The Caucus on Science, Technology, and Medicine, formed in 2006, provides a community for scholars interested in the interdisciplinary study of science and technology within and without American culture. It also endeavors to encourage more sustained conversation of science and technology at national and regional American Studies Association meetings.
As American studies scholars, we believe it is imperative that we interrogate the place of science and technology within American culture, broadly defined. Scientific and technological objects, practices, and debates--from evolution to stem cell research to nuclear energy to hybrid cars--inform our conversations about globalization, politics, religion, gender, race, progress, and health, as well as highlight key issues of American identity. As a Caucus, we encourage discussion of these issues within our field, paying particular attention to their local, national and global ramifications.