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Evidence, Politics, Policies: a work-in-progress seminar series

Date: 17 October - 5 December 2013 Time: 12.00-1.00 pm

Venue: Management School LT 12

This seminar series is open to all and runs on selected Thursdays in the Michaelmas Term, 12.00-1.00, Management School Lecture Theatre 12. It addresses the sense that there are widespread concerns about current 'policies', in various domains, as failing, marginalising 'good' practices and causing harm. Yet, 'policies' can be seen as evidence-based. How does 'evidence' relate to the development of policies and to policies in locations of practice? What counts as evidence? For whom? And at what cost?. Within Science and Technology Studies (STS) interrogations of evidence as socio-material and relational may help us to think through diverse policy-related domains such as animal health and agriculture, biodiversity, human health care, emergency planning, waste management, and energy production. This may help us to sensitize policies to the specificities of location and the inevitability of excesses while also attending to those things neglected by, harmed by or invisible to policy.

October 17th 2013

Adriana Gil-Juárez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia)

Locating Policy:the performance of gendered technological trajectories


October 24th

Marja Vehviläinen

Everyday Politics of Eating: situated negotiations of evidence


November 7th

Ali Hanbury

Parents and policies: a feminist look at the HPV vaccine, injured young women and evidence


November 21st >

John Law

Actor-Network Theory, Multiplicity and Policy


December 5th

Anne-Marie Fortier

The psychic lives of social policy? Some reflections on the citizenship naturalisation process


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Maggie Mort, Celia Roberts, Vicky Singleton, Claire Waterton

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Science Studies, Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Sociology

Keywords: Evidence based policy/practice, Politics, Science studies, Science, technology and society, Sociology


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