Our Program

Science & Technology Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of study focused on the critical role of science and technology, both past and present. Research in the field applies the methods and theories of the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies to the examination of technology and scientific knowledge and practice.

Science & Technology Studies is particularly well positioned to provide analytical, critical and historically informed insight to complex questions regarding science, health and engineering policy, intellectual property, expertise, ethics, and the public understanding of science. This field contributes to timely debates that bridge the academy and the world beyond it with a dexterity that is more difficult to achieve from within the traditional disciplines.

News & Events

Poster containing the title, due date and call for papers for the 2016 graduate student conference at York

The second annual Binocular Graduate Conference is co-hosted by York STS and the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.

Keynote address by Max Liboiron, Assistant Professor in Sociology and Environmental Studies at Memorial University, NL.

For more information, including the call for papers, go to the conference website. Abstracts due March 11, 2016.


Dates and Deadlines

Our First Round Application Deadline has passed. However we may still have room in the program. If you are interested in applying for our MA or PhD degree programs, please contact the Graduate Program Director Aryn Martin at aryn@yorku.ca.
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Feb 15 all-day

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Feb 15 all-day

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Shut Up and Write!
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tired of working on your thesis, dissertation, or book alone? Need the motivation of others working around you to stay on track? Wish there were more opportunities to develop a community on campus?

The Shut Up and Write! sessions will continue every Thursday morning in the winter term. Bring any writing assignment (course papers, theses, dissertations or other publications) and get some serious writing done in a supportive community. No registration is required. All are welcome.

***About Shut Up and Write***

Shut Up and Write! began as meet-up in San Francisco designed to help writers develop a creative community, enjoy some companionship, and do some serious writing. It has since expanded into academia, especially for graduate students and postdocs feeling isolated while working on their theses, dissertations, and publications. Shut Up and Write! is a regular get-together where you prioritize writing over everything else (e.g. no email, no Instagram, no texting). It’s an opportunity for writers to establish a writing routine, do some intensive work, and break through blocks in a supportive atmosphere using the Pomodoro Technique. Each Shut up and Write! session includes:

  • 10 minutes for introductions and chat
  • 2-3 rounds of writing Pomodoros (each Pomodoro includes 25 minutes of intensive writing plus a 5 minute break)
  • Time to discuss writing, trade productivity tips, and get to know each other. On occasion, a post-doc or an expert from the Writing Centre will drop by to share strategies