[SPSP-members] Workshop at UCL: Representations in Action

Chiara Ambrosio c.ambrosio at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Jun 6 08:02:55 CDT 2012

Representations in Action:
Visual Practices in Art and Science

A one-day workshop organised by the Department of Science and Technology 
Studies, University College London

Tuesday 19 June
10.30am – 6.00pm, followed by a reception and art pop-up at the Grant 
Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy
Venue: Archaeology G6 LT, UCL Campus
Room Location: 

Local Organizer: Chiara Ambrosio (c.ambrosio at ucl.ac.uk), Department of 
Science and Technology Studies, University College London

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the 
History of Science

Further information and abstracts at: 

The conference is free and open to the public, but places are limited. 
To register please contact Alasdair Tatam at a.tatam at ucl.ac.uk.

Representations constitute a crucial common link between scientific and 
artistic visual practices. Integrating the history, philosophy and 
sociology of scientific and artistic representations, this one-day 
workshop will explore how representations function first and foremost as 
experimental practices and as guidelines to practical judgements in 
science and in the visual arts.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the role of representations “in 
action” -- that is, their function as practices that partake of a 
process of inquiry. Drawing on historical and contemporary case-studies, 
the contributions to the workshop will present a range of arguments that 
will place visual practices in science and the visual arts, along with 
their commonalities and tensions, at the centre of current 
epistemological and historiographical debates on the dynamics of 
scientific observation and visualization, the quest for objectivity and 
the evaluative practices that implicitly inform the construction and use 
of representations.


Mauricio Suárez
Department of Philosophy, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
"The Modelling Attitude in 19th Century Physics"

Annamaria Carusi
Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
"Errors, lies, fictions, and other (mis) representations"

Antony Hudek
Institute of Archaeology, University College London
"When exhibitions become science fairs: episodes in a history of 
conceptual art"

Kelley Wilder
Photographic History Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester
"Exhibiting Scientific Applied Photography"

Chiara Ambrosio, Department of Science and Technology Studies, 
University College London
"Reconnecting Representations and Practices: Lessons from Art"

Keynote Lecture
Lorraine Daston
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
"The Physiognomy of the Sky and the Limits of Representation"


Dr. Chiara Ambrosio
Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Science
Department of Science and Technology Studies
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Tel. (+44) 02076790166

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