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IAS Colloquium: Cultural Politics of the Global Knowledge Economy: Technology, Environment & Society

Date: 11-12 July 2005 Time: as shown

This colloquium will gather together significant representatives from academia, non-government organisations and the policy world in order to explore a number of urgent questions:

  • What role is knowledge being made to play in the global economy?
  • How does this shape what develops and counts as 'knowledge'?
  • How is the shift to more inclusive forms of knowledge- and policy-making interacting with the growth of corporate power and ownership of knowledge?
  • What effects are these developments having on public reactions to new developments in science and technology?
  • What are there prospects for a global civil society which can encourage the knowledge economy to assume more humanly responsive forms?

The colloquium will:

  • explore political-economic perspectives on global shifts in knowledge-production processes, and sociology of science insights into public reactions to science and technology
  • address issues of institutional design for attempting to reconcile public concerns with increasingly competitive global knowledge-investments
  • attempt to determine the form that critical interventions need to take if they are to be effective and appropriate

The colloquium will run from lunch on 11th July to lunch on 12th July. During the evening of the 11th there will be a dinner to celebrate the achievements of Professor Robin Grove-White on the occasion of his retirement.

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