WTMC Workshop 7-9 December 2016 … AND COUNTING – Quantative research in and about STS

Date: December 7, 2016 until December 9, 2016

7-9 December, WTMC Autumn Workshop at Soeterbeeck, Ravenstein

Quantitative research in and about STS
STS currently often appears to have a preference for qualitative methods such as ethnography, discourse analysis and interviewing. Yet both within and apart from these modes, there is a lot of quantitative work going on in STS, in scientometrics and in innovation studies, for example. STS studies practices of quantification by others – here quantification is the object of study. But quantitative methods are also part and parcel of research practices within STS – where citation analysis, statistics and content analysis are part of the methodological repertoire. Both qualitative and quantitative methods in STS share a commitment to the empirical study of scientific and other practices.

And so the next WTMC workshop will focus on quantitative practices in and about STS. We will critically dissect practices of quantification, as well as adopting a quantitative view ourselves as a way of addressing research topics. Some research questions require quantitative answers, or can be enriched by combining qualitative and quantitative approaches. For example, we can understand the position of women in science by looking at the numbers of women employed as scientists at different times and in different places, but we can also conduct ethnographic work of particular labs to understand how scientific practice becomes gendered. As always, we will work on the topic by means of guest lectures, learning-by-doing, skills training, reading, and student presentations.

Guest lecturers include Antoinette de Bont (EUR), Tamar Sharon (UM), Thed van Leeuwen (CWTS) and Edwin Horlings (Rathenau Institute).

The registration form for this workshop is available online. Please register by 31 October!

The preparation work for this event is estimated at about 40 hours of study. Completion of this workshop is granted with 3 ECTS.

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