ERUA TALK: Where Are the Sciences Today?
The sciences are everywhere in the world today. They influence our taste, behavior, and preferences. They determine how our children are taught in school and what food we eat at restaurants. An important reason for this is the increasing number of students around the world. Around half of a generation is now entering tertiary education. There are simply more scientists and scientifically trained people around us. This situation has also changed what we consider as science and which sciences are being prioritized. In recent decades, more emphasis has been put on fields such as life and biomedical sciences, information technology, business administration and, not least, the human sciences. In our first survey of the ERUA universities, it was apparent that these fields are also particularly strong in the educational profile of Europe’s reform universities. Therefore, the research group “Re-imagining higher education” (WP 2) invited Steven Shapin, Harvard University, to discuss his work on the modern science and especially his short article, “Invisible Science,” which discusses these developments.
The ERUA TALK is organized by the research group “Re-imagining higher education” (WP 2).
This session is chaired by Kasper Risbjerg Eskildsen, Roskilde University in cooperation with Anne Kwaschik’s history of knowledge research seminar, University of Konstanz.
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