We are organising two sessions on “Epistemic Spaces” at the Annual Meeting of American Geographers in Denver, Colorado, April 5-9, 2005, and would be happy to bring together contributors from different disciplines.

Please find below our CFP and do not hesitate to contact us!

Regards, Heike Joens

AAG 2005, Denver, April 5-9, Call for papers: Epistemic Spaces

The aim of this session is to expand our understanding of the relationship between processes of knowledge production and the settings in which they take place. Work in the social studies of science has long been interested in the spatiality of processes of scientific knowledge production and geographers have recently sought to develop a more sustained attempt to ‘put science in its place’ (Livingstone, 2003). It is hoped that the papers in this session will push forward the current debate on the relationship between knowledge production, politics and geography and will invite reflection on what a geography of science might look like.

Scholars with an interest in science studies, in the history of geography, as well as those interested in pseudo or quasi-scientific forms of knowledge production and truth determination are invited to submit papers to this session. Papers might examine a range of scientific practices therefore, be these drawn from high-energy physics and biotechnology, or the social sciences, psychology or geography itself. Empirically based papers will be particularly welcomed. The papers submitted might like to reflect upon some of the following issues, though this list is by no means exclusive.

o How are scientific practices geographically constituted and how does this effect the production of scientific truths? o How are systems of truth validated and acknowledged in different places and across space? o How is uncertainty negotiated at the margins of ‘regimes of truth’? o How do new arenas of ‘truth-validation’ (clinical trials, for example) expand the relationship between science and politics to new scales of action? o How have these broader political-economic shifts, such as processes of trans-nationalism and globalisation, shaped the meaning of scientific knowledge? o What, in turn, does it mean to create and to be part of trans-national spaces of scientific interaction and acknowledgement? o Which kind of (geo)politics are implied in different practices within higher education and research? o What kind of socio-scientific practices are related to different epistemic spaces? o To what extent is the relationship between ontological and epistemological questions geographically structured?

We hope the session will contribute to the recent interest in critical historical geographies of knowledge production while bringing together a variety of conceptual frameworks and ideas circulating within interdisciplinary science and cultural studies.

If you are interested in participating in this session, please contact one of the session organizers: Simon Reid-Henry ([email protected]) Richard Powell ([email protected]) Alexander Vasudevan ([email protected]) Heike Joens ([email protected]).

Final abstracts of no more than 250 words will be required by the session organisers by Friday, 5th November. For the AAG abstract specifications, see http://www.aag.org/annualmeetings/Denver2005/abstract.cfm