my life before vacd

In 2004, I got a masters degree from a  joint sociology programme of University of Oslo and Istanbul Technical University, namely European Science, Technology and Society programme. ESST is part of a relatively new research tradition which focuses on the interrelationships between social, scientific and technological processes. The basic characteristic of this tradition is an insistence on the necessity to think about social and economic circumstances in order to understand the evolution of science and technology. The development of science is often seen as an essential autonomous process; a process of gradual accumulation of knowledge, driven by purely internal imperatives, such as the search for truth. Technology has been seen largely as a process of applied science, a kind of “lesser cousin”, which simply followed from previous scientific advance. Science was conceived as opening fields of knowledge which engineering exploited. This began to change in the 1950´s and 1960´s: a new approach emerged , which regarded scientific activity and technological change as deeply embedded in our society.

The argument was that understanding the development of science and technology involved the recognition that internal scientific and technological advance occurs in the context of powerful social and economic forces, which shape both the development of science and technology, and also shape the impact of any advances.

 

in vigeland park

 

This tradition insists that a study of the evolution of science and technology must include social, political, cultural and economic dimensions. I was more interested in the social and cultural dimensions so I spent a year in University of Oslo, Nature, Culture and Politics department of TIK (Senter for teknologi,innovasjon og culture).

Oslo was a great city to live, so green with a splendid nature, surrounded with some great islands and fjords, small and tidy, hosting quiet but friendly, and really well educated people. It was not that cold thanks to the gulf stream. The worst thing about it was that it was quite expensive.

 

whalewatching in Tysfjord

 

What remained to me from that great year were some unforgettable friends and memories, an interest in nature and nature photography and a thesis on  a multinational gold mine in Bergama, Turkey using cyanide in its extraction process..

for anyone interested, here is the link for it:

my thesis on social uptake of a techological risk…

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