Professor Steven Shapin, Franklin L Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, will hold the ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowship at the School of Advanced Study for 2011-12.
Professor Shapin, who has published widely in the historical sociology of scientific knowledge, will be based at the School for six weeks in May and June 2012. He will give a series of public lectures during his time in the UK – at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London – covering a range of topics including the tastes of wine, the sciences of subjectivity, and the history of dietetics.
Professor Shapin’s current research interests include historical and contemporary studies of dietetics, the changing languages and practices of taste, the nature of entrepreneurial science, and modern relations between academia and industry. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books and has written for The New Yorker. He was a joint winner (with Simon Schaffer) of the Erasmus Prize in 2005.
Professor Roger Kain CBE FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, said “I am delighted that Professor Shapin has accepted the School’s invitation to hold the prestigious ST Lee Fellowship for 2011-12. The focus of Professor Shapin’s research and the topics of his public interventions could hardly be of greater relevance to current discussions in the UK and beyond about the value of the humanities and social sciences, their relations to the hard sciences and their significance for culture and society generally. I very much look forward to welcoming Professor Shapin to the School and to hearing from him on these issues during his time here.”
Professor Shapin said: “I am honoured by the award of the S T Lee fellowship and I look forward to the programme that the School of Advanced Study has kindly arranged for me. I spent the first twenty years of my academic career teaching at the University of Edinburgh, and I hope to renew old acquaintances and make new intellectual contacts in British universities.”