STS Helsinki Seminar Series

The STS Helsinki Seminar Series is a seminar series by the STS Helsinki research collective. Our aim is to create a space for in-depth conversations about current research in Science and Technology Studies (STS). The topics cover a wide range of contemporary issues, such as climate change, the role of experts, medicine, genetics, gender, robotics or organic food. The seminars function as a platform for strengthening the STS community in Finland and bringing STS to new audiences. All scholars, students and audiences interested in the interaction between science, society and technology are welcome!

Seminar programme / Spring 2021

All discussions will take place online. Details will be posted closer to the set date for each event.

21 January, 16:15-17:45
Małgorzata Rajtar, Prof. IFiS/Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy & Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences/Rare Disease Social Research Center
Health passports and vulnerability: The case of rare diseases

18 March, 14:15-15:45
Sampsa Hyysalo, Professor of Co-Design, Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture
Method matters in the social study of technology: Investigating the biographies of artifacts and practices

29 April, 14:15-15:45
Mikko Ojanen, Information specialist, Helsinki University Library, DataSupport
Engaging with electronic music technology in Finland in the 60s and 70s

27 May, 14:15-15:45
Heta Tarkkala, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland
Visual arts in the presentation of research results in qualitative social science – reflections on collaboration with an illustrator


Past events


Thu 3 December, 14:15–14:45, Zoom
Ilpo Helén, professor of sociology in University of Eastern Finland
What does ”sociotechnical” imply? Conceptual fieldwork with a case of data mining in healthcare

Wed 29 January, 14.15–15.45 Room 10, Metsätalo, Fabianinkatu 39.
Jose A. Cañada, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences.
Local enactments of global health: thinking about scale-making with microbes

Wed 26 February 14:15–15:45 Room 11, Metsätalo, Fabianinkatu 39.
Steven Fuller, professor, University of Warwick
Social Epistemology and STS: Can They Survive the Post-Truth Condition?


27 February, 12.15-13.45
Helena Valve, senior researcher, Finnish Environment Institute
Analysing policy processes and power with STS

18 March, 12.15-13.45             
Andrea Butcher, postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki
Tackling antimicrobial resistance in biosocially demanding settings: the challenge for low-income regions

26 April, 12.15-13.45
Nik Brown, Professor of Sociology, York University
Materialities of air care: a biopolitics of breath, buildings, bodies and bugs

20 May, 12.15-13.45
Liina-Maija Quist, postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki
Undersea uncertainties: Ethnographic engagements with maritime worlds in Mexico (and the US)

15 November, 14.15-15.45
Stephen Turner, Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida
Expertise and Complex Organizations