Scientific self-reflection has been increasingly professionalized since the 1980s, manifesting in the emergence of fields like Science and Technology Studies (STS), Science Studies and science communication. While most of these fields are themselves interdisciplinary, their research objects have been remarkably one-sided—concerning themselves largely with the natural sciences. For a long time, analyses of the arts and humanities, or “social sciences,” were relatively scarce.
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