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Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) is a permanent, interdisciplinary and interfaculty institution at the University of Bergen.

 

Contact information
Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) 
Visitor's address: Ida Bloms House, Allégaten 34
Mailing address: Postboks 7805, 5020 Bergen, Norway
Telephone:+47 55 58 27 05
Email: post@svt.uib.no

Research and teaching

SVT is responsible for research, teaching and dissemination within the field of "theory of science", understood broadly as "research on research". Research at SVT is tightly coupled to the promotion of interdisciplinarity, aiming at a more holistic understanding of knowledge, values and society. There are two main foci within this study field: on the one hand the understanding of modernity, and on the other hand the study of the knowledge production in itself. Researchers at SVT coordinate and participate in several research projects on the ethical and societal aspects of science and technology.

As a member of the Norwegian Academic Council for Science and Technology Studies, SVT teaches "theory of science" with ethics in all PhD programmes at UiB.

News

EU success for research centre

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities has been extremely successful with their EU applications. We asked centre director Matthias Kaiser to reveal the secret of their success.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

‘Post-truth’ and a crisis of trust?

Discussions of recent political events – most notably the presidential election in the United States and the referendum in the United Kingdom to (Br)exit the European Union - frequently refer to ideas of ‘post-truth’, ‘post-evidence’ or ‘post-factual’ politics. In its ambiguity, the idea of a ‘post...
GUEST LECTURE

Virtual Geographies of Belonging

This lecture draws on the article "Virtual Geographies of Belonging: The Case of Soviet and Post-Soviet Human Genetic Diversity" and explores human genetic diversity research east of what was the iron curtain. ...

The PhD training component in Theory of Science

The training component in theory of science ("vitenskapsteori") and ethics is an important and mandatory part of all PhD studies, required by the PhD regulations at the University of Bergen. The primary purpose of the training is to strengthen the ability and depth of reflection of the candidates in their research education and develop the candidates' knowledge of the characteristic features, strengths and limitations of their own field of inquiry, and how these can affect their encounters with other academic disciplines and sectors of society. SVT is in charge of this training component, the content, scope and practical organization of these course varies from faculty to faculty.

The Faculty of Social Science (VITSV900)  The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNF990)  The Faculty of Psychology(PS901)  The Faculty of Humanities(VITHF900)

History of the Centre

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) was established in 1987 as a permanent inter-faculty institution at the University of Bergen, Norway. The field of study, Theory of Science was (in accordance with the Jeløya Conference in 1975, which was under the auspices of the Norwegian Research Council) defined as research in the fields of philosophy, history and social science focusing on the roles these different sciences play in society; in addition it was defined as research into the theoretical and ethical aspects and uses of such scientific research.

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