University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Nov. 8, Digital Humanities/Social Studies of Information Discussion

Please join us for a discussion sponsored by UWM's Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG) and the Digital Arts and Culture certificate program:

“Institutionalizing Science and Technology Studies Within Interdisciplinary Environments"
Paul Edwards (University of Michigan, School of Information and History)

The field Science and Technology (STS) studies has grown hugely in influence and scope over the past few decades, as evidenced by the scale of the Society for the Social Studies of Science meeting. Yet relatively few academic departments exist in the area. Instead the influence of STS scholarship has been felt throughout the humanities, in many social science and policy fields, and within schools of information. Paul Edwards is a leading STS scholar and a Professor at Michigan's School of Information. This informal workshop supplements his lecture the previous day. He will make opening comments on the potential and challenges for institutionalizing STS scholarship within environments such as information schools and digital humanities programs where it is one approach among many rather than the primary focus of an academic unit. The rest of the session will be devoted to informal discussion between Professor Edwards and the other participants. The event is organized by UWM's Social Studies of Information Research Group (, part of the School of Information Studies, which hopes to use the discussion to build connections between its efforts and those pursuing STS-informed approaches to the digital humanities.

Light refreshments will be provided.

NOTE: Dr. Edwards will also give an official talk at the Center for 21st Century Studies on Thursday, November 7 at 3:30pm. The abstract and title of his talk are available at the C21 website:

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