Ethnographically and philosophically informed work draws together philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geographers and others interested in biological innovation. Researchers in the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society EGENIS have been addressing the ways in which postgenomic life is studied, ordered and understood. A Biological interest group with a series of talks and seminars forms a unique link between humanities, social science and bioscience researchers at Exeter.
The challenges currently facing global life, the innovative knowledges and materials required for its survival and flourishing, are being addressed through an inter-disciplinary grouping under the acronym of FEASTS (Food, Environment, Agriculture and Science and Technology Studies). Particular concerns include the lives of animals, the transformation of plant lives through biotechnologies and the new co-dependenices of human, animal and plant lives through shared immunologies and diseases (see for example Biosecurity Borderlands).
Work within the business school and through the newly funded Exeter Catalyst (Beacons for Public Engagement) Technical Publics, as well as work in Geography on public engagement with carbon control, and Cooperative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe (CREPE).
The Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technologies Hub (REACT) is one of four knowledge exchange hubs awarded nationally as part of a £16million investment by the AHRC for knowledge exchange projects between research academics, creative industry partners and businesses
Researchers at Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education explore the role of ICT technologies in the development of scientific and technical expertise.
The Centre for Intermedia promotes advanced transdisciplinary research in performance and the arts through collaborations between artists, academics and scientists from a range of disciplines.
Contagion is a newly funded pilot project across the sciences and social science/ humanities which aims to develop appropriate tools and methods to study rapid social, technical and biological change which result from new kinds of rapid connections made possible through digital media and through new forms of cross species traffic.
Tying together changing media to innovative life forms involves legal challenges to Intellectual Property Law, Human Rights, Bioethics, and Information Law, matters that are explored through the Science, culture and law (SCULE) grouping in Exeter.
Ideas to things
One of the most innovative and exciting developments within the field of science, technology and culture involves a shift to the making of things in practices, to ontology and to creative engagements with those practices and creative energies.
This ontological turn in social sciences is explored through theoretically informed work on a variety of themes which include architecture, music, psychiatry, education, management and robotics. One emergent theme at Exeter will include the creative challenges faced within environmental politics and practice.