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P215


Frame analysis in science studies 
Convenors:
Jochen Gläser (TU Berlin)
Nathalie Schwichtenberg (German Center of Higher Education and Science Studies)
Grit Laudel (Technical University Berlin)
Susanne Wollin-Giering (TU Berlin)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

We invite researchers who believe that collective frames of researchers play a role in their empirical studies to share their work. We are particularly interested in the role frames play in explanations of the production of scientific knowledge and in strategies of empirically identifying frames.

Long Abstract:

Ever since the social construction of scientific knowledge became an object of study and a target of explanation, the frames of actors involved in these construction processes needed to be dealt with empirically and conceptually. Social theory considers frames as specific cognitive structures that provide actors with knowledge about situations and proven solutions for typical problems (Giddens, 1979 Goffman 1974; Schütz, 1967). Collective frames are shared between researchers, are constructed and maintained through mutual observation and communication, and are passed on to new members in socialisation processes. Such frames played an incognito role in a divergent set of studies including the investigation of scientific controversies (Collins 1981), epistemic cultures (Knorr-Cetina 1999), individual and collective notions of research quality (Ochsner et al. 2013), and ignorance (Kleinman and Suryanarayanan 2013). They were explicitly treated only in a study of academic careers (Laudel et al. 2019). Unfortunately, the terminological variety, theoretical ambiguity and limited methodological support for their study prevented science studies from paying attention to an underlying common interest. So far, frames were introduced ad hoc. We think that science studies could benefit from their more systematic treatment.

With our session, we want to begin a discussion about the role of collective frames in the production of scientific knowledge and thus for science studies. We invite researchers who believe that collective frames of researchers play a role in their empirical studies to share their work. We are particularly interested in the role frames play in explanations of the production of scientific knowledge and in the strategies of empirically identifying frames.

Accepted papers: