General Outline of "Geographies of Science"
- How far is science spatially situated and locally constructed? How far do the topics and results of scientific research depend on the locally available research equipment, different styles of research or different types of networks? What is the role of spatial contexts and action settings in the production and consumption of scientific knowledge? What spatial factors favour or inhibit the generation and application of scientific results? The topic covers both historical and contemporary science.
- The architecture of science. How important is the spatial arrangement and design of laboratories, museums or faculties for the production of scientific knowledge? How far can spatial arrangements of persons, informal networks and scientific equipment contribute to scientific creativity?
- The influence of the cultural and political context on the production, translation, and circulation of knowledge (e.g. the acceptance of Darwinism). Science, philosophy and race in historical context.
- What characterizes the localities (spatial contexts) where scientific knowledge is generated, displayed and legitimated?