Modes of Technoscientific Knowledge Winter School

January 19-25, 2014, Université Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne

WinterSchool: Modes of Technoscientific Knowledge
Dates: 19-25 January, 2014
Location: Chalet Giersch, Manigod, France

Organization: Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, Technische Universität Darmstadt, French-German ANR-DFG project GOTO(, BiCoDa Alliance )

Following the “practical turn” in history of science and science studies in the late decades of the 20th century, a “thing turn” has occurred in the philosophy of science and technology. Epistemology scholars are more and more concerned with “thing knowledge” rather than with theoretical representations (Baird 2004). The technological dimension of science is no longer to be seen as a mere mediation between mind and reality for the sake of theoretical representation, theory-testing or practical application. “Epistemic things” and “experimental systems” (Rheinberger 1997), models and simulations (Morrison & Morgan 1999, Varenne 2007) and other technological artifacts are reconsidered as indispensable partners in the making of scientific knowledge. But how are we to identify and conceptualize the epistemic roles of technology in technoscientific research?

This PhD and advanced graduate winter school seeks to explore the epistemology of technoscientific knowledge on the basis of a number of case studies ranging from recent technosciences such as nanotechnology or synthetic biology, to more traditional ones, such as chemistry, pharmacy or metallurgy. The purpose is to disentangle the historical, sociological, anthropological and philosophical implications of the epistemology of technoscience. Along with stimulating topics, the school offers above all a convivial place of exchange between PhD students and more advanced scholars from various countries.

Lecturers: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (Univ. Paris 1 Sorbonne); Alfred Nordmann (Technische Univ. Darmstadt); Astrid Schwarz (University of Basel); Sacha Loeve (Univ.Paris 1 Sorbonne); Xavier Guchet (Univ. Paris 1 Sorbonne) ; Cyrus Mody (Rice University); Anne-Françoise Schmid (Ecoledes Mines Paris); Jean-Pierre Llored (Free Univ. of Bruxelles); Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (H. Prof. MPIWG Berlin – to be confirmed).


Posted: September 13, 2013