We are holding the STS@UOM Reading Group online for the remaining sessions this semester. We are looking for less invasive alternatives to Zoom, but for now that’s what we’ll use. Further details we’ll be provided in our regular emails, so if you’d like to join that list, please contact one of the organisers as below.
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 plan to spend the early part of 2020 focusing on a reading group on the theme: Data Science and the Politics of Automation. The group will meet fortnightly from Wednesday 26 Feb from 1pm-2pm in Rm 605 at Melbourne Law School. 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 email@example.com with a short account of what your particular scholarly focus is.
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)