Research Collaborations

Designing the Technological Future:
the Landscape of Science in Southern California
USC STS and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West have embarked on a collaborative exploration of the role of science and technology in the historical development and future imaginary of Southern California.

The program from our first workshop can be viewed here.
The Art of Alchemy
The Art of Alchemy research project traces the trajectory of alchemy in its golden age in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and resituates its centrality in the arts and sciences of the period. Because of alchemy’s central role in early modern intellectual culture, it has attracted attention from a diverse and multi-disciplinary set of scholars, from historians of science to scholars of early modern art, sociology, and literature. Thus, this project provides an opportunity for scholars from a variety of disciplinary approaches to engage productively with primary materials in the Getty Research Institute special collections – and with each other. The Art of Alchemy project will take place over three years, commencing in 2011 with a workshop, continuing with an international symposium and GRI exhibition in 2013/14, and concluding with the publication of the symposium proceedings.
Technocratic Expertise and the Government of Catastrophe
Scholars from USC STS and the New School University are engaged in an NSF-funded collaborative research project focusing on the development of expert practices for envisioning and mitigating potential catastrophe, from the early Cold War to the present.

See our website here.
Limn is a project to explore collaborative research and conceptual reconstructions around significant contemporary phenomena. Each outline focuses on a timely topic, brings together a network of researchers, and explores ways to recompose or reorient research and thinking about those issues. Limning is done irregularly as needed.

See our website here.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Science, Technology and Society Initiative

c/o Prof. Andrew Lakoff
Department of Sociology
University of Southern California
3620 S. Vermont Ave.
Kaprielian Hall 348D
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2539
Phone: (213) 740-3533
Fax: (213) 740-3535