S3 Episode 4: STS and Religion in Conversation with Dr Thokozani Kamwendo, Dr Caroline McCalman, Dr Will Mason-Wilkes & Dr James Riley

In this episode James and Will welcome Dr Thokozani Kamwendo, post-doctoral researcher at Durham University, and Dr Caroline McCalman, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, for a roundtable discussion on the relationship between scholarship in Science & Belief and Science & Technology Studies (STS). Thoko is the editor of a collection exploring this relationship, with Caroline providing a single-authored and co-authored contribution. As well as hosting the podcast, both James and Will are scholars very much at the intersection of these disciplines, and are also contributing chapters to the volume. In a departure from the usual format, James and Will hand over the hosting duties (at least temporarily) to Thoko, who leads us through the motivation for the volume, before Caroline, James and Will outline their own contributions, before engaging in a more wide-ranging discussion of the value of this kind of inter-disciplinary project for both STS scholars and scholars of Science & Belief in Society.

(This episode was recorded in February 2023)

This podcast is 49 minutes and 54 seconds long.

The keywords associated with this episode are:

  • Science & Belief
  • Science & Religion
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Deficit Model
  • Normativity

To learn more about the contributors work, we recommend you check out:

Kamwendo, T. (2023) ‘Science And Technology Studies Meets Science And Religion’, ECLAS. 30th March. Available at: https://www.eclasproject.org/science-and-technology-studies-meets-science-and-religion/

Kamwendo, Z. T. (2020) ‘What I Learnt About How I Learnt About Behavioral Economists’, Engaging Science, Technology & Society, 6: 391-410. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17351/ests2020.343

McCalman, C (in press) ‘A proper environmentalist wouldn’t do that’: discourses of alienation from the environmental periphery’, Social Movement Studies

McCalman, C. and Connelly, S. (2019) ‘Destabilizing Environmentalism: Epiphanal Change and the Emergence of Pro-Nuclear Environmentalism’, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21(5): 549–562

Catto, R, Riley, J, Elsdon-Baker, F, Jones, SH & Leicht, C 2022, ‘Science, religion, and nonreligion: engaging subdisciplines to move further beyond mythbusting’, Acta Sociologica. https://doi.org/10.1177/00016993221116248


Elsdon-Baker, F., & Mason-Wilkes, W. (2019). “The Sociological Study of Science and Religion in Context”. In S. Jones, T. Kaden and R. Catto (eds) Science, Belief and Society: International Perspectives on Religion, Non-Religion and the Public Understanding of Science. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press. pp. 3-24.  https://doi.org/10.51952/9781529206968.ch001