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Lunch Lectures

Lunch LecturesDie Lunch Lectures sind eine Veranstaltungsreihe des FRIAS, die sich im weitesten Sinn der Reflexion über Wissen, Wissenschaft und Technologie verschrieben hat und von Semester zu Semester unter einer anderen übergeordneten Fragestellung steht. An Donnerstagen zwischen 12:15 und 13:00 beleuchten FRIAS Fellows das jeweilige Rahmenthema der Lunch Lectures aus der Perspektive ihrer Forschungsdisziplin und geben dabei Einblick in aktuelle Forschungsprojekte und -ergebnisse, gefolgt von einer angeregten Diskussion mit einem breiten Publikum. Die Vorträge richten sich in erster Linie an Studierende aller Semester, sind darüber hinaus aber für alle interessierten Zuhörerinnen und Zuhörer offen, die am öffentlichen und streitbaren Nachdenken über Wissen und Wissenschaft Interesse haben und sich zudem über das aktuelle Forschungsgeschehen am FRIAS informieren möchten. Veranstaltungsort im Sommersemester 2018 ist der HS 1009 im KG I.

Im Sommersemester 2018 können B.A. Studierende 2 ECTS im “Ergänzungsbereich / Individuelle Studiengestaltung” erwerben (weitere Informationen und die Liste der zugelassenen Studiengänge finden Sie hier).

Donnerstags 12.15 - 13.00 Uhr, Universität Freiburg, KG I, Hörsaal 1015

Video-Podcasts der Lunch Lectures auf der FRIAS-Mediathek


FRIAS Lunch Lectures WiSe 2018/19: Shifting perspectives - when the margins become the center

In scholarly work, what is the "center", and what is on the "margins"? Who decides? How are such distinctions enforced? How pronounced is this dichotomy, which is deliberately put in inverted commas, in different disciplines? What does the world of science and scholarship miss by neglecting the so-called "margins"? How can the issue of lacking resources for "outsiders" be addressed, especially in the experimental sciences? And what role do geographical imbalances in knowledge production and sharing play, be it between the global north and south, or between west and east?

The task of this new lunch lecture series is to invite leading scholars to (1) reflect on the ways in which, in their respective fields, some approaches, sources, methods, questions, stakeholders and areas of the world are judged to be central / mainstream and others judged to be marginal and (2) to ask what could happen if their respective fields were to engage in a process of strategic "decentering"? How might science and scholarship become more innovative, more global, more equitable, and conceptually richer if their so-called "margins" were no longer dismissed as marginal?

FRIAS Lunch Lectures SoSe 2018: Ignorance - what we don't know

This lunch lecture series leads us to the frontiers of research, its greatest challenge and, some may say, its greatest enemy: what it is that we don't know, and that maybe we will never know! Or: that we don't know yet! Or: that we don't even know yet that we don't know! Or: that we don't want, or should not want, to know! Or: that we are not supposed to know! And in the latter case: who then is it who doesn't want us (academics, ultimately society) to know?
From the different perspectives of a highly diverse set of academic disciplines and research cultures, FRIAS Fellows will address these and other questions relevant for shedding light on ignorance. With the introductory lecture by Matthias Groß, co-editor of the “Routledge Handbook of Ignorance Studies”, the lecture series will also build on recent research in the fields of „ignorance studies“ and „agnotology“. The latter tackles the production of ignorance, for example ignorance about the dangers of climate change, smoking, nuclear power, fracking, or sugar in soft drinks.

Ignorance is nothing to be ignored! It has many fascinating dimensions, as we shall see and explore, in science as much as in society.

Some literature recommendations:

  • Groß, Matthias/McGoey, Linsey eds. (2015), Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. Routledge.
  • the first 80 pages from: Groß, Matthias (2010), Ignorance and Surprise. MIT Press.
  • Proctor, Robert/Schiebinger, Londa eds. (2008), Agnotology. The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance. Stanford University Press.
  • Böschen, Stefan/Wehling, Peter (2010): Scientific Nonknowledge and Its Political Dynamics: The Cases of Agri-Biotechnology and Mobile Phoning. in: Science, Technology, & Human Values 35(6), 783-811.
  • Firestein, Stuart (2012), Ignorance: How it Drives Science. Oxford University Press.



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