Situating Science Summer School 2014: Science in Human Contexts

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Sun., Jun. 22, 2014, 9:00am - Thu., Jun. 26, 2014, 5:00pm

Siutating Science Summer School 2014: Science in Human Contexts
June 22-26 2014
Elbow Lake Nature Conservancy of Canada Reserve
Elbow Lake, Ontario, Canada

Call for applications

Location and Accommodations

Information for Accepted Students (restricted)


This 5-day Summer School will provide advanced training in the fields of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS) in a picturesque retreat near Kingston, Ontario. The seminar is an excellent opportunity for graduate students interested in learning about general issues and key areas in these fields.
The event is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster, a national network connecting and promoting the humanities and social studies of science and technology. Headquartered at the University of King’s College, the project has partners and “nodes” across the country. The week will address each of the four themes of the Situating Science Cluster:

1 - Historical Epistemology and Ontology
2 - Material Culture and Scientific/Technological Practices
3 - Scientific Communication and its Publics
4 - Geography and Sites of Knowing

Students will represent outstanding young scholars from across Canada in disciplines other than HPS or STS, and from Canadian institutions with small or non-existent HPS or STS programs, so that the summer school can offer a rich educational experience for those new to the field.

Each of the four full days will be split among:
(a) Background sessions led by Sergio Sismondo
(b) Sessions on one of themes above, led by a visiting faculty member with recognized expertise in the theme, and
(c) Sessions devoted to student research projects.
There will be plenty of opportunities for interaction and participation. The seminar will be held in English, and readings will be circulated in advance.
Special events such as a film showing and an excursion will be organized to complement session content. We are currently considering including a trip to either the Miller Museum of Geology or the Queen’s University Department of Physics instruments collection. There also will be swimming and hiking opportunities.


Sessions will be led by experts in each of the four Situating Science themes.

Sergio Sismondo, Philosophy and Sociology, Queen's University

Gordon McOuat, History of Science and Technology Program, University of King's College

Daryn Lehoux, Classics, Queen's University

Nicole Nelson, Sociology and History of Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Kelly Bronson, Science and Technology Studies, St. Thomas University

Location and Accommodations:
The seminar will be held at the Elbow Lake Nature Conservancy of Canada Reserve, a rustic retreat facility near Kingston, Ontario affiliated with the Queen’s University Biological Station. Students will be housed in shared cabins and will be expected to help with some meal preparation. The space is not wheelchair accessible. We will arrange transportation to and from Kingston, Ontario.

Sergio Sismondo, Professor of Philosophy and Sociology, Queen’s University
Coordination Assistance:
Emily Tector, Project Coordinator, Situating Science