SSHM Seminar November 25th with Ulrike Felt: “Innovation imaginaries, knowledge ecologies and academic timescapes: On the challenges of contemporary inter- and transdisciplinary research”

We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming SSHM Seminar Series event on November 25th. Professor Ulrike Felt (Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna) who will present on “Innovation imaginaries, knowledge ecologies and academic timescapes: On the challenges of contemporary inter- and transdisciplinary research”


Professor Ulrike Felt

The Seminar will place on Wednesday 25th November from 13:00-14:30 in Room K0.18 (King’s Building), Strand Campus, King’s College London.

Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies since 1999 and head of Vienna STS department. She has wide experience in running nationally and internationally funded research projects working with a broad spectrum of social science research methods. She has been visiting professor in a number of institutions, among them at GERSULP/Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg), at the Centre Interuniversitaire pour la Recherche en Science et Technologie, Universite du Québec à Montréal, at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, at the Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich and at the STS group at Harvard. She has served as member of the council of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) from 1995 until 1999, and of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) from 2002 to 2004. From July 2002 to June 2007 she was editor of the international peer-reviewed Journal Science, Technology, & Human Values (Journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science). Most recently she has also engaged in setting up an interdisciplinary Masterprogramme “Science – Technology – Society” (taught in English language) at the University of Vienna. Finally she engaged into policy advise both nationally and at the European level, e.g. as expert in the Advisory Group of the European Commission for the Science and Society priority of the 6th framework programme (2003-2006); as member of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB; 2006/07); as rapporteur of the expert group Science and Governance (download the report as pdf) and most recently for the European Science Foundation (Science Policy Briefing: Science in Society – Caring for our Futures in Turbulent Times).

Abstract: In contemporary societies, any credible reflection on future developments has to engage with scientific and technological innovation as a central force. In this context we regularly encounter calls for the need to increase inter- and transdisciplinarity, conceptualised as an answer to the seemingly limited capacity of disciplinary research to address complex societal challenges and thus to produce the expected innovation. Yet, this call for opening up the disciplinary boundaries comes simultaneously with fundamental transformations in the temporal structures of research, which start to be problematized. Acceleration of research, projectification, short-term contracts and many other changing temporal structures start to be highlighted as impacting knowledge generation practicesThis talk will develop the argument, that in order to fully understand the innovation dynamic at work as well as the possibilities and limitations of inter- and trans-disciplinary research, we need to identify the multiple temporal orders and analyse how they are arranged in timescapes that govern academic work and life, but also the knowledge and innovations we can generate.

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