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Technological civilization and human condition

Grant number: 13/16897-0
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: October 14, 2013 - October 25, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Epistemology
Principal researcher:Marcos Barbosa de Oliveira
Grantee:Marcos Barbosa de Oliveira
Visiting researcher: Herminio Martins
Visiting researcher institution: University of Oxford, England
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos Avançados (IEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/51614-3 - Origins and significance of technoscience: on relations among science, technology and society, AP.TEM


Summary of the plan of activities for Prof. Hermínio Martins' visit, at the invitation of Projeto Temático "Gênese e significado da tecnociência: das relações entre ciência, tecnologia e sociedade" (Thematic Project "Origins and significance of technoscience: on the relations between science, technology, and society", Proc. FAPESP 2011/51614-3), in the period from the 14th to the 25th October 2013The activities to be performed during the visit will deal mainly with themes studied by the visitor in his latest book, Experimentum Humanum: civilização tecnológica e condição humana. Both Renato Kinouchi and Marcos Barbosa have written reviews of the book. During his visit, Prof. Hermínio will participate in three seminars, in the last two ones as the main speaker, and will give an interview, to be published in the journal Scientiae Studia, together with an article written by him. All seminars will take place in the morning period, at University of São Paulo's Institute of Advanced Studies. The proceedings will be recorded in video, and announced, among other channels, in the Institute's site. The first seminar, to be held on 14th July, is organized by Prof. Hugh Lacey. The main speaker will be Prof. Alison Wylie, from the University of Washington, and the discussant Prof. Brena Paula M. Fernandez, from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. The theme of the seminar is the feminist/gender research in archaeology, analyzed from the perspective of standpoint theory. The second seminar, on the 17th July, will deal with the two main lines of social thought in the 19th and 20th centuries concerning technology as a means of domination of nature: the Promethean, and the Faustian. This theme is studied by the visitor in Chap. II of Experimentum Humanum, "Tecnologia, modernidade e política" ("Technology, modernity and politics"). The third seminar, on the 25th July, will be on the themes dealt with in Chap. IX of the book, whose title is "Biologia e política: eugenismos de ontem e de hoje" ("Biology and politics: eugenics of yesterday and today"). (AU)