The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts

The DK-plus program combines historical, philosophical and cultural studies of the sciences in international and transnational context. Areas of concentration include studies of the emergence of a network of modern scientific research institutions and circulation of scientists, ideas and research practices in the late Habsburg Monarchy (1848-1918), continuity and change in the sciences in Austria and the territories of the former monarchy since 1918 and since 1945, and studies of transformations of the sciences themselves in these contexts.

The curriculum of the DK-Plus program is focused on the development and coordinated discussion of research in history, philosophy and cultural studies of the sciences, as well as the acquisition of additional skills needed for later professional success. Central features of the program are: a structured curriculum including intensive conceptual and methods seminars and professional skills training; interdisciplinary discussion and academic guidance in the weekly common Colloquium; joint supervision of dissertations carried out in this framework by a historian or philosopher and a natural scientist or mathematician, in so far as this is feasible.

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