The field and the farm in the production of biomedical knowledge
Miguel Garcia-Sancho (University of Edinburgh)
Dmitriy Myelnikov (University of Edinburgh)
Start time:
2 September, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Experimental breeding fields and farms are unexplored sties of biomedical research. In them, animals and plants interact with humans in the production of knowledge applied to health and agriculture. We welcome contributions on any aspect of animal and plant research, from genetics to biotechnology.

Long abstract:

The study of biomedical research has traditionally focused on the laboratory and the clinic. STS scholars have investigated how bench scientists produce knowledge and how this knowledge interacts, in complex ways, with medical practice. There are, yet, other sites of biomedical knowledge that remain unexplored, such as experimental fields or farms devoted to genetic breeding and agricultural research. Those sites have played a crucial role in the development of modern biomedicine, as well as the emergence of the biotechnology market, and non-human genomic projects. In them, animals and plants, botanists and vets interact with biomedical researchers in the delivery of knowledge that is relevant in a variety of ways. Knowledge transfer in the field and the farm involves not only application to human medicine, but also to animal and plant health, or the improvement of the commercial yield of agriculture. These neglected knowledge actors, interactions and outputs will be the focus of our track. Apart from being under-explored, STS approaches to animals have tended to be disconnected from those to plants, and historical perspectives have developed independently from more sociological or economic ones. Depending on the number of participants, we will organise one or two interdisciplinary panels and a round table in which different theoretical and methodological approaches will be brought together. SESSIONS: 3/4