Hungary, Budapest

The Biological and the Social between 1900 and Today

when 16 July 2018 - 21 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 300

This summer school will examine critically the ways in which the social sciences and biology have been historically bound up over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From the beginning of that period, social and political theories exerted their influence on the knowledge produced by biological disciplines, while the social sciences built their understanding of human societies by drawing on what biology could tell them about human nature. The course will examine the entangled history of these disciplines and scrutinize how scientific boundaries are drawn and maintained, and how knowledge travels across them. We will evaluate what history can teach us about these exchanges and contemplate about possible joint work between social and biological scientists in the future.

Key topics of the course will include: early history of eugenics, different hereditary theories and their social implications, the nature/nurture divide, uses of history in genetics and vice versa, the relationship between social science and evolutionary theory.

The course will combine: lectures (45-60 mins) by core faculty followed by discussion of raised issues with students (30 mins), seminars (90 mins.) which concentrate on discussing pre-circulated texts and brief student presentations on selected topics, early afternoon workshops for public presentation and discussion of student research (draft thesis chapters, research proposals, draft articles, conference presentations, blog posts, audiovisual material, exhibition plans, etc.), individual writing and research time for the completion of short assessments, and public lectures for a wider audience.

Course leader

Tatjana Buklijas, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Emese Lafferton, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

Given the interdisciplinary nature of our topic, the ideal audience of this course will come from distinct disciplines and various backgrounds. Applications are invited from Ph.D. and advanced M.A. students, young researchers and faculty members studying relevant fields in history, the life sciences, public policy, gender studies, medical sociology, science studies, etc., who would profit from a deeper understanding of the history of dynamic interactions and mutual influences between the biological and social sciences in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Course aim

This summer school will examine critically the ways in which the social sciences and biology have been historically bound up over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From the beginning of that period, social and political theories exerted their influence on the knowledge produced by biological disciplines, while the social sciences built their understanding of human societies by drawing on what biology could tell them about human nature. The course will examine the entangled history of these disciplines and scrutinize how scientific boundaries are drawn and maintained, and how knowledge travels across them. We will evaluate what history can teach us about these exchanges and contemplate about possible joint work between social and biological scientists in the future.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2018.
EUR 270: TYhe early bird fee is payable until April 30, 2018.

Scholarships

The course is generously funded by CEU enabling participation at a low, subsidized tuition cost. As some applicants may have difficulty paying for tuition and/or some of the other associated costs (travel and accommodation), we may be able to offer a limi