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Honoursmodule: Feeling Science

In the common understanding of science, scientific practice is often framed as data collection, the systematic analysis of data, development of scientific models and theory, all with the goal of objectively and factually representing reality.

Similarly, in the classical philosophy of science, the results of research activities are viewed as objective and disembodied. What is underrepresented in such views on scientific practices are the ways in which the body of the scientist plays a role in these practices. 

Recent research in the field of science studies highlights these underrepresented aspects of scientific practices. Scholars in this field ask questions such as: What role do the body, affects and emotions of microbiologists play when they generate computer simulations of protein models (Myers 2015)? Here, the scientist’s body becomes a research instrument, also actively involved in research practices.  

If the scientists’ bodies are indeed involved in research practices in various ways, a lot of new questions arise. For example: in what ways may a scientist’s body be involved in research practices and what does it mean for scientific validity that different scientists have different modes of embodiment and embodied experiences? Or: what role do bodies, affects and emotions play when scientists - with different disciplinary backgrounds - collaborate? What implications does embodied scientific research practice have for research ethics or the way we communicate scientific results? Could we develop tools that help us engage with and include our embodiment productively in the different phases of our research practices so as to do good science? 

In this course, you will learn how to benefit from an awareness of how you use your body in your own research practices. This includes learning: 

  • How to cultivate awareness of one’s own physicality, presence, our relation to our surroundings and other (human and non-human) bodies; 
  • How to employ tools such as note-taking, reflection, drawing and writing to cultivate and describe one’s embodied involvement in research practices; 
  • How to interpret, reflect on and communicate your findings or experiences with regards to your embodied research practices. 

Schedule

You can find the timetable on Datanose. Please note: this course is scheduled on Wednesdays between 5:30 and 8:30 PM (earlier another day was communicated). 

Registration

Registration is open to second-year or third-year Bachelor's students participating in an Honours programme. Between 8 June 10 am and 12 June 11 pm, you can register by completing the online registration form that will appear on our website Honoursmodules IIS.  

Please note: Registration is not through SIS. Placement is at random. There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 12, so make sure you register on time. You will hear for which course(s) you are registered in the week of 20 June.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl

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Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in November