Tag Archives: NewSSC

Science in a Changing World initiatives

“Science in a Changing World” (SICW) is a constellation of initiatives aimed at “facilitating learning & teaching innovation, research & public engagement, discussion & collaboration regarding scientific developments & social change.” SICW is linked to what is now a Master’s program of the same name at the University of Massachusetts at Boston (UMass Boston), but the decentered approach to SICW infrastructure building began developing much earlier in the work of its coordinator, Peter Taylor. This statement sets the scene with a brief account of the principles that animate the decentered approach, describes the prehistory before UMass Boston and the strands that make up SICW, and closes with some remarks about the ways that this kind of infrastructure development follows from and feeds into STS analyses. (read more)

Intersecting Processes: May 2017 New England Workshop on Science and Social Change

Location: Old Fire Station, Woods Hole MA, USA
New Dates May 2017, 8am Sat May 27 – 2.30pm Weds May 31

In this five-day workshop participants will create spaces, interactions, and support in formulating plans to extend our own projects of inquiry and engagement around “intersecting processes.”

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Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces: The New England Workshop on Science and Social Change (NewSSC)

This post is my submission for a new form of presentation at its next conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S):

The STS [*] Making and Doing initiative aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production. [* STS = science and technology studies]

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Scaffolding Scientific and Social Change: Workshop in May 2013

Location: Old Fire Station, Woods Hole MA, USA
Dates May 19 (8am) – 22 (2pm)

In this workshop participants will create spaces, interactions and support in formulating plans to extend our own projects of inquiry and engagement in scientific and social change. In making such plans, we will also be exploring and developing the idea of “scaffolding” the efforts of current and potential collaborators. Activities will, as they have at NewSSC since 2004, build on what the particular participants contribute and employ a range of tools and processes for “connecting, probing, and reflecting.” One new feature is that the four days will follow the sequence of a “Collaborative Exploration,” an extension of Problem- or Project-Based Learning in which participants address a scenario in ways that allow them to shape their own directions of inquiry, at the same time as they support and learn from each others’ inquiries. The scenario for this workshop is described at http://sicw.wikispaces.com/NewSSC13Scenario.

Applications are sought from teachers and researchers (including graduate students) who are interested in facilitating discussion, reflection, avid learning, and clarifying one’s identity and affinities in relation to scientific and social change. The Collaborative Exploration format will allow for a limited number of participants over the internet. Newcomers and return participants are welcome. (more…)

Collaborative production of knowledge: Health, environment, and publics

Collaborative production of knowledge: Health, environment, and publics” is a small, interaction-intensive and collaboration-promoting workshop that begins from the question: How do we make sense of the growing attention to the collaborations with the public (or different selection of the public) in the production of knowledge about health and environmental concerns? All research is collaborative-even solitary scientists have to secure audiences if their findings are to become established as knowledge-so why emphasize collaboration in health and environmental research? The workshop will consider the diverse reasons that might be put forward to explain that emphasis. How are different angles on collaboration related in theory and practice? In what ways can scientists, science educators, science shop organizers, and researchers in history, philosophy, and social studies of science conceptualize, interpret, teach about, and engage in the collaborative generation of knowledge and inquiry? What can we learn reflexively from our own experience in an interaction-intensive workshop around these questions?

A few spaces remain; applications are sought from teachers and researchers (including students) who are interested in promoting the social contextualization of science through interdisciplinary education and outreach activities beyond their current disciplinary and academic boundaries.

Place: Arouca, PORTUGAL
Dates May 21 (Sat, time TBA)-24 (Tues, time TBA), 2011
Lead Facilitator: Peter Taylor, Director of Science in a Changing World graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, building on his experience since 2004 organizing the New England Workshop on Science and Social Change.

Hosted by the BIOSENSE research group at the University of Coimbra, Portugal in collaboration with New England Workshop on Science and Social Change.

For further information or to apply, email the organizer, Rita Serra, ritaserra [at] ces.uc.pt