Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter)
Thu 27 Oct 2016, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's

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This paper proposes a framework to describe, analyze, and explain the conditions under which groups of researchers organize themselves, particularly within large-scale, multidisciplinary projects. The framework centers on the notion of a repertoire, which encompasses well-aligned assemblages of the skills, behaviors, and material, social, and epistemic components that a group may use to practice and manage certain kinds of science and train newcomers, and whose enactment affects the methods and results of research. The paper provides a detailed characterization of repertoires and discuss their relationship with scientific communities and other forms of collaborative practices, building on an analysis of historical episodes and contemporary developments in the life sciences, as well as cases drawn from social and historical studies of physics, psychology, and medicine. Particular attention is paid to the history and contemporary make-up of model organism communities, and specifically research on Arabidopsis thaliana