Forging new intellectual directions & thematic research clusters within STS; enhancing & expanding participation in STS at UW-Madison; building connections

Research Clusters

In the spring of 2014, the Holtz Center initiated a new program to fund thematic clusters to advance research, teaching, and outreach on interdisciplinary topics within science and technology studies, and invited proposals from faculty and staff on the UW-Madison campus.  The goal of these grants is to forge new intellectual directions and thematic research clusters within STS, enhance and expand participation in the STS community at UW-Madison, and to build connections across disciplines.

Calls for thematic cluster proposals will be issued each spring, and selected groups will receive two years of funding at up to $15,000/year, which can be used to fund any activities that fall under the purview of the Holtz Center, such as faculty workshops or conferences, programs for graduate students, support for creating new or revised courses,  outreach activities, or lecture series. The goal is to fund proposals that build community and strengthen intellectual connections across campus in a sustainable way. 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.

The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, April 17, 2020.

Call for Proposals 2020

Thematic Cluster Poster 2020


Integrating Computational Social Science and Political and Digital Ethnography to Study the 21st Century Communication Ecology: The Case of Civic Renewal in Wisconsin
Michael Wagner, Dhavan Shah, Lewis Friedland, Katherine Cramer, Karl Rohe, William Sethares, Chris Wells


Environmental Justice in Multispecies Worlds: Ethics, Science, and Power
Elizabeth Hennessy, Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, Sainath Suryanarayanan, Katarzyna Beilin, Tony Goldberg, Claudia Calderon

Integrating Social Science and Genetic Research: The Emergence of Sociogenomics
Jason Fletcher, Corinne Engelman, James Li, Qiongshi Lu, Hyunseung Kang, Elliot Sober


Living With Waste: Visualizing New Economies and Slow Violence
Sarah A. Moore, Robert E. Roth, Morgan Robertson, Stephanie Tai


Mapping Hot Spots: ‘One Health’ and the History of Infectious Disease Research
Tony Goldberg, Neil Kodesh, Josh Garoon


Microbiomes in Human Health, Agriculture and the Environment: Integrating Biological Sciences and Social Sciences in Research and Education
William Hickey, Jean-Michel Ané, Dominique Brossard, Pamela Herd


Disclosing and Enclosing Knowledge: the Paradoxes of Information Flow in Knowledge Communities
Linda Hogle, Pilar Ossario, Nicole Nelson, Kris Saha