The community of scholars at MIT’s Program on Science, Technology and Society bring methods from the humanities and social sciences to understanding science, technology, and medicine around the world. Our department includes lively undergraduate and graduate programs, and postgraduate training for science and technology journalists.

By bridging humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and medicine, our department seeks to build relationships among colleagues across the Institute in a shared effort to understand the human challenges at the core of the MIT mission.

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Center for Oral History Training Institute

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, E51-095

Summer Program: July 15-19, 2019

The Center for Oral History (COH) at the Science History Institute is proud to provide training to individuals interested in learning oral history and research interview methodologies. For one week, instructors will work with scholars and researchers who are planning or have started research that has interviewing as a core component. During this week individuals are introduced to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral history theory and methodology; interviewing techniques and performing mock interviews; legal and ethical issues; transcription practices; archiving; recording equipment and its use; data management; and other relevant topics. A portion of the week will be dedicated to interviewing skills and practice.

The Science History Institute has been conducting interviews for over thirty years, and is one of the only institutions in the United States to focus its work on oral histories of scientists. While the scope of the training workshop will focus through a STEM lens, individuals of all fields are welcome! 


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Space is limited so please register early. Participants will be provided a packet that includes a reader, contact information for fellow participants, and word templates used by Institute staff throughout the interview process. Resources and schedule will be made available electronically to allow for preparation. Hard copies will be handed out on the first day. No refunds will be available after Monday, July 8, 2019.

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For more information, please visit: or contact:

Samantha Blatt

Program Associate, Center for Oral History

 (215) 873-8242


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Faculty Spotlight: Dwai Banerjee

Dwaipayan Banerjee is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at MIT. He earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology at NYU and has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. He also holds an M.Phil and an MA in sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. His research is guided by a central theme: how do different kinds of social inequity shape medical, scientific and technological practices? In turn, how do scientific and medical practice ease or sharpen such inequities?

Read more about Dwai