New Science Studies Research Network Established

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has awarded a $2.1 million Strategic Knowledge Cluster grant to “Situating Science: Cluster for the Humanist and Social Studies of Science.” The seven year “Situating Science” project will bring together philosophers, historians, sociologists and anthropologists along with scientists, journalists, museologists, and others, to study the influences that have shaped the field of science, and the influence that science has on our lives.

Four broad themes will be supported through local, national and
international workshops, conferences, and other venues:

  1. the historically evolving methodologies, authorities and objects of the sciences and technology
  2. the status of scientific practices and skills as well as the
    material cultures of science and technology
  3. scientific communication, both within science and between science and the larger society,
  4. the geographical aspects of science and technology

“Situating Science” will also fund graduate and post-doctoral
graduate research and scholar exchange related to the themes.

The Cluster will be constructed around six regional nodes, centred at the University of British Columbia, Université du Québec à Montréal, the University of Saskatchewan, York University, McGill University, the University of Alberta, and the University of King’s College, which will administer the grant; and will be led by a management team of Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia), Yves Gingras (Université du Québec à Montréal), Larry Stewart (University of Saskatchewan), Bernard Lightman (York University), James Delbourgo/Nick Dew (McGill University), Robert Smith (University of Alberta), Gordon McOuat (University of King’s College), and Lesley Cormack (Simon Fraser University). The Cluster will be supported by $1.8 million from the partnering institutions.

More information on the Situating Science Cluster can be found at: www.situsci.ca

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About Christopher Green

Professor of Psychology at York University (Toronto). Former editor of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Creator of the "Classics in the History of Psychology" website and of the "This Week in the History of Psychology" podcast series.

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