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Date: 2023-04-20 15:20:06+00:00
From: Dania Achermann <achermann@UNI-WUPPERTAL.DE>
Subject: CfA Summer School "Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in Science and Technology", 24-29 Sept. 2023 (Wuppertal, Germany)
Dear colleagues, please notice the following CfA:
Call for Applications:
Summer School "Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in Science and
Technology ", 24-29 Sept. 2023 (Wuppertal, Germany)
Deadline: 31 May 2023
Website: https://grk2696.de/?page_id=349 <https://grk2696.de/?page_id=349>
The Graduate School “Transformations of science and technology since
1800: topics, processes, institutions” (GRK 2696), in cooperation with
the Interdisciplinary Summer School Series in Higher Education Research
and Science Studies (https://www.herss-summer.eu) invites applications
for the Summer School "Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in Science
and Technology", taking place 24-29 Sept. 2023 in Wuppertal (Germany)
at the Flemings Express Hotel.
Science as a social system has grown rapidly during the 20th and the
early 21st centuries. This growth involved processes of cognitive and
social differentiation, resulting in an increasing variety of scientific
disciplines and research fields. Thomas Kuhn argued that similar to the
speciation of new biological organisms, new disciplines emerge when
scientists increasingly rely on a new lexicon that excludes
non-specialists from scientific communication. In his view, such
“lexical diversity” permits the sciences to solve more complex
scientific puzzles than a lexically homogeneous science. In contrast,
Peter Galison argued that “trading zones” between fields can bridge gaps
in communication through interdisciplinary collaboration. The summer
school will examine both collaboration and interdisciplinarity from the
perspectives of history, philosophy and sociology of science and
technology. We will discuss state-of-the-art theories, methods and
research designs that aim at better understanding the complex web of
scientific collaboration, the costs and benefits of interdisciplinary
research, the competition between research fields, institutional
conditions for successful collaboration, and their impact on scientific
careers. The summer school will give early career researchers the
opportunity to discuss these issues with leading scholars and probe new
ideas for their own projects.
Confirmed lecturers and Working Group titles:
Daniel Acuña, University of Colorado Boulder (Computer Science,
Science of Science): tba
Hanne Andersen, University of Copenhagen (Philosophy of Science):
"Studies of interdisciplinarity: Questioning the legends"
Hunter Heyck, University of Oklahoma (History of Science and
Erin Leahy, University of Arizona, Tucson (Sociology of Science):
"Collaboration is hard. Interdisciplinary research is hard. What
does it get us?"
Cyrus Mody, University of Maastricht (History and Sociology of
Science): "Scientific 'Bubbles' in Nanotechnology and Beyond"
Hannah Rubin, University of Missouri (Philosophy of Science):
"Modeling scientists’ social interactions and their consequences"
We invite contributions from advanced graduate students and postdoctoral
fellows from history, philosophy and sociology of science and technology
as well as the fields of science of science and science & innovation
studies. We are interested in both theoretical as well as the empirical
contributions addressing various aspects of collaboration and
interdisciplinarity in science and technology.
To apply, please send the following material in a single pdf file by 31
May 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Letter of motivation
The application process will be competitive and participants will be
selected according to qualification and research interests. The cost of
participation will be € 250 and includes full board and lodging.
A selection of participants will be given the opportunity to give short
presentations of their own work as part of the school. The presentations
will be followed by a commentary from a faculty member of the graduate
school or one of the invited speakers. In case you intend to give a
presentation, please include in your application:
Title of your talk
Long abstract (approx. 1000 words) focusing on work in progress from
ongoing research projects addressing the above issues.
We offer a small number of stipends to participants with limited funding
opportunities. To apply for a stipend, please also prepare and submit a
letter, no longer than one page, explaining your financial situation.
The Graduate School is strongly committed to creating equal
opportunities. In case of equal qualification, preference will be given
to underrepresented groups. We are organizing on-site child care. Please
indicate in your application if you intend to bring your child or children.
You can contact the organizers of the summer school using the email
For more information (incl. abstracts of the lectures) see:
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