Conference on the Political Sociology of Science and Technology

Conference on the Political Sociology of Science and Technology

Sage 5711

April 29, 2011 9:00 AM - May 1, 2011

The political sociology of science and technology is about the study of power and and inequality with respect to science and technology (defined broadly to include health, information, and environmental studies). Although attention to the construction processes and cultural meanings of knowledge and technology are important, we seek papers attentive to the problem of power and inequality in a larger institutional matrix involving relations between the scientific field and industry, the state, and/or civil society and social movements. Political sociology of S&T also includes work that attends to both the conditioning of historical situations by structural factors and the historical agency of actors.

The conference will take place on Friday, April 29, through Sunday morning, May 1. The Friday sessions will consist of doctoral students in a workshop setting, in which students will get ample time to explore new projects and present preliminary dissertation research that is related to the political sociology of science and technology. Daniel Kleinman will give the plenary lecture on Friday evening as the Phelan Lecture in Science, Technology, and Democracy.

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