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School's in Session: Blogging from the SituSci Summer School at Elbow Lake

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Jason Millar, a PhD student at Queen's University, is helping to organize the Situating Science Summer School at the pristine Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre June 22-26 2014. 

Follow the week long discussions through his blog posts here and through following Twitter feeds with #SituSciSummerSchool





 

Trust in…Who?

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Trust in ... Who?
By Sharon Woodill, Phd Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalhousie University

Link:
http://sharonwoodill.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/trust-in-who/

The War on Science and its Secular Cloak

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The War on Science and Its Secular Cloak
Sharon Woodill, PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Dalhousie University

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Science, Evidence, and Narrative

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Science, Evidence, and Narrative
Sharon
Woodill, PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Dalhousie University

Evidence, the Death of Evidence, and Finding Some Good Questions

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Evidence, the Death of Evidence, and Finding Some Good Questions
By Sharon Woodill, PhD candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalhousie University
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Breaking the Hype Cycle

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Breaking the Hype Cycle

By Izzy Morin, Contemporary Studies Program and Sustainability

Hype in Science: How can respectable journals publish such c**p? oh, and peer-review

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Hype in Science: How can respectable journals publish such c**p? oh, and peer-review
By Sharon Woohill, PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University

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Celebrating Newton's General Scholium

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Celebrating Newton's General Scholium
By
Jason Grier, York University

Muskrat Falls Hydro and the Displacement of Suffering

Muskrat Falls Hydro and the Displacement of Suffering
By Izzy Morin, undergraduate student in Dalhousie University College of Sustainability and Contemporary Studies Program at the University of King's College.           

Reports from the York STS lecture series

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Reports from the York STS lecture series
Lina Pinto, graduate student at York University

Science and Society: Influencing the understanding and growth of science

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Science and Society: Influencing the understanding and growth of science
By Isabelle Morin, Contemporary Studies Program student at the University of King's College

Reading the artifact: The story in the archives

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Reading the artifact: The story in the archives
Report from the Reading Artifacts Summer Institute 2013 at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Reading the artifact: A stove from a transitional moment

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Reading the artifact: A stove from a transitional moment

Science and Society 2013: Some thoughts on the idea of bias and the idea of ignorance

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Science and Society 2013: Some thoughts on the idea of bias and the idea of ignorance
By Joanna Griffin, PhD candidate, Transtechnology Research Group, Plymouth University. Her thesis title is Viewpoint and experience in the social domain of space technology.

How value-free is stem cell research? Lessons (learned) from quantum mechanics and atomic fission

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Alessandra Pasut is a PhD candidate at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and blogged about the Science and Society 2013

Citizens and Science: Really?

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Sharon Woodill, PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Dalhousie University, reports on
some Science and Society 2013 events.

Link:
http://sharonwoodill.wordpress.com

Can We Sustain Democracy and the Environment Too? Global Democracy in a Colonial Context

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Can We Sustain Democracy and the Environment Too? Global Democracy in a Colonial Context
by Isabelle Morin


Through Situating Sciences’ collaboration with a host of sponsors and partners, Philip Kitcher came to speak to the packed Ondaatje auditorium on October 3rd.

Bodies in Motion: Translating Early Modern Science

A small report on the “Bodies in Motion” Workshop hosted by the UBC Node.
Prepared by Anna Winterbottom, Post-doctoral fellow at McGill University's Indian Ocean World Centre. 

Histories of Medicine in the Indian Ocean World

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A small report on the conference hosted by the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University with McGill Node.
Prepared by Anna Winterbottom, Post-Doctoral Fellow at IOWC.

Histories of Medicine in the Indian Ocean World
April 26-27, 2013
McGill University

Getting to the Politics of the Matter

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Please read my latest blog post on the recent Materiality conference at: http://lisamcockburn.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/the-politics-of-the-matter/ Thanks! Lisa Cockburn

On Caring in a Technoscientific World

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On a sunny weekend last April, about 40 participants from a wide diversity of backgrounds gathered together for the Politics of Care in Technoscience Workshop at York University.

The Women Question in Science: Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium (WISEMS) 2012

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The Women Question in Science
Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium (WISEMS) 2012
Redpath Museum, McGill University

The Play’s the Thing: Putting History of Science on Stage

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Reflections on 2b Theatre’s “The Story of Mr. Wright” and post-performance discussion with Dr.

The story I hold about myself: the epistemology of Mr. Wright

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“The patient must be willing to believe the story, and the doctor must tell it extraordinarily well.”- Anne Harrington on theatre, belief, storytelling and narrative.

Narrative Theory, Historical Ethics, Sound Reasoning Through Pseudo-Science, and Testing Implicit Bias: a day at the WISEMS

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Richard Spiegel is a Cluster MA student at McGill University.

Read Cindy Stelmackowich's blog on the event HERE

A Week with the Wonder Photo Cannon

In her recent Situating Science blog post Melissa Otis provides a great overview of the weeklong Reading Artifacts Summer Institute (RASI) held earlier this month at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) in Ottawa.

Reflections on Reading Artifacts Summer Institute 2012

The week of August 13-17 I attended the Reading Artifacts Summer Institute 2012 (RASI) at the Canada Science and Technical Museum (CSTM) in Ottawa. Many of the participants were museum professionals and scientists who came to gain knowledge and experience about working with, recording, and displaying objects; others, like me, were concerned with obtaining a deeper understanding of how to work with artifacts as primary documents.

Gender and the Digital Silo: Cultures of Knowledge at Situating Early Modern Science Networks Workshop

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by Kim McLean-Fiander May 02, 2012

Blog on the U. Saskatchewan Node workshop Situating Early Modern Science Networks

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http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/cofk/archives/7685

Notes on Caring in a Technoscientific World

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Politics of Care in Technoscience, a workshop at York University that explored the concept of “care” in feminist STS. The opportunity to spend several uninterrupted days discussing papers with colleagues is a rare treat, and it made me nostalgic for my first years in grad school where my “job” mainly consisted of absorbing new ideas and discussing them with my peers.

Politics of Care in Technoscience

What does it mean to explore the politics of care in technoscience?  After three stimulating days attending “The Politics of Care in Technoscience Workshop at York University last weekend, I have a preliminary idea: It is about grappling with practical ethics in a messy world.  Since science, technology, and medicine are ine

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) goes to India with Situating Science

A blog on the "Sciences and Narratives of Nature: East and West" workshop from NiCHE member and workshop participant Stephen Bocking, Trent University

Blog:

http://niche-canada.org/node/10267

Event information:

http://www.situsci.ca/event/sciences-and-narratives-nature-east-and-west

Facing the Future

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The future. An enduring cultural fascination yet an inherently elusive entity. As Jeaneatte Winterson writes, "The future lies ahead like a glittering city, but like the cities of the desert disappears when approached."

Our trans-human futures; our post-human pasts.

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Dreams tangled by wires, the transhuman subject is wrapped in a promise: a promise of technological infallibility and inevitable progress. And so the neofuturists proclaim. Such optimisms are crisp and sure, marketed to the priveleged and powerful. Promises sold like catholic indulgences to assuage our guilt of a growing world and a distancing humanity.

Live Blogs via Twitter of Frontiers in Research: Our Post-Human Futures event Nov. 15 2011

The following is a sample of Tweets resulting from Live Blogging of the University of Ottawa's Frontiers in Research : Our Post-Human Future event Nov 15th, 2011. See @situsci for the latest. 

Live Blogs via Twitter of Synthetic Biology Conference Sept 30, 2011

Here are some random samples of the live Twitter conversation by students attending the Synthetic Biology at the Interface of Science and Policy Conference at the Institute of Science, Society and Policy Sept. 30th, 2011. Their blogs are now available to view on www.situsci.ca/blog

For more, follow their Twitter accounts or @situsci

 

Synthetic mythologies.

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Gilles Bibeau (2011) reminds us to step down from the altar of genomythology: the dominance of The Gene, fearless flight into a technocratic future, biologist Supermen that save the world.

Dreaming a Recursive Future?

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When I think of the word “synthetic”, I generally think of it in opposition to “natural” – terrible synthetic fibre clothing or other artificial things. But the root of the word actually gets much of its meaning in opposition to “analytic”, particularly in philosophy. Analysis is where we break something down in order to interrogate and understand it; synthesis is where we build a whole up from parts. Analytics explores; synthetics exploits.

The Extremes and In-Betweens of Synthetic Biology

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When a cartoon is in the early stages of production artists craft the storyline by creating a series of still images. Those images, referred to as “extremes”, depict characters in their most exaggerated positions and are often used in the final stories as visual hooks and punchlines for the audience: anvils are falling on heads; bodies are magically suspended miles above ground; tears are streaming from eyes. Chuck Jones, who famously created the Road Runner and Wile E.

Splice my magnetic poetry: Hopeful Monsters Dream Furiously.

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(So let us go then, you and I, 
When the scientists no longer ask us why.)
 
Like magnetic poetry,
strung together: sticky ends,
that even biologists cannot buy.
 
We have forgotten to be playful:
wax our poetic biologies,
sculpt our plasticine bodies,
throw our proteomes carelessly into the wind.
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Liveblog: Synthetic Biology at the Interface of Science and Policy

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Here's a liveblog of the colloquium "Synthetic Biology at the Interface of Science and Policy" at the University of Ottawa.

Reading Artifacts III - Material culture, objects as texts, and the wonderful group at RASI 2011

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By Charles Bourne

University of King's College, Halifax.

The third of three entries about my experience at the Reading Artifacts Summer Institute this summer, a week-long event at the Canada Science and Technology museum focused on exploring material culture and its related fields.

 

Reading Artifacts II - Tours, Workshops and Lectures with RASI 2011 at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

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By Charles Bourne

University of King's College, Halifax.

The second of a few entries about my experience at the Reading Artifacts Summer Institute this summer, a week-long event at the Canada Science and Technology museum focused on exploring material culture and its related fields.

August 15-19, Ottawa.

Reading Artifacts at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

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By Charles Bourne

University of King's College, Halifax

The first of a few entries about my experience at the Reading Artifacts Summer Institute this summer, a week-long event at the Canada Science and Technology museum focused on exploring material culture and its related fields.

August 15-19, Ottawa.

Scientific Authority in Democratic Societies: Two Conclusions from Bentley Allan

This June, Alfred Moore and Mark Warren of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia convened a workshop on “Scientific Authority in Democratic Societies.” The central problem confronting the participants was, as the workshop outline said, the “ways in which science, technology and expertise have become politically problematic.” From controversies in the Food & Drug Administration in the United States to contestation over climate change in the international arena, the politicization o

Blogging Opportunities

Interested in Blogging about a Situsci event? We're looking for keen bloggers. Travel grants up to 250$ (up to 500$ for Cluster workshops) available. Keep your eye on this webpage for updates: http://www.situsci.ca/job/blogging-opportunities-travel-grants-upcoming-... Contact situsci[@]dal.ca