The Rock Ethics Institute

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Science Studies

The Science Studies reading group will take classic and more contemporary studies of science as its focus, in order to provide a broad introduction to the field. With this basic framework, students and faculty will be better prepared to conduct research in specific areas, such as the rhetoric of science, medicine and technology; cultural studies; feminist science studies; and disability studies.

The Science Studies reading group will take classic and more contemporary studies of science as its focus, in order to provide a broad introduction to the field. With this basic framework, students and faculty will be better prepared to conduct research in specific areas, such as the rhetoric of science, medicine and technology; cultural studies; feminist science studies; and disability studies. In addition, the group will act as an arm of SMTC, and will help to promote SMTC activities and speakers.

The group intends to meet every other week. Texts include:

  • Bruno Latour, Science in ActionLaboratory Life; and more recent works
  • David J. Hess, Science Studies
  • George Robertson, et. al, Future Natural: Nature, Science, Culture
  • C.P. Snow, The Two Cultures
  • Alan Gross, The Rhetoric of Science
  • Selected works by Donna Haraway
  • Bonnie Spanier, Impartial Science
  • Sandra Harding, The Science Question in Feminism
  • Helen Longino, Science as Social Knowledge: Values and Objectivity in Scientific Inquiry

Notes on the readings and other items of interest will be available on the Science Studies Wiki, as will the ongoing schedule of meetings. A  list of reading citations is available for your reference.