A turn to ontology in STS?


A thought-provoking gathering took place yesterday (25 June 2008) at Oxford University, organised by the STS group at the James Martin Institute. “Is there a turn to ontology under way in Science and Technology Studies?” – asked the provocation piece written by Steve Woolgar and colleagues. Ted Schatzki, Mike Lynch, Noortje Marres, and Arie Rip laid out their thoughts in response, each presentation accompanied by the comments of two discussants. The papers and the comments can be downloaded from the Saïd Business School website. There are also additional comments by Annemarie Mol and John Law.

This event followed on from earlier meetings organised by the STS group, on 30 June 2004 (Does STS Mean Business?) and 29 June 2005 (Does STS Mean Business 2?), the papers for which are similarly available from these sites.

Update – 30 June 2008:

There is now also a blog dedicated to the “turn to ontology” problematic, with also some photos of the event.

Update – 25 August 2008:

And now there is even a nice 3-page PDF summary of the original event on this blog, produced for the 4S/EASST conference.

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One Response to “A turn to ontology in STS?”

  1. After Markets recordings « ANTHEM Says:

    […] inter- or cross-disciplinary encounters organised by the Oxford STS group (see e.g. Scalography, A Turn to Ontology, and the Does STS Mean Business […]

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