‘Daredevils’ as experimental figures

The recent Channel 4 series ‘Daredevils’ relate closely to the question of human experimentality in the non-academic but popular TV celebrity context. They exemplify an array of social themes and problematic questions about the nature of the experiment, its dissemination and public understanding.

Tomás Sánchez-Criado

Tomás Sánchez-Criado


Tomás Sánchez-Criado


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / Visiting PhD student, Sociology Department, Lancaster University

Workshop 1 - Cornelius Borck, ‘Dancing With the Brain: Voodoo Science, False Colours, and Attentive Failures’

Cornelius Borck’s (Institute for History of Medicine and Science Studies, University of Lübeck) presentation followed the theme of the appropriation of simulation by science with a strong sense that one cannot talk scientifically about any topic without it.

Workshop 1 - David Lomas, ‘Simulation and Experiment in Surrealism’

David Lomas (AHRC Surrealism Centre, University of Manchester) opened his presentation by emphasizing the far reaching implications of simulation and asking the following question: How is our picture of surrealism altered by restoring simulation to its place at its heart?

Workshop 1 - Christina Toren, 'Ethnography as ontological experiment'


Christina Toren (Anthropology, University of St. Andrews) opened her presentation by explaining that as a form of experiment, ethnography demands a great deal of us because, properly done, it leads us inexorably to questioning our fundamental understandings of the world and human beings and thus to a re-thinking of the analytical categories that inform the human sciences.

Workshop 3: Experimental Subjects

14 January, 2010 - 15 January, 2010, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University

Participants in this workshop explored the different kinds of subjectivity and relations of power produced by different forms of experimentality. Themes included:

  • ‘experimental subjects’, such as subjects of clinical trials or of behaviourist-inspired public policy interventions;
  • the self as the site of self-experimentation in popular culture, alternative spirituality, performance art, and human resource discourses
  • the experimenter as a form of subjectivity in science, technology, and finance capital.

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