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Archiving and Innovating Diversity: Cybergenomics Meets The Order of Things
Date: 29 May 2009 Time: 9.00 - 17.30 -||- Venue: Natural History Museum, London
Genomic and digital technologies prove to be rapidly reconfiguring the cultures and practices of the natural and life sciences. Visions of improved futures - whether these be healthy human bodies or biologically diverse natural environments - seem to develop in tandem with stringent methods to ensure both standardisation and ubiquity (of information and practice). An assumption often left unquestioned is the apparent need to speed up and democratise the creation, harvesting and circulation of information/method/technology in order to pave the way for improvement and salvation.
Nowhere is this set of conditions and expectations more evident than in the taxonomic and biodiversity sciences - those approaches seen as pivotal to the ordering, naming and hence understanding of the diversity of the natural world. The taxonomic community has recently been shaken up with the introduction of a very particular kind of cyber-genomic development, DNA barcoding - an innovation which seeks to speed up the identification and indexing of all global biodiversity as a prerequisite for avoiding apocalyptic loss.
The aim of this conference is to share insights developed through sociological/anthropological research into the Barcoding of Life Initiative with others interested in similar and different fields of (genomic) techno-scientific innovation. By bringing broader insights to bear upon this case-study in contemporary systematics, we expect the conference to open out and explore wider trends concerning cybergenomic innovation.
Issues to be raised and explored include:
This event marks the culmination of the ESRC project 'Taxonomy at a Crossroads' (Claire Waterton, Rebecca Ellis, Brian Wynne and Johannes Vogel (NHM)) and is 'By invitation only'
Please contact Rebecca Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries or requests to attend.
Event website: http://lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/taxonomy
Who can attend: Internal
Associated projects: Taxonomy at a Crossroads: Science, Policy and Publics in Biodiversity
Organising departments and research centres: Sociology
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