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Theory Talks

Contact: Silvia Steininger, Tom Sparks


Theory Talks provides a forum for research fellows and visiting scholars of the Max Planck Institute to discuss questions relating to legal, political and moral theory.  The seminars normally take place once a month, and will include a short introductory talk (15-30 minutes) followed by a general discussion.  Each seminar will focus on a new publication, a classic text, a current development, or a work in progress by a fellow or visitor.  All are welcome to participate in the discussions.

For previous sessions, please check the archive.


Fellows or visitors wishing to present a piece of work or to suggest a theme for a future edition of Theory Talks are warmly invited to contact .


17 January 2019 - 15.30-17.00

Guillaume Futhazar 

Thinking about Science and Society:  A Short Introduction to Science and Technology Studies


  • Merton Robert, The Sociology of Science Theoretical and Empirical Investigations (University of Chicago Press 1973), Chapter 13: ‘The Normative Structure of Science’, p. 267-278.       
  • Gieryn Thomas, ‘Boundary-work and the Demarcation of Science from Non-Science: Strains and Interests in Professional Ideologies of Scientists’, (1983) 48(6) American Sociological Review 781-795.
  • Van den Hove Sybille, ‘A rationale for Science-Policy Interfaces’, (2007) 39(7) Futures 807-826.

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