- Some key questions in this area of investigation are:
- Where do new sources of research funding come from, and how important a role do they play? Which agents foster the development, which methods do they use, and what are their primary motivations?
- What are the epistemic consequences, and who is affected by them? What is the impact of business interests on epistemic norms and ideals, and are there any (additional) sources of bias to be expected?
- Have there been any (changes of) institutional structures in the last decades that have stimulated or hindered these tendencies? Which historical idea of science is at stake? Which factors affected the practices of organizing the production and distribution of scientific knowledge during the second half of the 20th century?
- Is academic freedom threatened by these developments, and if so, to what extent? How could it be maintained? What are the epistemic effects of endowment chairs and industry-sponsored PhD projects?
Keynote speakers: Manuela Fernández Pinto (Universidad de los Andes), Bennett Holman (Yonsei University), Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University), Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University, Kingston)
Call for Papers:There are several slots for presentations (up to 20 minutes for the talk, followed by 10 minutes for discussion).Please send an anonymized abstract (approx. 500 words) and a separate document specifying your general information (name, contact, affiliation) by June 30th 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by August 15th. We welcome proposals from individuals at all stages of their career. Please note that unfortunately we cannot cover expenses for travel and accommodation. The conference fee (80 € / 50 €) also applies to accepted speakers.
Conference Fee and Details:Conference fee: 80 € (includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days; reduced fee for students: 50 €)
Conference language: English
Conference website: ziwis.fau.de/public-research
Organizers: Michael Jungert, Julia Böttcher, Jon Leefmann, Christoph Merdes, Sebastian SchuolCenter for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)