A Moving Periphery

29th Mar 2010

15:30 - 17:00

Seminar Room 1.06, Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards, University of Edinburgh

Abstract:

This research analyses the triennial general conferences of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (founded in 1983). Each general conference is held in a different developing country, scrutinising the political, sociological, economical, historical and religious issues that affect scientific advancement in the South. The Academy has a fourfold objective to "recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research; respond to the needs of young scientists; promote South-South and South-North cooperation in science, technology and innovation and encourage scientific research and sharing of experiences in solving major problems facing developing countries". This paper examines both the representation and reception of science at the conferences and its role as a community of scientific elites. We note the particular contingencies of each conference, as they arise due to geographic location and historical situation, while also exploring the larger purposes of the Academy in moving itself across and within the 'global South'. We also discuss the politics of location, where both the Academy and the host country seek to use the General Conferences for national, regional and global purposes.