“Making It Up: Histories of Research Integrity and Fraud in Scientific Practice”
Office for the History of Science, Uppsala University, 12-14 April, 2018
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
Deadline for submission: 15 May 2017
We announce a conference at the Office for the History of Science, Uppsala University to take place April 12-14, 2018 on the topic of “Making It Up: Histories of Research Integrity and Fraud in Scientific Practice.”
Since at least the publication of works such as Leviathan and the Air Pump, historians have demonstrated their sensitivity to the fact that categories such as ‘integrity’, ‘fraud’ and ‘misconduct’ are not natural. Rather they reflect historically situated consensus regarding what constitutes – at least the appearance of – acceptable conduct in the pursuit of research and modes of reporting. Some of the most iconic controversies in the history of science have centered on the question of acceptable scientific conduct. An examination of research integrity and fraud opens up to nothing less than the history of science’s moral economy: How have its institutional landscape and constraints on individual practitioners changed over time? What sorts of concrete work has this led to in the daily pursuit of ‘clean’ experimental data, identifiable artifacts, etc.?
The 21st century has seen a rash of high-profile cases of scientists fabricating or misrepresenting results in fields from biotechnology to social psychology.
Historians of science and scholars in science and technology studies (STS) have a unique perspective on research integrity and fraud.
We invite papers that focus on any historical period between the second half of the seventeenth century and the present.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
Replication: how it has been constructed, theorized, contested, evaluated
Attribution: disputes over authorship, plagiarism, priority
Fraud: how it has been claimed, practiced, discovered, measured, dramatized
Social movements and scientific “integrity”: e.g., anti-vivisection and anti-nuclear movements
Tricksterism: enacting fraud to ostensibly expose fraud (e.g., N-rays or the Sokal hoax)
Fraud, integrity, and changes in the research system, e.g. in patenting, funding, tenure review
Thought experiments and discovery myths: historicizing experiments described but not done
Fraudulent institutions: fake conferences, universities, and journals
The ambiguous and evolving politics of transparency and “open data”
Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 15 May 2017.
Send inquiries and submissions to:
Cyrus Mody – [email protected]
Otto Sibum – [email protected]
Willem Halffman- [email protected]
Lissa Roberts – [email protected]