Professor John Law
The international Bernal Prize is awarded to Emeritus Professor John Law for his work in the field of science and social studies
The Open University’s Emeritus Professor John Law has been awarded the prestigious John Desmond Bernal Prize for scholars in the field of social sciences, awarded by the international Society for Social Studies of Science.
Professor Law’s inter-disciplinary work stems from STS (Science and Technology Studies) which explores science and technology within their social contexts. It draws on case studies in technology and on farming, which range from the outbreak of foot and mouth in the UK in 2001, to human-animal interactions on Norwegian salmon farms. He helped to create actor-network theory, has been central to the subsequent development of material-semiotics, is well known for his work on the messiness of research methods, and is currently working on post-colonial STS.
Professor Law is described by the society as being one of the most “accomplished and recognized scholars in the field of science and technology studies” and a source of inspiration for generations of scholars worldwide. “Known especially as a founder of Actor-Network Theory, John has conducted ground-breaking studies of co-existing modes of ordering, complexities, ambivalences, topologies, and their political implications,” the citation continues.
He joins a highly distinguished group of scholars including Lucy Suchmann, Karin Knorr Cetina, Donald Mackenzie and Bruno Latour.
Speaking of the award, Professor Law said: “I deeply appreciate the award personally but also because it highlights the importance of social science at the Open University, and of the discipline of Science and Technology and Studies (STS).”
Dean and Director of Studies, Social Sciences, Professor Kevin Hetherington said: “We are delighted to congratulate John on this achievement. John’s life-long dedication to the field of Science and Technology Studies will continue to inspire many generations to come.”
For further information on Professor Law’s academic work click here: www.heterogeneities.net
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