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Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and Centre for Science Studies Postgraduate Workshop
Date: 12 June 2008 Time: 10.00 - 12.00
Venue: Bowland North SR3
Joint Postgraduate Workshop with Professor Myra Hird, Queen's University, Canada.
Part of the excitement about graduate research consists in discerning a research topic from a nearly infinite range of possibilities. Once chosen, we tend to excel at exploring the topic's substantive aspects. At some point, however, every researcher faces challenging questions about what they know (ontology) and how they know it (epistemology). These questions include: what constitutes reality? Is anything exclusive to discursive construction? Can observer and observed be separated? The aim of this workshop is to provide an open forum within which students can discuss these issues with regard to their individual topics of research. At the outset, we will outline the diversity of approaches to these questions developed by philosophers of science, and natural and social scientists. These approaches constitute an 'intellectual took-kit' to be deployed in developing the theoretical position that drives our research studies.
This workshop is free and open to all postgraduate students across the University.
Please register by contacting Jane Collins
The workshop will be facilitated by Lucy Suchman, and a light lunch will be served in Bowland North B122, Club Space, following the workshop.
Who can attend: Anyone
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