Cartographies for Feminist STS: Celebrating the Work of Sharon Traweek

  • Banu Subramaniam University of Massachusetts Amherst


In the 2020 Prague Virtual Conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Sharon Traweek was awarded the society’s John D. Bernal Prize jointly with Langdon Winner. The Bernal Prize is awarded annually to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of STS. Prize recipients include founders of the field of STS, along with outstanding scholars who have devoted their careers to the understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology. In this essay responding to Traweek's Bernal lecture, Subramaniam explores Traweek’s mentorship in her own work as a feminist STS scholar in biological sciences.

Author Biography

Banu Subramaniam, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor Women, Gender, Sexuality Stuides


Noble, David F. 1992. A World Without Women: The Christian Clerical Culture of Western Science. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Subramaniam, Banu, and Mary Wyer. 1998. “Assimilating the ‘Culture of No Culture.’” In “Science: Feminist Interventions in (De)Mentoring Graduate Women.” Feminist Teacher 12(1): 12–28.

⸻. 2014. Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation, and the Politics of Diversity. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Traweek, Sharon. 1988. Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

23 Dec 2021