[spsp-members] Call for Abstracts: Large-Scale Experiments – Reflecting on Theories and Practices

Daria Jadreškić daria.jadreskic at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 11:42:43 UTC 2022

*Call for Abstracts: Large-Scale Experiments – Reflecting on Theories and

2nd International Conference of the Research Unit “The Epistemology of the

*Date:* December 8-10, 2022
*Venue:* TRIANGEL Open Space, Kaiserstraße 93, Karlsruhe, Germany
*Submission deadline:* May 31, 2022
*Website:* https://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/lse
*Contact:* elhcconference at uni-wuppertal.de

Large-scale experiments play an increasingly important role in the
sciences. Large collaborations in particle and gravitational-wave physics,
large numbers of research participants in clinical trials, large-scale
technologies such as telescopes and detectors, extensively distributed
research tasks in climate science, or long-term research projects can all
be understood as instances of large-scale research. The conference aims to
bring together researchers from the sciences as well as from history,
philosophy, social studies of science, and neighboring disciplines to
explore the scope and understanding of large-scale research and
experimentation across the sciences, focusing both on theories that
underpin it and practices it consists of. The conference will comprise
invited talks, contributed papers, and symposia focusing on the following

   - Going Large: the Bigger the Riskier? Epistemic Risks in Large
   Scientific Research
   - Large-Scale Experiments vs. Large-Scale Observations
   - Creativity and Constraints in Large-Scale Collaboration
   - Theoretical Expectations and Large Experiments
   - Big Science and Democracy
   - Histories of Large Experiments and their Methodological Challenges

Detailed symposia descriptions can be found *here*

*Plenary speakers:*
Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Tiziano Camporesi (CERN)
Gerd Graßhoff (Humboldt University Berlin)
Martina Merz (University of Klagenfurt)
Kent Staley (Saint Louis University)
Janet Vertesi (Princeton University)

*We invite interested speakers to submit an abstract of 500 words by May
31, 2022, via the conference webpage*
https://indico.uni-wuppertal.de/event/152/abstracts/. The submission should
indicate the preference for one of the symposia or the session with
contributed papers. The talks should be approximately 20 min long, leaving
10 min for discussion. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out at the
beginning of July.

Registration of your e-mail address to
https://indico.uni-wuppertal.de/register/ is required to start the
submission process.

The DFG-FWF funded interdisciplinary Research Unit “The Epistemology of the
Large Hadron Collider” is a collaboration of seven universities (RWTH
Aachen, TU Berlin, Univ. Bonn, KIT (Karlsruhe), AAU Klagenfurt, Univ. South
Carolina, BU Wuppertal) investigating the philosophical, historical, and
sociological implications of activities at the LHC.

*Organizers:* Sophia Haude (Bonn and RWTH Aachen), Rafaela Hillerbrand
(KIT), Daria Jadreškić (AAU Klagenfurt), Marianne van Panhuys (KIT),
Michael Schmidt (KIT), Michael Stöltzner (South Carolina), Christian
Zeitnitz (BU Wuppertal).
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