Egenis seminar with Kai Wang - Interdisciplinary Research as Collective Interaction
SpeakersKai Wang, Egenis, University of Exeter
Egenis,Byrne House,University of Exeter,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Two themes are central in my PhD research work: 1) the study of secular change in China, in particular, change in its biotech industries exemplified by work in the BGI (formerly known as Beijing Genomics Institute, one of leading genomics study institute in China and the biggest sequencing centre in the world); 2) the investigation of interdisciplinarity in that context. I examine a number of topics that bear on the explanation and understanding of the collective actions of disciplines working as status groups in the social process of scientific knowledge production, in order to shed new light on explanatory practice in interdisciplinary research (IDR) strategy as patterns of interaction.
In this seminar, however, I shall focus more on the reflection of this sociological work: how social study of scientific knowledge production makes sense in understanding institutional organization of the larger society in China. Seen from this lens, collective interaction following an IDR pattern is rather promising in enlarging the chance of social mobility in social process of scientific knowledge production within the context of an increasingly industrialised society. As such, the norms, values, and organisational structures embedded by scientists as industrial workers further interface with the cultural heritage in shaping China’s future institutional organization of society, not merely with scientific knowledge products but by producing them.