The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Strategic Knowledge Cluster, Situating Science: Cluster for the Humanist and Social Study of Science, has already reached the half way mark of our seven-year project.
The local “Atlantic Node”, which involves King’s professors and students, organized a popular Science Fiction Film Series in October. The local group is also co-sponsoring the Nova Scotian Institute of Science’s (NSIS) Student Science Writing and Student Video Competitions. Members continue to build on the success of the Works-In-Progress sessions throughout the year. After a couple of successful international workshops like “Thought Experiments” at Dal and “Circulating Knowledge, East and West” at King’s , plans are in the works for more international collaboration.
Following on the success of past national lecture series, the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Public Affairs (CCEPA) and the Cluster are midway through “Science and its Publics”, with the first of the Series coinciding with the Atlantic launch of the Science and Media Centre of Canada at King’s in November 2010, in partnership with King’s Journalism. The Series continues in Halifax again March 8th (Dr. David Pantalony, “The Role of the Public Museum”), Toronto March 14th (“Breakthrough or Public Experiment? The MS Liberation Treatment” Panel) and Alberta and Saskatchewan March 23-25th (“Facing Uncertainty: Who is Destined for Alzheimer’s Disease?” by Dr. Lock). Many of the events are streamed live.
In partner with the Race Lecture Series, we welcomed Dr. Sloan in October and Dr. Joan Fujimura will cap of the Series on March 22nd with her recent work on race, ancestry and DNA. Finally, we’re pleased to report that thanks to the work headed by Atlantic Node, Dal/King’s will be hosting the international congress of the History of Philosophy of Science Society (HOPOS) 2012!
Much more information on national and local activities is available to view on our website, www.situsci.ca. We invite you to join our mailing list.