Reading Seminar on Science, Technology and Society/Policy: Search for Interdisciplinary Perspectives with Sohan P. Sha

- Sohan Prasad Sha

Discussion Type: Reading Seminar | Date: 31 Oct 2018 | Time: 10:57 AM


Reading Seminar on Science, Technology and
Society/Policy: Search for Interdisciplinary Perspectives
With Sohan Prasad Sha

Organized by Martin Chautari in Collaboration with Colloquium on Philosophy of Science and Sociology of Technology, NAST

By Dipak Gyawali: Introductory session with the participants and the discussion over tea at Martin Chautari.

1. STS and Scientific Controversy

  • Felt, Ulrike., Fouché, Rayvon., Miller, Clark. A., & Smith-Doerr, Laurel. (Eds.). (2016). The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. USA: MIT Press. 126 (Introduction to 4th edition of STS handbook), 2730 (Doing, Exploring and Reflection on Methods), 3157 (STS as Method by John Law)
  • Callon, Michel. (1986). The Sociology of an Actor-Network: The case of the Electric Vehicle. In Micheal Callon, John Law & Arie Rip (Eds.), Mapping the Dynamics of Science and Technology (Sociology of Science in the Real World) (pp. 1934). London: The Macmillan Press.
  • Pandey, Ashok Raj. (2017). Whither electric Vehicles?. In Dipak Gyawali, Micheal Thompson and Marco Verweij (Eds.), Aid, Technology and Development: The Lessons from Nepal (pp.95113). New York: Routledge.

2. STS and Promises of Techno sciences

  • Borup, Mads., Brown, Nik., Konrad, Kornelia., & Van Lente, Harri. (2006). The sociology of expectations in science and technology. Technology analysis & strategic management, 18(3-4), 285298.
  • Nepal, Mani., Nepal, Apsara., & Grimsrud, Kristine. (2011). Unbelievable but Improved Cookstoves are not helpful in reducing firewood demand in Nepal. Environment and Development Economics, 16(1), 123.
  • Quet, Mathieu. (2015). It will be a disaster! How people protest against things which have not yet happened. Public Understanding of Science, 24(2), 210224.
  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh. (2001). Languages of sex and AIDS in Nepal: Notes on the Social Production of Commensurability. Cultural Anthropology, 16(4), 481541.

3. STS and Laboratory Life/Social Construction of Science

  • Latour, Bruno., & Woolgar, Steve. (1986). Laboratory life: The Construction of Scientific Facts. Princeton University Press (second edition). 1542.
  • Pinch, Trevor. J., & Bijker, Wiebe. E. (1984). The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts: Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other. Social Studies of Science, 14(3), 399441.
  • Guo,  Jerry.  (2008).  Nepal  Counts  on  Science  to  Turn  Struggling  Country  Around. Science, 320(5882), 1411.
  • Kofman, Ava. (October, 2018). Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense  of Science. The  New York Times Magazine. Retrieved from   science.html

4. STS and Post-Colonial Studies

  • McNeil, Maureen. (2005). Introduction: Postcolonial Technoscience. Science as Culture, 14(2), 105112.
  • Law, John., & Wen-yuan, Lin. (2017). Provincializing STS: Postcoloniality, Symmetry, and Method. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 11(2), 211227.
  • Visvanathan, Shiv. (2006). Alternative Science. Theory, Culture & Society, 23(23), 164169.
  • Cameron, Mary. (2010). Feminization and Marginalization? Women Ayurvedic Doctors and Modernizing Health Care in Nepal. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 24(1), 4263.
  • Alzebra (The Art and Ideas Club). (28 Sept 2017). Shiv Visvanathan & Mukta Dabholkar @Algebra. Retrieved from .

5. STS and Gender Studies

  • Martin, Emily. (1991). The Egg and the Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 16(3), 485501.
  • Tabet, Paola. (1982). Hands, Tools, Weapons. Feminist Issues, 2(2), 362.
  • Buchy, Marlene., & Subba, Suman. (2003). Why is Community Forestry a Social-and Gender-blind Technology? The case of Nepal. Gender, Technology and Development, 7(3), 313332.

6. STS and Participation/Public Understand of Science

  • Irwin, Alan. (2006). The Politics of Talk: Coming to Terms with the ‘New’scientific Governance. Social Studies of Science, 36(2), 299320.
  • Lengwiler, Martin. (2008). Participatory Approaches in Science and Technology: Historical Origins and Current Practices in Critical Perspective. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 33(2), 186200.
  • Thorpe, Charles. (2010). Participation as Post-Fordist Politics: Demos, New Labour, and Science Policy. Minerva, 48(4), 389411.
  • Karki, Ajoy. (2017) Micro and Small Hydro: Serial Leapfrogging to a Braver New Nepal. Aid, Technology and Development: The Lessons from Nepal. New York: Routledge. 113131.
  • Pandey, Bikash. (2015). Track II – Nepal's Pluralistic Hydropower Development Post- Arun. Chautari Foundation Lecture. 117.

7. STS and New Media Studies

  • Bowker, Geoffrey. C., Baker, Karen., Millerand, Florence., & Ribes, David. (2009). Toward Information Infrastructure Studies: Ways of Knowing in a Networked Environment. In International handbook of internet research (pp. 97117). Springer Netherlands.
  • Balbi, Gabriele., Delfanti, Alessandro., & Magaudda, Paola. (2016). Digital Circulation: Media, Materiality, Infrastructures. An Introduction. TECNOSCIENZA: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 7(1), 716.
  • Pandey, Shailesh., & Regmi, Nischal. (2017). Changing connectivities and renewed priorities: Status and challenges facing Nepali Internet. First Monday, 23(1).
  • Ang, Peng. Hwa., Tekwani, Shyam., & Wang, Guozhen. (2012). Shutting Down the Mobile Phone and the Downfall of Nepalese Society, Economy and Politics. Pacific Affairs, 85(3), 547561.

8. STS and Infrastructure

  • Larkin, Brian. (2013). The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure. Annual Review of Anthropology, 42, 327343.
  • Rankin, Katharine N., Sigdel, Tulasi S., Rai, Lagan., Kunwar, Shyam., & Hamal, Pushpa. (2017). Political Economies and Political Rationalities of Road Building in Nepal. Studies in Nepali History and Society. 22(1), 4384.
  • Upadhya, Madhukar. (2017). Bhattedanda Milkyway: why a climate – and mountain- friendly technology continues to be ignored. In Dipak Gyawali, Micheal Thompson and Marco Verweij (Eds.), Aid Technology and Development: The Lessons from Nepal(pp. 7795). New York: Routledge.

9. STS and Environment (with Tom Robertson)

  • Robertson, Thomas. B. (2018). DDT and the Cold War Jungle: American Environmental and Social Engineering in the Rapti Valley of Nepal. The Journal of American History, 104(4), 904930.
  • Robertson, Thomas. (2016). Cold War landscapes: towards an environmental history of US development programmes in the 1950s and 1960s. Cold War History, 16(4), 417441.
  • Robertson, Tom. (March, 2018). The insect that changed Nepal’s history. Nepali Times. Retrieved from
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