Expanding the project: can we take Homer out of the laboratory?

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After a summer break and a bracing return to work it is time to consider how to move this projects forward. I am looking for a method that allows social investigators to ‘escape’ from entrenched conceptual schemes, but retains some purchase on the objects under investigation. Homer’s Iliad helped me to do that in the… Continue reading

Some notes on Homer, Hesiod and misogyny

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Given the subject matter it is perhaps surprising that there are so many female characters in the Iliad, slightly less surprising in the Odyssey. Homer’s depiction and typification of women is consistent – of the female humans femininity, mothering and caring are emphasized; the goddesses are beautiful – but all the women and goddesses in… Continue reading

The Iliad and Odyssey as sources of metaphors for understanding formal science?

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I dismissed using Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey as a metaphor for contemporary science a bit quickly in my 2018 paper ‘Homer in the laboratory’, only focussing on the idea of οικος as a metaphor for how contemporary science labs operate. On reflection I think a more sustained reading of formal science, its practitioners and institutions,… Continue reading

How many days does Homer’s Iliad cover?

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My ‘Homer in the laboratory’ paper that was published in January 2018 was earlier rejected from another journal; this is fairly common in social science and humanities academic publishing and authors just have to get used to receiving criticism. Sometimes reviewers’ comments are helpful, other times spiteful or dismissive. Occasionally they are factually inaccurate. One… Continue reading

A paper from my ‘Homer in the Laboratory’ project is published

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I carried out the field work for ‘Homer in the Laboratory’ in 2015, spending 12 weeks in total in an applied microbiology laboratory. Lab work has always fascinated me and my book, Science, Culture and Society: Understanding Science in the 21st Century (Polity 2016), has extensive descriptions and analysis of laboratory work (not the same… Continue reading