EARLIER EVENTS :: 2015 :: Workshops

What's behind a scientific article? What can sociological/ethnographic studies tell us about doing science and of writing a scientific paper?

Presented by The workshop/ panel discussion will, as the title suggests, seek to go backstage of the process of doing science and of the enterprise of scientific writing. Four senior researchers, including Hari Sridhar and Pankaj Sekhsaria will first present accounts of their own scientific writing and assessments of the process of crafting a scientific article from a reflexive perspective. The presentations will concentrate, not on the technical or scientific aspect of the article, but on the processes by which the science is done and the article is written, sent for peer review and then revised before it gets final acceptance for publication. What happens for instance when a scientist him/herself starts to relook and re-engage with their scientific work of their past? What changes might be seen? How are those changes accounted for? What does it mean for the nature of scientific knowledge itself? Note: This is an open session, with no hard cap on the maximum number of participants. Main aims and goal:The workshop seeks to introduce students to some of the ideas, concepts and processes in the sociology of science and of science and technology studies (STS). The idea is to expose them to processes of knowledge creation and what it means to create new scientific knowledge. It is hoped that the students will start to (re)look at their own scientific work from a more reflexive perspective and take a more critical look at how we create new scientific knowledge Target audience:Both Masters and PhD students, preferably those who have some experience of scientific publishing themselves. The structure of the workshop will entail the participants to themselves present their own ‘stories’ of writing a scientific paper – stories that are not scientific in the classical sense but about the science they are doing! What will the student get out of the workshop?Mainly an insight into the processes of scientific knowledge production, how these change and how knowledge is negotiated. They will also be exposed to new themes, concepts and trajectories in the social sciences where ‘science’ itself is the subject of research and enquiry Workshop organisers:Pankaj Sekhsaria, John Matthew