What is STS?
An introduction to the broad academic field of Science & Technology Studies, provided by Harvard University.
Science and Technology Studies (STS) examines the influence of society on science and technology, and the influence of science and technology on society. STS Wiki is an experiment in the public production of free, open-source knowledge concerning STS. Their mission is simple: To make STS knowledge, perspectives, and resources available for free, worldwide.
European Studies of Science, Technology and Society
The European programme on Society, Science and Technology (ESST) provides the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and manage complex issues of modern innovations, such as sustainable energy technologies; stem cell research; nanotechnology; and social networking. The general assumption is that innovation is ruled by economics. However, innovation cannot be captured by economics alone. Likewise, science and technology are not the only drivers of our societies. This Master programme approaches them from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: (innovation studies, sociology, philosophy and cultural studies, political science, etc.).
EASST-EUROGRAD is a mailing list intended to facilitate a European network of scholars of all levels in the broad field of Science and Technology Studies. The list serves to announce scholarly events, calls, job openings and the like.
This blog provides critical discussions of (IT-based & other) tricks and tools for doing research. The blog was launched in April 2012 by an interdisciplinary team of Maastricht University researchers (FASoS, FHML, FHS & UNU-MERIT), including Koen Beumer and Joeri Bruyninckx. The blog aims to share knowledge and experiences about doing research in an accessible and practical manner. This ranges from the use of online forums to discuss research results to the use of Google to search for literature, and from online reference managers to downloadable presentation software.
Koen Beumer and Joeri Bruyninckx are part of the Share-IT project team.
A webplace, by Anna Harris (anthropologist of medical practices) about the life of pneumatic tube systems (particularly in hospitals) alongside other postal, medical and museum related discoveries. Pneumatic tube systems are systems of pipes used to transport solid objects by vacuum. Once resplendent in European and American cities, they are now mostly used in hospitals, banks, pharmacies and other networked institutions. In July 2013, an interview with Anna Harris about her blog appeared in New Scientist.
Changing platforms of ritualized memory practices. The cultural dynamics of home movies The ‘home movies project’ addresses a number of questions dealing with the complex interrelationship between technology, specific user generations and spaces or places of cultural memory production in home movie making and screening. More concretely we are interested in the question how changing technologies of cultural production (film, video or digital camera) have shaped new practices and rituals of memory staging (screening of the films in domestic of public venues) and thereby initiated processes of (re)negotiating user generations and group identities.
Participating are (amongst others) Dr. Andreas Fickers, Dr. Jo Wachelder and Tim van der Heijden (MA). For a detailed project description, please see the NWO-research proposal.
The Cycling History Bibliography The history of the bicycle and of cycling have been researched from many angles and by many authors, among whom transport historians, economic historians, historians of technology, cultural historians and sport historians. The aim of this website is to inform researchers and others about the research available on the history of cycling worldwide. It presents an online international bibliography on all aspects of the history of cycling and invites visitors of the site to make this as complete as possible.
The online ‘Cycling History Bibliography’ is a joint initiative of the UM Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Manuel Stoffers: contents, André Koehorst: web-design) and the Maastricht University Library (Diony van den Heuvel & Jeroen Seeverens: bibliographic tools).
Virtual Knowledge Studio The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (KNAW) supports researchers in the humanities and social sciences in the Netherlands in the creation of new scholarly practices and in their reflection on e-research in relation to their fields. A core feature of the Virtual Knowledge Studio is the integration of design and analysis in a close cooperation between social scientists, humanities researchers, information technology experts and information scientists. This integrated approach provides insight in the way e-research can contribute to new research questions and methods. The VKS collaborates with the Erasmus University Rotterdam and with Maastricht University.
eHumanities The eHumanities Group is an initiative of the KNAW that brings together expertise and research in the development and use of digital technologies in the humanities and social science. Sally Wyatt (MUSTS) is Program Leader of the eHumanities Group.