Anthropology of Science

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GANT

Course Number: 6104

Since anthropology has shifted its focus from the supposedly premodern to the contemporary, science - as a defining element of modern cultures - has become a key site of anthropological inquiry. This course will explore the impact science studies have had and could have on anthropology at large. We will work through foundational texts informing anthropological engagements with modern science to reassess the current state of the project - a decade after the Science Wars, at a point when critique has arguably run out of steam. One focus of the course will be on attempts to establish interdisciplinary collaborations across the "two cultures" divide. Another closely related focus will be on the moral economies of scientific communities.

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