NCBS Science and Society offers SITUATING SCIENCE and SOCIETY – A SHORT COURSE DEC 8-12, 2016
This introductory course will explore: 1) philosophical underpinnings of science and social science; 2) theorizing the science and society relationship; 3) understanding the HPS approach (Situating Science); 4) science and the non-west (transcultural perspectives).  The course is designed for those engaged in the practice of science and/or its interface with society.

Science is perhaps regarded as the most significant cognitive enterprise of our times and its interface with society is becoming increasingly complex. An attempt to unravel, understand, communicate and at times resolve some of these complexities is the overarching goal of the Science and Society programme at NCBS.  We seek to understand and engage with themes and perspectives of the intellectual foundations, human dimensions and impacts of scientific and technological development, with a particular focus on biology.  As part of this programme we are offering a 4-day course for students/researchers/academics who are interested in engaging with the foundations and emerging ideas in the fields of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) as well as Science and Technology Studies (STS). Reading material will be provided upon registration.
Those outside NCBS are also encouraged to apply.   There are limited spaces so do apply right away.
Gordon McOuat, Professor
University of King’s College/Dalhousie University
Gordon McOuat is Professor of Science and Technology Studies in the History of Science and Technology and Contemporary Studies Programmes at the University of King’s College/Dalhousie University.  His work covers the history, philosophy and politics of classification systems, logic and natural kinds, and studies in the methodology, history, philosophy, and culture of science.  McOuat has been a research fellow at Cambridge University,  Senior Research Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, visiting professor at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and the Humanities and Invited Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru  Institute of Advanced Study. He is also past-president of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CHSPS).

Dhruv Raina, Professor
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dhruv Raina is Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.  His areas of interest include history and philosophy of Science; science, technology and development policy;studies on science and social movements in India.  He has also lead research programmes on the institutionalisation of the modern scientific and technological research system in late nineteenth and twentieth century India and studies on the social epistemology of models and theories of the history of sciences: the historiography of sciences.
Prof. Raina is engaged in ongoing research programmes on the cultural reception of modern science and the dialogue with other knowledge systems and the preparation of archives and databases for the history of sciences and technology in India.  He holds the Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany and has been Visiting Professor, Maison de Sciences de l’Homme, Paris among other positions.

TO REGISTER: please email Aparna at <>  and fill out the form that you will find here.

10:30AM TO 3:30 PM, DEC 8-12, 2016

DEC 4, 2016
VENUE: Lecture Hall 2, NCBS, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road

In an effort to keep the intellectual engagement with the questions addressed in this course alive, as well as to provide support in accessing texts related to HPS and STS topics, the Sci&Soc programme at NCBS will hold a reading group once a week.  All those who register for the course are welcome to continue their readings as part of this group.  Please contact Aparna ( <> ) every Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm.
Aparna Uppaluri Banerjee Consultant Science and Society Program National Centre for Biological Sciences Tata Institute for Fundamental Research GKVK Campus, Bellary Road Bangalore Ph: 080 2366 6305

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