Conferences, workshops, lectures

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17. 3. 2011 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Ještě jednou ke zjevením Panny Marie v Litmanové: Potýkání s Bruno Latourem a jeho představami o tom, co je skutečně náboženské [Virgin Mary apparitions in Litmanová revisited: A sympathetic polemic with Bruno Latour on the nature of religion]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

16. 3. 2011 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co je nábožensky skutečné/skutečně náboženské: O zjeveních Panny Marie a latourovské sociologii [What is religiously true/truly religious? On Virgin Mary apparitions and Latourian sociology]

Presentation for the methodology seminar of the Group for historical sociology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Hůrka bd., Husníkova 2075, 158 00 Praha 13

7. 12. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: V čem spočívá pravda Mariánského zjevení? [What is the truth of a Marian apparition?]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

30. 11. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Ještě jednou o síle a slabosti „ryzí odbornosti“: Politická nepolitika Natury 2000 [The purified expertise revisited: The political non-politics of Natura 2000]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

23. 11. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: O začarovaném kruhu čisté vědy a čisté politiky: Spory o dálniční obchvat Plzně [The vicious circle of double purification of science and politics: The controversy over the Plzen highway bypass]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

16. 11. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Síla a slabost "holých faktů": O devitalizaci sociologickýma očima [Gloss and poverty of "pure facts": On devitalization]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

9. 11. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Teorie sítí-aktérů (Bruno Latour, Michel Callon, John Law) a současná STS [Actor-network theory (Bruno Latour, Michel Callon, John law) and contemporary STS]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

3. 11. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co znamená "sociální konstrukce"? [The "social construction" - what it means?] (Praha)

Presentation for the set of lectures 20x20 in the Lucerna cinema hall in Prague, part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of the Center for Theoretical Study and of Science Days festival.

Some clarifications of the notion, which causes so many controversies, even now.
26. 10. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: David Bloor a co následovalo (silný program, studia laboratorní práce, studium vědeckých diskursů a další)[David Bloor and after (the strong programme, laboratory studies, the study of scientific discourses]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

19. 10. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Věda jako instituce - Mertonovská sociologie vědy [Science as an institution - Mertonian sociology of science]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

12. 10. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Problém reflexivity [The problem of reflexivity]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

5. 10. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Obrat k jazyku [The linguistic turn]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

21. 9. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Konstruktivismus a dekonstrukce [Constructivism and deconstruction]

Lecture within the MA sociology course "Science, technology, and politics", Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno
25. 8. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Religion in action: When theology and pastoral work meet Latourian science studies (Tokyo)

Presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Tokyo, Japan, August 25-19, 2010

STS arguments about science (as well as about STS approaches and theoretical frameworks) are occasionally developed and “tested” by excursions to some other fields, such as political theory or economics. Among these fields, religion belongs to rather neglected areas – the most important exception being the work of Bruno Latour. Latour, referring mainly to religious icons and talk, challenges traditional thinking about differences between science and religion. He argues that we should understand religion in its own terms (“religiously”) while seeing it as something “local, objective, visible, mundane, unmiraculous, repetitive, obstinate, and sturdy”. When hearing about religion, we should avoid, Latour insists, turning our attention “to the far away, the above, the supernatural, the infinite, the distant, the transcendent, the mysterious, the misty, the sublime, the eternal”. Only then we can reframe the relationship between science and religion in a new, mutually meaningful and acceptable way… In this paper I will critically discuss and perhaps also make more refined these Latour’s arguments. Empirical evidence will be taken from my current ethnographic research on religious apparitions and demonic possessions, inspired by Latourian science studies. A case study on Marian apparitions in Eastern Slovakia (1991-5), for instance, nicely documents how religious practices do not simply aim at establishing some belief in (unwarranted knowledge of) non-present, distant entities; in many respects, these practices rather redirect our attention to what is present, close, and living. Contrary to what Latour seems to suggest, however, I will try to show that the respect toward the local, visible, graspable, mundane and repetitive cannot and, after all, is not (by various participating actors) separated from the interest in or the reality of supernatural, mysterious and transcendent religious phenomena. On the contrary, the two orientations are constitutively connected – and sometimes such a connection is even clearly reflected by priests or worshippers.

20. 6. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Jak se uskutečňuje zázračné zjevení - pohled z perspektivy latourovských vědních studií [Making the miraculous apparition real - a view form the STS perspective] (Hoješín near Seč)

Presentation for the 11th conference of Biograf, June 18-20 2010, Hoješín near Seč (Chrudim)

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (????): Antropocén: Více než jeden, méně než dva [Anthropocene: More than one, less than many]. In: P. Pokorný & D. Storch, eds: Antropocén. (edited book in preparation)

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. / SONERYD, L. / SVAČINA, K. (2018): Lost in translation: Czech dialogues by Swedish design. Science & Technology Studies, 31 (3): 5-23

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BARTLOVÁ, M. / BÍLEK, P. / KONOPÁSEK, Z. / REIFOVÁ, I. (2017): Diskuze o interdiciplinárních přístupech k normalizaci [Discussion on interdisciplinary approaches toward normalization]. In: K. Činátl, J. Mervart & J. Najbert, eds: Podoby česko-slovenské normalizace: Dějiny v diskusi [Forms of Czech-Slovak normalization: History debated]. Praha: ÚSTR/NLN. Pp. 81-101

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