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Call for applications - U Oslo - PhD course: CONCEPTUALIZING, THEORIZING, AND HISTORICIZING THE BIOECONOMY

PhD Course announcement:

CONCEPTUALIZING, THEORIZING, AND HISTORICIZING THE BIOECONOMY

PhD course in STS, University of Oslo
One Week PhD Course in Science and Technology Studies: 9-13 December 2019

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,
https://www.sv.uio.no/tik/english/research/projects/little-tools/index.html)
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.

Lecturers:
- Martina Schlnder, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science,
Berlin/TIK
- Solveig Jlich, 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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