In marking the 10th Anniversary of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, the Humanities, Science, and Society Research Cluster (HSS@HSS) will hold an international conference on Global STS: New Directions in Social, Cultural, and Historical Studies of Science and Technology.
For the past forty year, the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has grown significantly to contribute to our understanding of how science and technology interact with society. Numerous concepts, frameworks, and theories have been developed by STS scholars but only a few touches upon transnational dimensions of scientific production and technological development. As the production system of science and technology has expanded beyond nation-state borders and implications and repercussions of technoscientific risk rapidly spread at the global scale, the proposed mini conference is meant to take STS into new frontiers where the global dimension of science and technology that increasingly shapes the future of society in the 21st century is critically examined. Can we extend social constructivism to explain the co-production of technology and society at the global scale? How have transnational networks of scientific systems transformed epistemological contents of science? Can the notion of technological politics be applied universally in diverse political regimes across the globe? In other words, can we have a Global STS? These are the questions addressed in the conference.