Science, Knowledge & Technology

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 theory, 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: Joonwoo Son (

The SKAT Workshop meets Tuesday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm via Zoom. Please email to receive the paper and the Zoom link circulated the week prior to each meeting.

September 15 – Humberto Fernandes (Rio de Janeiro State University): On Social Manipulability: Concepts for a Methodological Framework

September 22 – Larry Au (Columbia University): Constructing Lay Expertise on a Covid-19 Online Community

September 29 – Chuncheng Liu (UC San Diego)Zheng Fu (Columbia), and Larry Au (Columbia) : It’s (not) the flu: Expertise and the COVID-19 Pandemic in China, Hong Kong, and the United States

October 6 –  Maïlys Gantois (CESSP/CRPS Université Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne): Negotiation, Academic Notions and a Democratic Myth

October 20 – Nilanjan Raghunath (Singapore University of Technology and Design): Quantified Credibility as an Exigency of Late Modernity

November 10 – Alma Steingart (Columbia University): Statecraft by Algorithms

November 24 – Julian Jürgenmeyer (Columbia University) and Onur Özgöde (Harvard University): The Fed’s Modernity: Hybridization and the Management of Embedded Autonomy in US Central Banking

December 1 – Joshuamorris Hurwitz (Stanford University): Constructing the Essential

December 8 – Mohamed Amine Brahimi (Columbia University): How to Become a French Islamic Philosopher: The Case of Abdenour Bidar

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University.