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Tchalakov on Amateur Action in Science EASST 2014

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Presentation at EASST Conference, held on September 16-18 2014 in Torun, Poland
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  Ivan Tchalakov Dep. of Applied and Institutional Sociology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria PAST Center –  Tomsk State University, Russia The Amateur’s Action: On the Limits of  Actor-Network Account about resistance and endurance in scientific research   EASST Conference, Torun, 17-19 .09.2014    Contents ã Endurance in science - evidences from research ã ANT account of endurance  –   the notion of heterogeneous micro-community   ãThe ‘entrepreneurial’ and ‘other’ science (Pasteur v/s McClintock  ) ã The limits of traditional notion of action ã The endurance and forgotten amateur roots of modern science   ã Discussion  ANT notion of heterogeneous associations ã In 1990s and even till now it is a common claim that stability and solidity of as-sociations is largely due to the nonhuman/hybrid actors in it ã I remember when observing holographic lab in Sofia in early 1990s one scientist said: ‘We are working with JENA lasers. The company stop producing them and not supply spare parts anymore, while we had no money to by new ones. When the lasers cease to work, this will be the end of our research.”   Yet they managed to keep the lasers working ten years more until eventually bought new lasers…    Endurance in science - evidences from research ã 1993 survey on science brain-drain in Bulgaria Under what circumstances could you stop doing science  
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