2020-21 Topic: Nature/Artifice
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The UBC Okanagan STS Reading Group is intended to bring together faculty and graduate students across the disciplines whose research and teaching is related to Science and Technology Studies (STS).
STS approaches the study of science and technology from perspectives and intellectual traditions associated with the humanities and social sciences. STS challenges deeply entrenched ideas about the autonomy of science and technology, encouraging the development of innovative cross-disciplinary approaches to the interplay between technoscience and society, politics, culture, materiality, and history.
In our inaugural year (2019-2020), the STS Reading Group was convened by Heather Latimer (Gender & Women’s Studies) and Natalie Forssman (School of Engineering), and focused on texts that challenged the naturalization of Kinship, as defined through hereditary, biological relations and legal regimes. This year (2020-2021) our theme is Nature/Artifice and the group will be led by Heather Latimer and Margaret Carlyle (History & Sociology).