Science Technology & Society

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 with a short account of what your particular scholarly focus is.

Semester 2 - Readings

Semester 1 - Readings