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
        09.03.2004-12.03.2004, Basel
        Deadline: 24.11.2003

        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
        own research.

        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
        this context

        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
        knowledge production.

        Methodological issues.
        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.

        Sabine Maasen
        Universität Basel
        Professur für Wissenschaftsforschung
        Missionsstrasse 21
        CH 4003 Basel

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