Francis Lee

francis_leeLee was a researcher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University, and is currently at the Division of Science, Technology & Society at Chalmers University of Technology. His primary research interests lie in the politics, practices and technologies of knowledge. He works in the interdisciplinary tradition of Science and Technology Studies. His work draws on sociology, anthropology, history of science, cultural studies, and media studies. Lee’s projects have dealt with the valuation of knowledge in the biosciences, epistemic standards in education, and exclusion in socio-technical processes. He has published in for example Science, Technology & Human Values, Science as Culture, and History and Technology. He has co-edited Value Practices in the Life Sciences (2015) and Posthumanistiska nyckeltexter (2011) a Swedish reader on posthumanist theory. He is a co-founder of the network Algorithms as Devices of Power and Valuation. He is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Valuation Studies.


Standardizing abnormality: How the abnormal became standardized

This subproject deals with the standardization of abnormality through the lens of surveillance of congenital malformations. It traces the birth of the Swedish register for congenital malformations through interviews, media images, and archival material. Theoretically, the project draws on valuation studies as well as classic work on infrastructures and standardization within the field of Science and Technology Studies.

Publications and presentations:

Detecting the unknown in a sea of knowns: Health surveillance, knowledge infrastructures, and the quest for classification egress, Science in Context (forthcoming, 2023). Preprint

• ”Fetal values: On the limits of valuation in reproductive research”, paper presentation, Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 31 August-4 September, 2016.


Research ethics committees: Origins, development and beyond, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, May 28–29, 2019, co-organized with Helena Tinnerholm Ljungberg and Morag Ramsey. Read more

Evidence-based medicine, methodology and boundary work, Uppsala University, 24 October, 2016, co-organized with Solveig Jülich and Morag Ramsey. Read more (in Swedish).

Medical humanities at Uppsala University, Uppsala University, 14 April, 2016, co-organized with Solveig Jülich. Read more (in Swedish).