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Current Debates on Science, Science Studies, and Their Critics

Classroom Unit 2, UC Santa Cruz
May 10-11, 1997

Panelists and speakers

Charles Bazerman, History of Science, UC Santa Barbara
Cathryn Carson, History of Science, UC Berkeley
Harry Collins, Sociology, University of Southampton, UK
John Ellis, German Literature, UCSC (Emeritus)
Barbara Epstein, History of Consciousness, UCSC
Sandra Faber, Astronomy and Astrophysics, UCSC
Paula Findlen, History, Stanford University
Catharine Gill, Principal, G. B. Kirby Preparatory High School, Santa Cruz
Ernest Hook, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
Timothy Lenoir, History of Science, Stanford University
David Mermin, Physics, Cornell University
Michael Nauenberg, Physics, UCSC (Emeritus)
Arkady Plotnitsky, Literature, Duke University
Theodore Porter, History of Science, UCLA
Alan Shapiro, History of Science, University of Minnesota
Brewster Smith, Psychology, UCSC (Emeritus)
Alan Sokal, Physics, New York University
Sharon Traweek, History of Science, UCLA
Donald Walter, Cardiology, UCLA


Saturday, May 10

8:50 a.m.

Session I: "Perspectives on Science and its Sociology"
Morning Chair: Sharon Traweek

9 a.m.
Harry Collins: "A Martian Writes a Letter Home"

9:45 a.m.
David Mermin: "Reflections of an Earthling"

10:30 a.m.
Coffee break

11:15 a.m.
Panel discussion

12:45 p.m.
End of morning session

Session II: "Postmodernism, Cultural Studies, and the Philosophy of Science"
Afternoon Chair: Michael Nauenberg

2 p.m.
Alan Sokal: "What the Social Text Affair Does and Does Not Prove"

2:45 p.m.
Arkady Plotnitsky: "But it is Above All Not True: Derrida, Relativity, and the Science Wars"

3:30 p.m.
Coffee break

4 p.m.
Panel discussion

5 p.m.
End of afternoon session

Sunday, May 11

Session III: "Cultural History and the History of Science"
Morning Chair: Theodore Porter

9 a.m.
Alan Shapiro: "Whither the History of Science?"

9:30 a.m.
Paula Findlen: "What Does it Mean to Think About Culture?"

10 a.m.
Coffee break

10:30 a.m.
Panel discussion

End of program

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