Modelling Technology

Week 7

Modelling Technology

History of Technology analyzes technology in its specific historical context. It thus concerns itself with the invention, development and/or uses of technology. The historian tries to analyze the relations between the technological aspects and the interaction between social, scientific, economic, political, philosophical and human factors. Models like the Social Construction of Technology (SCOT), Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Large Technological Systems (LTS) have been introduced in order to try to understand these complexities.

Programme:

09.00 - 12.00 Lecture and seminar

Core readings:

 

Lecture:

Nothing

Discussion 1: 

John Law, Technology and Heterogeneous Engineering: The Case of Portuguese Expansion, pp 105-128,

in Bijker, Hughes and Pinch: The Social Construction of Technological Systems,

The MIT Press Cambridge, 2012

Discussion 2: 
 
Carey Croneis, Early History of Petroleum in North America,
 
The Scientific Monthly, vol 37, no. 2, (Aug. 1933) pp 124-133

 

Discussion 3: 

Ellen van Oost, Materialized Gender: How Shavers Configure the Users' Femininity and Masculinity, pp 191-208

in Nelly Oudshoorn and Trevor Pinch:  How users matter, 2003

 
 
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Supplementary Readings: 
 

Langdon Winner,

'Do artefacts have politics?',

MacKenzie, Wajcman,

The Social Shaping..., pp. 26-38.
 

Trevor Pinch, Wiebe Bijker,

'The social construction of facts and artefacts: or how the sociology of science and the sociology of technology might benefit each other',

pp. 17-50. in Bijker, Hughes, Pinch (editors),

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New directions in the sociology and history of technology,

MIT Press, 1993.

 
Wiebe Bijker,

'The social construction of Bakelite: towards a theory of invention,

pp. 159-187. in Bijker, Hughes, Pinch (editors),

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New directions in the sociology and history of technology,

MIT Press, 1993.
 

Donald MacKenzie,

'Missile accuracy: a case study in the social processes of technological change',

pp. 195-222.  in Bijker, Hughes, Pinch (editors),

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New directions in the sociology and history of technology,

MIT Press, 1993.
 

David Edgerton,

'Essay review: Tilting at Paper Tigers',

British Journal for the History of Science, 26 (1993), pp. 67-75.

   
Langdon Winner,

'Upon Opening the Black Box and Finding it Empty: social constructivism and the philosophy of technology’,

Science, Technology and Human Values, 18 (1993), pp. 362-378.
 

Langdon Winner,

“The Whale and the Reactor: a search for limits in an age of high technology”

University of Chicago Press, 1986.

 

Pinch, T. & Bijker, W.E.,

“The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts”

in: Pinch, T. & Hughes, T.H. & Bijker, W.E.,

“The Social Construction of Technological Systems” 

London: MIT Press, 1987.

 

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