Jan 26, 2021
Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism
- 11:00 to 12:30
- Reading Group
- Dept. III
For the first session in 2021 we will read the following texts dedicated to the work of Ludwik Fleck that will be briefly introduced by Martina Schlünder:
- Fleck, L. "Pathology of the Holocaust. Investigation of epidemic typhus in the Ghetto of Lwów in 1941-1942." (Translated in 1959 from Polish to Hebrew by Prof. Marcus Klingberg): 1-7.
- Gonzalez, Roberto J., Laura Nader, and C. Jay Ou. "Between Two Poles: Bronislaw Malinowski, Ludwik Fleck, and the Anthropology of Science." Current Anthropology 36, no. 5 (December 1, 1995): 866–69.
- Fleck, L, Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact (edited by T. J. Trenn and R. K. Merton, foreword by Thomas Kuhn), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.
- Fleck, L., Entstehung und Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Tatsache. Einführung in die Lehre vom Denkstil und Denkkollektiv. Mit einer Einleitung herausgegeben von Lothar Schäfer und Thomas Schnelle (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft. Nr. 312). Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1980.
Contact and Registration
Everyone is welcome to join. For registration or any questions about the seminar please contact Marianna Szczygielska.
About This Series
“Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism” is a monthly reading seminar interrogating "postcolonial" as an analytic concept in the history of science. The goal is to understand the ethics and mechanisms of our own epistemic practices as they relate to politics and power. We aim to examine the ways that epistemology is both historically contingent and actively produced within the history of science with the goal of troubling our disciplinary positions. For each meeting we list and circulate
- a short ‘provocative text’ to carry the empirical element and to provoke us to go wider in attempting to attend to something that troubles. Everyone is expected to read that text
- two or three "theoretical" or descriptive papers that we feel might be useful in "attending to the trouble." These are optional readings. The idea is that everyone who attends the discussion will have read at least the short provocation paper and bring some "troubles" to the meeting