The Knowledge: Sciences, ENvironment, Health (SENS) stream aims to combine the contributions of the sociology of science with those of comparative political sociology. Its activities are organised around the following central question: to what extent is the conduct of scientific activities conditioned by external social dynamics? This question is broken down into four thematic areas:

Production of knowledge 

  • Analysis of scientific work and the differentiated use of science
  • Analysis of how lay knowledge is structured and its status

Circulation of knowledge

  • Science-industry relations (transfer of fundamental knowledge to fields of application, transfer of knowledge from one field of application to another)
  • Mediatisation of science

Confrontation of knowledge

  • Analysis of scientific controversies
  • Relationship between expert and lay knowledge

Legitimation of knowledge

  • Social legitimacy of scientific discourse
  • Legitimate uses of science

Two annual conferences are organised around work carried out by external researchers.

In addition, study days are held during which the work of the Émile Durkheim Centre’s researchers (tenured researchers, doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers) in the Knowledge stream is presented and discussed. The pooling and comparison of questions is designed as a way of promoting collaborative research and publications.

Close links have been established with local scientific partners (Irstea; Isped; the “Societies, Politics, Public Health” Doctoral School; the emerging HEADS programme supported by the Initiative of Excellence of the University of Bordeaux; the “Cancer” and “Regenerative Medicine” interdisciplinary centres within the University of Bordeaux, etc.).

You can view the programme for the current year here.

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Updated on 27/04/2021