Calendar


Spring 2014

January

W 1/21: What is STS? Philosophy?
Preparation
• Please examine the course web site closely concentrating on the assignments, syllabus and calendar.
• I will invite you to join the class wiki. On doing so, within the next 48 hours, please post a brief personal profile.
Please read:
Primary:
"Introduction" to Hess' Science Studies: An Advanced Introduction pages 1-5.
"Introduction" to Fuller's New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies pages 1-7.
"Philosophy Is Not a Science" Julian Friedland, New York Times, 2012.
Secondary:
"Editorial" the editorial principles for Social Studies of Science, 1971.
Program on the Public Conceptions of Science: Bibliography #1" Newsletter of the Program on Public Conceptions of Science, 1972.
In-Class Activities
• We will review the structure and goals of the course and develop a working definition of STS and philosophy.

W 1/28: The Beginnings of Post-Positivism
Preparation
The Question Leader will post Central Question 1, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 1/27, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 1/30.
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Introduction and Chapter 1 in Zammito's A Nice Derangement of Epistemes.
Secondary:
❧ Chapters 2 and 3 in Zammito's A Nice Derangement of Epistemes.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.


February

W 2/4: The Turn to Constructivism
Preparation
Please send an email (jim.collier@vt.edu) by midnight regarding your choice of assignment option.
The Question Leader will post Central Question 2, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 2/3, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 2/6.
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Chapter 6 in Zammito's A Nice Derangement of Epistemes.
Secondary:
❧ Chapters 4 and 5 in Zammito's A Nice Derangement of Epistemes.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 2/11: The Ontological Turn
Preparation
If you are writing an essay, please send an email (jim.collier@vt.edu) by midnight with your essay proposal.
The Question Leader will post Central Question 3, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 2/10, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 2/13.
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Chapter 7 and the Conclusion in Zammito's A Nice Derangement of Epistemes.
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 8 in Zammito's A Nice Derangement of Epistemes.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 2/18: Postmodern Science Studies?
Preparation
The Question Leader will post Central Question 4, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 2/17, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 2/20.
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Introduction ("Scrutinizing Science Studies", Koertge) and Chapter 3 ("A Plea for Science Studies", Kitcher) in Koertge's A House Built on Sand.
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 1 (Sokal, "What the Sokal Affair Does and Does Not Prove") and Chapter 2 (Boghossian, "What the Sokal Hoax Ought to Teach Us") in Koertge's A House Built on Sand.
Additional Context:
"Introduction" (PDF; 3.3 MB) (Andrew Ross, Social Text, No. 46/47, Science Wars, Spring-Summer, 1996, pp. 1-13).
"The Science Wars: Responses to a Marriage Failed" (PDF; 2.2 MB) (Dorothy Nelkin, Social Text, No. 46/47, Science Wars, Spring-Summer, 1996, pp. 93-100).
"The Politics of the Science Wars" (PDF; 5.5 MB) (Stanley Aronowitz, Social Text, No. 46/47, Science Wars, Spring-Summer, 1996, pp. 177-197).
"Transgressing the Boundaries" (Alan Sokal, Social Text, No. 46/47, Science Wars, Spring-Summer, 1996, pp. 217-252).
"Transgressing the Boundaries: An Afterword" (Alan Sokal, Philosophy and Literature 20.2 (1996) 338-346.).
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 2/25: Explaining Interests
Preparation
The Question Leader will post Central Question 5, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 2/24, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 2/27.
Mid-Term Exam due no later than noon Tuesday (3/3).
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Chapter 8 ("When Experiments Fail Is 'Cold Fusion' Science as Normal?", McKinney) and Chapter 9 ("Avoiding the Experimenters' Regress", Franklin) in Koertge's A House Built on Sand.
Secondary:
The sun in a test tube: the story of cold fusion" (Chapter 3, Collins, Harry and Trevor Pinch. The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
❧ Collins, H. M. "The Seven Sexes: A Study in the Sociology of a Phenomenon, or The Replication of Experiments in Physics." Sociology 9, no. 2 (1975): 205-224.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.


March

W 3/4: Revisiting the Enlightenment
Preparation
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Chapter 14 ("What Is Wrong with the Strong Programme's Case Study of the 'Hobbes-Boyle Dispute'?", Pinnick) and Chapter 17 ("The End of Science, the Central Dogma of Science Studies, Monsieur Jourdain, and Uncle Vanya", Levitt) in Koertge's A House Built on Sand.
Please read:
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 12 ("In Defense of Bacon", Soble) and Chapter 16 ("Postmodernisms and the Problem of Scientific Literacy", Koertge) in Koertge's A House Built on Sand.
In-Class Activities
• We will discuss the assigned readings.

Spring Break

W 3/18: Turn and Turn Again
Preparation
Please read:
The Question Leader will post Central Question 6, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 3/17, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 3/20.
Primary:
❦ "Introduction" (Biagioli), Chapter 19 ("One More Turn After the Social Turn ...", Latour) and Chapter 20 ("Was the Last Turn the Right Turn?", Lenior) in Biagioli's The Science Studies Reader.
Please read:
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 28 ("Experimental Systems: Historiality, Narration and Deconstruction", Rheinberger) in Biagioli's The Science Studies Reader.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 3/25: Feminist Practices and STS
Preparation
If you are writing an essay please send me, by midnight, an email attached (jim.collier@vt.edu) with your essay draft.
The Question Leader will post Central Question 7, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 3/24, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 3/27.
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Chapter 1 ("Agential Realism", Barad) and Chapter 16 ("The Gender/Science System": or, Is Sex the Gender as Nature Is to Science", Keller) in Biagioli's The Science Studies Reader.
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 24 ("Toward an Anthropology of Immunology", Martin) and Chapter 36 ("The Engendering of Archaeology", Wylie) in Biagioli's The Science Studies Reader;
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.


April

W 4/1: Ceaseless Mixing
Preparation
The Question Leader will post Central Question 8, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 3/31, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 4/3.
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Chapters 1 and 2 in Latour's We Have Never Been Modern.
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 3 in Latour's We Have Never Been Modern.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leader will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 4/8: Toward the Nonmodern
Preparation
The Question Leaders will post Central Questions 9, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 4/7, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 4/10.
Please read:
Primary:
❦ Chapter 4 in Latour's We Have Never Been Modern.
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 5 in Latour's We Have Never Been Modern.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leaders will begin class and take 15-20 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 4/15: The Return to Philosophy
Preparation
The Question Leaders will post Central Questions 10, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 4/14, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 4/17.
Please read:
Primary:
"A strong distinction between humans and non-humans is no longer required for research purposes: a debate between Bruno Latour and Steve Fuller" (PDF 137 KB) (Barron, ed. History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 16 No. 2, 2003, pp. 77-99) and the Introduction (I) and Chapter 2 (II) 1 in Fuller's The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies.
Secondary:
"The Need for Public Intellectuals: A Space for STS" (PDF 78 KB) (Bijker, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 28 No. 4, Autumn 2003 443-450 ).
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leaders will begin class and take 15-20 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 4/22: In the Field
Preparation
The Question Leaders will post Central Questions 11, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 4/21, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 4/24.
Please read:
❦ Chapter 3 (III) in Fuller's The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies.
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 3 in Fuller's New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leaders will begin class and take 15-20 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.

W 4/29: Thinking of Things
Preparation
The Question Leaders will post Central Questions 12, and their analysis, to the wiki by noon on 4/28, and post their re-examination to the wiki by midnight on 5/1.
Please read:
❦ Chapter 4 (IV) in Fuller's The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies.
Secondary:
❧ Chapter 5 (V) in Fuller's The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies.
In-Class Activities
• The Question Leaders will begin class and take 10-15 minutes to pose and discuss their central question on the primary reading. The central question will help guide our discussion and class takeaways.


May

W 5/7: Do We Study Science?
Preparation
Please read:
❦ Chapter 6 (VI) in Fuller's The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies and Chapter 7 in Fuller's New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies.
Secondary:
"The Need for Public Intellectuals: A Space for STS" (PDF 78 KB) (Bijker, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 28 No. 4, Autumn 2003 443-450 ).
In-Class Activities
• We will discuss the readings and draw conclusions about our travels through the course.

M 5/11: Final
Preparation
Comprehensive Exam or Essay Realized due no later than 9:00 p.m. For reference, the exam schedule.

Well Done!

Philosophy of STS