STS @ ITU (2000-2006): Events


During the preparation of the curriculum, all STS program structures and course contents in the world were examined and some visits were made to some of the most well-known universities in the field (MIT, Harvard, Cornell, Edinburgh, Maastricht), and information about the structure of their programs was obtained from the well-known researchers in the STS area such as Sheila Jasanoff, Leo Marx, Nur Yalman, Deborah Fitzgerald, Trevor Pinch, Wendy Faulkner, Wiebe Bijker, Jessica Mesman to name a few…

STS International Symposium (1999)

Institute of Social Sciences organized a symposium for the first time to promote STS as a discipline in Turkey. Held between 14 to 15 April 1999, researchers from MIT, Harvard, London, Maastricht, Edinburgh, Cornell, Paris, Chalmers, and Bielefeld Universities who have pioneering STS works have contributed to the emergence of STS in Turkey.

ITU became a member of ESST in May 2000.

STS Symposium (2000)

With the aim of introducing the program, an STS Symposium was organized in 2000 in the main campus of ITU, where engineering students are studying in various faculties, institutes, and research centers, with the participation of STS scholars, Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University), Kostas Gavroğlu (Athens University), and Jessica Mesmann (Maastricht University).

Workshop by Wiebe Bijker (2001)

On August 31, 2001, Wiebe Bijker, one of the leading adherents of Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) gave a series of workshop seminars to introduce STS and ESST: “STS Perspective”.

  • How to study  (read, learn)  STS (in the first semester)?

  • Which topic to choose?

  • Which methods to use?

  • How to balance data and theory?

  • Politicization & problems of Technological Culture

  • Technological Determinism

  • History of STS & ESST

  • The Social Construction of ESST


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December 12, 2018 - 4:09pm

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Responding to the question What events have marked the development of this STS formation?


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Ebru Yetişkin, "STS @ ITU (2000-2006): Events", contributed by Duygu Kasdogan, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 12 December 2018, accessed 9 December 2022.