Next talk in the STS Series focuses on embryology and the history of science in society

The Research Seminar Series in Science & Technology Studies hosted by the Science and Technology Studies Program at York University continues this month with a presentation by Arizona State University Professor Jane Maienschein on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

In her presentation, Maienschein will address the central theme of the series, “Entanglements of Instruments and Media in Investigating Organic Worlds” from the perspective of bioethics and biopolicy. Her talk will take place from 12:30 to 2pm in 103 Life Sciences Building.

Jane MaienscheinJane Maienschein

Maienschein’s lecture is titled “Embryos Under the Microscope:  A History of Science in Society”. Maienschein specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way that biology, bioethics, and biopolicy play out in society. Focusing on research in embryology, genetics and cytology, Maienschein combines detailed analysis of the epistemological standards, theories, laboratory practices and experimental approaches with study of the people, institutions, and changing social, political and legal context in which science thrives.

The 2013-2014 Research Seminar Series in Science & Technology Studies explores the roles of instruments and media as investigators of organic worlds at various scales and in various settings. The sites of these experimental investigations are examined to highlight the social roles, scenes and the actors engaged in these inquiries.

For the full calendar, visit the the Research Seminar Series in Science and Technology Studies website or contact the convener, Professor Joan Steigerwald by e-mail The 2013-2014 STS Seminar Series is sponsored by Situating Science Cluster Grant, iSTS, Department of Natural Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Faculty of Science, Bethune College, and the Canadian Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture.

The seminar is free and open to the public.