STS Colloquium Schedule


STS Colloquium 2017/18 Term 1

Thursdays 5-6.30 pm, BuTo 1197 (unless otherwise specified)
denotes unusual place and/or time


September 14

Reading Seminar: Helen Tilley, Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950, Intro, Ch.2, ch.6., conclusion

This book is available online here through the UBC library website.

October 12

Alison Wylie, University of British Columbia “Knowledge that’s fit for purpose: a research prospectus.”

October 26

Jesse Oak Taylor, University of Washington “Conrad’s Earth System Poetics” co-sponsored by Department of English and the Oecologies group

* November 7 (Please note this is a Tuesday)

Steven Meyer, Washington University, Title TBA co-sponsored by the Belkin Art Gallery

*November 23

Catherine Malabou, Kingston University and UC Irvine “Empty Square vs. Evolutionary Memory: The New Adventure of Signs”

6 pm, at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Dr., UBC. co-sponsored with the Belkin Art Gallery and the Department of Art History


November 30

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, University of British Columbia “‘We stand in this storm of adaptation’: Karl Escherich and the (De)Nazification of Universities and Social Insects.”




STS Colloquium Series 2018, Term II

Thursdays 5-6:30 in BuTo 1197 (unless otherwise specified)

* denotes unusual place and/or time


February 1

Richard Staley, University of Cambridge, “Sensory Studies, or When Physics was Psychophysics: Ernst Mach and Physics between Physiology and Psychology, 1860-71”


*March 1

Edward Jones-Imhotep, York University, “Theatres of Machines: Reimagining Histories of Technology and the Self”

12:30-2pm, Buchanan Tower 1197 co-sponsored with the Department of History


* March 6 (Please note this is a Tuesday)

David Bates, University of California, Berkeley, title TBA

4 pm, location TBA Stephen Straker Memorial Lecture, 2018


March 22

Dan Steel, University of British Columbia, “Gender and Scientists’ Views about the Value-Free Ideal”

Thursday,  5-6.30pm. BuTo 1197

*Note the date of this talk has been moved from March 15th to March 22nd


March 29 

T’ai Smith, University of British Columbia, “Trend Theory: Mediating Fashion and Financial Markets”


April 12

Graduate Student Colloquium






For more information about past STS colloquia (2005/2006-2016/2017), visit our Event Archive.