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P027


STS approaches to science and religion 
Convenors:
Thokozani Kamwendo (Durham University)
Sam Robinson (University of York)
Sarah Qidwai (York)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel seeks to collect papers that take an STS approach to Science, Technology and Religion. We welcome any paper that provides an example of how aspects of religion and religiosity can come into play in understandings of science and technology as social institutions.

Long Abstract:

We invite proposals for papers that take an STS approach to the topic of science and religion. We welcome any paper that provides an example of how aspects of religion and religiosity can come into play in understandings of science and technology as social institutions.

The social study of science and religion is still new and emerging. It makes intuitive sense to apply the sociology of science to explore the sociology of science and religion. That is also why it is a little curious that it is not all that common.

This panel is designed to put those of us who take an STS approach to science and religion in conversation with each other and to give religion away to STS colleagues. We envision the panel to reflect the eclectic nature of both STS and the emerging field of the social study of science and religion. We therefore invite papers that run the gamut from discussions about religion in science, science in religion, religion and science in public discourse, religion in STS as a field, and the purchase of STS approaches for understanding the relationship between science, religion, and society.

We suggest that contributors consider the following four questions in the preparation of their papers:

• What theories, methods and concepts from Science and Technology Studies have you applied to the study of science and religion and how?

• What insights have they yielded that are useful for understanding the relationship between science, technology, and religion?

• How does what you do incorporate aspects of religion into STS that would be useful for STS scholars to know?

• How does what you do problematize the notions of science, technology, religion, and society and the relationships between them?

Accepted papers: