Overview

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology workshop (SKAT) gathers social scientists interested in how knowledge is created, distributed, drawn upon, and collectively understood. The workshop brings together diverse theoretical perspective and methodological approaches to social studies of SKAT. These include sociology of expertise, sociology of professions, organizational analysis, actor-network approaches, medical sociology, and science studies, among other approaches.

SKAT workshop is a home for sociology students, and also welcomes researchers and graduate students from all neighboring disciplines, from history and anthropology to management and gender studies.

We see SKAT as an inherently diverse and rich field with exciting research possibilities. The workshop participants are interested in a wide range of topics, such as biomedicine, environmental sciences, policy evaluation, financial regulation, and machine learning. The common thread linking these projects is a fascination with the formation of fields of expertise and with the work of experts.

The workshop is primarily designed to assist advanced graduate students with their ongoing research projects. The workshop aims to expose participants to original approaches to social studies of science and technology, but also to expose students to  solutions to common challenges of academic work. We aim to provide a supportive environment offering feedback and advice on all aspects of academic work, from devising and conducting research, to producing written texts of all kinds (grant applications, dissertation proposals and publications).

In each meeting, a student or guest speaker presents their work briefly, followed by open discussion. If you wish to be affiliated with the group, to present your work or to participate in one of our meetings please contact the student organizer: Larry Au (larry.au@columbia.edu).