Interview with Miranda Waggoner, Winner of the 2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award

The Zero Trimester: How did we begin to think that pregnancy should last longer than 9 months? In June 2018 we were pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 SKAT Section Awards, which will be presented at the SKAT business meeting on Saturday, August 10th at 5:30pm in the Central Park West room (2nd Floor) at the Sheraton New York. In this Q&A, we highlight the winner … Continue reading Interview with Miranda Waggoner, Winner of the 2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SKAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Want to get involved in SKAT governance? Now’s your chance! In Spring 2019, SKAT will hold elections for 2 Council Members (3-year term), 1 Student Representative (2-year term), and 1 Chair Elect (1-year term). Please send nominations and contact information, including self nominations, to Laurel Smith-Doerr (Chair, Nominations Committee) by January 6, 2019. Continue reading CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SKAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Interview with Shobita Parthasarathy

  In October 2017, Jennifer Singh had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Shobita Parthasarathy, Professor of Public Policy and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, at the University of Michigan. Jennifer met with Shobita while she was visiting Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy to discuss her recent book, Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest … Continue reading Interview with Shobita Parthasarathy

Call for Nominations

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SKAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE Want to get involved in SKAT governance? Now’s your chance! In Spring 2018, SKAT will hold elections for 2 Council Members (3-year term) and 1 Student Representative (2-year term). Please send nominations and contact information, including self nominations, to Scott Frickel (Chair, Nominations Committee) by Sunday, January 7, 2018. Continue reading Call for Nominations

Interview with Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Jennifer Singh caught up with Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University and winner of the 2017 Robert K. Merton Book Award for The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics (Duke University Press, 2016). Her book was also awarded the Feminist Philosophy of Science Award from the Women’s Caucus of the Philosophy of Science Association. In our interview, Professor Pitts-Taylor … Continue reading Interview with Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Interview with Natasha Myers

David Peterson (Northwestern) spoke with Natasha Myers, Associate Professor of Anthropology at York University and winner of the 2016 Robert K. Merton Book Award for Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter (Duke University Press, 2015). In the interview, Professor Myers discussed theoretical innovations and the next directions of her work. David Peterson: What is the thesis of your book? Natasha Myers: This ethnography develops … Continue reading Interview with Natasha Myers

Are We Complicit? Talking Social Constructionism in the Age of Trump

by Owen Whooley Like many, the presidential election has left me with a profound sense of unease. This unease operates on three registers, the combination of which concoct a veritable witch’s brew of angst.  The first is the unease I feel as a citizen, concerned about the state of our democratic institutions.  The second is the unease I feel as a sociologist, who despite claiming … Continue reading Are We Complicit? Talking Social Constructionism in the Age of Trump

SKAT Council Publishes Statement on Trump Administration and Congress

On February 14, 2017, the SKAT Council voted unanimously to adopt the following policy statement.  Statement of American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT) Regarding Recent and Future Actions of the Trump Administration and Congress The free exchange of ideas is a core value of democratic societies and the foundation of research and academic scholarship. In recent weeks, this principle has come … Continue reading SKAT Council Publishes Statement on Trump Administration and Congress

Fake News and the Future of Journalism

From friend of the section Pablo J. Boczkowski of Northwestern University: “Every public has its own universe of discourse and…humanly speaking, a fact is only a fact in some universe of discourse.” Writing those words three quarters of a century before the Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the 2016 word of the year, Robert Park — a former newspaper journalist and one of the founders of the … Continue reading Fake News and the Future of Journalism