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Message posted on 13/01/2020

Yet another session in Prague

Dear colleagues,

At the EASST/4S conference in Prague, we would like to discuss the
inclusion of researchers in their scientific communities. We think that
this concept has the potential to integrate a large body of studies that
are often unconnected. While aspects of fairness and justice are often
on the forefront of this research, we are particularly interested in
functional aspects, i.e. in negative consequences of for the production
of knowledge that arise from constraints on the inclusion of researchers
in their scientific communities. This led us to the following abstract:

Inclusion in scientific communities

The original conception of scientific communities by Robert Merton,
Thomas Kuhn and Michael Polanyi implied the idea that all members of
scientific communities equally participate in the production of
scientific knowledge. Meanwhile, science studies have uncovered many
constraints that limit the participation of researchers in the knowledge
production processes and decision processes of their scientific
communities. Examples include constraints based on gender, ethnicity,
access to means for research, or non-mainstream approaches in research.
At the international level, several scientific communities have begun a
discussion about a North-Western dominance in the selection of topics
and approaches. In addition to these constraints, which could be
considered endogenous to scientific communities, political decision
produce constraints by limiting access to resources, imposing secrecy,
or restricting travel and other forms of communication and collaboration.

The purpose of this open session is to explore the potential of studying
these phenomena from a perspective of researchers limited inclusion in
(or exclusion from) their scientific communities. We suggest considering
inclusion as the way in which researchers participate in knowledge
production and decision processes of their scientific communities, and
to look at mechanisms that constrain inclusion from a comparative
perspective. How are opportunities to participate in knowledge
production and decision-making distributed in international scientific
communities? Whose participation is restricted, and in which ways? What
mechanisms restrict inclusion? How does the inclusion of researchers,
national scientific communities, and world regions in the international
production of scientific knowledge change historically?

The usual conditions (deadlines etc.) apply - you read them many times.

Best wishes

Jochen Gläser and Nelius Boshoff (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

PD Dr Jochen Gläser

Prof. Dr. Jochen Gläser

Social Studies of Science and Technology

Institute of Philosophy, History of Literature, Science, and Technology

TU Berlin, HBS 7

Hardenbergstr. 16-18

10623 Berlin

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