The Spring School is jointly organized by Science, Technology and
Science Studies in Switzerland and The Institute for Science Studies at
the University of Basel
Spring School and Conference: "SITES OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION"
The theme "sites of knowledge production" is to be understood in a broad
sense: It refers to spatial dimensions of knowledge work with a focus on
the locales, places or regions in which specific forms of knowledge are
routinely produced. It refers also to delocalized institutional settings
(networks, events, discourse arenas, etc.) which serve as temporary
platforms for knowledge production. The question is raised how the
different settings interrelate wich scientific, technological or other
practices, cultures, and institutions. Special emphasis is placed on how
processes of knowledge production are socially, culturally, and
historically situated, embedded, and contextualized.
The event offers a space for scholars of different disciplinary,
theoretical, conceptual, and other backgrounds to meet, exchange,
discuss, and compare their work - it constitutes a site of knowledge
production in its own right. Last but not least, it also wants to
encourage participants to reflect on options how to contextualize their
The theme "sites of knowledge production" brings many fascinating issues
into view, of which only a few are sketched on the next page to map out
a territory of potential topics and hypotheses:
(De)Localization of knowledge production.
"Laboratory studies" have emphasized the local character of scientific
work. Do we need to rethink "locality" in view of the expansion of
electronic communication and translocal cooperation? How to come to
grips conceptually with the fact that knowledge production involves many
locales? And what is the significance of locally situated practice in
Hybridization of knowledge production.
There exist institutions and boundary organizations dedicated to
integrating, securing and rendering accessible knowledge of multiple
origins. What are the institutional and other conditions for enabling
such translation and mediation processes?
Knowledge production goes public.
Controversial issues of science and technology are debated in a wide
range of public forums. Today, knowledge production faces increasing
public pressure towards accountability and transparency. How can public
discourse be characterized as a site of knowledge production in this
context? Furthermore, going public refers also to the commodification of
To end with, sites of knowledge production offer a methodological
challenge. How to observe knowledge production across sites, in
delocalized or heterogeneous settings? And how can science and
technology studies make use of comparative approaches?
Deadline for submission of abstracts: Nov. 24st.
Professur für Wissenschaftsforschung
CH 4003 Basel
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