KREIMER Pablo Rafael
congresos y reuniones científicas
Social Studies of Science and Public Understanding of Science: convergence or parallel paths?
Simposio; Science &You: Current strategies and means for action; 2015
Despite their relative semantic proximity, the fields of public understanding ofscience (PUS) and social studies of science (SSS) / science and technology studiesor science, technology and society (both STS)1 appear to acknowledge theirorigins in different traditions, types of practice and trajectories. My purpose in thispaper is to examine recent developments in both fields, observing the way theyhave been shaped in varying contexts and attempting to establish the extent towhich they are converging towards a unified space of theory and practice, orwhether each one operates relatively independently from the other. With this inmind, I provide a brief summary of the emergence of these fields in Europe, theUnited States and Latin America in order to identify the modulations characteristicof each context. I then go on to discuss the role played by PUS studies at twotypes of congress: the European Association for Social Studies of Science andTechnology (EASST) and the Latin American Society for Social Studies ofScience and Technology (ESOCITE). Finally, I present a number of conclusions.