Welcome to our three year project that will establish a research network on “Cosmopolitanism” in science. It closely examines the actual types of negotiations that go into the making of science and its culture within an increasingly globalized landscape. This partnership is both about “cosmopolitanism and the local” and is, at the same time, cosmopolitan and local.
(Photo: Globalizing the History and Philosophy of Science workshop, National University of Singapore)
Officially launched in late summer 2014 and generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant, “Cosmopolitanism and the Local in Science and Nature” is a three year project that aims to establish a research network on “Cosmopolitanism” in science. It closely examines the actual types of negotiations that go into the making of science and its culture within an increasingly globalized landscape. This Partnership is both about “cosmopolitanism and the local” and is, at the same time, cosmopolitan and local.
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Since this is a development grant, the goals are to cultivate relationships between Partners, bolster Partner exchanges and interactions, facilitate further outreach, and foster new Partners.
Specifically, the project will:
- Expose a hitherto largely Eurocentric scholarly community in Canada to widening international perspectives and methods,
- Build on past successes at border-crossings and exchanges between the participants,
- Facilitate a much needed nation-wide organization and exchange amongst Indian and South East Asian scholars, in concert with their Canadian counterparts, by integrating into an international network,
- Open up new perspectives on the genesis and place of globalized science, and thereby
- Offer alternative ways to conceptualize and engage globalization itself, and especially the globalization of knowledge and science.
- Bring the managerial team together for joint discussion, research exchange, leveraging and planning – all in the aid of laying the grounds of a sustainable partnership
The project is managed by a coordinating centre at the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS and “nodes” in Canada, India and Southeast Asia.
Find a Researcher
Search people and research areas related to the Cosmopolitanism theme in our research database.
Students will be employed throughout the project to assist with research activities.
Dalhousie University / University of King’s College:
Brandi Estey-Burtt, Project Assistant (January 2016-June 2016), PhD Candidate in English, Dalhousie University
Haritha Popuri, Project Assistant (August 2014 – March 2015), Prospective MA student in Dramaturgy
Isabelle Morin, MA student in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University
Dr. Jobin Kanjirakkat, Dalhousie University/University of King’s College
Management Team and Partners:
- Atlantic Canada
University of King’s College
Gordon McOuat, Director of the History of Science and Technology Programme and Director of the Situating Science SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster (Project Director)
Douglas Berger, Visiting faculty member in the Contemporary Studies Programme and Instructor in Chinese Studies at Dalhousie University (Collaborator)
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Letitia Meynell, Associate Professor of Philosophy (Co-applicant)
- Central Canada
Jamil Ragep, Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies (Collaborator)
Anna Winterbottom, Postdoctoral fellow in History at University of Sussex and researcher at the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill (Collaborator)
University of Toronto
Yiftach Fehige, Associate Professor at the Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Co-applicant)
Anna Agathangelou, Associate Professor of Political Science (Co-applicant)
Bernie Lightman, Professor of Humanities (Co-applicant)
- Western Canada
University of Alberta
Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts (Co-applicant)
University of British Columbia
Robert Brain, Professor of History (Collaborator)
Carla Nappi, Associate Professor of History (Collaborator)
- Northern India
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Drhuv Raina, Professor at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences (Co-applicant)
- Southern India
Sundar Sarukkai, Director and Professor at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (Co-applicant)
- Southeast Asia
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Arun Bala, Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (Co-applicant)
- USA and Europe
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies (Collaborator)
Over the three years, team members will strengthen their local and collective collaborations and solidify plans for transforming this nascent “developing” Partnership into a true long-term partnership with an established network and sustainable interchanges.
Specifically, we will:
- Organize Events: We will put on strategic workshops, summer schools, scholarly exchanges, lecture series and joint exhibitions.
- Develop Teaching and Learning resources: The team will work towards a planning a joint MA in Science and Technology Studies/History and Philosophy of Science by the end of the three years.
- Develop Resources: The project team will create and update a research database on the suject, bibliographies and links to other related initiatives, funding and groups
- Share: Our events will produce videos, interviews and podcasts related to our events online, which will announced via our social media.
- Publish: Event organizers will work towards publishing workshop proceedings and the post-doctoral fellow(s) will publish their new research.