Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Friday, May 30 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-599

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Technology/Sociology of Science
Session Code: SoTSci7
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Canada’s national science policy has been in the news more frequently and visibly in the last couple of years than it has been in a long time. However, this greater media attention has not focused on government supports for science and scientific research. Instead, it has largely addressed Stephen Harper’s alleged war on science. This session aims to critically explore recent developments in Canadian science policy and to assess their actual and potential implications for our national science system and Canadians more generally. Papers may be analytical, empirical, strategic, or a combination of these. They may also focus either on current science policy in general, on policy related to particular scientific institutions (universities, government labs, etc.), or on policy related to particular kinds of science (water, climate change, etc.).

This is a joint session co-sponsored with the Society for Socialist Studies.

Session Organizer: Claire Polster, University of Regina, Sociology and Social Sciences,

Chair: Eric Newstadt, York University


1.     Claire Polster  

Stephen Harper’s War on Science: A troubling metaphor

2.     Janice Newson   

 Off on a Wrong Angle? Responses to the Harper Conservatives’ Science Policies.

3.     Kelly Holloway  

Canadian Science Policy Movements: The Politics of Science

4.     Robert Ramsay

Get the Science Right Campaign

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