Wednesday, November 25

4S Exhibition: An Archeology of STS in Turkey

Duygu Kaşdoğan, Ebru Yetişkin and Maral Erol curated an exhibition entitled “An Archaeology of STS in Turkey” for the 4S 2018 meeting in Sydney.

The exhibit focused on the intellectual and institutional trajectory of STS in Turkey. As a field of study, critical STS is relatively new in Turkey, starting with the establishment of the STS MA program at Istanbul Technical University in 2000. However, interest in discussing science and technology among social scientists in Turkey predated that, particularly in the form of policy studies that is exemplified in the graduate program of Science and Technology Policy Studies at the Middle East Technical University. An Archeology of STS in Turkey: Archives, Universities, and Collective Culture aimed at excavating the fragmented material culture of STS in the last 20 years. The archeological records, which consist of various artifacts of STS, such as books, exhibition posters, articles, and reports uncover the challenges in institutionalizing STS in Turkey. The analysis of these excavations also reveals some of the local characteristics of STS in Turkey: lack of institutional collaboration, archives, and subversive critique.

Here is the link for digitalized version of exhibit.