In Memory of First RC23 President Robert K. Merton

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology (host committee)

Language: English

Robert K. Merton was one of the leading sociologists of the 20th century. The interest in his activity does not weaken. It is not easy to encompass all works that have been published after the great sociologist’s death that are related somehow to his legacy. R. Merton’s name is connected with many directions in sociological research, but first of all it became the eponym for sociology of science, because the phrase the “Mertonian sociology of science” became widely accepted by the scientific community. In 1966, R. Merton became one of the founder, organizer and the first President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Science (RC23) of the International Sociological Association. Merton’s activity at this post was in many ways decisive for theoretical and institutional development of the sociology of science worldwide.

RC23 kindly invites Merton's students, senior researchers and younger scholars with an interest in Robert K. Merton's work. The session will reconsider Merton's legacy and attempt to link this up with contemporary  issues.

In honour and memory of Robert Merton, the RC23 Committee has established THE ROBERT MERTON AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. ISA Executive Committee approved it in May, 2016. The award is intended to recognize and showcase the outstanding, long-term achievement of an individual researcher to the field rather than the excellence of an individual book or single idea. The first award will be granted to a scholar during this Session at the XIX World Congress in Toronto.

Session Organizer:
Nadia ASHEULOVA, Institute for the History of Science and Technology of RAS, SPb Branch, Russian Federation
Oral Presentations
The Unintended Consequences of Unanticipated Consequences: A Mertonian View on How Merton Has Been Treated By Sociology
Martin REINHART, German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, Germany
Is the Merton Concept of Scientific Ethos Relevant Today: The Case of Post-Soviet Science
Anatoly ABLAZHEY, Novosibirsk State University, Russia; Vladimir PETROV, Novosibirsk State University, Russian Federation; Vladimir DIEV, Novosibirsk State University, Russia
Imperatives of the Scientific Ethos of Robert Merton and the Dichotomy of Their Implementation Variants.
Nelly ROMANOVICH, The Russian Presidental Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Russian Federation
Ethos of Science and the Marketized Mentality of Academics in Contemporary Poland
Jacek BIELINSKI, Collegium Civitas, Poland; Aldona TOMCZYŃSKA, National Information Processing Institute, Poland
Towards Democratization of Science: Recent Advancements in Social Impact
Gisela REDONDO-SAMA, University of Zaragoza, Spain; Marta CAMACHO, University of Barcelona, Spain; Mar FORASTER, University of Barcelona, Spain