Homes for Science: tropical and arctic field stations

Homes for science: The Anthropology Of Tropical And Arctic Field-Stations

Final Workshop Programme

The 3 day workshop, addressing the ensemble of human activities relating to the operation of scientific field stations in non-temperate geographical areas, was convened by Wenzel Geissler, Ann Kelly and John Manton. It took place at the Finse polar research station, University of Oslo, Norway, November 27th-29th 2013 with the support of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo.

The workshop assembled artists and film-makers together with scholars from anthropology, history and related humanities and social sciences, and with diverse regional expertise, to present visual materials and papers addressing the ensemble of human activities relating to the operation of scientific field stations in non-temperate geographical areas. The programme established a dialogue across regions and disciplines, with a view to developing proposals and publications on the comparative potential of arctic and tropics, through the finely-grained lens of the field-station.

Two special issues of leading journals in the social studies of science are currently in preparation. These publications will present scholarly texts alongside artworks, together with pieces comprising both scholarly and visual materials.