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Members of our program coordinate the Research Seminar Series in Science & Technology Studies. The series features bi-weekly seminars on a wide range of STS-related topics, and is sponsored by the Division of Natural Science, the Office of the Vice-President Academic, and the York University Bookstore. Now in its 15th year, the series has hosted over 500 speakers from Canada and around the world. It is open to the public, and STS majors are especially encouraged to attend. Members of the program also help coordinate the Bethune Seminar Series, which features 3-4 large public lectures each academic year.

All seminars take place on Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00 in the Paul A. Delaney Gallery, 320 Norman Bethune College (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Directions are available using the York University Map.

For further information, please write to the conveners,  Professors Kean Birch and Denielle Elliott .

Please see below, and also the 2014 - 2015 STS Seminar Series Schedule .

Fall 2014:

Sept 30

Sergio Sismondo (Queens)

Choreographing the pharmaceutical two-step: Creating key opinion leaders

Oct 14

Tara Abraham (Guelph)

On the Uses of Scientific Biography: Warren S. McCulloch and American Cybernetics

Oct 28

John Dupuis (York)

Evidence vs. Ideology: The Canadian Conservative Government's War on Science

Nov 11

Stuart McLean (Minnesota)

Gyro Nights: On Art, Islands and Inhuman Materialities

Dec 2

Matthew Farish (Toronto)

Arctic Indoctrination

 

Winter 2015:

Jan 20

Gabriella Coleman (McGill) – Graduate Student Choice

From 4chan lolcats to Anonymous Everywhere

Feb 3

Jennie Haw (York)

From ‘Waste’ to (Fool's) ‘Gold’: the Unstable Biovalue of Umbilical Cord Blood

Feb 24

Janet Vertesi (Princeton)

The Social Life of Spacecraft: Social Organization and Scientific Practice on NASA’s Robotic Spacecraft Teams

Mar 31

Anna Agathangelou (York)

Wither Anarchy? Harvesting the ‘Global’ Bio-tech Body, Indian Markets and Biomedical Technologies


Take a look at past Seminar Series below:

2013 - 2014 STS Seminar Series

2012 - 2013 STS Seminar Series

2011 - 2012 STS Seminar Series

2010 - 2011 STS Seminar Series

2009 - 2010 STS Seminar Series