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.
A Message From Our Director
For the past decade, the Robert E. and Jean F. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies has promoted the understanding of science, technology, and medicine as fundamental human endeavors.
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
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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Doula Care as Justice Technology Since the early 1970s, alternative birth advocates have tended to oppose themselves to mainstream obstetrics in terms of technology: in the influential formulation of anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd, the standard hospital…Find out more »
Fall deadline: November 1 for travel January 1 - June 29 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…Find out more »
Fall deadline: November 1 for Winter/Spring Cycle The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies invite proposals for travel grants of up to $1,000 from graduate students working on STS-related…Find out more »
Discussion of a chapter from Go Big Read book, "Death & Life of the Great Lakes" by Dan Egan A portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of…Find out more »
“Little Technologies / Big Histories” is a one-day workshop featuring on-going and in-progress research by UW students, fellows, and faculty. The workshop highlights the trans-regional, global, and “big” histories of small, portable technologies—including consumer goods,…Find out more »