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Message posted on 13/01/2020

Yet another session in Prague

                Dear colleagues,
<br>
<br>At the EASST/4S conference in Prague, we would like to discuss the 
<br>inclusion of researchers in their scientific communities. We think that 
<br>this concept has the potential to integrate a large body of studies that 
<br>are often unconnected. While aspects of fairness and justice are often 
<br>on the forefront of this research, we are particularly interested in 
<br>functional aspects, i.e. in negative consequences of for the production 
<br>of knowledge that arise from constraints on the inclusion of researchers 
<br>in their scientific communities. This led us to the following abstract:
<br>
<br>*Inclusion in scientific communities*
<br>
<br>The original conception of scientific communities by Robert Merton, 
<br>Thomas Kuhn and Michael Polanyi implied the idea that all members of 
<br>scientific communities equally participate in the production of 
<br>scientific knowledge. Meanwhile, science studies have uncovered many 
<br>constraints that limit the participation of researchers in the knowledge 
<br>production processes and decision processes of their scientific 
<br>communities. Examples include constraints based on gender, ethnicity, 
<br>access to means for research, or non-mainstream approaches in research. 
<br>At the international level, several scientific communities have begun a 
<br>discussion about a North-Western dominance in the selection of topics 
<br>and approaches. In addition to these constraints, which could be 
<br>considered endogenous to scientific communities, political decision 
<br>produce constraints by limiting access to resources, imposing secrecy, 
<br>or restricting travel and other forms of communication and collaboration.
<br>
<br>The purpose of this open session is to explore the potential of studying 
<br>these phenomena from a perspective of researchers limited inclusion in 
<br>(or exclusion from) their scientific communities. We suggest considering 
<br>inclusion as the way in which researchers participate in knowledge 
<br>production and decision processes of their scientific communities, and 
<br>to look at mechanisms that constrain inclusion from a comparative 
<br>perspective. How are opportunities to participate in knowledge 
<br>production and decision-making distributed in international scientific 
<br>communities? Whose participation is restricted, and in which ways? What 
<br>mechanisms restrict inclusion? How does the inclusion of researchers, 
<br>national scientific communities, and world regions in the international 
<br>production of scientific knowledge change historically?
<br>
<br>The usual conditions (deadlines etc.) apply - you read them many times.
<br>
<br>Best wishes
<br>
<br>Jochen Gläser and Nelius Boshoff (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
<br>
<br>-- 
<br>PD Dr Jochen Gläser
<br>
<br>Prof. Dr. Jochen Gläser
<br>
<br>Social Studies of Science and Technology
<br>
<br>Institute of Philosophy, History of Literature, Science, and Technology
<br>
<br>TU Berlin, HBS 7
<br>
<br>Hardenbergstr. 16-18
<br>
<br>10623 Berlin
<br>
<br>Germany
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