Conferences, workshops, lectures

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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)

30. 4. 2010 ::::

František Slanina & Zdeněk Konopásek: Matematická zkoumání socio-logik internetu [Mathematical inquiries into some socio-logics of online product reviewing

Presentation for the 37th outdoor workshop of CTS, Malá Ská, April 30-May 2, 2010

17. 3. 2010 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Od zázračných pravd k pravdivým zázrakům: sociolog vědy tváří v tvář náboženským zjevením [From miraculous truths to true miracles: Sociology of science meets religious apparitions]

Workshop of the constructivist sociology of science, Sociological institute, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, 11am (Jilská 1, room 207)

Backed up by contemporary science and technology studies (STS) I have not only studied scientific facticity (research on the medical procedure of devitalization of tumors and on the project of scientific mapping of the Czech nature within Natura 2000) and the threshold between the scientific and the political in environmental controversies, but also, beyond purely STS area and yet from within it, I have written on the political (especially communist) power and political arrangements. Currently I am working on a research project (together with Jan Paleček) on demonic possessions and religious apparitions. This study often brings us to the border between pastoral and psychiatric work, between spirituality and science. But I will focus on still another issue, that is on the question of how the (religious) turth of such phenomena or events is made and maintained. In fact, I will talk about an attempt at non-reductionist account of how religious/spiritual realities are collectively enacted (as religious/spiritual realities).
8. 12. 2009 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Ještě jednou o síle a slabosti "ryzí odbornosti": Politická nepolitika Natury 2000 [The strength and weakness of "pure facts" reconsidered - 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

1. 12. 2009 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co za sociologii je sociologie vědy a technologií [STS - what kind of sociology it is?]

Lecture within the MA information studies course "Science on science", Faculty of philosophy, Masaryk University in Brno

1. 12. 2009 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: O začarovaném kruhu čisté vědy a čisté politiky - spory o dálniční obchvat Plzně [About the vicious circle of purification of science/purification of politics - the controversy over the highway bypass of Plzen]

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

24. 11. 2009 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Síla a slabost "holých faktů" - o devitalizaci sociologickýma očima [The strength and weakness of "pure facts" - about so called devitalization from the perspective of sociology of science]

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

28. 10. 2009 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Jan Paleček: Explaining the unexplainable: Scientific and religious truths about apparitions

Presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Washington, USA, October 28-November 1, 2009

We are studying how reported phenomena such as having visions of Jesus Christ or seeing and talking to Virgin Mary are practically dealt with – i.e., accounted, doubted, believed, investigated, recognized as true or false… or, as part of all this, translated into something else (for instance, into a psychiatric symptom). Besides analyzing historical material, theological and pastoral literature, thematically related pop-cultural artifacts, contemporary psychiatric cases and respective religious experiences, we conduct an extensive case study of Marian apparitions that took place 1991-95 in Litmanová, Slovakia. Based on this heterogeneous empirical ground, we want to discuss the relationship between religious and scientific approaches to the phenomena: what a how constitutes “the truth” of this or that apparition? Where and when? Although the religious and the scientific are often seen as antagonistic, we offer a more subtle and complex view, in which ambivalence, partiality and practical relevance play important, and often “positive”, affirming roles. The mutual relationship between scientific and religious views of the issue is further complicated by the observation that, for instance, one can identify multiple and often diverging “truths” of apparition within the religious practice. In fact, it is not only us, STS inclined researchers, but religious people themselves (clerics as well as laics), who often appreciate not so much some intrinsic qualities and genuineness of the miraculous events themselves, but rather “all the transformations [the reported encounter] undergo later in the hands of others” (Latour). By focusing on controversial piety and devotionalism “in action”, we try to better understand neglected aspects of contemporary religious life. In this respect, our research can be debated as an(other) application of STS inspired views in the field of religion studies.

20. 10. 2009 ::::

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

13. 10. 2009 ::::

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

6. 10. 2009 ::::

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

29. 9. 2009 ::::

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

22. 9. 2009 ::::

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
21. 6. 2009 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Jak je to s jedinečností v kvalitativním výzkumu [Reflections on uniqueness in qualitative research] (Hoješín near Seč)

Presentation for the 11th conference of Biograf, June 19-21 2009, Hoješín near Seč (Chrudim)

18. 6. 2009 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek & Jan Paleček: Příběh vizionářky a pravda zjevení: Posezení nad dokumentarním filmem [A visionary's life story and the truth of an apparition: Discussing a documentary film] (Praha)

Lecture within the series of CTS Thursday seminars (10-12am, seminar room, 3rd floor)

 

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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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