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Newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Spring 1999, Volume 12, Number 2 
Executive Editors: John Hultberg, Merle Jacob,
Managing Editor: Jongwon Park
Contents

Editorial
4S Annual Meeting: San Diego, CA, October 28-31, 1999
 Calls for Papers
Workshops and Conferences
Program Announcement
Grants and Fellowship
Positions
Publications
Electronic Communications
General Announcement
Conference Reports: "Attitudes Towards Science in the Muslim World: Report From Tunisia" by Toby E. Huff and "The Global Cyberconference on Peer Review in the Social Sciences" by Steve Fuller


EDITORIAL

Reports of our abandonment of the Technoscience editorship have been greatly exaggerated; here we are with another issue full of news, views and other goodies. Before you dip into this issue's offering we would like to ask for your indulgence to explain a few things about the business around Technoscience and it's production. We decided to give up the editorship of Technoscience and served notice a year ago. We shall continue producing the newsletter until such time as the council finds our successors. In order to clarify the situation to the membership as well as provide pointers for would be editors of Technoscience we thought that we should provide a little information on how the Newsletter is run.

Technoscience is and should continue to be, given the 4S's total funding base, a low budget operation. Apart from postage and printing most of the labor, particularly that of the Executive Editors' is free of charge. We give, as editors, our time as part of what we perceive as academic citizenship. Technoscience is in dire need of a face-lift and its continued dependence on the printed medium is a major obstacle to achieving that goal within the limited budget available. We believe that arrangements could be made to attend to the needs of the small minority of the membership without Internet access.

Once you start digging in to this issue, you will find that the San Diego conference is rolling. Jennifer Croissant is once again pulling off a major organizational feat. We have as usual included the preliminary programme for your convenience. Fieldnotes features a report on science in the Islamic world and although it will be over by the time you get this issue, the UK's Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded global cyberconference on peer review is definitely worth checking out. The site URL is http://www.sciencecity.org.uk/cyberconference.html and the conference presents some hot debate questions on how to make peer review more inclusive. This is a must particularly for the contract research community in STS. We hope that you enjoy what's on offer this issue and hope to see you in San Diego.

You can contact us at:

John Hultberg, Associate Professor, College of Health and Caring Sciences, Medical Faculty, Göteborg University, Box 411, S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden, Tel: 46-31-7735788, Fax: 46-31-7735723 Web: http://viktor.ufhs.gu.se/john E-mail: john.hultberg@ufhs.gu.se

Merle Jacob, Research Fellow, Department of Theory of Science and Research, Göteborgs University, PO Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg, SWEDEN, Tel: 46-31-773-1920 Fax: 46-31-773-4723 E-mail: biosphere@vest.gu.se Opinion pieces, conference reports, ideas for debates, and critical commentaries should be sent to us directly.

More routine announcements should be sent to the managing editor, Jongwon Park, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345, USA. Fax:404-894-9372 . E-Mail: Technoscience@mgt-sun2.iac.gatech.edu

As you will see on the back of this issue, it is now possible for non-US residents with a VISA credit card to apply for membership to 4S by e-mail. It is also the address that members should use to make inquiries about their subscriptions and notify the society about changes of address: acadsvc@aol.com Subscribers to 4S automatically receive Technoscience (3/yr) and the society journal, Science, Technology & Human Values (4/yr).

To find out the latest on the burning issues and breaking news in the world of science studies, subscribe to the sci-tech-studies network. To do so, send a message of 'subscribe sts YOURNAME' to sts@kant.ch.umkc.edu To send a message to the network, post it to sts@kant.ch.umkc.edu

Readers of Technoscience are hereby permitted to reprint any articles in this (and other issues) for educational purposes.

 


Society for Social Studies of Science

Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA
October 28-31, 1999
Abstract Deadline: March 1, 1999

For the Most Recently Updated Version of This Program, Check out Conference Webpage: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~jlc

THE 4S 1999 ANNUAL MEETING.

With a very full program of nearly 400 panelists, we are looking forward to an exciting conference. Full conference information is available at http://www.u.arizona.edu/~jlc For information about registration, exhibits, or other administrative matters, contact the Engineering Professional Development Office, epd@engr.arizona.edu For other information about the program, especially to volunteer to serve as chair or discussant for open sessions, contact the Program Chair, Jennifer L. Croissant, jlc@u.arizona.edu

THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE IS:

Jennifer L. Croissant, University of Arizona,

jlc@u.arizona.edu Program Chair.

Program Information: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~jlc

Sarah Jain, UC Santa Cruz ssjain@cats.ucsc.edu

Student Activities, Journal Liaison.

Richard Hadden, St. Mary's University,

rhadden@shark.stmarys.ca

Theory and Methodology

Gary Bowden, University of New Brunswick,

glb@unb.ca Environment

Lucy Suchman, Xerox PARC, suchman@parc.xerox.com

Technology Studies

Hank Bromley, SUNY Buffalo, hbromley@acsu.buffalo.edu

Matthew Weinstein, Macalester College, weinstein@macalester.edu Education

Monica Casper, UC Santa Cruz, mjcasper@cats.ucsc.edu

Health and Medicine

Yuko Fujigaki, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan, fujigaki@nistep.go.jp STS and its Publics

Paul Baltes, Engineering Professional Development,

University of Arizona, epd@engr.arizona.edu

Local Arrangements & Conference Management:

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Publications Committee: 1-3pm

Council Meeting: 3-6pm

Prize Committee Meetings: 6-9pm

Registration 6 - 9 pm

Informal Reception - Cash Bar - 6 - 9 pm

Thursday, October 28, 1999

Registration Opens: 8am.

Session 0: 8:30-10:00am

Session 1: 10:30am-12:00pm

Interest Group Lunch Meetings: 12:00-1:30pm

Student Business Meeting

Tours available - TBA

Session 2: 1:30-3:30pm

Session 3: 4:00-6:00pm

Evening Reception - 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Sponsored in part by Xerox.

Friday, October 29, 1999

Session 4: 8:30-10:00am

Session 5: 10:30am-12:00pm

Interest Group Lunch Meetings: 12:00-1:30pm

Feminist Caucus

Session 6: 1:30-3:30pm

Session 7: Presidential Plenary. 3:45-5:45pm

4S Open Business Meeting. 6:00-7:00pm

Banquet (admission by ticket only) 7:30-10:30pm

Saturday, October 30, 1999

Session 8: 8:30-10:00am

Session 9: 10:30am-12:00pm

Interest Group Lunch Meetings: TBA. 12:00-1:30pm

Session 10: 1:30-3:30pm

Session 11: 4:00-6:00pm

Saturday Evening Activities: Reception: San Diego Aquarium. 6:00- 8:00pm. This will be a ticketed event with refreshments. Sponsored by the UCSD Science Studies Program, San Diego State MALA Program, and the Departments of History, Sociology, and Communication at UCSD. This is a non-smoking event. Tickets and other information will be made available with registration materials. Busses will depart beginning at 5:30 pm from the conference hotel.

Sunday, October 31, 1999

Interest Groups: TBA. 8:00-9:30am

 HOTEL INFORMATION

The 4S Conference will be held at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92109, phone 619-291-7131, fax 619-294-5957. They are holding a block of rooms at $99 single, $115 double, $135 triple, and $155 quadruple occupancy, plus tax. Room reservations must be made by October 5, 1999 to guarantee these rates. After this time rooms will be on a space-available basis. Be sure to mention you are attending the 4S conference. The hotel requires one night's room deposit (check or credit card) to confirm your reservation. Check-in time is 3pm, and check-out time is 12 noon.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

Students seeking to attend 4S '99 in San Diego who would like to receive a reduced registration rate (beyond the current student discount) should contact Mr. Paul Baltes, at epd@engr.arizona.edu , for information. We are looking for students to assist with registration, help to coordinate the book exhibits, and provide other support to the program. Our first preference is for students not appearing on the program, to ease scheduling and provide a chance to experience the program for the first time, but all students (American or International) are welcome to apply. All students are invited to the Student Business Meeting, scheduled for lunchtime of the first day of the program (Thursday). Contact Sarah Jain ssjain@cats.ucsc.edu for information about or suggestions for the agenda. Details about the Saturday night student party will be announced there.

Travel Grants

The 4S Council has again received a small grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to support travel to the 4S Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 27-31. The fund is intended to support travel costs of graduate students or junior scholars, including air fare (air fare will be reimbursed for U.S. airlines or KLM only) taxis, etc., but not hotel or meals. Requirements are only that applicants be 4S members and be on the program of the meeting. Applicants should send their name, affiliation, current position, and a short statement regarding their activities at the meeting (i.e., presentations) to: Nelly Oudshoorn, University of TwenteP.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands, Or email n.e.j.oudshoorn@wmw.utwente.nl Deadline for applications is July 5, 1999.

4S '99 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Papers are expected to be a maximum of 20 minutes, with the exception of specially organized workshops or sessions. Contributions noted as "unconfirmed" have not paid abstract deposits or advanced registration, or are otherwise unverified with program organizers. We are seeking volunteers to serve as chairs/moderators for panels noted TBA. Please contact the program chair. This role includes managing the timing, and moderating the discussion. Taking on more formal discussants' duties of commentary on papers or coordination among panelists is at the discretion of the volunteer. This Program is PRELIMINARY, although we are at the point that we expect only minor revisions. Please contact the Program Chair jlc@u.arizona.edu and Conference Management epd@engr.arizona.edu if you need to cancel from the conference. Full refunds are available for all cancellations before September 1. After September 1 the $25 deposit is non-refundable. After October 15, any conference fees paid are non-refundable.

Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Publications Committee: 1-3pm

Council Meeting: 3-6pm

Prize Committee Meetings: 6-9pm

Registration Open: 6-9pm

Informal Reception (Cash Bar): 6-9pm

Thursday, October 28, 1999

Session 0: 8:30-10:00am

0.1: Genetics, Heredity, and Biomedicine

Chair/Discussant/TBA.

Mark Russell, Virginia Tech, "Heredity, Inequality, and Normative Judgement"

Jonathan Landry, RPI, "Bioethical and Political Design of Human Gene Therapy"

Yoshio Nukaga, McGill, "Redefining 'Family Bodies' in Clinics, Laboratories, and Support Groups: Genealogical Knowledge and Practices of Huntington's Disease."

Mary Leinhos, Arizona, "'Cultural' Awareness in Genetics and Biotechnology Policy"(Theme: Health and Medicine)

0.2: Visions of the Family: Method and Therapy in 20th Century Psychiatry

Organizer: Ilina Singh, Harvard

Susan Lanzoni, Harvard, "The Social Roots of Phenomenological Psychiatry at the Bellevue Clinic"

Deborah Weinstein, Harvard, "All in the Family: The Construction of the Normal and the Pathological in Postwar Family Therapy"

Ilina Singh, Harvard "A Failure To Connect: Healing Families and Brains with Ritalin"

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

0.3: Narrative, Boundaries, and Reflexivity

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Petra Lucht, Hamburg, "To Travel Faster than Light: Imagination, Science Fiction, and the Boundaries of Physics"

Linda Hitchen, Lincolnshire and Humberside, "Finding Children in STS: Latour, Asimov, and Two Sociologies of Doors"

Henrique Cukierman, Rio de Janeiro, "Trip(s) to Santos"

Mary-Rose Mueller, UCSF, "Revisiting Reflexivity: The Case of Correspondence Between Social Scientists and Clinical Researchers"

(Theme: Theory/General)

0.4: Science in Transition: Advanced Information Technologies and University Life

Chair: J. Croissant

Gary Rhoades, Larry Leslie, and Ron Oaxaca, U Arizona, "Intersecting Research and Teaching in the Work of Academic Scientists and Engineers" (unconfirmed)

Teresa Campbell, and Sheila Slaughter, U Arizona, Negotiating the Parameters of Faculty's Entrepreneurial Research"(unconfirmed)

Jennifer Croissant

Sheila Slaughter, U Arizona, "Recasting Priorities, Roles, and Patrons for Academic Science and Technology" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

0.5: At the Intersection of Globalization and Locality

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Grace Pifer and Juan C. Lucena, Embry-Riddle U, "Globalization & Political Economy of Knowledge and the Environment: Defining and Solving Environmental Problems Through Community-Based Research"

Scott Denton, U Arizona, "The Rhetorics of Sustainability and Biodiversity"

Alek Ostrey, U British Columbia, "Ecological and Community Sustainability in the B.C. Sawmill Industry: A Case Study"

Vivian Christensen, UC Santa Cruz, "The Politics of Environmental Contamination: A Case Study of Citizen Action in the Salinas Valley" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Environment)

0.6: Drawing Material/Virtual Boundaries

Chair/Discussant: Adrian Mackenzie, University of Sydney

Frances Bolton, "The Closeted Computer: Reading Turing's Body"

Sean Zdenek, "Passing for (Non)Human: Gender, Technology, and the Turing Test"

T. L. Taylor, Brandeis, "The Wizard Behind the Curtain: Software Designers and Virtual Worlds"

Michelle Kendrick, Washington State U, "Hypertext Rhetorics as Purifying Discourse"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

0.7: Technologies of Cultural Production

Chair/Discussant: TBA

David Morton, "Science or Craft? Scientific vs. Craft Knowledge in the History of Sound Recording in the Music Industry"

Albena Yaneva, "'How Objects are Going Art:'A Case Study of an Exhibition in the Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris"

John Monberg, "Silicon Alley Shaping Cultural Technologies"

Natasha Lettis, "Virtually God: The Intersection of Religion and Cyberspace"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

0.8: Managing Technologies

Chair/Discussant: TBA

William Kaghan, Seattle, Kamal Munir, McGill, "Dominant Designs, Foundational Patents and Control in Technological Communities"

von Raesfeld and van Rossum, "Emerging New Technologies in Telecommunications and Strategic Behavior of Firms"

Mary Ellen Mogee, Mogee Research & Analysis Associates, "Mapping Technology with Patent Databases."

(Theme: Techology Studies)

Session 1: 10:30am-12:00pm

1.1: Differences in Medicine I: Bodies, Technologies, Identities.

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Myriam Winance, ENSMP, "What Kinds of People Does the French Association of Muscular Dystrophy Produce?"

Alice Wong, UCSF, "Managing the Multiple: The Work of Women with Disabilities in Seeking Reproductive Health Care."

Janet Shim, UCSF, "Inequalities in Health Care for Heart Disease."

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

1.2: Perspectives on Psychiatric Practice

Chair/Discussant: TBA.

Andrew Lakoff, Berkeley, "From Biotype to Genotype: Mapping Behavior in Buenos Aires."

Howard Kushner, SDSU, "Disease and National Culture: The (Re)Emergence of Tourette Syndrome in the U.S. and France."

Marisa Smith, UCSD, "Patient Confidentiality as Professional Ritual in Psychiatry."

Otniel Dror, Getty Research Institute, "Metaphors of Biomedical Disorder: Control, Knowledge, and Social Order."

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

1.3: Knowledge and Organizations

Organizer: David Hakken

John Backman, "Networked Organizations and the Dialectics of Knowledge Production"

Todd Cherkasky, "Manufacturing Knowledge Value in the 1990s: From Knowledge Engineering to Knowledge-Based Organizations"

David Hakken, "Is the Character of Knowledge Changing?:Perspectives on How Knowledge Networking Is Constructed in Contemporary Organizations"

Ole Hanseth, "On Knowledge Networking in the Management of International Activities at Norsk Hydro" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Technology Studies)

1.4: The Tools that Make Us: The Interstices of Bodies and Technologies

Organizer: Sarah Jain

Matt Price, "Cybernetics and Prosthesis: The Boston Arm"

Sarah Jain, "Driving The Smart Car"

David Serlin, "Imagined Bodies and Early Telemedicine in the 1950s"

Laura Mamo, UCSF, "Medical Technologies in Use: Insemination Practices and Queer Subjectivities."

(Theme:Technology Studies)

1.5: STS and Science Policy: Constructing Theory for Science Studies, Science Policy, and Measurement

Chair/Discussant: Arie Rip

Michel Callon and Arie Rip, "How to Construct Theory: Linking Science Studies, Science Policy, and Measurement"

Y. Fujigaki, NISTP, "A Principle of Knowledge Production for Science-Policy Interface: Quality Control System through Validation-Boundary and Citation System, Intervened by Research Evaluation"

R. N. Kostoff (unconfirmed)

John Hultberg and Tomas Hellstrom, Gothenburg, "New Knowledge Areas and the Relevance of Evaluation"

H. Tomizawa, NISTP, "Theory for Science Indicators: Meso-Data to Bridge the Data and Interpretation Levels"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

1.6: Cooperation and Creativity.

Chair/Discussant:TBA.

J. Croissant, Arizona, W. Patrick McCray, GWU "Studying Up, Studying Us, Studying Them: Complexity and Ethics in the Study of Recent Science and Technology"

A. Nagata, P. Reinmoeller, Y. Inoeu, Japan Ad. Inst. S&T, "The Tacit Dimension of Organizational Coordination: Japanses Noo Theatre as Protoype for Professional Knowledge Teams"

Elke Duncker, Middlesex, "Symbolic Communication in Multidisciplinary Collaborations"

Sven Hemlin and Lennart Widenberg, Goteborg, "Characteristics of New Knowledge Production: What does it Look Like? How is it Organized?

Valery Cholakov, UIUC, "From Hard to Soft Management of Nature: Changing Global Visions after WWII"

(Theme: Theory/General)

1.7: Postcoloniality and Technoscience.

Organizer: Gabrielle Hecht, Michigan

Chair/Discussant: Vicente Rafael, UCSD (unconfirmed)

Gabrielle Hecht, Michigan, "Technoscience and Postcolonial Subjectivies: Uranium Miners in Gabon and Madagascar"

Itty Abraham, SSRC, "Landscape and Postcolonial Science"

Peter Redfield, Johns Hopkins, "The Half-Life of Empire in Outer Space"

Claudia Casteneda, Lancaster, "Toward a Postcolonial Science Studies"

(Theme: Theory/General)

1.8: On Kilowatts, Carbons, and Cars: The Politics of Energy and Environment I

Organizers: Jane Summerton, Linkoping, and Paul Naesje, NTNU

Chair: Jane Summerton, Linkoping

Katy Janda, UC Davis, "Who Has the Power to Save Energy? A Case Study of Architects, Engineers, Owners, and Third-Party Advocates"

Marianne Ryghaug, NTNU, "Architects and Energy Efficiency: A Study of the Role of Energy Efficiency and Environmentalism in Architectural Publications

Heide Gjoen, NTNU, "Vision Work in the Field of Natural Gas in Norway"

(Theme: Environment)

1.9: Design Cultures and Education

Organizer: J. Schumacher

Joshua Brown, "Non-Traditional Roles for Engineering Designers"

Dean Nieusma, "Design Classroom as Social Context"

John Schumacher, "Design Cultures and Education"

Jesse Tatum, "Reaching into Possibility"

(Theme: Technology Studies/Education)

Interest Group Lunch Meetings: 12:00-1:30pm

Student Business Meeting

Session 2:1:30-3:30pm

2.1: Differences in Medicine II: Gender/Technology.

Chair/Discussant: Deborah Blizzard, RPI

Denise Spitzer, Alberta, "The Trouble With Normal: The "Natural Body" and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)."

Jennifer Fishman and Laura Mamo (UCSF), "'Lifestyle Drugs' and Constructions of Users: The Case of Viagra."

Susan Markens, Carole Browner, and H. Mabel Preloran (UCLA), "'It Was Pretty Much My Decision....But of Course He Has a Say': Latino Men and Amniocentesis Decisions"

Deborah Blizzard, RPI, "Coffins, Cremations, and Culture: Constructing Identity Through the Loss and Disposal of Object/Subjects in Multiple Gestations"

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

2.2: Patient Care in Transition: Projects and Contradictions.

Organizer/Chair: Yrjo Engestrom, UCSD & Academy of Finland

Discussant: Aaron Cicourel (unconfirmed)

Tanya Luhrmann, UCSD, "Managed Care, Pychiatry, and Morality."(unconfirmed)

Judith Gregory, Oslo, "Changing Patient Care: Creating and Electronic Health Record."

Toomas Timpka, Linkoping, "The Patient and the Primary Care Team: Small-Scale Critical Theory."(unconfirmed)

Yrjo Engestrom (UCSD, Academy of Finland) and Ritva Engestrom (Helsinki), "Talking Out Change Among Providers of Medical Care for Children,"

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

2.3: Theorizing Technologies

Chair/Discussant: TBA

F. W. Geels, "Sociotechnical Scenarios for Reflexive Technology Politics"

Loet Leydesdorff, "Complexity and Technology"

Ken Yee Yip, "Human/Technical Transformation and Political Action"

Adrian Mackenzie, University of Sydney, "From 0.743 Oscillations/Second to 9,192,631,770Mhz: Understanding Technology as Event"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

2.4: Is the Virtual Society for Real? I: Social In/Exclusion

Organizers: S. Woolgar and N. Wakeford

Dave Byrne, "Dynamic Divisions in the Virtual Society: Rangers, Drudges, and Outsiders"

Brian McGrail, "Watching This Space: Questions of Place and Self-Respect in Electronic Surveillance Networks"

Sally Wyatt, "They Came, They Surfed, They Went Back to the Beach: Why Some People Stop Using the Internet"

Stewart, "Cybercafes and Telecottages: Increasing Public Access to Computers and the Internet"(unconfirmed)

David Oswell, "The Dark Side of Cyberspace: Policy, Internet Content, Regulation, and Childhood"(unconfirmed)

(Theme: Technology Studies)

2.5: Science/Society Interface: Negotiations Among Stakeholders

Chair: H. Nakajima

Aant Elzinga, Gothenburg, "Icecoring in Antarctica: A Case Study on the Role of Negotiations in Research"

H. Hirakawa, ICU/Institute for Policy Science, "A Failure of Co-Production of Science, Policy, and Nature: A Case of Earthquake Prediction Research in Japan"

R. P. Hagendijk and P. Wouters, Amsterdam, "Biosafety: Public Understanding of Science, Risk, and Political Decision Making"

H. Ayano, NISTP, "Consensu Conference on Gene Therapy in Japan, and Understanding Advanced Technologies"

T. Montini, M. Barton-Elson, and L. Bero, UCSF, "Attacking the Evidence Base: The Tobacco Industry and Environmental Tobacco Smoke"

Discussant: Steve Fuller

(Theme: STS& Its Publics)

2.6: Roundtable: Doing Cultural Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Organizer/Chair: Roddy Reid, UCSD

Anne Balsamo, Xerox PARC, (unconfirmed)

Karen Barad, Pomona

Michael Finahan, MIT (unconfirmed)

Sharon Traweek, UCLA

Jackie Orr, Syracuse (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Theory/General)

2.7: The Politics of Technoscience in Higher Education: Structures, Identities, and Strategies.

Chair/Discussant: TBA.

Martina Merz, U. Bern, "Integration Mechanisms, Gender, and Scientific Work: A Comparative Approach"

Karen L. Tonso, U. Colorado-Boulder, "Designing Engineers: A Campus System of Practice, Identity, and Gender."

Juan C. Lucena, Embry-Riddle U., "Partner Theorizing and the Future of STS Education."

(Theme: Education)

2.8: Mapping (and) Science

Chair/Discussant: TBA

R. Jonasse, UCSD, TBA

R. Rogers and N. Marres, Amsterdam, "Landscaping Climate Change: Mapping Science & Technology Debates on the WWW"

Emily Blair, Washington State, Anna Williams, U. of Rochester, "Animals on Campus: Mapping the Research/Teaching Landscape"

K. Katsura, Surugadai, "Visualizing a Cluster of Citation Networks by Eminente "Mad Cow Disease" Scientists"

M. Shirabe, Shinshu, "Citation as Investment in Pyramid Schemes"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

2.9: On Kilowatts, Carbon, and Cars: The Politics of Energy and Environment II

Organizers: Jane Summerton, Linkoping, and Paul Naesje, NTNU

Chair: Paul Naesje, NTNU

Pamela Franklin, UC Berkeley, Title TBA/unconfirmed.

Paul Naesje, NTNU, "Constructing Markets: Energy Consumers, Morals, and Economics"

Jane Summerton, Linkoping"Constructing Environmental Risks and Engergy Use in Transportation"

Mark Brown, Rutgers, "Designing Technology and Citizenship in the California Electric Vehicle Program" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Environment)

2.10: The Scientist's Role: Expertise, Virtue, Authority"

Organizer/Chair: Steven Shapin, UCSD

Peter Dear, Cornell, "Makers of Transparency: Reason, Experience, and the Social Role of the Early Modern Philosophy of Nature"

Adrian Johns, UCSD, "The Scientist as Author and the Author as Scientist"

Steven Shapin, UCSD, "The Moral Equivalence of the Scientist: A Preliminary History

Paul Rabion, UC Berkely, "Contemporar Arts and Politics of the Self in Biotechnology

(Theme: Theory/Methodology)

 

 

Session 3: 4:00-6:00pm

3.1: Author-Meets-Critics: Steven Epstein, author of Impure Science

Organizer: Linda Layne

Olga Amsterdamska (unconfirmed)

David Hess (unconfirmed)

Adele Clarke

Michael Gorman

Deborah Heath

(Theme: Health and Medicine/STS & Its Publics)

3.2: Co-Construction of Technologies and Users I

Organizer: N. Oudshoorn

Helen Josok Gamso, "Teenage Girls' Construction of Comprehension of Computers and Computer Users"

Christine Linday, "Constructing the TRS-80 User"

Els Rommes, "Users as Designers of ICT: Gender and the Design of a Digital City"

Hege Nordli, "Female Hackers....Are They For Real?"

de la Bruheze, "New Products and New Users: The Construction of Consumption and Consumers"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

3.3: Disciplines and Instruments I.

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Francois Melard, UCL & ENSMP, "The Contry Laboratory in the Sugar Industry"

Park Doing, Cornell, "Somebody Do Something: Orchestrating Identities and Taking Action in the Search for the Lost (Synchrotron) Light)

Juba Tuunainen, Helsinki, "Emergence and Development of a Local Research Programme, 1989-1993.

Rober C. Swieringa, Akron, "The Organization of Activity via Discursive Temporal Queuing"

(Theme: Theory/General)

3.4: Pedagogy in Distance Education: Technology and Practice.

Organizer/Chair: Scott B. Waltz, SUNY Buffalo

Discussant: Hank Bromley, SUNY Buffalo

Chris Connor, SUNY Buffalo.

Zelda White, SUNY Buffalo, "Information Technology Used for Community Empowerment."

Pharra Herlan, SUNY Buffalo, "Cooperative Teaching in Elementary and Secondary Schools: Communicatio Technology and International Curriculum Initiatives."

Scott B. Waltz, SUNY Buffalo, "Architectural Resistance: The Distance Learning Classroom and Pedagogy."

(Theme: Education)

 

3.5: Is the Virtual Society for Real? 2: Life Online

Organizers: S. Woolgar and N. Wakeford

Ian Hutchby, "Virtual 'Conversation': Observations on the Sequential Organization of Internet Relay Chat"

Christine Hine, "Spatiality and the Internet"

Trond Undheim, "Visions of Virtual Society: From Digital Nomads to New Social Spaces"

E. Silva, "Ordinary Lives in Virtual Society" (unconfirmed)

Steve Woolgar, "Locked in Cyberspace"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

3.6: Technological Identities and Imaginaries

Chair/Discussant: Kathryn Henderson, Texas A&M

Benjamin Sims, "Peer Review and Professional Autonomy in Civil Engineering"

Eammon Molloy, "Management Technologies"

Farkas and Levinger, "The Research Institute for the Study of the 15th Street CrossWalk: Report #3."

Brooks and Engestrom, "Tools for Envisioning the Future"

Arie Rip, "Dilemmas and Paradoxes in Technology Dynamics" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Technology Studies)

3.7: Persons, Bodies, and Objects in Virtual Space

Organizer: S. Damarin

Suzanne Damarin, "Virtual Reality: Being and Learing in 3d Worlds"

Ted Kafala, "The Construction of Knowledge in 3D Object Cyberspace"

Hsi-Chi Huang, "Re/De/Construction of Self in Cyberspace"

Laura Brendon, "Seekers in Cyberspace"

Maryanna Danis Klatt, "E-mail and the Physician/Patient Relationship"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

3.8: Remaking Life and World: The Biological Sciences and Global Politics

Organizer/Chair: Clark A. Miller, Harvard

Discussant: Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard

Aarti Gupta, Yale, "Framing Biosafety in a Transnational Context"

Jennifer Reardon, Cornell, "Global Governments for Global Genes? The Case of the Human Genome Diversity Project"

Marybeth Long, MIT, "Disciplinary Cultures and the Transformation of International Desertification Politics"

Clark A. Miller, Harvard/Iowa State, "Alternative Strategies for Globalizing Science? A Comparative Study of Expert Advisory Institutions for Climate Change and Biodiversity"

(Theme: STS and Its Publics)

Evening Events: TBA

Friday, October 29, 1999

Session 4: 8:30-10:00am

4.1: Medical Technologies of Sex: Feminist Research and Analyses

Session Organizer/Chair/Discussant: Martha McCaughey, Virginia Tech

Alice Domurat Dreger, "Love with a Ruler: Phallometers and the Surgical 'Treatment' of Intersexuality."

Bernice Hausman, Virginia Tech, "Cosmetic Surgery and the Emergence of Transsexualism in the 20th Century."

Rebecca Wepsic Ancheta, UCSF, "Discourse of Rules: Women's Experiences with Cosmetic Surgery."

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

4.2: The Sociology and Politics of Databases

Oranizers: G. Bowker UIUC, and P. Edwards, U Michigan

Joseph Goguen, "The Ethics of Databases"

Geof Bowker, UIUC, "The Game of the Name: Data Structures and Multidiscipinary Communication in Biodiversity"

Paul Edwards, U Michigan"Data Wars: Reconciling (or Not) Disparate Data Sources in Global Climate Science"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

4.3: Co-Construction of Technologies and Users II

Organizer: N. Oudshoorn

Ron Kline, "Reinventing Rural Life in the US: Users as Agents of Sociotechnical Change"

Nelly Oudshoorn, et al. "Gender, Diversity, and Agency in Script Analysis of Technology"

Dale Rose and Stuart Blume, "First Things First: Who are Users of (Medical) Technologies: The Case of Vaccines"

Bijsterveld and Hillekens, "Design and Everyday Obstacles in the Domestic Lives of Elderly Women"

(Theme:Technology Studies)

4.4: Beyond the Science Wars II: Partial Houses on Common Ground: Sociologists and Philosophers Move Beyond the Science Wars

Organizer/Chair: W. J. McKinney

Discussant: Jay Labinger, Cal Tech

Trevor Pinch, Cornell, "The Sociology of Scientific Controversy: What is Normal and How to Be Normative"

W. J. McKinney, Southeast Missouri State U, "Socio-Technological Construction and Philosophy's Essential Normativity"

Thomas Gieryn, Indian U, "Who Decides the Science of Meaning"

S. Kellert, Hamline, "Who Decides the Meaning of Science" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

4.5: Science/Society Interface II

Chair/Discussant: B. E. Goldstein

L. Lievrouw, UCLA, "Knowledge Networks and Non-Disclosure in Clinical Research: The Case of Flock Worker's Lung"

L. Braun, Brown, "Breast Cancer Activism: Challenging The Cultural Authority of Scientists"

N. Farkas, RPI/Amsterdam, "Dutch Science Shops: Experts at Distributing Expertise"

Jean-Pierre Cavialle, Toulouse, and Reiner Grundmann, Aston, "Scientists and Their Publics" (unconfirmed)

B. E. Goldstein, UC Berkeley, "A New Species of Regulatory Science: Multistake Consensus Processes and the Negotiation of Habitat Conservation Plans"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

4.6: Natural Resources and the State

Chair/Discussant: TBA.

Wim Ravensteijn, Delft, "Dutch Engineering Overseas: Irrigation Development in Java betwen 1832 and 1942"

Samer Alatout, Cornell, "Nation-States and Water Knowledge: The Production of Scarcity, Abundance, States, and Supranational Structures."

Gary Bowden, U New Brunswick, "Scarcity, Abundance, and National Identity: A Canadian-American Comparison" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Environment)

4.7: Data and Objects.

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Stephen Norton, Maryland, "The Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer, Hierarchies of Modeled Data, and the Epistemic Irrelevance of the 'Raw/Reduced Data' Distinction"

Kalpana Shankar, UCLA, "New Methods for Exploring Scientific Practice Through Analyses of Record Keeping"

Jean-Francois Blanchette, RPI, Deborah Johnson, GA Tech, "Data Retention and the Right to be Forgotten, Or, Record Keeping with a French Attitude"

( Theme: Theory/General)

4.8: Technology and Pedagogy

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Stephen Gance, UW-Madison, "Questioning the Technology/Society Split: An Exploration of the Use of Discourse Theory to Problematize Pedagogy with Education Technology."

William Bradley, Ryokoku U/U of A, "Configuring the Purposes of English Language Education in Japan"

Laura Brewer, ASU, "Internet Technologies in Higher Education: Examining Administrative and Faculty Decisions."

(Theme: Education)

Session 5: 10:30am-12:00pm

5.1: Cyberanatomies and Digital Media: The Visible Human Project and Beyond

Chair/Organizer: Catherine Waldby, Murdoch, Australia

Discussant: Lisa Cartwright

Catherine Waldby, Murdoch, Australia, "Digital Archive, Virtual Norms: The Visible Human Project as a Technology of Anatomical Inscription."

Jose van Dijk, University of Maastricht, "Digital Cadavers: The Visible Human Project as Anatomical Theatre."

Adele Clarke, UCSF, and Lisa Jean Moore, CUNY Staten Island, "The Traffice in Cyberanatomies: Sex/Gender/Sexuality in Local and Global Formations"

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

5.2: Locality and Globality

Chair/Discussant: TBA

K. Asdal & S. Myklebust, "Technology and Science in the Norwegian Report on Power Relations"

C. Cermelo, M. I. Carella, "National U, Mar del Plata, Argentina, "Transference: An Organizational View in the Actual Context of the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina."

B. Halpenny, Indiana, "Isn't Vietnam Part of the World, too? Practing International Scientists Producing International Scientific Community"

R. Varma, UNM, "Whither People's Science Movements?"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

5.3: Where IT's At: Producing Spaces and Communities

Organizers: Fujimura, Stanford, and Fortun & Fortun, RPI

Torin Monahan, RPI, "Power and Politics in Technological Transformation of Educational Space(s)"

Heinrich Schwarz, "The Discourse of Virtuality in the Context of Office Work"

Jason Patton, RPI, "Smart Cars, Smart Pedestrians: Tantrum Theorizing Intelligent Transportation Systems in the Age of IT"

Susan Newman, XEROX PARC, "That Obscure Object of Design: Object-Centered Sociality and The Design of Mediation in Software Engineering"

(Theme:Technology Studies)

5.4: Beyond Science Wars II: From "Boundary Work" to "Bridge Work"

Organizer: Y. Fujigaki

Chair/Discussant: S. Jasanoff (unconfirmed)

Y. Fujigaki, NISTEP, Validation Boundary: Concept for "Bridge Work" for the Public Beyond Cross-Boundary Conflicts"

T. T. S. Pereira, Sussex, "The Fluid Boundaries of Collaborating Research Groups: Exchange and Extension" (unconfirmed)

K. Matsubara, Tokiwa, "How Do Scientists Define "Scientific"? Diversity and Disunity of Sciences and Efforts for "Bridge Work' in Japan"

L. D. Jambhale, Cleveland State, "Group Productivity: Case Study of A University Department"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

5.5: Discipline and Negotiation: Qualitative Studies of Professional Acculturation and Practice

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Michelle K. McGinn, Simon Fraser U, "The Practice of Statistical Consulting and What Clients and Consultants Learn About Statistical Analyses During Consulting Sessions"

Maj-Britt Juhl Poulson, Roskilde U, "Learning How to Play the Game"

G. M. Bowen, U Victoria, "Of Disciplined Bodies and Disciplined Minds"

(Theme: Education)

5.6: Inscribing Nature: Discovery, Disclosure, and Reaction

Chair/Dicussant: Patricia Taylor, U Wyoming.

Stuart Lee and Wolff-Michael Roth, U Victoria "The Disclosing of a Watershed: The Processes of Inscription"

Joshua Dunsby, UC San Diego, "Nuisances and Health Hazards: The Early Days of Smog in Southern California"

Thomas Beamish, UC Santa Barbara, "Incrementalism and Habituation: The Social Anatomy of a Chronic Pollution Event."

Astrid J. Scholz, UC Berkeley, "Discovering Nature: Biodiversity in the Drug Discovery Process"

(Theme: Environment)

5.7: Feminist Science Studies

Chair/Organizer: Banu Subramaniam, Arizona

Maralee Mayberry, Nevada (unconfirmed)

Lisa Weasel, UC Irvine(unconfirmed)

Mary Wyer, North Carolina State(unconfirmed)

Joan Rothschild, CUNY, "Making Connections: Design, Technology, and Feminist Practice."

(Theme:Theory/General)

5.8: Co-Construction of Technologies and Users III

Organizer: N. Oudshoorn

Shobita Parthasarathy, "Gendered Genes: The Politics of Breast Cancer Genetics in the United States and Great Britain."

Sotiria Theoharis, "Health Ethics in Breast Care: What are the Conceptual Relations Between Breast Exams and Mammograms."

Jessica van Kammen, "Configuring the User in Clinical Testing"

Ann Rudinow Saetnan, "Re-Constructing Hope and Responsibility -- Fetal Diagnostics and the Experience of Pregnancy."

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

Interest Group Lunch Meetings: 12:00-1:30pm

Feminist Caucus

Session 6: 1:30-3:30pm

6.1: The Practices and Politics of Breast Cancer.

Chair/Discussant: TBA.

Susan Halebsky, UCSD, "The Problem with Public Problems: Comparative Perspectives on Breast Cancer."

Jennifer Ruth Fosket, UCSF, "Pharmaceutical Technology and Risky Hormonal Bodies: Tamoxifen as Breast Cancer Prevention."

Louise Bouchard, Universite du Quebec a' Montreal; C. Julian-Reynier, INSERM, France; I. Blancquaert, Quebec; F. Eisinger, INSERM, France; G. Evans, St. Mary Hospital, Manchester, UK; W. Foulkes, McGill; H. Sobol, INSERM, France; "Emergence of a New Strategy for Familial Breast Cancer Screening: DNA Predictive Tests."

Robert Dalpe, Louise Bouchard, Anne-Julie Houle, "The Race for Breast Cancer Genes: The Public and the Private in Science."

(Theme: Health and Medicine) This session is dedicated to the memory of Merriley Borell

6.2: Techologies at Work

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Jarita Holbrook, "Technology and Navigation Practices in Fiji, Tunisia, and the U.S"

Diane Vaughan, "Dead Reckoning: Technology, Culture, and Ethnocognition in Air Traffic Control"

Naoki Ueno, "Technology of Making the Social Organization of Work and the Mass Producation of Machine Parts Visible"

Greg Downey, "Running Somewhere Between Men and Women:Gender in the Construction of the Telegraph Messenger Boy"

Lars Fuglesang, "New Technology and Older People: The Case of Care for the Elderly in Denmark"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

6.3: Reflections on Teaching Gender and Technology

Organizer: A. Rudinow Saetnan

Nelly Oudshoorn, "On Gender and Things: Reflections on an Exhibition on Gendered Artifacts"

Ann Rudinow Saetnan, 'The Gender of Things II: Public Response in Trondheim"

Mary Flanagan, "Teaching Gender and Technology I: A Media Study Approach"

Hank Bromley, "Teaching Gender and Technology II: A Sociological Approach"

Merete Lie, "Encounters in Design: Technology or Art, Masculine or Feminine"

(Theme: Technology Studies/Education)

6.4: Author-Meets Critics: Stephen Fuller, author of The Governance of Science: Ideology and the Future of the Open Society

David Guston, Rutgers

Jose Antono Lopez-Cerezo, Oviedo University, Spain

James Collier, U. Mass Amherst

William Keith, Oregon State

Hans Radder (unconfirmed)

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

6.5: Beyond Signs, Traces, and Inscriptions

Chair/Organizer: Eric Francoer, Max Planck Institute fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Sergio Sismondo, Queens, "Representation Unified and Disunified"

Wolf-Michael Roth, Victoria, "The Body in Scientific Discourse"

David Kaiser, Harvard, "When Texts Become Tools,: Feynman Diagrams as Practices in Midcentury Particle Physics"

Eric Francoeur, MPIF, "Knowledge in Three-Dimensions, or How to Consider Objects as Representations: The Case of Physical Molecular Models"

(Theme: Theory/General)

6.6: Technoscientific Curriculum and Pedagogy: History and Practice

Chair/Discussant: TBA.

David N. Boote and Michelle K. McGinn, Simon Fraser U., "The Sociality of In-School Mathematical Problem Solving: A Phenomenological Study"

Steven J. Fifield, U. Delaware, "Meanings and Practices of Science in Undergraduate Lectures: What Two Biologists Think they are Doing"

Matthew Weinstein, Macalester College, "From God's Temple to Risky Waters: Conceptions of Nature and Responsibility in Science Education"

Robert R. Rosenwein, Lehigh U., "Simulations, Games, Play and Fun in Science Education: SCISIM as an Exemplar of Historic and Philosophic Trends"

(Theme: Education)

6.7: STS Outdoors: In Field and Forest

Organizer/Chair: Christopher Henke, UCSD

Thomas Gieryn, Indiana University, "Model Farms as Truth-Spots"

Christopher Henke, UCSD, "Mobilizing Science: Labor and Sugar Beet Production in WWII-Era California"

Susan Kaiser, UCSD, "Strategic Ambiguities, Messy Practices: The Agricultural Science-Extension Interface"

Chandra Mukerji, UCSD, "Eyes in the Forest: The Mapmaking of Louis de Froidour."

Wesley Shrum, "Are Scientists in Developing Countries Isolated?

(Theme: Environment)

6.8: Is the Virtual Society for Real? III: Virtual Methodologies

Organizers: Wakeford/Woolgar

Anna Livia, "The Minitel: A Medium in Search of a Methodology"

Susan Leigh Star, "The Ethnography of Infrastructure"

Heath, et al., "Hyperlinking Technoscientific Time, Space, and Capital"

Hector, "Virtual Ethnography: Problems and Promises"(unconfirmed)

Geoff Cooper, U Surrey, "The Temporality of Technology Use: Some Theoretical Aspects of Noticeability"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

6.9: Standards, Measures, and Translations

Chair/Discussant: TBA

J. Deuten, "Standardization as Socio-Cognitive and Technopolitical Process"

Massimo Mazzoti, "The Measure of Power: The Controversy Over Measurement Systems in Southern Italy"

Rein de Wilde, "Standardization: The Silent Way of Building the Network Society"

Patrick Feng, "Global Standards, Local Cultures: The Politics of Translating 'Technical' Standards Across Diverse Contexts"

Kathryn Henderson, Texas A&M, "The Battle Over Building Codes: Straw Bale Building Moves Towards the Mainstream"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

 

Session 7: Presidential Plenary. 3:45-5:45pm

4S Open Business Meeting. 6:00-7:00pm

Reception. 6:00-7:30pm

Banquet. 7:30-10:30pm (Banquet seating will begin at 7:00pm)

Saturday, October 30, 1999

Session 8: 8:30-10:00am

8.1: Social Shaping of Technology in Medicine I.

Benjamin Scott, U of Arizona, "What's In a Number?: Perspectives on Prostate Cancer Testing in the U.S."

Jennifer Miller, UC Berkeley, "Heart Time: Cultural Practices in Advanced Cardiac Care Settings,"

Raphael Sassower, "Technoscientific Medicine: A Postmodern Critique."

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

8.2: Co-Construction of Technologies and Users IV

Organizer: Oudshoorn

Hendrik Spilker, "The System of Needs is the Product of The System of Production? Configuring the Home Use of Information and Communication Technologies"

Trevor Pinch, "Giving Birth to New Users" How the Mini-Moog was Sold to Rock and Roll"(unconfirmed)

Jaap Jelsma, U Twente, "Green Households: Should the User be Disciplined by Technology?"

Onno de Wit, "Women and Children First? Dutch Telephone Companies and the "Abuse" of the Telephone in the 1930s"

(Theme:Technology Studies)

8.3: Where IT's At: Producing Identifications

Organizers: Fujimura, Fortun & Fortun

J-F. Blanchette, RPI, "Designing the Electronic Contractual Ritual: The Case of Digital Signatures"

A. Christian Fricke, RPI, "Information, Technology, and Noice: Cultures of Design in SETI, The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence"

Irma van der Ploeg, Erasmus U, "The Illegal Body: The Politics of Biometric Identity"

Michael Fortun, RPI, "Global S/Warming in Iceland: Genes, Fish, Journalists, Whales, Medical Records, and the Contested Identity of a Nation"

(Theme:Technology Studies)

8.4: Consensus and Consensus Formation in Science and Medicine I

Organizers: D. Guston, Rutgers, and S. Kelly, Louisville

Discussant: Joan Leach, Imperial College, London

S. Kelly, Louisville, "Majority Rules: Shifts Away from Consensus Ethics in Bioethics Policy Advice"

C. Berkenkotter, "Consensus Formation or Counter-Revolution in Psychiatry: The Role of the Professional Journals in the Rise of a "Scientific" Classification System"

Tadashi Kobayashi, Nanzan U, "Who Should Learn More? Experts or Public? The Report of the First Consensus Conference in Japan"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

8.5: Episteme and Morality

Chair/Discussant/TBA

Michael Flower, Portland State, "Tracing Moral Obligation by Translating Otherwise"

Peter Kirschenmann, Amsterdam, "What Can Risk Society Expect from Moral Criticism"

Andre Leblanc, Toronto, "The Nature of Belief: Reflections on the Environmental Debate in the Social Studies of Science"

(Theme: Theory/General)

8.6: Environmental Ethics, Environmental Justice, and Ecofeminism

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Steven Vogel, Denison U, "Environmental Ethics after the End of Nature"

Barbara Allen, RPI and U of SW Louisiana, "The Danger of Identity Politics in the Environmental Justice Movement,"

Christie Hanzlik Green, U Oregon, "An Ecofeminist Vision of Science Studies."

Michael Fischer,"Environmentalism and Postcolonialism" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Environment)

8.7: Socioepistemic Orders

Chair/Organizer: Patrick Carroll-Burke, UC Davis

Patrick Carroll-Burke, UC Davis, "Whatish my Nation?: The 'New English' and the 'New Science' in Early Colonial Ireland"

Bart Simon, Queen's

Kathleen Whalen, London, "'For the Publick and General Profit of the Commonwealth': The Re-Orientation of Social Identity in Seventeenth-Century England"

(Theme: Theory/General)

8.8: STS and Science Policy II: Principles for Funding

Chair/Discussant: R. Hagendijk

B. D. Grandjean and P. A. Taylor, University of Wyoming, "Funding and 'Edge Effects' in a Scientific Organization"

J. Atkinson-Grosjean, U British Columbia, "Excellence, Networks, and the Pursuit of Profit: Academic Science and Public Policy in Canada"

J. D. Holmfeld, Fredericksburg, VA, "Changes in the Institutional Base for Scientific Research in the U.S., 1946-1996"

H. Douglas, U Puget Sound, "Origins of the "Science as Neutral and Useful" Ideology"

F. N. Laird, U Denver, "Contested Knowledge and Institutional Learning: Applications to Renewable Energy Policy"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

8.9: Disciplines and Instruments II.

Chair/Discussant: TBA

W. Patrick McCray, Arizona/GWU, "'We Build 'em Bigger!': Promotion and Publicity in Contemporary Science and Technology"

Constance Perin, MIT, "Language Ideologies, Common Sense, and Technological Hermeneutics in Nuclear Power Plant Operations"

Cyrus Moody, Cornell, "Cleanliness is next to....? Purity and Epistemology among Materials Scientists"

(Theme: Theory/General)

8.10: Science and Media I

Organizer: Sabine Maasen, Max Planck Institute

Chair/Discussant: TBA

P. Weingart, Bielefeld, The Climate Change Issue in Discourses Between Science, Politics, and Media

I. Hellesten, Tampere, 'Promising a Better Future: Advertisements of Biotechnology Companies Hoechst and Novartis"

P. Hetland, Oslo, "The Mediation of Expertise: Internet Meets the Public"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

Session 9: 10:30am-12:00pm

9.1: Social Shaping of Technology in Medicine II.

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Alfred Mauet, RPI; Susan Cozzens, GA Tech, and Patricia Wheeler, SUNY Empire State College, "The Social Shaping of Medical Technology: The Case of Diagnostic Imaging."

Nine Degele, Institute Fuer Soziologie, Munich, "Computer-Based Holistic Knowledge: The Case of Homeopathy"

Els Goorman, Erasmus, "Information Technology and Organizational Change: Anticipated and Unanticipated Effects."

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

9.2: Knowledge Economy

Chair/Discussant: TBA

J. Atkinson-Grosjean and Donald Fisher, U British Columbia, "Brokers on the Boundary: Academy-Industry Liaisons in Canadian Universities"

P. Reinmoeller, Japan Adv. Inst. of S&T, "Emergence of Japanese Knowledge Districts" A SWOT Analysis of Japanese Think Tanks' Knowledge Capabilities"

C. Polster, U. Regina, "Intellectual Property Rights and the University's Mission to Serve"

M. Hayrinem-Alestrio, U Helsinki, "The Responsiveness of Social Sciences to Market Demands"

J. D. Rogers & B. Bozeman, GA Tech, "Tensions Between Science and Commerce: Organization, Priorities, and Rewards in Interdisciplinary R&D Teams"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

9.3: Where IT's AT: Producing Imaginaries

Organizers: Fujimura, Fortun & Fortun

Lucy Suchman, XEROX PARC, "Organizing Alignment"

Joan Fujimura, Stanford, "RoboCup"

Mizuko Ito, "Networked Productions of Community"

Kim Fortun, "Interoperability: Information Technology and the Environment"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

9.4: Technologies of "Experience"

Organizer/Chair: M. Murphy

Michelle Murphy, "Self-Speculation and the Production of 'Experience' as a Critique of Biomedicine"

Lisa Cartwright, "Authorship, Experience, and the Body-Technology Interface in the Facilitated Communication Debates"

Deborah Grayson, "My Authentic Negro Experience: Reading the Sillouette Romances of Kara Walker"

Natalie Jeremijenko, Yale, "One Tree: Experiencing Environmental/Genetic Interaction in Public" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Technology Studies)

9.5: Consensus and Consensus Formation in Science and Medicine II

Organizers: D. Guston, Rutgers, and S. Kelly, Louisville

Chair/Discussant: S. Fuller, Durham

D. Guston, Rutgers, "Consensus-Formation in Regulatory Science: Saccharin and the Ninth Report on Carcinogens"

O. J. Sending, Norwegian Institue of International Affairs, "Outline of a Theoretical Framework for the Study of the Reciprocal Influence of Experts and Politicians in the Production of Consensual Agreements in Multilateral Systems"

R. Barke, GA Tech, "Scientists and the Politics of Consensus: Organizing the Relevant Practioners" (unconfirmed)

K. Moore, K. Elaine Bailey, Patricia Haigh, Barnard, 'The Secularization of Science?"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

9.6: Unity in Diversity

Chair/Discussant: Barbara H. Smith, Duke

Ullica Segerstrale, IIT, "Consilience and Social Science: Concealment or Reconsiliation?

Reijo Miettinen, Mervi Hasu, and Eveliina Saari, Helsinki, "Dialogue and Intervention in Science and Technology Studies"

Jean Maria Arrigo, Claremont GU, and Kurt Smith, Claremont McKenna, "Science and Society on an Epistemological Continuum"

(Theme: Theory/General)

9.7: Research On-Line: Ethical and Professional Issues

Chair/Organizer: Rachelle Hollander, NSF

Discussant: S. L. Star

Andrew Feenberg and Maria Bakardjieva, "Involving the 'Virtual Subject' -- Conceptual, Ethical, and Methodological Aspects"

Vivian Weil, IIT, "Producing On-Line Ethics in Software Development"

Mark Frankel and Sanjin Siang, AAAS, "Internet Research and Human Subjects, a Workshop Report."

(Theme: Technology Studies)

9.8: Science, Rhetoric, and Expertise in Environmental Policy

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Bev Sauer, CMU, "Mining Experience: How Writers Capture Knowledge that is Local, Embodied, Social, and Uncertain"

Louis Guay, University Laval, "Science and Environmental Policy: A Comparison of Acid Rain and Climate Change Policy in Canada" (unconfirmed)

Margaret L. Faler-Sweany, Michigan Tech, "Constraints and Authority in Public Policy Hearings"

Leen Dresen, U Amsterdam, "The Ultimate Issue: Dutch Academic Energy Research, "Ecological Modernization," and the Breakthrough of the Greenhouse Issue ca. 1989."

Jeff Howard, RPI, "Post-Normal Science versus Precaution: Defining the Role of Science in Sustainable Policies on Chemical Pollution"

(Theme: Environment)

9.9: Metaparadigms.

Chair/Discussant: TBA.

Chunglin Kwa, Amsterdam, "Romantic and Baroque Conceptions of Complex Wholes in the Sciences"

David Shein, Lehman College, CUNY, "What's Ontology Got to Do with It? (Less Than You'd Think): NOA and Cumulativity"

Clarence Townsend, Eugene, Oregon, "Historical Pathways Toward Integrating Positivism and Postmodernism"

Glen Sanford, Sam Houston State, "The Dual Role of "How-Possibly" Explanations within Evolutionary Biology"

(Theme: Theory/General)

9.10: Organizing Strategic Technoscience

Chair: John Cloud, UCSB

John Cloud, UCSB, "To Do the Other Things: The Secret Geography of CORONA and Cold War Knowledge Production"

Mauricio Schoijet, "On Technical Bureaucracies"

Charles Thorpe, "Engineering the Atomic State: The Army and the Political Economy of the Bomb"

Jessice Glicken, "From 'Laboratory Life' to the Production Floor: Introducing Manufacturing Practices into an R&D Organization."

(Theme: Technology Studies)

Interest Group Lunch Meetings: TBA. 12:00-1:30pm

Session 10: 1:30-3:30pm

10.1: Biomedicine and Social Movements

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Patrick Fox and Mary-Rose Mueller, UCSF, "The Influence of Biomedical Conceptualizations of Disease on the Structure of Social Movements: Alzheimer's Disease and AIDS."

Anne Gatensby, York, "NO Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry: The Text and Context of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Medicine."

Jan Clarke, Augustana, "The Intersection Between Biomedical Research, Clinical Practice, and Poltical Activism in AIDS Treatment Activism and the Women's Health Movement."

Maria Oliveira and E.M. Santos, National School of Public Health/Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil, "AIDS Activism in Brazil and the Transmutation of Identity: Recognition or Cooptation?"

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

10.2: Is the Virtual Society for Real? IV: Industries and Organizations

Organizers: S. Woolgar and N. Wakeford

Green, "Embedding the Virtual in Media Industries" Organizations and Location in Virtual Reality Technologies"

Tolmie, "Real Work in the Virtual Organization" (unconfirmed)

Neil Pollock, "The Virtual University as 'Timely and Accurate' Information"

Brown, "Presence, Absence, and Accountability: On the Politics of Email"

Martin Harris, "The Virtual Organization as an Ecology of Games: ICTs and the Social Shaping of the UK National Learning Network"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

10.3: Legitimacy of Scientific Knowledge and Autonomy of Scientific Community

Chair/Discussant: S. Jasanoff (unconfirmed)

M. Lynch, Brunel, "Dilemmas of Quatification: DNA Evidence, Probability Estimates, and the Science/Common Sense Distinction"

G. E. Martinez, E. I. Llinas, U Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina, "Criterion of Scientist Valuation in the Institutional Context"

K. Hidetoshi, Kokushican U, "Misuse of Informed Consent: Success and Failure by STS Experts in Positioning Scientific Experts in Society"

R. Landry, M. Laamary, N. Amara, U Laval, "Clibing the Research Utilization Scale: Evidence from Social Science Research"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

10.4: Science and Others I

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Margot Bouman, Rochester, "Borders"

Najwa Makhoul, Harvard, "The War that Unmasks a Scientific Utopia"

Chris Shepherd, Melbourne, "Agricultural Development and Local Knowledge in Peru's Southern Andes" (unconfirmed)

Maureen Silos, UCLA, "The Problem with Postcolonial Studies of Science: An Epistemological Critique"

(Theme: Theory/General)

10.5: Constituting Relations between Science Studies and Science Education

Organizer/Chair: Gwen Ottinger, UC-Berkeley

Discussant: Sharon Traweek, UCLA (unconfirmed)

Gwen Ottinger, UC-Berkeley, "Reconsistituting Science Through Science Education"

Rogers Hall, UC-Berkeley, "Logics of Participation and Scientists-In-The-Making"

Jean Lave, UC-Berkeley, "The Science of Theories of Learning"

Charles Goodwin, UCLA, "Seeing as An Archaeologist"

(Theme: Education and STS & Its Publics)

10.6: Prosthetic/Prosthesis

Organizer: Chris Hables Gray, Great Falls

Chair/Discussant, Heide Figueroa-Sarriera, Puerto Rico

Chris Hables Gray, Great Fall, "Prosthetics and the Case of the Ubiquitous Cyborg -- In Defense of the Metaphor"

Diane Nelson, Lewis and Clark, "Phantom Limbs and Invisible Hands: The Mujer Maya as Prosthetic in Quincentennial Guatemala"

Steven Mentor, Evergreen, "Prosthetics and/as Cyborg Technics: Real and Theoretical Minefields"

Mark Driscoll, Michigan, "Totem and Tatoo: Imperial Prosthesis in Japan"

(Theme: Theory/General)

10.7: Agency and the Objects of Science

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Anna Williams, Rochester/Washington State, "Wonderful Life? On Foucault, Cuvier, Animals, and Capital" (unconfirmed)

Alain-Marc Rieu, Lyon, "Epistemics"

Renan Springer de Freitas, Minas Gerais, "Hume's Revenge"

Karen Barad, Pomona, "Performing Culture, Performing Nature: Using the Piezoelectric Crystal of Ultrasound Technologies as a Transducer Between Science Studies and Queer Theories"

(Theme: Theory/General)

10.8: Cultivating the Virtual

Chair/Organizer: Knut Sorenson

Knut Sorenson, "Programmers' Gates of Hell or Heaven: Microserfs or Virtual Sociologists"

Williams, et al., "The Virtual Management of Change?"

Berit Moltu, "When Technology Gets Virtual: Translations of Business Process Re-Engineering"(unconfirmed)

Birgit Jaeger, "Digital Cities in Europe"(unconfirmed)

Rossel, "How to Assess the Real/Virtual Ratio of IT-Driven Networked Business Processes" (unconfirmed)

(Theme: Technology Studies)

10.9: Design Interventions

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Karin Garrety and Richard Badham, "The Murky Politics of Participatory Design"

Hans Glimell, "Society as Studio: Work-Centered Design at the Crossroads"

Yasuko Kawatoko, "The Design of Space for Making Mass Production Visible"

David Levinger, "Can We Tell Designers What to Do?"

Duncker, et al., "Development Tools and Cultural Diversity"

10.10: Standards, Work, and Culture

Organizer/Chair: S. L. Star

Discussant: M. Callon (unconfirmed)

Geof Bowker, "Narratives and Standards in Scientific Work"

Martha Lampland, "Standards for Stalinists: The Science of Socialist Productivity in Hungary (1948-1953)"

Timmermans and Berg, "The Gold Standard of Medicine: Reflections on the Politics of Sickness and Health"

Susan Leigh Star, "A Body of Standards: The Ubiquity of Metrics in Everyday Life"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

Session 11: 4:00-6:00pm

11.1: Constructing, Communicating, and Surveilling Diseases.

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Carla Keirns, UPenn, "A Disease for Our Times: Asthma in 1915, 1955, and 1999."

Sean Lei, Chicago, "When Words Lost Their Referents."

Claudia Chaufan, UCSC"Sugar Blues: Rethinking Barriers and Patient Eduation in the Treatment of Diabetes."

Javier Lezaun, Cornell, "Communicating Diseases: Epidemiological Surveillance and the (De)Construction of European States."

Jessie Saul, Cornell, "(De)Constructing Blame in Times of Public Health Crisis: The Law as Legitimating Device in Differing Socio-Cultural Spaces."

(Theme: Health and Medicine)

11.2: Communicating OnLine

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Philippe Hert, "Epistemological Discussions Over the Internet"

Andreas Kuhnel, "Communicating, Publishing, and Shaping Knowledge on the Net"

Pablo Boczkowski, "Distributed Construction: Changing Regimes of Information Creation in Online Newspapers"

Ingemar Bohlin, "Electronic Publishing of Scholarly Literature: Examining the Debate"

Alex Sokoloff, "Scorecard: Using Data Processing Technology to Empower the Public"

(Theme: Technology Studies)

11.3: STS and Science Policy II: Global Policy

Chair/Discussant: TBA

S. Zehr, U Southern Indiana, "The Construction and Salience of Economics Expertise in U.S. Global Climate Change Policy-Making"

J. Jelsma, U Twente, "Introduction of GMOS in the Environment: Policy-Making in the Face of Uncertainty"

J. Lehenkari, U Helsinki, "Constructing the Scientific Status of a Functional Food Product: The Case of Benecol Margarine"

A. DeGreiff, Imperial College, "The "Politicization of UNESCO" and the Boycott of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics"

S. Raman, Lancaster, "STS and Its Politics: What Now?

(Theme: STS& Its Publics)

11.4: Science and Media II

Organizer/Chair: S. Maasen, Max-Planck Institute

F. Naresini, Padova, "A Man Descended from the Sheep: The Public Debate on Cloning in the Italian Press"

E. Valiverronen, Helsinki, "Mediated Science"

M. Bucchi, Trento, "Surely You are Cooking, Mr. Feynman! Strategies for the Presentation of Science in TV"

Sabine Maasen, Max-Planck Institute, "Science and Public Discourses: Communicating in Spite of and Through the Differences"

(Theme: STS & Its Publics)

11.5: Science and Others, II

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Antonio Jose Junquieira Botelho, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, "Parallel Lives, Separate Existences: Comparative Politics and Science and Technology Studies"

Wenda Bauschpies, RPI, "The Cultural Weave and Texture of Classification and Knowledge"

Sean Decatur, Mount Holyoke, "Ancient Steel and the 'Mean Machine':Science and Technology in African-American Nationalist Narratives"

Pamela Asquith, Alberta, "Negiotiating Science: Japanese Disciplinary Perspectives and International Discourse"

(Theme: Theory/General)

11.6: Putting STS at the Core of Engineering: A Graduate Option in Systems Engineering, Ethics, and Technology Studies

Organizer/Chair: Michael E. Gorman, U Virginia

Discussant: Albert M. Erisman (unconfirmed).

Michael E. Gorman

Mark P. Mauss (unconfirmed)

Luna Mylene Magili (unconfirmed)

Matthew M. Mehalik

(Theme: Education)

11.7: Food, Innovation Networks and the Discourses of Environmental Risk

Organizers/Chairs: Fred Steward, Aston Business School and Steve Yearly, York U

Fred Steward, Steve Conway, Steven Yearley, Peter Bailey, Vincent Mangematin, Clara-Eugenia Garcia, "Risk Controversies, Innovation Networks, and Sustainable Technological Change in the Food Industry"

Fred Steward, Vanisha Mahay, and Steve Conway, "Discourses of Risk in the Animal-Feed Innovation Network: Anticipation, Hindsight, and Mad Cow Disease"

Peter Bailey, Steve Yearley, Steve Cinderby, "Fish, Boats, and Satellites: Constructing Vessel Monitoring Systems,"

"GMOs, Innovation and Risk in France"

Mrill Ingram, U Arizona, "Inventing New T-Shirt Ensembles: The Development of the Organic Cotton Market"

(Theme: Environment)

11.8: Traversing Sociotechnical Networks

Chair/Discussant: TBA

Peter Peters, "Networks of Travel: The US Interstate Highway System and the Standardization of Displacement"

Anique Hommels, "Obduracy and Urban Sociotechnical Change"

Francis Harvey, "Rethinking Social Networks: Merging ANT and Boundary Objects"

Nicholas Chrisman, "Trading Zones or Boundary Objects?"

Hugh Mackay, Open U., "Extending and Understanding the Network: The Design of the SONY Walkman."

(Theme: Technology Studies)

11.9: Author-Meets-Critics, Donna Haraway, author of Modest_Witness

Details: TBA.

(Theme: Theory/General and Technology Studies)

Evening Activities

Reception: San Diego Aquarium. 6:00- 8:00pm. This will be a ticketed event, featuring a cash bar, and catered refreshments. Sponsored by the UCSD Science Studies Program, San Diego State MALA Program, and the Departments of History, Sociology, and Communication at UCSD. This is a non-smoking event. Tickets and other information will be made available with registration materials. Busses will depart beginning at 5:30 pm from the conference hotel.

Student Social: 8:30pm -- ????, Location TBA.

Sunday, October 31, 1999

Interest Group Brunches: TBA. 8:00-9:30am

 


CALL FOR PAPERS

Third Triple Helix International Conference. The Endless Transition: Relations among Social, Economic, And Scientific Development in a Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 26-29 APRIL 2000. First Announcement and Call for Papers and Panels, Beyond the "Endless Frontier" of linear models lies a continuous series of experiments on the relationship among science, industry and government in creating the conditions for future innovation: the "Endless Transition." Despite their quite different developmental histories, a broad spectrum of societies, formerly conceptualised under the divergent rubrics of the first, second, and third worlds, have formulated innovation strategies based upon the elaboration of academic-industry relations through reflexive science, technology, and innovation policies. We call for papers on these issues including case studies, comparative analyses, and simulations from relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Paper selection will be based upon an extend abstract of two-to-four pages, with objectives, results, conclusions and main references and typed in English. We call also for proposals for panel and workshop topics by prospectives organizers. Paper abstracts and proposals for panel and workshop topics should be submitted before October 4, 1999. Triple Helix Conference Secretariat, Prof. Jose M. C. Mello / Marise Carpenter Elias. Triple Helix Conference Secretariat. Area de Inovacao Tecnologica e Organizacao Industrial. Programa de Engenharia de Producao. COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Caixa Postal 68507, CEP 21945-970 Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil, Tel.: (+55) 21- 590 8817; Fax: (+55) 21-5908817. E-mail: thelix@pep.ufrj.br Webpage: www.itoi.ufrj.br/thelix.htm

LIBERAL EDUCATION DIVISION, ASEE, CALL FOR PAPERS, 2000 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 18-21, ST. LOUIS, MO. The LIBERAL EDUCATION DIVISION (LED) seeks proposals for the 2000 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. Proposals for complete sessions (usually three presentations) are particularly welcome, but individual papers may also be proposed. The LED provides a forum for considering the ways in which the

Humanities and social sciences can contribute to engineering education and encourages all scholars interested in the interaction of science, technology, and society to explore the ways that the major insights of their fields can be used to shape the education of engineers. Typical topics include: engineering ethics; democracy and technology; the connections between art and engineering; the teaching of technical communication; risk communication; technological literacy; environmental history and its relevance to engineering education; the role of history of science and technology in engineering education; the roles of women and gender in relation to science and technology; innovative approaches for integrating liberal education into engineering education; international perspectives. Abstracts of 250-500 words (per paper proposed) should be submitted by August 15, 1999. Please include a title for the paper along with an institutional affiliation, mailing and email addresses, and fax and phone numbers. Please submit proposals by email to herkert@social.chass.ncsu.edu (Joseph R. Herkert, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, North Carolina State University).

History of Science Society, 1999 marks the 75th anniversary of the History of Science Society. Plan to be a part of the Societys Semisesquicentennial Celebration by organizing a session or by presenting a paper at our annual meeting, which will be held in the historic Westin William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 3-7 November. Program co-chairs Frederick Gregory and Edith Sylla would particularly like to encourage proposals for sessions or papers related to the past, present, or future of the history of science as a profession; the history of graduate education in history of science; the use of history of science in science education; history of science in the public interest; alternative careers in the history of science; and other areas of interest. Consult the HSS Web site http://weber.u.washington.edu/~hssexec for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the HSS Executive Office, hssexec@u.washington.edu Robert J. Malone, Ph.D. History of Science Society, Executive Director (Celebrating our 75th year) University of Washington Constituent Member of the American Council, Box 351330 Seattle, WA 98195-1330 (206) 543-9366/685-9544 (FAX) E-mail: hssexec@u.washington.edu

Knowledge, Technology and Policy is publishing a theme issue on "Users as Innovators". The deadline for submissions is 1 November 1999. Users are unsung innovators; as anonymous "bricoleurs", they have no press agentry. Often their innovations are simply taken up by the many without much notice or, if there's money in it, entrepreneurs "discover" their novel adaptation and package it for sale. KT&P welcomes exploration on topics from open-architecture software to the use of Five-Day deodorant pads to shine patent leather shoes in the '50s. Visit KT&P's website for more information: http://www.siu.edu/departments/ats/kt&p/KT&P.htm Or contact the editor, David Clarke at: reynard@siu.edu

Call for Interactive Contributions: International Conference on Transdisciplinarity: Joint Problem Solving between Science and Society. E-mail: transdisciplinarity@snf.ch Internet: http://www.snf.ch/transdisciplinarity/home.html February 27, 28, 29 and March 1, 2000 Zurich, Switzerland at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Organizers: Swiss National Science Foundation, Berne-Swiss Priority Programme Environment; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich; and ABB Asea Brown Bovery Group; with support from Foundation Science et Cite, Switzerland. Knowledge is the only unlimited global resource. The quality of life of present and future generations depends on our ability to produce and implement knowledge relevant to our needs. Transdisciplinarity goes beyond interdisciplinarity by identifying real-world problems and working towards solutions in a cooperative and integrative approach to The fields of problems include technologies (such as genetic engineering, biotechnologies, energy, mobility and nutrition), labor (the creation, organization and distribution of welfare and resources), cooperation (human health, age, urban and regional development, North-South cooperation), learning (new modes of learning, new social systems and decision-making processes), environment (climate, biodiversity, soil, water, air, recycling and waste). REGISTRATION PROCEDURES Registration is underway. An abstract of 1200 words max. (in MS-word/ e-mail format) is due by July 1, 1999. Print-ready manuscripts are due by December 1, 1999. The final date for registration of participants is December 15, 1999

 


WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

REGIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS: NECSTS/ RICTES-99 CONFERENCE. Network of European Centres in Science and Technology Studies (NECSTS) Spanish Network of Science-Technology-Economy-Society Research (RICTES) Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, 30 September - 2 October 1999. In recent years there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of the regional level for the definition and implementation of innovation strategies in Europe. Regional governments are the decision level closest to economic and research actors and in many cases they have acquired competences in innovation policy. The aim of this conference is to analyze and explain regional experiences of technological innovation in Europe, from the point of view of the generation of innovation capacities, science and technology policies, cultural aspects, and learning processes. For further information please contact Mikel Olazaran, e-mail: cipolrom@lg.ehu.es Or visit conference website at http://www.ehu.es/risconference99

"Integrating Ethics into Technical Education," Thursday and Friday, June 3 and 4, 1999, at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, New Jersey. The Conference presents topics that enhance and integrate the teaching of ethics in the technical disciplines as we prepare students for the evolving role of technical and scientific professionals. Over twenty sessions are being presented, including: "Getting Results with Maximum Interactivity: Designing a Student-Centered Web Course," "Virtues in Virtual Reality: Ethics in Cyberspace and Its Impact on Technical Education," and "Ethics for Computer Professionals: Responsibility, Service and Citizenship." The conference is a must attend event for computer professionals, classroom teachers, other educators, business leaders, researchers, and others with an interest in ethics and technology. Don't miss the "Integrating Ethics into Technical Education" Conference. Visit the College's website at: http://www.raritanval.edu/integratingethics.html To receive a conference brochure and registration information by postal mail, please contact: Dr. Charlotte Ravitz, Dean of Instruction phone: 908-526-1200, ext. 8294 fax: 908-526-0253, e-mail: fferlisi@raritanval.edu

MILLENNIAL QUINQUENNIAL WORKSHOP. DEMARCATION SOCIALISED: OR, CAN WE RECOGNISE SCIENCE WHEN WE SEE IT? What would have been the Fifth Bath Quinquennial Science Studies Workshop, now the South-Western Universities Quinquennial, is now being planned for Cardiff University 25 to 28 August 2000. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in what, if anything, makes science different to other forms of social activity. In particular, what happens to the idea of 'science' now that Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and other 'post-modern' movements have blurred the boundaries between it and other activities? We will encourage themes such as the demarcations of: Science from Non-Science; Progressive Science from Degenerate or Pathological Science; Reasonable Criticism from Unfounded or Mistaken Criticism; Science and Policy; Public Understanding from Trade Secrets; Health from Illness. For more information, contact, Dr. Robert Evans, Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES), Cardiff University, 50 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK email: Evansrj1@Cardiff.ac.uk

http://http://www.cf.ac.uk/uwcc/socas/research/kes/index.html

SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY, SOCIETY-IN-SCIENCE. A Workshop Fostering Critical Thinking about Science & Technology in their Social Context, Monday July 26, 1999, 9am-5pm, This summer the Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston is bringing together teachers, students, and other concerned citizens to participate in a day of workshops and presentations given by innovative and inspiring teachers. These teachers will engage you through case studies ranging from genetic testing to population growth and environment, computers and gender equity to disputes over scientific integrity. You will learn how placing developments in science and technology in their social context can enliven and enrich science education, science popularization, and citizen activism. For more details on the workshop sessions: http://omega.cc.umb.edu/~cct/workshop99.html Workshop registration of $48 covers lunch, refreshments, printed materials, and certificates for six Professional Development Points. Discounts are available for advanced registration (before June 15), registrants attending with others from the same institution, students, and for unemployed persons. For registration forms & other questions: email: cct@umb.edu phone: 617-287-6520

UNIVERSITY OF TRENTO, UNIVERSITY OF ROME "TOR VERGATA" UNION OF SCIENTISTS FOR DISARMAMENT, Section of Trento, 20th SUMMER COURSE "COMPUTERS, NETWORKS AND THE PROSPECTS FOR EUROPEAN AND WORLD SECURITY" ROVERETO (TRENTO) - ITALY 7 - 17 August, 1999. ISODARCO (International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts) has been organizing residential courses on disarmament and arms control since 1966, and has already held ninteen summer courses and twelve winter courses. The courses are intended for people already having a professional interest in the problems of disarmament and conflicts, or for those who would like to play a more active and technically competent role in this field. The courses have an interdisciplinary nature, and their subject matters extend from the technical and scientific side of the problems to their sociological and political implications. Letters of application should arrive not later than June 30, 1999 and should be addressed to the Director of the School: Prof. CARLO SCHAERF, Department of Physics, University of Rome "Tor Vergata" Via della Ricerca Scientifica, I-00133 Rome, Italy Tel. : (++39-06) 7259-4560/1 Fax.: (++39-06) 2040309, Telex: 626382 FIUNTV I E-mail: SCHAERF@ROMA2.INFN.IT

U.C.L.A. is pleased to announce the formation of the Southern California Colloquium in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Beginning on October 23, 1999 the colloquium will offer a quarterly one day set of precirculated papers aimed at faculty and graduate students in the region. We will initiate the series with the day devoted to papers on African medicine by Steven Feierman (University of Pennsylvania), the interaction of Chinese and Western systems of science, Bridie Andrews (Harvard) and Latin American responses to American and European science by Nancy Scheper-Hughes; 10 AM Royce Hall, UCLA; co-sponsored by the China Center, with contributions from the California Institute of Technology. For more information contact the organizer, Margaret C. Jacob at mjacob@history.ucla.edu

The First International Congress on Telehealth and Multimedia Technologies, August 16-18, 1999, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Congress web site: http://www.telehealthcongress.com For more information, please visit our website. You may reach the Congress Secretariat at ttri@ualberta.ca or by phone at 780-492-4082. This is the first international congress to bring together basic researchers, health service providers, government departments and industries which utilize, research and develop telehealth and multimedia technologies. We are expecting over 1000 delegates from around the world from all areas of telehealth and multimedia. The congress will include not only sessions and symposiums, but there will also be a large trade show featured in the 5100 square metre hall of the Shaw Conference Centre. Congress Themes: Distance: within a city, between cities, between a city and a rural community, a rural community and a rural community, across state borders, between nations, with space Technologies: hardware, software, multimedia technologies, telecommunication, medical equipment, etc. Professions: telemedicine, tele-emergency, telepsychiatry, telepathology, teleopthalmology, teleradiology, teledermatology, tele-surgery, tele-laboratory medicine, teledentistry, tele-oral health, telenursing, telepharmacy, telerehabilitation, etc. Standards, Policies & Legal aspects: professional license, security of health information, inter-connectivity, billing, accreditation, ethics, etc. Other Areas:health promotion, home care, surveillance, culture, finances

VOLTA 99 Bicentenary of the Invention of the Battery Pavia-Como Conferences, 1) VOLTA AND THE HISTORY OF ELECTRICITY 11-15 SEPTEMBER 1999. 2) SCIENCE AS CULTURE (5th INTERNATIONAL HPS & SCIENCE TEACHING CONFERENCE) 15-19 SEPTEMBER 1999. The University of Pavia, together with the Centro Volta (Como), is organising a number of events to celebrate the bicentenary of the invention of the battery (1799-1999) by Alessandro Volta (Como 1745-1827). These include: - A conference on the History of Electricity (11-15 September 1999): VOLTA AND THE HISTORY OF ELECTRICITY; -A conference on the use of History and Philosophy of Science in Science Education (15-19 September 1999): SCIENCE AS CULTURE (5TH INT. HPS & SCIENCE TEACHING CONF.) - FIRST JOINT CONFERENCE 4th European Physical Society Conference on History of Modern Physics. - Conference of the Commission on the History of Modern Physics. - XIX Italian Conference on History of Physics and Astronomy. - Annual Conference of the Italian Society for the History of Science. Information: For the details about submission, format and style of papers, for all scientific information on the two conferences: www.cilea.it/volta99 e-mail: volta99@pv.infn.it Conference address: Enrico Antonio Giannetto History of Physics Group Dipartimento di Fisica "A. Volta", Università di Pavia, via A. Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy tel. ++39-(0)382-507691 fax ++39-(0)382-507694 , 507563

 


PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Centre for Science Studies at Lancaster University has extended the deadline for applications for: TWO 3-YEAR CASE (ESRC) PhD STUDENTSHIPS; CO-ORDINATING CONSTRUCTION; with Bovis Construction Group - on the making of buildings in an age of pre-fabrication and modularisation. DEMONSTRATING BENEFITS: Evidence and Innovation with the Dept. of the Environment, Transport, and Regions (DETR) - on the transmission of craft knowledge across time and place. Deadline for applications: Friday, 7 June 1999. This research studentship offers the opportunity to explore issues in science and technology studies in the context of Bovis Construction Group's working construction systems. This collaboration is designed to bring innovative research to bear on Bovis' interest in developing more effective management systems in the construction process. The research can be approached from a variety of academic perspectives, Including: management studies, technology and innovation studies, science and technology studies (e.g. social studies of knowledge, actor-network theory, or the social construction of technology). Applicants are encouraged to specify how their particular interests and concerns might contribute to the research design and outcome. For applications and further information, please contact, Lesley Waite, Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YT, l.waite@lancaster.ac.uk 01524-594508 And check our web pages: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/scistud/index.html

The Centre for the Study of Science and Religion at the University of Leeds teaches an MA in 'Science and Religion'. The first cohort of MA students is currently in house and we are inviting applicants to commence the course in September 1999. The MA can be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time. The MA is organised on a modular system with three core modules: 'Science, Technology and Theology', 'Science and Religion Historically Considered', and 'Science and Religion in Contemporary Culture'. Students also write a substantial dissertaion and take at least one further module from an extensive list. Further information can be obtained from the Leeds University web pages (hppt://www.leeds.ac.uk) via the Department of Theology & Religious Studies or the Division of the History and Philosophy of Science. Alternatively please contact Jacqui Stewart j.a.stewart@leeds.ac.uk or Geoffrey Cantor g.n.cantor@leeds.ac.uk

 


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Increased funding at NSF. Recent budgetary decisions at the National Science Foundation will increase the FY99 base budget of the Science & Technology Studies Program -- which supports research and training in history, philosophy, and social studies of science and technology -- by 7.47% over its FY98 base. (The modal increase experienced by other programs within the NSF Division of Social and Economic Sciences, in which the STS Program now finds itself, was under 2.0%.) Once all internal NSF budgetary adjustments have been made, the STS Program will make grants totaling more than $3.4 million in this fiscal year. The decision to raise the STS budget so significantly derived from several considerations. First, in recent years the Program experienced a major increase in the number of proposals submitted by STS researchers. Excluding dissertation and workshop proposals, supplement requests, and similar matters, these numbers rose from 80 in FY96 and 68 in FY97 to 107 in FY98. This increase led to a significant decline in the Program's "success rate," which went from 44% in FY 96 and 53% in FY97 to 35% in FY98. Second, all involved in the review of these proposals agreed that the increased number came at the "upper end of the quality distribution," so that the number of otherwise fundable proposals that the Program could not support rose especially sharply. This major budget increase is designed to begin, at least, to address this problem. The Program's fiscal year includes two "review cycles," with annual "target dates" of 1 February and 1 August. It thus hopes to receive an even greater number of proposals later this summer. The formal STS Program Announcement is most readily available on the World Wide Web, at www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/sts. This Website provides direct links to NSF's "Grant Proposal Guide" and other resources for potential applicants. Since 1973, the STS Program and its predecessors have been overseen successively by Ronald J. Overmann (1973-1995) and Edward J. Hackett (1995-1998). The current STS Program Officer (who will serve through August 2000) is Michael M. Sokal, who may be reached at msokal@nsf.gov and (703) 306-1742.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, SOCIETAL DIMENSIONS PROGRAM The next target date for proposals to the Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SDEST) program is August 1, 1999. The Societal Dimensions program includes Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) and Research on Science and Technology (RST). It focuses on improving knowledge of ethical and value dimensions in science, engineering, and technology, and on improving approaches and information for decision making about investment in science, engineering, and technology. The newly revised announcement (NSF99-82) can be accessed at http://www.nsf.gov:80/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9982 more program information is available at http://www.nsf.gov:80/sbe/sber/sdest/start.htm SDEST considers proposals that examine the full range of questions that arise in the interactions of science, technology and society. 1) Scholars Awards enable individuals to undertake full time research during part or all of an academic year or summer. 2) Grants for collaborative research, infrastructure or education projects. 3) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants provide funds for research expenses not normally available through the student's university. 4) Post-Doctoral and Professional Development Fellowships, undertaken with the direction of one or more host specialists, provide cross-disciplinary training opportunities for scientists or engineers, or humanities scholars, allowing them to improve their research in EVS areas. 5) Small Grants for Training and Research are awards to senior investigators that provide sustained research opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows on SDEST issues. 6) Foundation-wide Programs: SDEST also participates in such NSF programs as CAREER and POWRE. For further information on these programs, see Cross-Cutting Programs on the NSF home page: http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/start.htm For more information, contact program manager Rachelle Hollander at rholland@nsf.gov SDEST Program, NSF, Room 995, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22230. Telephone: 703-306-1743; fax -0485;

The School of Public Policy and the Technology Policy and Assessment Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology seek applications for a post doctoral research position in the field of research policy and science studies. The position involves working on the "Research Value Mapping" project. The project, funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Science, seeks to evaluate projects in terms of their contribution to "scientific and technical human capital." Substantive interest in human capital theory, social capital, or scientific careers and trajectories is especially useful. Since the work will involve construction and analysis of a large database of scientists and their career activities and network interactions, strong quantitative skills are required. Candidates with research and quantitative skills in sociology, political science, or interdisciplinary science studies are particularly welcome (the project already includes an econometrician). Experience working with large databases is desirable as is an ability to conduct fieldwork and interviews. School of Public Policy includes several nationally recognized experts in the fields of science and technology policy, R&D evaluation, technology assessment and forecasting and technology-based economic development. While teaching is not a requirement of the position, there may be opportunities to teach one course per year as part of the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy graduate or undergraduate curricula. Established in 1990, the interdisciplinary School of Public Policy is an academic unit of the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs. The School's specializations include science and technology policy, environmental policy, technology and economic development, and information and telecommunications policy. The postdoctoral position will pay $34,000/12 month basis. The position will begin either Summer or Fall, 1999 (depending upon the availability of candidates). Consideration of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send letters of application to: Barry Bozeman, Post-doctoral Researcher Search Committee, SDRC, GCATT Building, Georgia Tech, 250 14th St., N. W. Atlanta, GA 30318-0490. Applicants should include a resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three persons who may be contacted for references. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this/these position(s), please indicate accommodations needed in initial correspondence.

The Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, is pleased to announce that our 1999 Grants to Archives program has been expanded through a $30,000 gift from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation. Thanks to the support of the Lounsbery Foundation, the total funds available for the year are $60,000. Individual grants may be up to $10,000 each. The grants are intended to make accessible for research significant records and papers which document the history of modern physics and allied fields (such as astronomy, geophysics, and optics). The program is competitive, and preference is given to medium size or larger projects for which additional funding will be provided by the parent organization or other sources. Grants may be used to cover direct expenses connected with preserving, inventorying, arranging, describing, or cataloging appropriate collections. Expenses may include archival materials and staff salaries/benefits but not overhead or indirect costs. For guidelines and application procedures check the AIP History Center's Website http://www.aip.org/history/grntgde.htm or contact us at (301) 209-3165, chp@aip.org Deadline for receipt of applications is July 1, 1999. The program will be offered annually as funds permit.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Resident Scholar Programs. Accepting Applications for 2000. The SIL Resident Scholar Programs offer short-term study grants for 2000 with stipends of $1,800/month for durations of one to three months. Three awards are in the SIL Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program sponsored by The Dibner Fund for research in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. A fourth is in the SIL Resident Scholar Program for research in the Department of Special Collections. Historians, librarians, doctoral students and other scholars are invited to apply. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Smithsonian Institution. The Dibner Library collections, with books and manuscripts from the 15th to the 20th centuries, specialize in the physical and applied sciences and technologies. Strengths include electronics, civil and mechanical engineering, chemical industries, textiles and ceramics, military history, instrumentation, and also microscopy, pharmacy, and modern physics. In addition to those collections in the Dibner Library, the SIL Special Collections Department has extensive materials on World's Fairs and Expositions, 1851-1950, and air and space (ballooning, rocketry, and aviation). The Libraries' collection of 285,000 manufacturers commercial trade catalogs, which document progress in American agriculture, industry, and manufacture, contain much primary source material for the history of technology, economic, labor and women's history, and consumer and social history. Deadline for applications: December 1, 1999. Application materials will be available after June 15, 1999, at http://www.sil.si.edu/Information-Files/dibner-fellowship.htm, or write to Smithsonian Institution Libraries Resident Scholar Programs, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, NHB 24mz, MRC154, Washington, D.C. 20560-0154. Tel: (202) 357-2240, or send e-mail to libmail@sil.si.edu

 


POSITIONS

Visiting Professor of Public Policy. In anticipation of faculty research leaves, the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy is seeking several visiting faculty members for academic year 1999-2000, with possibility of extension. Areas of interest should include some combination of a research focus on issues in the environment, telecommunications / information technology, or biotechnology / life sciences with teaching competence in policy, law, ethics, economics, or research design and methods. Ability to teach constitutional issues and a pre-law seminar, combined with experience as a practicing attorney, is highly desirable in at least one position. Ph.D. or J.D. and teaching experience preferred. Rank and salary open. The School expects to undertake a search for two replacement positions during the 1999-2000 academic year. Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, samples of writing and course syllabi, and names of three references to the attention of Susan E. Cozzens, Chair, School of Public Policy, 685 Cherry Street, Atlanta GA 30332-0345. Review of applications will begin on May 1 and continue until the positions are filled. Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this/these position(s), please indicate accommodations needed in initial correspondence.

Virginia Tech announces a one-year appointment for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the main campus in Blacksburg beginning August 16, 1999. We seek applications fromscholar-teachers who are experienced in the history, philosophy, social andcultural studies, and/or politics and policy studies of science andtechnology. Candidates must have a significant research program and astrong record of teaching, and must be prepared to teach five courses,including one or two at the graduate level. The undergraduate courses will include Science and Technology in Modern Society and Humanities,Technology, and the Physical Sciences; other courses to be negotiated asappropriate, with preference for one or more in the philosophy of scienceand technology. Science and Technology Studiesis also responsible for an undergraduate program in Humanities, Science,and Technology. The hiring unit for this position is the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) in the College of Arts and Sciences.Formed in 1995, CIS is comprised of a number of interdisciplinary programsand centers, including the Center for Science and Technology Studies and undergraduate programs in Black Studies; Humanities; Humanities, Science,and Technology; Judaic Studies; Religious Studies; and Women's Studies. Candidates for this position must have the Ph.D. in hand. Please send a letter of application, CV, writing sample, syllabi for courses taught or teaching portfolio if available, and the names and phone numbers and/or email addresses of at least three people who can offer recommendations (letters of recommendation also welcome). We will begin screening applications on June 11,1999. The review process will continue until the position is filled. Please send applications to Gary Downey, Director, Center for Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227.For additional information, consult our web page at http://www.cis.vt.edu/stshome/. You may also call or write: 540-231-4761(o), 540-231-7615 (dept), 540-231-7013 (fax), downeyg@vt.edu

 


PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

C. S. Selby (ed.). CHOICES AND SUCCESSES: WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. New York Academy of Sciences, 1999. 212-838-0230; http://www.nyas.org Volume comprises papers that assess whether, where, and how progress has taken place in the twenty five years since the Academy held a conference entitled "Women in Science: Determinants of Success," and recommends ways of accelerating progress on the basis of research and the "best practices" to be found in corporate, government, and academic institutions. The contributors represent a cross section of the scientific world, from student to Nobel laureate. The shared perspective is that increased diversity must be aided and abetted through substantive changes in the attitudes, policies, and practices that inform how we educate and evaluate the work force and how we manage the workplace.

PERSPECTIVES ON SCHOLARLY MISCONDUCT IN THE SCIENCES. Edited by John M. Braxton. Ohio State University Press, 1999. For almost two decades, cases of research misconduct have attracted the attention of both the academic community and the lay public. Such attention raises a fundamental question: Who holds responsibility for detecting, deterring, and sanctioning misconduct? Perspectives on Scholarly Misconduct in the Sciences addresses this question by focusing on such topics as the social control of misconduct by the lay public, the congressional response to misconduct, the role that scientific associations and journals may play in deterring misconduct, the nature of policies and procedures universities have implemented, the role of graduate school socialization, and the response of individual academics. The book presents a framework for self-regulation, analyzes responses of universities to misconduct, and provides a workable definition of misconduct. It then looks at university-industry research collaboration as a potential source and at associated legal issues, finally setting forth research issues in the study of misconduct. Available from Ohio State University Press, 1-800-437-4439.

CODES OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: ETHICS STANDARDS IN BUSINESS, HEALTH, AND LAW, Fourth Edition, edited by Rena A. Gorlin and published by BNA Books, Washington, DC. This single-volume resource contains 59 codes of ethics, most in full text, revealing how 52 organizations address questions of confidentiality, conflicts of interest, accountability, competition, lobbying, fees, research, plagiarism, competence, advertising, self-regulation, telecommunications, referrals, peer review, misconduct, independence, discrimination, and sensitive issues specific to particular fields, among many other vital topics. Among the professional codes included are those for prosecutors, journalists, lobbyists, real estate agents, computer professionals, doctors, dentists, psychologists, mediators, lawyers, and financial planners. There are brief introductions to each organization, outlining contacts; membership information; code authority; online availability; organizational resources including divisions, programs, and services; informational resources including publications, videos, and seminars; descriptions of activities and goals; and discussions of code history, development, implementation, and enforcement. ORDERING INFORMATION, Codes of Professional Responsibility: Ethics Standards in Business, Health, and Law, 4th Ed. (R. Gorlin, Ed./1999/1166 pp./ISBN 1-57018-148-9) Order #1148-PR9; $95 plus tax, shipping, and handling PHONE TOLL-FREE: 1-800-960-1220, FAX: 1-732-346-1624, E-MAIL: books@bna.com, MAIL ORDERS: BNA Books, P.O. Box 7814, Edison, NJ 08818-7814, WEB SITE: http://www.bna.com/bnabooks/details/d_cdp.htm

Brian Martin (ed.), Technology and Public Participation (Wollongong: Science and Technology Studies, University of Wollongong, 1999). Full text electronic copy is available at the Web site. http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/TPP/ Please let anyone know whom you think will be interested. The web version is open to further commentaries in addition to the invited ones that appear in the book.

Democratising Technology. Theory and Practice of Deliberative Technology Policy, edited by Rene von Schomberg,International Centre for Human and Public Affairs (ICHPA), The Netherlands, 1999, 125 pages, ISBN 90-802139-6-9. 19,90 US dollar(Order by fax:+31-74-2918697 or email: R.vonSchomberg@kub.nl Table of Contents: Andrew Feenberg(US),Escaping the iron cage,or, subversive rationalization and democratic theory;Richard Sclove (US), Design criteria and political strategies for democratizing technology; Carl Mitcham(US),Why the public should participate in technical decision making;Les Levidow (UK),Democratizing technology or technologizing democracy: the case of biotech regulation in Europe; Gotthard Bechmann(Germany), Environmental research between knowledge and organisation;Ole Brekke&Erik Eriksen (Norway) Technology assessment in a deliberative perspective.

Massimiano Bucchi from the University of Trento, Italy, reports that his dissertation When Scientists Turn to thePublic has been awarded the prize for the best dissertation of the year in Italy by Institute Sturzo in Rome. He would also like to mention the publication of his book Science and the Media. Alternative Routes in Scientific Communication London: Routledge,1998, ISBN 0-415-18952-7, is the first book published in the Routledge new series Studies in Science, Technology and Society. Massimiano Bucchi can be reached at: Dipartimento di Sociologiavia Verdi 2638100 Trento ITALY Ph/Fax 39-0444-965435

 

JOURNALS

The first edition (vol. 14, number 1) of Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of Astronomy in Culture (formerly Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of the Center of Archaeoastronomy) will appear in June, 1999 under an expanded editorial board and a new publisher (The University of Texas Press). Since its inception in 1977, Archaeoastronomy has always been a refereed journal and its editors have sought to maintain a high standard for publication. This has not changed. The editors welcome the submission of articles reporting substantial research in the general areas covered by the terms Archaeoastronomy, Ethnoastronomy, and Astronomy in Culture. The acceptance of papers for publication has never been influenced by membership in any organization nor in degrees held by the author but by the extent to which the submission promotes further understanding of the questions arising in the study of astronomies in cultures and demonstrates the formal rigor necessary for academic recognition. The Journal's style guide and further details on submission can be found at: http://www.wam.umd.edu/~tlaloc/archastro/style.html Please note, the journal Archaeoastronomy: the Supplement to the Journal for the History of Astronomy, continues to appear under the editorship of Michael Hoskin.

PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION JOURNAL, No. 11 (1999) is now available on the web at http://www.ex.ac.uk/~PErnest/ Formerly The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Newsletter POME11, March 1999 ISBN No. 0 85068 195 2 Editor: Paul Ernest.

 


ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

TechNet Think Tank electronic conference, Title: International Research Networks, sponsored by The World Bank. The theme of the current internet conference is the role of information and communications technology in research (networks) serving the needs of developing countries. Emphasis is on the role of donor support, with focus on the infoDev program. The discussion will be continued between April 15 to May 15, 1999. After May 15, you can still read the archives of the conference log. The issues, panelist bios, subscription information and archives of contributions to date are to be found at: http://www.vita.org/ TechNet Think Tank electronic conferences are designed to foster discussion on questions of science, technology and information for development. We look forward to your participation!

The History of Science Society's Committee on Education is collecting links to course materials available on the Web for a new venue: Syllabus-of-the-Month to recognise notable projects that may serve as exemplars for Web-based learning and resource acquisition. The original announcement reads, "The CoE urges all faculty who have developed web-based syllabi and who are willing to share their results with a wider audience to e-mail the URL for such course web sites to CoE Chair, Rich Kremer: richard.kremer@dartmouth.edu From these submissions, the CoE will select each month a course that displays especially innovative content in History of Science, as well as creative use of web-based technologies. A link to this "syllabus-of-the-month" will be made available via the HSS web site: http://www.weber.u.washington.edu/~hssexec/

BEIR VII is an effort to establish standards related to the biological effects of ionizing radiation. In an unprecedented effort at openness, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is establishing a mailing list and other forms of communication for the study which is being conducted with funding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In an attempt to increase the accessibility of BEIR VII information to the public, we are creating a list of Email addresses . If you would like your address added to the list, please send email to rjostes@nas.edu. BEIR VII, a 3 year study, is in the process of committee formation. Rick Jostes, Study Director, BEIR VII, Suite 342, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20418 Phone [202] 334-2840, FAX [202] 334-1639

 


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The European Parliament is supporting a project to gather information about the current state of research into the Ethics of Science and Technology. A survey is available at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/facs/ethics/stoa/index.htm Your reply will contribute to a report to the European Parliament from the STOA research unit, and will directly inform MEP's discussions about EU funding for research into the ethical and social implications of new technologies. This is a very real opportunity for those working in this field to have an input into policy discussions and funding considerations. Please take the time to visit this site, fill out the questionnaire and submit it to us, whether or not you've carried out any EU funded research. We would also be interested in hearing from those researchers outside the EU as well, who are encouraged to participate in this exercise. Any queries about this, please contact Adam Hedgecoe a.hedgecoe@ucl.ac.uk or Louise Sarch lsarch@westeuro.u-net.com Thank you in advance for your participation.

Mary Frank Fox, Professor of Sociology, School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, has been chosen as the SWS Feminist Lecturer 2000 (year of the new millennium). The award is for "a prominent feminist scholar, who has made a commitment to social change." As Feminist Lecturer 2000, Mary Frank Fox will deliver a lecture to two college campuses (or two co-sponsoring consortia of colleges within given regions). Her topic will be "Women, Science, and Academia. A written version of the lecture will also be published as lead article in Gender & Society If you are interested in your campus (or consortium of campuses) being considered as one of the two sites visited during 2000, contact Professor Verta Taylor, Chair, SWS Feminist Lectureship Committee, Department of Sociology, 300 Bricker Hall, 190 North Oval Mall, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210; phone: 614-292-0320 or 614-292-6681 (offices) or 614-263-2654 (home); fax: 614-292-6687; email: taylor.40@osu.edu

Guggenheim Fellowships includes the following in the area of history of science. You can check their website http://www.gf.org for others in STS. - Stephen G. Brush, History of Science, University of Maryland, College Park. Project: "A comparative study of theory evaluation in different sciences." - William Royall Newman, History & Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington. Project: "Daniel Sennert and early modern matter-theory." - Katherine Park, History of Science & Women's Studies, Harvard. Project: "The early history of human dissection." - Michael Riordan, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center & Physics Dept., University of California, Santa Cruz. Project: "The rise and fall of the Superconducting Super Collider."

The Women's Caucus for the History of Science Society is compiling a "syllabus sampler" for courses on women, gender, and science. The aim is to compile a wide range of syllabi: across levels (from first year surveys to final year seminars) and across institutions (including small liberal arts colleges, state universities, engineering schools, etc.) The original announcement does not state a preference for national setting, but the presumption is that this is international as the HSS is international. Interested parties should enquire or submit paper AND electronic copies of syllabi to: Andrea Rusnock, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA 12180. Email: rusnoa@rpi.edu

You may find an analysis of the following mailing lists interesting. Autopoiesis; CyberUrbanity; Deukalion; ETK; EuroCon-KnowFlow; Luhmann; Principia; Cybernetica; Sci-Tech-Studies; SimSoc; SOIS; Xaos; at the URL http://www.duth.gr/soeis/listan/ This finishes a work done in the SOEIS project http://www.duth.gr/soeis by: Moses Boudourides mboudour@upatras.gr Andres Zelman zelman@chem.uva.nl Apostolos Salkintzis salki@ee.ubc.ca

 

 


 

CONFERENCE REPORTS

Attitudes Towards Science in the Muslim World: Report from Tunisia

By Toby E. Huff

Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology

UMass Dartmouth, Ma. USA

In January 1999 a conference was held in Tunisia on "Attitudes Towards Science" that was sponsored by the Center for Social and Economic Research at the University of Tunis. The two day conference (held at the Hotel Bellevedere) was organized by Professor Lilia Labidi, Professor of Anthropology and Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Tunis. It was organized around five topics: Scientific Research and Development, Science and Culture, Science and Society, the Circulation of the Academic Elite, and Science and the Public. With the exception of the present writer, all of the attendees were Tunisians and presented their papers in French. Although the conference was small (about 25 to 35 participants at each session), the range of topics was impressive, and no doubt for most readers of this note, surprising.

For example, there were papers presented on the uses of scientific autopsy in Tunisia, on the context and nature of organ transplants in a Tunisian hospital, the self-images of the medical elite, attitudes toward abortion and cloning, the uses of genetic family counseling in the context of the Arab preference for cross-cousin marriages, the state of the microelectronics industry in North Africa, and the uses of asymmetrical chemical synthesis in applications to bio-medical procedures that allow the identification of specific illnesses. Furthermore, the majority of the presenters as well as the audience were females, making this quite an unusual occasion in the Arab-Muslim world (or anywhere else for that matter). Although it cannot be said that this is the first such conference to be held in North Africa or the Middle East [To the best of my knowledge, the following studies constitute the beginnings of such studies: F. A. Daghestani and Altamemi, eds., Science and Technology Policy for Self-Reliance in the Muslim-World (Amman, Jordan: The Islamic Academy of sciences, 1989); Daghestani and Altamemi, eds, Science and Technology Issues for Development in the Muslim World(Jeddah: The Islamic Foundation for Science, Technology and Development, 1991); and F. A. Daghestani, ed., Science and Technology Manpower for Development in the Islamic World. Proceedings of the Conference on Science and Technology Manpower for Development in the Islamic World held in Amman, Jordan, on 16-19 December, 1991. (Amman: The Islamic Academy of Sciences, 1992). An additional conference on attitudes towards science in Muslim countries was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in Sept. 1996, and I reported on those proceedings in Technoscience 9 #3 (1996): 15-16.], it does represent a departure in conferences of this sort. It was organized by social scientists, rather than state-sponsored policy officials, and simply proceeded empirically to explore the current state of scientific practice and attitudes in a variety of contexts in a Muslim country. Furthermore, its proceedings were almost entirely free from exhortations from either religious enthusiasts or state bureaucrats who frequently have other agendas. Nevertheless, various university officials were present, as were some participants with deep commitments to Islam.

It should be pointed out, however, that Tunisia is an "outlier" in the Muslim world because of its very progressive policies, especially as regards women. Women are free to appear on the streets, in shops, and everywhere that men do, and no young women are to be seen wearing the currently fashionable headscarfs or any other insignia of Islamic identity seen in other Muslim countries. This state of female liberation is the result of the far-reaching political actions of former President Bourguiba who began the official movement to modernize Tunisia and, above all, to liberate women in the 1950's.

On the other hand, Tunisia today is a one party state and a police state. All universities are guarded by highly visible security forces, and there is virtually no free press. For the same reason, the development of the Internet in Tunisia is retarded due to the fears of political authorities that uncontrollable dissenting voices might be unleashed. In that regard, among Muslin societies, Malaysia is the most Internet-advanced while Tunisia (and the other Middle Eastern states) lag considerably. [This can be seen in the data complied by the Work Bank and the UN Human Development Program: World Bank, World Development Report: Knowledge for Development, 1998/99 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999); and UNDP, Human Development R eport 1998 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.)]. The fact that this conference took place and enjoyed the freedom to discuss all the issues mentioned above is a tribute to the Tunisians, their intellectual energy, and their ability to carve out tiny zones of public discourse-- a discourse that Professor Labidi calls "The Construction of Public Morality." Apart from the fascinating topics mentioned earlier, it is disturbing to note that several of the Tunisian scientists participating in the conference complained that they frequently found it impossible to get their research results published in French language journals unless they also contained the name of a French scientist. This problem was stressed by Professor Bechir ben Hassine, a biochemist who appears to have made a number of chemical discoveries that are now being absorbed into patents by European or American pharmaceutical companies. The fact that he and several other participants complained that they could not get their results published in French journals without the addition of French co-authors is surely a disturbing violation of what we like to think of as the universalism of the ethos of science. Other participants at the conference pointed out the deficiencies of scientific training in Tunisia and the Maghreb, the lack of adequate hands-on experience, appropriate training of graduate students for entering the labor market, and the absence of adequate procedures for faculty that would take the research and publication record of applicants for promotion into account. In a word, this conference casts a very different light on the state of scientific development in a Muslim country. It strikes this writer that the conference can serve as a model for others in the developing world. Efforts are being made to publish the Conference proceedings in both French and English.

 


 

THE GLOBAL CYBERCONFERENCE ON PEER REVIEW IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

By Steve Fuller

Professor of Sociology

University of Durham, UK

On Friday, 28 May to Thursday, 10 June 1999 there was a global cyberconference on peer review in the social sciences. For entry to the conference website, go to http://www.sciencecity.org.uk/cyberconference.html Those not familiar with the cyberconference format should consult the website of the last such conference organized, which was on public understanding of science: http://www.dur.ac.uk/~dss0www1/ The conference was dedicated to the standard mode of evaluation of proposed and completed work in the academy, namely, other academics who have proven themselves in similar or related areas of research: peers in that sense. The contexts of evaluation include both resource allocation agencies and publication outlets. Although peer review processes have been subject to much study and debate by social scientists, journal editors and policymakers, attention has been focussed primarily on the natural, especially biomedical, sciences. The social sciences themselves have been much less studied, yet research in these areas is increasingly subject to peer evaluation, both at the point of resourcing and of publication.

The cyberconference aimed to canvass a broad spectrum of views on how well peer review works in a variety of settings, practical suggestions on how to incorporate traditionally excluded groups, how to improve the accountability of the review process and how to enable the process to support better research. Each of these issues was be framed by a provocative set of statements to which contributors responded with their own experiences, research or considered opinions.

General topics included: Who counts as a peer?: beyond the old boys network. How to extend peer review-can it be made to incorporate larger societal interests? The ethics of peer reviewing-how to avoid intellectual property theft? The structure of accountability in peer review-what should reviewers and reviewed know about the process? How does one peer evaluate international, interdisciplinary and critical work? Do the social sciences pose special problems for peer review?

The conference was premissed on the idea that peer review in the social sciences is worth salvaging in some form-the question being what form. The results will be archived and made available to all researchers to use as they see fit.

This cyberconference was sponsored by the United Kingdoms Economic and Social Research Council and will be conducted from the server at the Science Policy Support Group, London. The texts framing the terms of this cyberconference were written by Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Durham, UK. He is solely responsible for their content and may be contacted at steve.fuller@durham.ac.uk For information concerning the technical side of the cyberconference, contact chris.ball@spsg.org We hope to return with a "fuller" report on the conference in the next issue of Technoscience.



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