clark establishes a theoretical framework for the social media phenomena of “Black Twitter,” defined as a…Find out more »
In the 1990s, Bob and Jean Holtz made an initial commitment that created the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at UW-Madison.
Robert E. and Jean F. Holtz Center for
Science and Technology Studies