Issues in Scale – STS seminar series

The InSIS seminar series for Trinity Term 2010 will address issues of scale and scalography.

Issues in Scale - Oxford STS seminar series

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The problem of scale has long confounded social science. Familiar disputes are organised around a whole host of similar-sounding dualisms: micro/macro, large/small, global/local, societal/interactional, particular/general and near/far. The handling of this problem is crucial for a wide range of social science interventions, policy, management and business. But is it possible to turn the problem of scale into an object of productive inquiry?

Our excellent cast of speakers will continue to pursue this question, building on the success of our summer 2009 workshop on Scalography, with papers which empirically examine a huge array of examples of the creation and maintenance of different scales and levels of thought and action.

All are welcome.

The series is convened by the Science and Technology Studies (STS) research group at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society.

For updates and abstracts, visit the InSIS events listing.

All seminars take place at Saïd Business School (map)

Thursday 29 April 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Annemarie Mol (University of Amsterdam)
Some eating body’s wider relevance: on the elsewheres of the case

Thursday 6 May 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Gail Davies (UCL)
Rethinking scale and relations with humanised mice

Thursday 13 May 2010 – 2:00-3:30pm (Note: change of time)
Franck Cochoy (Toulouse)
On curiosity devices: from scalography to depthography

Thursday 20 May 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Signe Vikkelsø (Copenhagen)
Appropriate scales of anxiety – on the frail operation of a therapeutic technique

Thursday 27 May 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Christina Dunbar-Hester (Virtual Knowledge Studio, Amsterdam)
Soldering towards media democracy

Thursday 3 June 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
No seminar

Thursday 10 June 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
John Law (Open University)
TBC

Thursday 17 June 2010 – 4:00-5:30pm
Alberto Corsin Jimenez (CSIC, Madrid)
How knowledge grows: an anthropological anamorphosis