Science and Method in the Humanities (3/2/12, abstracts due 11/1/11)

Science and Method in the Humanities (3/2/12, abstracts due 11/1/11)
Rutgers University announces "Science and Method in the Humanities," an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University, Brown University).
The aim of the conference is to explore questions of method and methodology in the sciences and in humanities scholarship that engages the sciences. This one-day event will bring together scholars working across that curricular divide for an interdisciplinary discussion of science and method, ranging from the historical development of scientific methods and their various historical re-articulations to broader concerns of methodology across the humanities.
How does interdisciplinary scholarship reframe questions of methodology, broadly construed? How is method variously understood and how are its formulations shaped by historical, theoretical, and disciplinary concerns? How does method relate to matters of fact and theory? How do humanities disciplines appropriate and modify particular scientific methods?

Related themes/topics may include (but are not limited to):
Scientific methods and the history of science
Methodology, disciplinary history, and the professionalization of the humanities
Method and form, genres of scientific knowledge, aesthetics of science, or as science
Inscription and writing: media, authority, translation, referentiality
Elements of method: hypothesis, collaboration, witnessing, objectivity
Historical method: induction, deduction, experimentation
Philosophy and the Analytic/Continental divide
Vitalism in the sciences and in critical theory
The afterlives of positivism
The “cognitive revolution” and the humanities
The curriculum and the “two cultures” debate
Science Studies/STS, Actor Network Theory, and historical study
Vernacular Science and Mobile Technologies
Digital humanities: computation, quantitative analysis, electronic publishing and peer review
Please send 400-500-word abstracts to Lizzie Oldfather ( by November 1, 2011.
Sponsored by: Rutgers British Studies Center, Program in the History of Science, Technology, Environment and Health, Center for Cultural Analysis, Program in Early Modern Studies.

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