Scholars and/as Writers













Attractor: Radim Hladik

Language and writing have been essential in the constitution of scientific discourse. However, according to Hayden White, the protocolary nature of scientific texts makes them distinct from tropological literatures. Yet other scholars would endeavor to study sciences in their literary dimension. It has been suggested that knowledge claims in scientific writing employ rhetorical devices and historical trajectories of scientific writing styles have been explored. The latter approach puts into question the referential character of empirical discourse and borders between disciplines as well as between the three cultures of natural sciences, social and human sciences, and literature. This stream will explore the uses of literary terms and devices in science as analytical tools or conceptual models, the points of osmosis between sciences and literatures, as well as the paradox of doing boundary-work in sciences by literary means.

Methodology: The purpose of the stream is to bring together scholars and writers to discuss the ways in which texts as well as practices and materialities of writing operate in their fields.

Biography: Radim Hladík is a currently researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He studied at Charles University in Prague, where he earned his PhD. in Sociology in 2011 as well as M.A. in Media Studies in 2006. He teaches on film and social memory at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2009-2010, he was a Fulbright visiting student researcher at the Department of Sociology at Columbia University in the City of New York.