STS@UoM is an informal network of scholars at the University of Melbourne who work within the disciplinary tradition/s of STS or draw on associated concepts and approaches. They are generally engaging critically with developments in one or more areas where science and technology are central, and where the relationship to social structures is complex or contested. These scholars are spread across a number of faculties and disciplines.
We are interested in contemporary and emerging, and often controversial, developments in science and technology. The network is currently run by James Parker and Jeremy Baskin. It provides a space where we can:
- share research and work-in-progress in a collegial way
- organise occasional seminars and reading groups
- occasionally invite scholars of note and arrange visiting masterclasses
- ensure cross-UoM publicity for STS scholars visiting a particular faculty/dept
We spent the early part of 2020 focusing on a reading group on the theme: Data Science and the Politics of Automation. The group met fortnightly from Wednesday 26 Feb - Wednesday 17 June, from 1-2pm at Melbourne Law School and online.
We will continue our fortnightly meetings throughout semester 2 in 2020, from Thursday 30 July - Thursday 19 November, from 1-2:15pm. Readings will be posted below in advance.
To be added to the mailing list, for information about the reading group or any other news and events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a short account of what your particular scholarly focus is.
Semester 2 - Readings
Technologies of intimate surveillance in India under COVID-19
Ayona Datta, ‘Self(ie)-governance: Technologies of intimate surveillance in India under COVID-19’ (2020) Vol. 10(2) Dialogues in Human Geography 234–237.
Covid-19 and Contact Tracing Apps:
Technological Fix or Social Experiment?
Frederica Lucivero et al, ‘Covid-19 and Contact Tracing Apps: Technological Fix or Social Experiment?’ (2020) pre-print paper.
Semester 1 - Readings
the reading for this session has moved to the following fortnight's session
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means,
how to respond
Klaus Schwab, 'The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond' World Economic Forum available at https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Klaus Schwab, ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’, Penguin Books (2016) (105 pages – to be skim-read critically)