Science and technology are practised in a whole suite of places with often intricate connections.

Sub themes


With genetics a key concern in modern life, this sub theme asks: how is life understood, enacted and negated in a post-genomic world?

Interdisciplinary work draws together philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geographers and others interested in biological innovation. Researchers in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Egenis: the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences have been addressing the ways in which postgenomic life is studied, ordered and understood.

Redistributing Expertise

It is clear that today science and technology are practised in a whole suite of places with often intricate connections with various publics, arts and commercial organisations. The shift from public understanding to public engagement with science and technology, and the interest in new forms of accountability and legitimacy, are testament to this.

The Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technologies Hub (REACT) has led to numerous engagements with business. An app capable of exploring medieval culture has been used in classrooms to teach history following its development by Dr Emma Cayley and Antenna International, a firm that creates audio tours and multimedia for museums.

Digital Worlds

Research in this sub theme investigates the re-organisation of living tissues, images, data and knowledges into digital form, its transferability and ownership, its distribution and the simultaneous rise of ubiquitous computing provide huge challenges for the humanities and social sciences.

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 sub theme will cover the creative challenges faced within environmental politics and practice.