Welcome to Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Description: Since the 1970’s the small interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (initially the anthropology of science) has gained considerable momentum and has had a decisive influence of how social science approaches scientific and technological issues theoretically, methodically and practically.
The course is an introduction to the most important theoretical discussions and methodological approaches of STS. The following topics will be covered through the reading of key STS texts:
• Anthropological studies of scientific laboratories
• The social construction of technology
• The globalization of technoscience
• Public engagement of science
• Feminist and multiplicity-oriented accounts of technoscience
• Technoscientific controversies
Indicative litterature Knorr Cetina, K. (1995). Laboratory studies: The cultural approach to the study of science.
Pinch, T. J., & Bijker, W. E. (1987). The Social Construction of Facts and Artifacts: Or How the Sociology of. The Social Constructions of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, 17.
Latour, B. (1986). Visualization and cognition. Knowledge and society, 6, 1-40.
Elam, M., & Bertilsson, M. (2003). Consuming, Engaging and Confronting Science The Emerging Dimensions of Scientific Citizenship. European Journal of Social Theory, 6(2), 233-251.
Cussins, C. (1996). Ontological choreography: Agency through objectification in infertility clinics. Social studies of science, 26(3), 575-610.
Latour, B. (2004). Why has critique run out of steam? From matters of fact to matters of concern. Critical inquiry, 30(2), 225-248.

Organizer: Torben Elgaard Jensen, tej@learning.aau.dk



Time: October, 2014

Place: Aalborg University, Copenhagen

Zip code: 2450

City: Copenhagen

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 3 weeks before the course