ST(&)S: Martyn Pickersgill Talks with Sheila Jasanoff

  • Martyn Pickersgill The University of Edinburgh
  • Sheila Jasanoff Harvard University
Keywords: STS, interview, Sheila Jasanoff, science and technology studies, science, technology, and society, disciplinarity


In this interview, Sheila Jasanoff and Martyn Pickersgill discuss the contested meanings of STS, defined as either “science and technology studies” (often associated with European origins) or “science, technology, and society” (commonly seen as originating in the US). The interview describes how Jasanoff entered STS, and the ways in which she sought to bring together different traditions within the field. Jasanoff underscores how her intellectual and professional journeys were shaped through a mix of institutional context and personal choices, and reflects on the role she has played in shaping STS networks, programs, and departments. Jasanoff remains excited about the future of STS, yet also highlights the need for disciplining within the field. For her, STS represents a distinct mode of researching, approaching, and engaging with the world. This distinctiveness, Jasanoff argues, needs to be carefully cultivated and reproduced through creative but rigorous teaching and training.  A reflection by Martyn Pickersgill follows the interview.

Author Biography

Martyn Pickersgill, The University of Edinburgh

Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine

Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics

 Edinburgh Medical School

University of Edinburgh

12 Jul 2018