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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

Coopmans, C., Vertesi, J., Lynch, M.E. and Woolgar, S. (Eds.) (2014), MIT Press.

Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited is the long-awaited sequel to the influential volume, Representation in Scientific Practice (1990). It unites original editors Michael Lynch and Steve Woolgar with Janet Vertesi and Catelijne Coopmans to present a new series of essays, taking into account both the changing conceptual landscape of Science and Technology Studies, and the emergence of new imaging technologies in scientific practice, broadly conceived.

The book offers a range of topics, including molecular modeling, nano-imaging, mathematical formalisms, and digital imagery in neuroscience, planetary science, and biology - as well as business data visualization, economics diagrams and technology-mediated surgery. 

Chapters consider the ways in which viewing experiences are crafted in the digital era; the embodied nature of work with digital technologies; the constitutive role of materials and technologies—from chalk boards to brain scans—in the production of new scientific knowledge; the metaphors and images mobilized by communities of practice; and the status and significance of scientific imagery in professional and popular culture.

The book also contains short reflections on the evolution of the field by leading scholars, including some of the contributors to the 1990 volume.

Morana Alač, Michael Barany, Anne Beaulieu, Annamaria Carusi, Catelijne Coopmans, Lorraine Daston, Sarah de Rijcke, Joseph Dumit, Emma Frow, Yann Giraud, Aud Sissel Hoel, Martin Kemp, Bruno Latour, John Law, Michael Lynch, Donald MacKenzie, Cyrus Mody, Natasha Myers, Rachel Prentice, Arie Rip, Martin Ruivenkamp, Lucy Suchman, Janet Vertesi, Steve Woolgar


Selected Publications 

Coopmans, C. and Button, G. (2014), ‘Eyeballing expertise’, Social Studies of Science 44 (5): 758-785. (Distinguished Paper Award 2016, American Sociological Association, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis section) 

Rappert, B. and Coopmans, C. (2015), 'On conveying and not conveying expertise', Social Studies of Science 45 (4): 611–619.

Coopmans, C. (2014), 'Visual analytics as artful revelation', in Coopmans, C., Vertesi, J., Lynch, M, and Woolgar, S. (eds), Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited (Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press).

Neyland, D. and Coopmans. C. (2014), ‘Visual accountability’, The Sociological Review 62 (1): 1-23.

Coopmans, C., Graham, C. and Hamzah, H. (2012), 'The lab, the clinic, and the image: Working on translational research in Singapore's eye care realm', Science, Technology & Society 17 (1): 57-77.

Coopmans, C. (2011), 'Face value': Revelation and concealment in imaging software demos', Social Studies of Science 41 (2): 155-176.

Woolgar, S., Coopmans, C. and Neyland, D. (2009). Does STS Mean Business? Organization 16 (1): 5-30.

Coopmans, C. (2006), 'Making mammograms mobile: Suggestions for a sociology of data mobility', Information, Communication & Society 9 (1), 1-19.