History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (HPSTM)

History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (affectionately known as HiP-STeM) uses the tools and methods of the humanities (especially history and philosophy) to study the sciences understood as human endeavors. This includes historical evolution and context; conceptual foundations and puzzles; theories, methods, and claims to knowledge; institutions, material practices, and social structures, past and present.

Duke HPSTM incorporates science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics. We promote universal ownership of the sciences as shared cultural inheritance through encouragement and support of HPSTM in research and in teaching across the academy.

On this website you can find information about events, people and units across campus that connect or relate to HPSTM.

Please send information about additional events to katherine.brading@duke.edu.


Upcoming Events

Call for Submissions: W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest 

Deadline of May 31, 2021

The Waring Historical Library is now accepting applications for their W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest. This contest was established to encourage students to contribute to scholarship about the history of health sciences and to reward those whose work is exemplary.

The Waring Library Society will grant one award for an undergraduate essay ($1,000) and one award for a graduate essay ($2,000). The essay must be sent to the Waring Historical Library by May 31, 2021. To learn more about the submission guidelines, please visit https://musc.libguides.com/waring/worthington-contest-application

If you have additional questions, contact Anna Schuldt at the Waring Library Society at waringhl@musc.edu or (843) 792-2288.

W. essay contest flyer