Introducing MUSTS

The research programme Maastricht University - Science, Technology and Society Studies (MUSTS) draws on a combination of philosophical, historical, sociological and anthropological approaches. The general question is how modern societies are constituted by science and technology, and how, vice versa, social and cultural conditions shape technological and scientific developments. The research focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries, with attention to the historical roots in the 17th-19th centuries.

Research master Cultures of Art, Science and Technology

Prospective students may be interested to have a look at our research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), which provides training in researching the roles of science, technology and the arts in modern culture.
May 10, 2017
  • MUSTS Colloquium
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: May 10, 2017 - 7:00 pm

May 12, 2017
  • Adventuring into STS symposium
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 12, 2017 - 3:00 pm

    Location: Maastricht, Netherlands


    A symposium with Harry Collins, Rosalind Williams, Trevor Pinch,
    John Law, Knut Sørensen and Shiv Visvanathan.

    Science, Technology and Society studies (STS) were and are an intellectual adventure.

    It was so when Harry Collins and others kicked off the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK), when John Law and others started Actor-Network Theory (ANT), when Rosalind Williams and others built bridges to literary analysis and the history of technology, when Trevor Pinch and others ventured into technology studies, when Knut Sørensen and colleagues explored domestication and gender studies, and when Shiv Visvanathan pushed the agenda to democratization and development. It still is now, with these same scholars adventuring into the worlds of interactional expertise, Sámi knowledges, Robert Louis Stevenson, analogue synthesizers, climate research, and cognitive justice. In this journey they have inspired many others—through teaching, supervision, writing and engagement—to embark on their own adventures of understanding the making of science, technology and society.

    Even though STS has acquired the status of an ‘emerging discipline’ with institutional anchors in graduate schools, scholarly journals, book series, professorial chairs and funding programs, it still is an adventure. Part of that adventure is intellectual—experienced in new theoretical perspectives, conceptual frameworks, and empirical explorations. And part of the adventure is in new engagements with the world—of politics and policy, of global sustainable development, of sports, and of education, science and engineering. The six intellectual ‘giants’ who will speak at this symposium have helped to established STS. They continue to be very active as researchers and teachers at the international forefront. We have asked them to elaborate on one of their most exciting adventures—it could be anything from the early days to the current; from research to politics; from the craft of writing to the skill of institution building; from developing new theoretical perspectives to reinventing the classics.

    The day’s program will give us a bird’s eye view of the adventure of STS, from the start thirty years ago to current outlooks. After each presentation we will maximize time for plenary discussion.

  • Valedictory lecture by Wiebe Bijker
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: May 12, 2017 - 4:30 pm

June 7, 2017
  • MUSTS Colloquium with Sven Dupré
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: June 7, 2017 - 7:00 pm

July 5, 2017
  • MUSTS Colloquium
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: July 5, 2017 - 7:00 pm