Support of Scientific Research
Tracking the Human
Technologies of collecting, ordering and comparing
Problem of relevant knowledge
Social contextInterestingly enough, scientific research is inevitably coined by certain pre-determined ideas and assumptions about how humans function. These institutionalized, but never challenged ideas sometimes allow for further scientific advancement, but they may also hamper it. The current project deals with this problem. The study is based on the assumption that different scientific techniques may yield insight into the human being and the characteristics that determine its nature.
This interdisciplinary project approaches four scientific fields from a comparative perspective. It intends to integrate the results into a comprehensive picture serving as a background for understanding scientific procedures and the social consequences of research tracking the human.
Project Closure 2011
For Case StudiesThe research team focused on the production of scientific knowledge about human bodies, beings, lives in the following four case studies:
- The project about unmet medical needs approaches a human being that has been molecularly categorized and constructed by the life sciences (Gerd Folkers und Martin Boyer).
- The study about the neurosciences investigates the interplay between a scientific and a cultural understanding of the human brain (Beatrix Rubin).
- The research about the shifting scientific practices in the banking of biological materials focuses on the collected human and its scientific, cultural, and political body parts (Priska Gisler).
- The investigation of the culture and personality studies is interested in human lives that have been and are culturally conditioned (Rainer Egloff).
Interdisciplinary ResearchThe research team at the Collegium Helveticum believes that for interdisciplinary projects to be successful, a range of scientific thought styles, concepts and methodo-logical practices contribute to knowledge about the human. Their research asks how different technologies of collecting, ordering and comparing have contributed to the idea of mankind, and where they come to their limits respectively. The interdisciplinary undertaking approaches four scientific fields from a comparative perspective.
It intends to integrate the results into a comprehensive picture serving as a background for understanding scientific traditions and their social implications, chances and limits of research, tracking the human.
PartnerThe project is conducted by scientists who belong to the Collegium Helveticum, an institute at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. The Collegium is a laboratory for transdisciplinarity that is involved in the exchange between natural sciences, engineering, humanities, art and medicine.
The foundation committed itself with a yearly donation of CHF 300,000 for three years (2008 - 2010).
2008 - 2017 in cooperation with Swissuniversities, Kammer Fachhochschulen
2008 - 2016 in cooperation with the Swiss Conference of Vocational School Directors (SDK - CSD)
2012 - 2017 in cooperation with Swiss Youth Music Contest Foundation
2013 - 2018 in cooperation with Die Chance - Foundation for Professional Practice in Eastern Switzerland and Verein Lernwerk
2010 - 2017 in cooperation with Swisscontact
2014 - 2017 in cooperation with ETH Zürich, Konjunkturforschungsstelle KOF
2014 - 2017 in cooperation with Gehirn- und Trauma-Stiftung Chur and Universitätsspital Zürich
2016 - 2018 in cooperation with the association foraus
2016 - 2018 in cooperation with the Henry Doubleday Research Association / Garden Organic
2016 - 2018 in cooperation with Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and novatlantis ¦ Sustainability in the ETH Domain
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