Of interest to those involved in the Locating Technoscience series may be the Geography, Science and Politics Research Network, co-ordinated by Rob Doubleday and Matthew Kearnes.
The network is described there thus:
Scientific knowledge is central to the constitution of contemporary societies. Much political debate and action pivots on competing versions of the appropriate role for science. The institutional sites at which these conflicts play out are wide ranging, including academia, government, business, civil society, publics and social movements. There has been considerable research in fields as diverse as politics, philosophy, economics, cultural studies and science and technological studies on the social dimensions of science and technology.
However, there is scope for greater attention to be paid to explicitly geographical questions about the relationships between science, technology and politics. The ‘geographies of science’ are of growing interest and significance in the UK.
It is in this context that we propose a research network to support the burgeoning community of scholars working from a variety of geographical perspectives on political aspects of science and technology. The network seeks to include people engaged in collaborative research on environmental issues; historical geography; studies of the role of knowledge in constituting and governing everyday life; research on science and technology policy; public understandings of emerging technologies; and much more.
The network will be built around an annual meeting at which members will present work-in-progress. The aim is to foster an environment of exchange and learning across different geographical approaches and projects. The tone will be conversational and supportive, and we hope that the network will be particularly attractive to advanced graduate students and early-career academics.