Perspectives on Science seminar 13.5.

At the next Perspectives on Science seminar (Monday 13.5.), Oili-Helena Ylijoki (University of Tampere) will present her paper entitled “Conflicting temporalities in research work under the project format”.

Perspectives on Science is a weekly research seminar which brings together experts from science studies and philosophy of science. It is organized by TINT, the Centre for Philosophy of Social Science at the University of Helsinki.

The seminar will take place in room 8, at the Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33), from 14-16.

Author bio:

Oili-Helena Ylijoki is Research Director of TaSTI, the Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, and Docent of Social Psychology at Tampere University. Her research interests cover science studies, time studies, and higher education studies. She has investigated, among others, disciplinary cultures, changing modes and values of knowledge production, and academic identities and careers. She is a member of the Tampere team of the Nordic Centre of Excellence ’Beyond the Gender Paradox’.

Paper abstract:

The project format has become a standard way to carry out research work in all disciplinary fields in the current turbulent higher education context. This paper argues that the project format is embedded in a specific temporality called project time, which is decontextualized, linear, cumulative and predictable time, entailing a fixed beginning and end. The paper asks how project time reshapes the timeframe, timing, tempo and temporality of research practices. Experiential, organisational, material and intersubjective dimensions of knowledge production are discussed.