EASST 2018 Conference theme: ‘Meetings’

The 2018 EASST conference theme is: Meetings: Making Science, Technology and Society Together. Here’s an excerpt from the call for papers: ‘the politics of meetings is not a choice between doing or not doing relations, but rather to think about which actors meet and how, and to curate meetings that make some things present and other things…

EASST 2018 Conference: Theme Announced

It’s now been announced: the theme of the 2018 EASST Conference at Lancaster will be Meetings: Making Science, Technology and Society Together   More details about the conference theme will be available shortly. And please visit our dedicated EASST Lancaster web page.

Carbon capture and alternative energy: how do they interact?

On the one hand there are mitigation technologies for removing greenhouse gases from emissions. On the other hand there are alternative sources of ‘green’ energy. But how do they interact? Does investment in mitigation technologies reduce investment in alternative energy? How do programmes of energy mitigation shape economic, political, and cultural processes? These are the questions to…

EASST Council: Lancaster Visit

Vicky Singleton and Richard Tutton report …. The Centre for Science Studies welcomed the EASST Council to Lancaster University 22-23 May for their biannual meeting. This was also a chance for the new President Professor Ulrike Felt and other recently elected Councillors to get to know each other and to meet the Local Organizing Committee…

Wiebe Bijker

Who invented technology studies? Not a very STS question! But even so, which are the names that spring to mind? Michel Callon? Trevor Pinch? Wiebe Bijker? All three were crucially important. Michel Callon created ANT, while Trevor Pinch and Wiebe Bijker together created SCOT. And Wiebe and Trevor along with Thomas Hughes edited the 1987 volume, The Social…

Alternative facts?

The current EASST Review is wrestling with the topical question of Alternative Facts. Clearly this is an issue STS cannot duck. But here’s a little historical context. Since the creation of STS the world has changed. When SSK started in EuroAmerica science was (taken to be) powerful. Certainly it started its disciplinary histories and its laboratory ethnographies on…

Welcome to the new CSS blog

Welcome to the new CSS blog. This is where we’ll be posting Lancaster STS updates, news, discussions, and topical STS-relevant think-pieces. The big news is that Lancaster CSS is hosting the EASST 2018 conference. Here are the dates for your diary: 25th to 28th July 2018. You can check for progress on the EASST website here,…