"Situating Science: SSHRC Knowledge Cluster for the Humanistic and Social Study of Science"

Our 7-year project to create a network of activities and partnerships around the social study of science has been progressing well. We're just finish off our third year of activities, and we can boast a number of very successful workshops, conferences, lecture series, summer school, plus a revamped website with database! http://www.situsci.ca

The summer has been busy with a great lineup of workshops from last year, "Scientific Models and Simulations" Workshop (May, University of Toronto) and "The Role of Thought Experiments in Empirical Investigations" (June, Dalhousie University).

We also had stellar lineups for an "Objectivity" conference in Vancouver and an exciting international "Circulating Knowledge, East and West" conference in Halifax. We look forward to "Making Knowledge: Science, Art, and Instruments in Early Modern Europe" Workshop at McGill University in September. Among other things, the Centre is also supporting the annual Canada Science and Technology Museum summer institute, Rob Wilson’s Atlantic Region Philosophers Association visit for their annual meeting in October, many local "Node" events, another national lecture series (below) and another lineup of workshops (below).

Lecture Series Announcement

Jointly with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), "Situating Science" is organising a national public lecture series: "Science and its Publics", with lectures on the public space of science in politics, media and civil society.

The series will be opened here in Halifax in early October. We will be teamed with the new national "Canadian Science and Media Centre" to help launch the local Atlantic chapter: http://www.sciencemediacentre.ca/smc/. For the event we will be holding a panel discussion on science and journalism, moderated by Jay Ingram of the Discovery Channel (confirmed) with local representatives of science and media.

Teamed with the Making Publics project (MaPs: http://makingpublics.mcgill.ca/) the series will continue during the November HSS/PSA annual meeting in Montreal, setting the stage for exploring the context of "publics".

The series plans to travel to Toronto, Ottawa-Halifax, Vancouver and Edmonton-Calgary, touching on the role of consensus, bridging the lay-expert divide, the role of museums and public translation of medical knowledge. Stay tuned!

Call for Workshop Proposals

Situating Science is pleased to announce the 2010-2011 call for Workshop Proposals (on our website and below).

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2010

Please disseminate to departmental and associated listservs and websites. We appreciate your support. More information about Situating Science is available on our new website: http://www.situsci.ca.

Situating Science: Cluster in the Humanist and Social Studies of Science

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS:

Situating Science is a SSHRC-funded Strategic Knowledge Cluster, mandated to build networks among scholars, Canadian and international, in the various disciplines engaged in the humanistic and social study of science and technology, and to engage the work of these scholars with the wider Canadian public.

Situating Science is soliciting workshop proposals for the 2010 - 2011 academic year. Up to two workshops will be funded (up to $10,000 each). Workshop topics should fall under one of the four themes of the Cluster:

  • Science and its Publics
  • Historical Epistemology and Ontology (including philosophy of science)
  • Material Culture and Scientific/Technological Practices
  • Geography and Sites of Knowing

Detailed information on the themes can be found at http://www.situsci.ca. The themes are intended to be broad and flexible. If in doubt as to whether your proposed topic fits within one of the themes, contact your local SituSci organisers or the SituSci central office (contact info below).

In accordance with SituSci’s mandate, organisers are encouraged to seek inter-disciplinary participation (from within and/or outside the academy), and, where feasible, include a public component to their event. We also entertain proposals that include plans for an associated pedagogical component (e.g., 2-3 day "school").

The Cluster will provide financial and organisational support, with the expectation that organisers will leverage additional funding from partnering institutions.

The Proposal should be no more than three pages, including:

  • Workshop title
  • Cluster theme under which workshop falls
  • Short description of workshop
  • Possible participants
  • Preliminary budget
  • Potential sources of outside funding
  • Possible inter-disciplinary partnerships (e.g., museums, journalists, etc.)
  • Preliminary plans for involvement of students
  • Possible date

Proposals and queries are to be sent to the local SituSci organiser:

  • West Coast: Alan Richardson, UBC: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alberta: Robert Smith, U. Alberta: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Saskatchewan: Larry Stewart, U. Saskatchewan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ontario: Bernie Lightman, York U.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Quebec: Yves Gingras, UQAM: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Quebec: Nicholas Dew, McGill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Atlantic: Melanie Frappier University of King’s College: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Atlantic: Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Or to the SituSci central office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (902 422-1271 x 200)

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 1, 2010.