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PhD Course announcement:




University of Oslo,  9-13 December 2019


One Week PhD Course in Science and Technology Studies (STS)


In 2006 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a first call for designing a policy agenda for the emerging 'bioeconomy'. The neologism was obviously invented to proclaim and promote the happy match of 'bios' (i.e. life, here: life sciences) with 'the economy'. Since then for policy makers and organizations 'bioeconomy' is a term that characterizes an innovation economy based on biotechnologies while social scientists study it as a new form of capitalism.


This PhD course is part the ERC project "The Good Economy" (PI Kristin Asdal, and will explore the 'bio-economy' from a different angle by historicizing and theorizing its components 'life' and 'economy', its in-betweens, and their long-standing relations. We will especially investigate the concepts of 'bios' (i.e. 'life'/ 'the living'), temporalities, and reproduction from a (feminist) technoscience studies angle. 


What does 'life' stand in for in the 'bio-economy': Is it a discipline (biology), specific technologies (bio-tech), the realm of the living from cells to tissue, to animals, to humans? Do particular economic structures or systems generate specific life forms? Or does life culture any form of resistance? In which ways have biotechnologies intervened into the temporalities of living matter for the sake of value-creation? What tools, practices, and infrastructures render economies of reproduction possible? For whose benefit and who might be excluded?


The course will engage actively with the participants' own research interests. All participants are expected to submit a draft paper in advance of the course.


Application deadline: 15 June 2019


Please submit a short letter of motivation (max. 500 words) which includes your institutional affiliation, a description of your research interests, and an abstract for your course paper to Silje Morsman. Please submit the letter of motivation as an appendix, preferably in .rtf. or .doc formats. All participants must be enrolled in a phd program. This is an intensive course with all activities within one week.



 - Martina Schlünder, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin/TIK

- Solveig Jülich, Uppsala University

- Kristin Asdal, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway

- Susanne Bauer, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway


There is no course fee. All lunches, coffee/tea breaks and one joint dinner included. Travel and accommodation must be covered by participants.


Credit requirements:

-submit and present a course paper

-attend the entire course week

-be main commentator of another paper

-take active part in discussions


The deadline for submitting course papers will be 18 November 2019. Papers should be 5000 words and work in progress, not a finished text. Participants are expected to read all draft papers in addition to the course literature. During the course week, students will present their own paper and be the main commentator of another paper together with one of the lecturers.


The precirculated paper may be a draft analytical chapter/article from the dissertation, but not the introduction or theory/methods chapter alone. The paper needs to function as a starting point for discussing both how you analyze your empirical material and how you write your own texts.

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