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Australasian STS Graduate Network (AusSTS)

January 31 2018 | Melbourne

Deadline: January 25 2018

Updated: January 22 2018

Announcing the launch of the a network of early career researchers and postgraduate students in social studies of science and technology. The network was established in late 2017 by a small group of STS PhDs and ECRs in Melbourne, Australia.

We host social, professional and academic events to support ECRs and PhDs to create a community in STS across Australia.

To join AusSTS and receive updates about events and activities signup at our Google group ‘Australasian STS Grad Network (AusSTS)’ and follow us on Twitter

If you would like to get more actively involved (eg: hosting an event or activity or presenting) please contact us at and let us know how we can assist.

Our official launch will be held on Wednesday 31st of January. Event details: Australasian STS graduate network (AusSTS) official launch and inaugural meeting Date: Wednesday 31st January, 2018 4pm - 6pm Venue: Deakin Downtown – Level 12 Tower 2 - 727 Collins Street Melbourne Cost: Free, please register with eventbrite no later than January 25.

Light refreshments will be served following official launch and talks.

About the Speakers: Emma Kowal is Professor of Anthropology at the Alfred Deakin Institute and Convener of the Science and Society Network at Deakin University. She is a cultural and historical anthropologist who previously worked as a medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health. Much of her work is at the intersection of science and technology studies, postcolonial studies and indigenous studies. Her publications include the monograph Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia and the collection (co-edited with Joanna Radin) Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World. Her current book project is entitled Haunting Biology: Science and Indigeneity in Australia.

Professor Helen Verran scholarly life began in the natural sciences. She wrote Science and an African Logic (Univ of Chicago Press, 2001) after wrestling with philosophical questions around science and numbers when working in teacher education in Nigeria. Between late 1980s and 2012 she taught the History and Philosophy of Science at University of Melbourne. During that time, her research focus involved working with Yolngu Aboriginal Australians in Arnhem Land as they endeavoured to engage with science and scientists. She is currently working at the Northern Institute, interested in policy and politics in the areas of environmentalism and indigeneity. Her approach to analysis in these areas can be understood as a form of empirical philosophy.

For any other information, please contact or visit us at Deakin SSN.