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230151 SE Excursions into different knowledge cultures (2012W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Please note: There will be 3 excursions on the following dates: 30 Nov., 7 Dec., and 18 January.


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 05.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 09.11. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 23.11. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 14.12. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 25.01. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Scientific news about recently discovered elementary particles, new genetic diseases or alarming economic theories on financial crises rarely inform about the specific circumstances of producing these results. Science and Technology Studies (STS) have a long tradition of exploring the specific production processes of scientific knowledge that often is presented as detached from the socio, cultural or economic contexts. STS-scholars have studied scientists like anthropologists who followed the representatives of diverse epistemic cultures into their every day lives and visited laboratories in order to study the material cultures and local embeddedness of scientific practices. By pointing out the specific conditions of the manufacturing of scientific "facts" they challenged the authority of science and its claim for objectivity.
In this seminar we will visit researchers from both the social and natural sciences in their working environment and thus have the opportunity to observe and discuss how scientific knowledge is shaped by practices, by locations and by technologies - and last but not least by the humans who are making use of them, who interact with each other, share some premises on their work and decide which kinds of research questions are considered as worthwhile to pursue.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The seminar aims at establishing sensitivity towards shared elements of scientific work as well as different knowledge production processes and styles in scientific research in order to enable the development of personal research interests and research questions within the master studies courses Science-Technology-Society. Beyond this, it is open to all students interested in knowledge production processes.


Central to this seminar are excursions to research institutions. We will explore "research-in- the-making" by visiting and meeting researchers in their working environment and get insights into the conditions and requirements of knowledge production: What do scientists do? How do they do it? How do their results find its public(s)? What is an interesting approach from an STS perspective? With the help of selected literature and institutional and autobiographical background information participants will have to prepare each excursion and to reflect their experiences afterwards. Students are encouraged to experiment with the multi-medial documentation and presentation of their observations.
Furthermore, this seminar offers a glance at the heterogeneity of contemporary research cultures, respective methodological and discursive practices. We will explore differences and similarities of the observed fields and maybe even defy the conventions of the traditional divide into natural sciences on one hand and social sciences and humanities on the other hand.


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:39