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Experiments in Context and Contexting

12 July 2012

Science, Technology & Human Values (July 2012; 37 (4) ) special issue on “Experiments in Context and Contexting.”

What is context and how to deal with it? The context issue has been a key concern in Science and Technology Studies (STS). This is linked to the understanding that science is culture. But how? The irreductionist program from the early eighties sought to solve the problem by doing away with context altogether—for the benefit of worlds in the making. This special issue takes its points of departure in this irreductionist program, its source of inspirations, as well as its reworkings. The aim is not to solve the context problem but rather to experiment with context and what we label contexting.

Table of Contents

  • Kristin Asdal and Ingunn Moser: Experiments in Context and Contexting
  • Tiago Moreira: Health Care Standards and the Politics of Singularities: Shifting In and Out of Context
  • John Law and Ingunn Moser: Contexts and Culling
  • Brita Brenna: Natures, Contexts, and Natural History
  • Kristin Asdal: Contexts in Action—And the Future of the Past in STS
  • Vicky Singleton: When Contexts Meet: Feminism and Accountability in UK Cattle Farming

Ants and humans

27 June 2012

Did you know that

Only ants and humans are able to “organise themselves into teams” to lift heavy objects [?]

Also, they “call for emergency backup with chemical trail.” BBC Nature

A nice ANT story

20 February 2012

Enemies of ANT should beware of their opponents’ collective memory: “Ants remember their enemy’s scent.”

Ant colonies – one of nature’s most ancient and efficient societies – are able to form a “collective memory” of their enemies, say scientists. When one ant fights with an intruder from another colony it retains that enemy’s odour: passing it on to the rest of the colony. (…) Lead researcher Prof Mark Elgar explained to BBC Nature that all of the ants in the colony were able to draw on the experience of one worker. He described this as collective or “corporate wisdom”.