Steven Shapin: The Tastes of Wine: Towards a Cultural History of Sense and Value

Mon., Sep. 24, 2012, 4:00pm

The UBC Science and Technology Studies Graduate Program is pleased to announce:
The 2012 Stephen M. Straker Memorial Lecture
Professor Steven Shapin
Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science
Harvard University
“The Tastes of Wine: Towards a Cultural History of Sense and Value”
Monday, 24 September 2012
4:00-6:00 pm
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) 120
Reception to follow.
Here's how you get to the building:

Those who wish to speak more with Professor Shapin are invited to join him at dinner on Tuesday, 25 September, at Green College or come to his Fireside Chat at 8 pm that evening in the Piano Lounge at Green College.

The UBC Node is pleased to help support this event.
Steven Shapin is Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science, joining Harvard in 2004 after previous appointments as Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and at the Science Studies Unit, Edinburgh University. His books include Leviathan and the Air- Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton University Press, 1985 [new ed. 2011]; with Simon Schaffer),A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (University of Chicago Press, 1994), The Scientific Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 1996; now translated into 16 languages), Wetenschap is cultuur (Science is Culture) (Amsterdam: Balans, 2005; with Simon Schaffer), The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), and several edited books.
He has published widely in the historical sociology of scientific knowledge, and his current research interests include historical and contemporary studies of dietetics, the changing languages and practices of taste, the nature of entrepreneurial science, and modern relations between academia and industry. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books and has written for The New Yorker. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his awards include the J. D. Bernal Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science (for career contributions to the field), the Ludwik Fleck Prize of 4S and the Robert K. Merton Prize of the American Sociological Association (for A Social History of Truth), the Herbert Dingle Prize of the British Society for the History of Science (for The Scientific Revolution), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. With Simon Schaffer, he was the 2005 winner of the Erasmus Prize, conferred by HRH the Prince of Orange of the Netherlands, for contributions to European culture, society, or social science.  
Stephen Straker (1942-2004) was for over thirty years a professor in the Department of History at UBC, where he taught history and philosophy of science and technology.  He was the main inspiration for and, in the early years, engine of the creation of the Science and Technology Studies Program at UBC.
Funding for this event provided by the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster Grant.
Funding for the STS Program provided by the Dean of Arts Office and the Departments of English, History, and Philosophy.
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