Hybrid ontologies: scientific objects and visual cultures between the industry, the clinic and the laboratory

Funding Organitation: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación e Universidades en el marco del Plan Estatal I+D, 2019

Ref. Project: PID2019-106971GB-I00

Date of execution: 1 de junio de 2020 - 1 de junio de 2024.

Principal Investigators: Ana Romero de Pablos (IFS, CSIC) and María Jesús Santesmases Navarro de Palencia (IFS, CSIC)

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This project is a proposal to analyze the material cultures and experimental spaces, both academic and industrial spaces, of nuclear energy and biomedicine. The proposal is based on studying hybrid ontologies for a plural epistemology that is composed of shared representations styles between expert professional spaces, such as drawings and facilities as components of a material culture of science and technology. The histories of hybrid scientific objects provide the conceptual framework for a historical and philosophical analysis of knowledge production, experimentation and the manufacture of technologies. Through the analysis of epistemic objects - drawings, artefacts, installations and practices- this project will explore travels of knowledge, knowledge that transited between geographical, professional and disciplinary spaces. A historical epistemology of scientific practices and experimental procedures will allow reconstructing the manufacture, production and reproduction, uses and representations of knowledge, including experimental and technical skills. We aimed at focusing on the agency of travels, transits of knowledge and techniques between different places, those of the invention and those where they were used. In so doing, the history of the sciences would be composed, as we aim to show, of additional agents to those pioneer experiences and manufacturing so as to include those who, by adopting and using them both experiences and knowledge-, became integrated in transnational expert communities.

General objectives

The project is articulated around the analysis of hybrid ontologies at a crossroad between professional and disciplinary spaces; the historization of the processes of production, reproduction and representation of atomic and genetic knowledge; the analysis of the construction of reliability and authority regarding hybrid knowledge as well as the gender issues involved: the participation of women and gender in the production of knowledge and practices.