Thursday, 8 June 2017

Fully funded PhD in STS available from October 2017

SATSU has available a fully funded (fees and stipend) PhD, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme. This will be to work on understanding the role patient charities play in shaping biomedicial innovation. Full details are at:

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Vigilante Science: Examples, Trends and Causes

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 12.00pm to 1pm

Speaker: Dr Meritxell Ramírez-i-Ollé (SATSU Visitor)
I employ the term “Vigilante Science” – in analogy with the vigilante heroes in comic books – to describe cases whereby self-appointed individuals policing the claims, methods and governance of the scientific community have not been recognised by its members as legitimate authorities. Recent examples of vigilantism in science have occurred in climate science, social psychology and nutrition science. I will discuss the possibility of interpreting the alleged “Climategate” scandal, the “replication crisis” in psychology and the “sugar conspiracy” as evidence of a wider social trend of public suspicion, if not complete distrust, towards certain scientists. I will outline two historical and sociological causes for this trend: first, the progressive integration, over the last century, of the disputed sciences into government agendas and industries; and second, the expansion of formal education and the consequent emergence of a better-informed and more self-confident citizenry that is suspicious of the declared political autonomy of scientists.
Biography: Dr Meritxell Ramírez-i-Ollé is The Sociological Review Fellow of 2017. Prior to being awarded this writing fellowship based at Keele University, she was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University College London. In November 2015 Meritxell obtained a Ph.D. in STS from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis that examined the roles of trust and scepticism in science. Her academic interests are in the sociology of science and research methodology.
Location: Wentworth College W/243

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Navigating Knowledge Landscapes Conference, April 26-29, Oslo

The next major meeting of the NKL network is to be held in Oslo, April 26-19. Speakers from across Europe, including Andrew Webster (SATSU), will be presenting current research related to the ways in which digital 'landscapes' are created, understood, and used by diverse health constituencies, including patients, carers, clinicians, and examines the technologies, algorithms and visual analytics dimensions found therein. Further details on the conference can be found here. And there is more information about the growing list of publications at the following site:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS - Traversing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Social Research

Postgraduate Conference 2017

The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, The University of York

25 May 2017

Keynote speakers: 

Dr Mark Coté, Kings College London

Professor Felicity Callard, Durham University

Dr Des Fitzgerald, Cardiff University

Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2017
We are pleased to announce our conference for postgraduate students and researchers interested in Interdisciplinary Social Research. There is increasing interest in interdisciplinary research within the Social Sciences due to its ability to create impactful new knowledge and insights. But, what does this mean in practice? 
What kinds of interdisciplinary research are taking place?
How can we use theoretical approaches across disciplines?
What methodologies are employed?

How are methods implemented in or adapted for interdisciplinary research?
What impact can be made?
What are the challenges?
Who sets the research agenda?
We welcome abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations from postgraduate students within the following areas:  

Interdisciplinary research between the social sciences
Including work across disciplines such as sociology, politics, criminology, social policy, health sciences, economics, social psychology, STS, gender studies, law, management, business
Interdisciplinary research beyond the social sciences
Including research between the social sciences and arts, humanities and/or the natural sciences
Interdisciplinary social research beyond academia
Including research that may be funded by or in partnership with non-academic organisations such as NGOs, public services and commercial partners/sponsors
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a 100-word biography to by 31 March 2017

Applicants will be notified of our decision by 14 April.

More information about conference registration and attendance will be released in April 2017.

Further questions can be sent to:


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Postgraduate Conference 2016

International Education: Classroom Interactions
Monday 20 June 2016
Berrick Saul building, University of York

The IE:CI committee welcomes papers on any education-related topic.
Suggested topics may include (but are certainly not limited to):

• Social interaction
• Classroom discourse
• Applied linguistics
• Perceptions of language and identity
• Teaching methodology

Early career research students from all disciplines are especially welcome to submit an abstract, as this is an excellent chance to present your work in a constructive and supportive environment. Other students and researchers are also more than welcome to submit.

 If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 350 words (references are not included in the word count but are permitted) to by Monday, 2 May 2016, abstracts will be reviewed by Friday, 6 May 2016.

Registration is FREE but places are limited, please register here: tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Future of the History of Human Sciences Conference 7-8 April 2016

This two-day meeting gathers together established scholars and early-career researchers to consider changes wrought in the broad interdisciplinary field of the history of the human sciences by new developments in the medical humanities, biological sciences, and literary/cultural theory. It aims: (1) to provide an overview of the field’s development –from the foundation of the journal History of the Human Sciences, which marked the beginning of serious Anglophone enquiry in this area – through to contemporary developments (including the challenges and opportunities offered by the rise of the medical humanities and the ‘neuro-turn’); (2) offer provocations – from various disciplinary perspectives – about the directions that the future of the history of the human sciences might and should take.
There will be four intensive sessions and a roundtable on future directions:
  1. The Problem of the Archive: biological data, digital media and their impact upon the archive and human nature;
  2. The Problem of the Human: how the neurosciences are challenging conventional approaches to history;
  3. The Problem of the Social: How do models of ‘the social’ in the life sciences challenge those in the social sciences and humanities?
  4. Practice in the Human Sciences: new methods and approaches in medical humanities and science studies.
Conference Website

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

CFP Death & Culture Conference 1-3 September, University of York

How can we, as academics, understand cultural responses to mortality?

Is every response to death – over time and over place - uniquely personal or essentially the same?
This conference focusses on the impact of mortality on culture, and the ways in which the very fact of death has shaped human behaviour, evidenced through thought, action, production and expression. The conference seeks to re-engage with the study of mortality as an academic enterprise, supported by evidence and framed by theoretical engagement. No discipline is excluded and we are encouraging researchers including postgraduates to contribute who might not consider themselves death scholars, with work that overlaps with death and the dead.
We welcome contributions on topics such as but not limited to:
  • Death, film and television
  • Fame and death
  • Historical death
  • The dead in place and space
  • Law, death and the dead
  • Art and death
  • Commonplace death
Abstracts should be sent with a 100 word biography to by Friday 1st April 2016