STS TURKEY Science, Technology and Society Winter School 2021

STS TURKEY Science and Technology Studies (STS) Research Network, continues its studies to increase visibility and prevalence of the field by encouraging research and education activities in the field of Science and Technology Studies in our country.

In order to convey the basic theoretical frameworks, important concepts and related discussions of the field of STS at an introductory level; ‘STS TURKEY Winter School’ was held for the first time in January 2019 with the support of Orient-Institut Istanbul, and for the second time in January 2020 with the support of Bilkent University and METU Design Factory in Ankara.

Supported by Istanbul Bilgi University, the third session of STS TURKEY Science, Technology and Society Winter School, will take place on February 3-5, 2021. During the three-day training, researchers and academicians from different disciplines will teach theory and method courses on STS. Half of the last day of the program will be devoted to the discussion of research topics of the participants.

Due to the current pandemic conditions, STS TURKEY Winter School 2021 will take place in online format. For students interested in the Winter School, where participation is free, the application form will be open until 15 January 2021. You can access the relevant form via the link here (in Turkish). Students who are eligible to participate will be announced on our website on January 20 2021. You can send your questions to us via

You can find the list of courses and instructors below. Please note that the lectures will be held in English or Turkish based on the title stated.


Algoritmalara Antropolojik bir Bakış
Erkan Saka, Doç. Dr., İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi

Feminist STS          
Şafak Kılıçtepe, Öğr. Gör. Dr., Kırşehir Ahi Evran Üniversitesi

Bilim, Teknoloji ve Uzmanlık Sorunsalı    
Emine Öncüler Yayalar, Öğr. Gr. Dr., Bilkent Üniversitesi

STS ve Sanat         
Ayşe Köksal, Doç. Dr., Özyegin Üniversitesi

Politics of Infrastructure       
Fiona Gedeon Achi, Research Assistant, McGill University

STS’de Niteliksel Yöntemler
Melike Şahinol, Dr., Orient-Institut Istanbul

Büyük Veri ve Yapay Zeka Etiği   
Yusuf Yüksekdağ, Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi

Bilim ve Toplumsal Hareketler      
Ali Ilhan, Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, Özyegin Üniversitesi

İnsan-olmayanların Failliği ve Politika   
Ebru Kayaalp Jurich, Doç. Dr., Ankara Bilim Üniversitesi

Bilim İletişimi           
Arsev Umur Aydınoğlu, Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi

Veri tabanlı Sosyolojik Araştırmalar   
Ivo Furman, Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi

Imagining Responsible Solutions for Emerging Technologies     
Robin Ann Downey, Dr., Bilkent University

Tıp ve Teknoloji
Gülşah Başkavak, Dr., Orient-Institut Istanbul

Yapay Zeka, Robotik ve Hukuk   
Başak Ozan Özparlak, Dr., Avukat,  Ozan&Ozan Hukuk Bürosu

Streaming of Freedom-Machines: Reflections on Rousseau, Foucault and STS 
Eric Deibel, Dr., Bilkent University

#STSTURKEY2020 Conference [CfP in Turkish]

We have been stabilizing the STS TURKEY platform for scientists, stakeholders, interested people and artists since 2017 (and actually even earlier) in order to advance the studies of science and technology in (Turkish) society.

This year we would like again to offer opportunities to share ideas, make connections, building a bridge between humanities and social sciences, and increase the visibility of STS related research in Turkey. On this occasion, we call for a high and active participation in our STS TURKEY 2020 conference, which will take place between October 14-16 2020 at Konya Science Center, Konya, Turkey; jointly organized by Ankara University the Department of Science and Society Studies, Konya Science Center and supported by STS TURKEY. This year's theme focuses on the identity construction of STS as a discipline taking into account epistemic circularity and self-reflexivity.

The deadline for abstract submissions (both proposals and posters) is 10 April 2020. Further details about the call for papers (Turkish) can be found

on this page.


STS Concepts and Terms Dictionary in Turkish

We happily announce that we are currently up and doing a STS Concepts and Terms Dictionary (English-Turkish). In order to make it as participatory as possible, we created a Google Group called "STS Turkey Sozluk", discussing each and every concept carefully and separately to be translated into Turkish. Our concrete aim is to have an online and possibly printed dictionary at the end.

If you would like to join to our discussion group, you can directly send a join request to "STS Turkey Sozluk" Google Group or send an email to

STS TURKEY 2018 Conference 10.-11.09.2018

STS TURKEY 2018 Conference will take place at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, on 10-11 September 2018; jointly organized by METU Science and Technology Policy Studies and METU Industrial Design, supported by Orient-Institut Istanbul.

Conference will be in Turkish.

For more information please visit the Turkish conference site at


Information about the STS TURKEY founding meeting

STS TURKEY founding meeting report (for related publications see: Şahinol, M., Aydınoğlu, A., & Kaygan, H. (2018). STS (in) Turkey as Extitution. EASST Review, 37(1).)

STS TURKEY’s founding meeting was held on 3–4 October 2017 in Istanbul, hosted by the Orient-Institute Istanbul, Turkey. The goal of the meeting was, first, to introduce scholars who are interested in STS in Turkey to each other, and secondly, to start constructing a common vision and road map that is based on the participants’ current scholarly interests.

In total, there were more than 46 participants of the event, of whom about 15 were graduate students. The rest comprised of scholars, independent researchers and NGO representatives. Represented areas included Science and Technology Studies, Medicine, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy of Science, History of Science and Technology, Engineering, Industrial Design, Science Communication, Law and the Life Sciences (“biolaw”).

First Day, 3 Oct

The meeting started with Dr. Melike Şahinol’s opening speech. She provided the audience with the details of how the core group got together, built their vision, and organized the meeting. Şahinol thanked EASST for the funding, the Orient-Institute Istanbul for the support and many others who supported the founding of STS TURKEY (e.g. Harvard STS, especially Prof. Sheila Jasanoff for providing the first podcast message to STS TURKEY, STS-CH, DASTS, de-STS, etc.). She also mentioned that STS TURKEY already has several social media channels where one can keep up to date with news and activities (, facebook:, twitter:, youtube: and reported the actual number of members. Afterwards, Dr. Aydınoğlu shared the agenda with the participants. Followed by 3-minute introductions by all participants in the room, even at this point the diversity of the group was highlighted, including interests as diverse as history of science, ethical and legal issues, medicine and biology, among others.

In the following session, the academic programs in Turkey that are relevant to broader STS topics were introduced by their department heads. Prof. Dr. Melek Dosay Gökdoğan talked about the newly established Science and Society Studies Master’s Program at Ankara University. Prof. Dr. Aydan Turanlı of Istanbul Technical University introduced their Science, Technology, and Society Master’s Program. The History of Medicine and Ethics Program (undergraduate and graduate) of Acıbadem University was presented by Prof. Yeşim Işıl Ülman. Lastly, Prof. Dr. Feza Günergun, presented activities and studies in history of science and technolog at Istanbul University’s Department of the History of Science. Each presentation was followed by a Q&A session. The overall session was followed by a plenary discussion on the problems of academic programs in Turkey.

The afternoon session was topical. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rainer Brömer (Medicine Faculty, Istanbul University) discussed the differences between Science and Technology Studies and Science, Technology, and Society, how to handle translations to Turkish in STS and the importance of building a medical terminology in Turkish. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hakan Ertin’s (Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University) presentation focused on the resistance of medical staff to collaborate with the STS community, and translation and academic publishing issues, especially in medical ethics. Prof. Yücel Sayman from Istanbul Medipol University made a provocative speech focusing on the relationships between law and life sciences, especially law and medicine. The categorical distinctions between, for example, person and thing, also with regards to biomedical hybrids was a core issue. Dr. Melike Şahinol (“Human, Medicine and Society”, Orient-Institute Istanbul) briefly presented her research projects on Human Enhancement, Assisted Reproduction Technology and Enabling Technologies. She pointed out, that challenges and consequences due to actual developments in S&T, are hardly approached in Turkey. Therefore, there is a need to analyse these developments and interactions between science, technology, medicine and society in particular in relation to the historical and cultural contexts. Finally, Zeynep Karagöz (designer, pro-maker) introduced her “Robotel” (turkish: robot hand) initiative, which works with volunteers to provide 3D printed rapid-prototype prostheses to young children. Robotel Türkiye is also part of the worldwide network “e-NABLE” and follows its motto: “Enabling the Future – Giving the World a Helping Hand.”

The first day was closed with a discussion session, which provided the participants with topics to discuss in small groups for the second day of the meeting. The outstanding issues that came up during the presentations and the Q&A sessions consisted of the following: institutionalization of STS in Turkey, issues of funding and academic legislation, and the need for catalogues and shared databases (such as news, paper repositories, dictionaries, etc.) as well as dedicated conferences and journals.

The first day ended with a joint dinner of the lecturers and organizers.

Second day, 4 Oct

The second day started with an overview of the first day by Asst. Prof. Dr. Harun Kaygan. Following a heated discussion on the purpose of the kick-off meeting itself, participants gathered in two meeting rooms; one dedicated on issues of vision and terminology, the other on preparing a road map. The sessions and a concluding session had the following short-term plans established, listed by date of expected accomplishment:

  • Preparing an e-mail group following the meeting to facilitate planning and overall communication
  • Preparation of a thematic session for EASST conference in Lancaster, due 1 November
  • Improvement of the STS TURKEY website to include links to news of events and publications, as well as related university programs and persons
  • Reading groups for key STS literature in the following months to help graduate students and interested scholars
  • An STS research methods in action podcast in Turkish in the following months to help graduate students
  • An STS glossary in Turkish in the following months to help establish and disseminate a Turkish vocabulary of key terminology
  • Organizing a second meeting in September-October 2018 in Ankara in Middle East Technical University, possibly including a small conference and interest group meetings
  • An STS journal, possibly bilingual, to be discussed further by a smaller group of potential co-editors

The participants have thought about setting up an association. As a result of the discussions, it was agreed that STS TURKEY would be continued as a self-organized network, depending on the efforts of its members (currently 75). It was decided that an annually changing core team could organize future annual meetings. It was agreed, that 2018 the annual meeting will take place at Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara and will be mainly organized by Arsev Aydınoğlu, Harun Kaygan (in collaboration with the Orient-Institute, Melike Şahinol).

The main founders, namely Melike Şahinol, Arsev Aydınoğlu and Harun Kaygan, will be responsible for the coordination of STS TURKEY until an association is set up. They deal with correspondence, handle and distribute organizational tasks, and are responsible for managing the agenda. Activities, updates and further information will be provided via newsletter and social network channels.


The STS TURKEY founding meeting was a successful start of establishing a Turkish network among researchers with interests in the study of science, technology and medicine in society. This was the first event of this national and international significance with an STS orientation in Turkey. The event itself gave an excellent insight into the current scientific programs and discourses on very different aspects of Science, Technology and Society in Turkey. Every participant had the opportunity to present his or her research and interests related to STS. Finally, the participants have indicated a common vision and road map that is based on their current scholarly interests.

First steps were taken to improve scholarly communication and exchange in the field in Turkey, to facilitate contact amongst scholars, to promote STS in Turkey by organizing conferences, to increase the visibility and diffusion of STS approach in Turkey; to stimulate and support teaching on the subject at all levels, to aid in the development of STS-related skills amongst researchers and PhD candidates, including theoretical knowledge and methodological knowhow.

With this STS TURKEY founding meeting, which completes the preexisting Mission Statement of STS TURKEY as specified on the website, the network has now determined its structures. STS TURKEY represents the Turkish STS community at the national and international level. It further promotes reflection on the ever-increasing importance of science and technology in our society by encouraging a dialog between the social and natural sciences and also between scientists and society. The main founders are confident, that this meeting marks the beginning of a constructive dialogue between everyone studying or interested in Science, Technology and Society of Turkey.

Dr. Melike Şahinol (Orient-Institut Istanbul,, Dr. Arsev Umur Aydınoğlu (Middle East Technical University, Ankara,, Asst. Prof. Dr. Harun Kaygan (Middle East Technical University, Ankara,

Interview with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard STS)

Talking about the establishment of STS TURKEY.
An Interview with Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School.

Human Enchancement Lectures

The Human Enhancement Lectures are part of the lecture series Designing Nature, Upgrading Human Life? How Medicine, Science and Technology Do Transform our Lives at the Orient-Institut Istanbul.

STS TURKEY founding meeting

Founding Meeting of STS TURKEY
Oct 3-4, 2017, Orient-Institut Istanbul

We are very proud to announce the founding meeting of STS TURKEY, October 3–4, 2017 taking place at the Orient-Institut Istanbul (Turkey), supported by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and Orient-Institut Istanbul.
The founding meeting is open to anyone doing and/or interested in STS research in Turkey

October, 3:  10:30 - 18:00
October, 4: 10:00 - 12:30, 19:00 with lectures on Human Enhancement.

For detailed information: STS TURKEY founding meeting program (tr).

Participants are requested to register until September 25, 2017. There is no registration fee.
For information on travel grants please contact

Orient-Institut Istanbul
Kumrulu Sok. 38, Moralı Apt.
34433 Cihangir – İstanbul

For related publications see:
Şahinol, M., Aydınoğlu, A., & Kaygan, H. (2018). STS (in) Turkey as Extitution. EASST Review, 37(1).

For information about the STS TURKEY founding meeting see the report:

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