Seminar Series

STS 2020 - 2021 Seminar Series


We are very pleased to announce the continuation of the STS Departmental Seminar Series in 2020-2021. 

All events will be delivered all academic year via Zoom, with links being posted prior to the event here and through the Grad New STS York mailing list. If you do not have access to either of these please contact the Seminar Series Coordinator (Dr. Conor Douglas at ). 

The Research Seminar Series in Science & Technology Studies features seminars on a wide range of STS-related topics. Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology Studies and coordinated by our members, the series is now in its 27th year and it has hosted over 500 speakers from Canada and around the world. 

The series is open to the public, and STS majors are especially encouraged to attend. 

All presentations will run on various Tuesdays at a new time of 12:30 to 14:00. 

Please circulate this to interested colleagues, and look forward to seeing you there.  



Fall Term

September 15th – Prof. Shobita Parthasarathy (University of Michigan) 
Title: An Anti-Inclusivity Machine? The Politics of Menstrual Hygiene Innovation in International Development

September 29th, 2020 - Prof. Eric Kennedy (York University)
Title: TBA

October 20th, 2020 - Prof. Helene Mialet (York University)
Title:  Tracking the Trackers of Low Blood Sugar

November 10th, 2020 - Prof. James Elwick (York University)
Title:  On exams and standardized testing: ten lessons from history

December 1st, 2020 – Prof. Kerstin Dautenhanhn (University of Waterloo) *Special joint seminar with the Lassonde School of Engineering, *
Title: Interacting with Socially Intelligent Robots


Winter Term (starts January 11th)

January 19th, 2021 – Prof. Ernst Hamm (York University)
Title: Climbing Mt. Ararat: Science, Empire, Romanticism and Something Lost in Translation

February 9th , 2021 – Yousif Hassan (York University)
Title: The politics of sharing: Sociotechnical imaginaries of digital platforms

March 2nd, 2021 – Prof. Kean Birch (York University)
Title: Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism.

March 23rd, 2021 – Prof. Kenton Kroker (York University)
Title: Epidemics, Information, and Identity: Reconfiguring Ontario’s Health in the 1880s

April 6th, 2021 – Prof. Martin French, Dr. Colin Hastings and Neha Chugh JD (Concordia University)
Title:  Thinking Differently About Technology: Contributions from Critical Social Science



2019 - 2020 Seminar Series

2018 - 2019 Seminar Series

2017 - 2018 Seminar Series

2016 - 2017 Seminar Series