Deconstructing the 'instrument'

Andrzej Wojciech Nowak (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Economy 22a
Start time:
18 September, 2014 at 9:30
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It could be argued that one of the crucial points of Science and Technology Studies (STS) departure from more traditional ways of studying science, especially, philosophy of science, was their meticulous focus on material infrastructure of science and the crucial role of scientific instruments. Classical texts in ethnography of laboratory viewed instruments as crucial for the creation of inscriptions. Then studying instrument within STS required two types of work: empirical case studies, and more general attempts of creating a new narration about the scientific instruments in the wider context of scientific practice. The session "Deconstructing the 'instrument'" follows both paths - consisting of case studies (about changes in visualisations of pathogens mobility or an instrument name "sports compass" variously connecting science, education and sports) and a more general investigation of how STS change our view of what a scientific instrument is, and how it differs from traditional epistemological approach. "Deconstruction" here is used in its traditional sense - as a critical study that thoroughly unweaves many disparate, sometimes contradictory threads of a bigger assemblage. The papers will be presented in the order shown and within one session