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The 8th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) “Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society”, Glasgow, 3rd-6th September,2007
SSTNET Sessions on «Contentious “progress” in science and technology» AGENDA

Contentious “progress” in science and technology

Fuelled by public and private investments in research and development, the speed of innovation has accelerated and also the pressure has increased to market innovations as early as possible. The ambivalent implications of this kind of “progress” have become a public issue. Risks inherent in scientific and technological innovations but also the vulnerability of modern society through potential misuse of high-tech achievements in areas such as ICT, biotechnology, nanotechnology, or energy machinery are on the agenda. Many risks have a global dimension. They affect also those who do not participate in the high-tech innovation journey. This is why assessing science and technology is no longer or can no longer be a technocratic exercise of circles of experts. Questions of governance of modern science and technology but also moral and ethical issues related to innovation and “progress” have moved to the center of public debate. This debate is driven mainly by civil society organizations which, however, often have to struggle gaining public attention.

Detailed information can be found on the conference website of the European Sociological Association

Organizers of the SSTNET sessions are:

Luisa Oliveira: CIES / ISCTE (Higher Institute of Social Sciences and Business Studies), Lisboa, Portugal.
Phone: (351) 217903077, Fax: (351) 217940074

Raymund Werle: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Köln, Germany.
Phone: +49 221 2767224; Fax:+49 221 2767452

Aaro Tupasela: Department of Sociology, PO Box 18 / 00014 University of Helsinki
Phone: +358 9 19123970 - Fax.: +358 9 191 2396

Franc Mali: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386-1-5805-306, Fax: +386-1-5805-101

Katarina Prpic´: Institute for Social Research, Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: (385) (1) 48 10 264; Fax: (385) (1) 48 10 263


Session 1
Tuesday 4th, 09:00 – 11:00, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Luísa Oliveira

Opening Session (Welcome, Dr. Luísa Oliveira on behalf of the organizing committee)

1. Erich Griessler: Impediments for public participation in science and technology
2. Christiane Quendt: How to involve the public? – Observations in participatory projects in some European countries
3. Harald Rohracher: Linking innovation and public debate with hybrid organisations
4. Jaime Jiménez & Juan Escalante: How Latin American countries react to contentious ‘progress’ in science and technology?
5. Paul Haynes: Progress in researching science and technology: building an inclusive discipline

Session 2
Tuesday 4th, 14:00 – 15:30, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Raymund Werle

1. Marja Alestalo: Corporatism facing new orientations of energy policy
2. Mhairi Aitken: Wind power planning controversies: ´expert` arguments in ‘lay’ domains
3. Gloria Baigorrotegui: Neighbourhood’s against large power systems. When technology can’t be free from conflicts
4. Mike Hodson, Eva Heiskanen, Eric Jolivet, Simon Vicky Marvin Simpson & Jamil Khan: Managing urban socio-technical change? Comparing energy technology controversies in three European contexts
5. Andreas Metzner-Szigeth: Progress, vulnerability and sustainable development – theses proita

Session 3
Tuesday 4th, 16:00 – 17:30, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Aaro Tupasela

1. Jan Cornelius Schmidt: Shaping the visions of nanotechnology
2. Petra Lucht: Science fiction as discursive arena for boundary work – the example of nanotechnology
3. Piet Sellke, Britta Oertel & Rotraud Gitter: Reflexive innovation and the case of pervasive computing
4. Stephen Bates, Sarah Parry Innogen, Wendy Faulkner & Sarah Cunningham-Burley: Public engagement in stem cell research: lay/ expert issues
5. Susana Nascimento: Machines and autonomy: a sociological stance on how technical objects are taking action and changing our relations with the modern world

Session 4: PhD Students Session
Wednesday 5th, 09:00 – 11:00, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Franc Mali

1. Cristina Palma Conceição: Presenting science to public: can we talk about the end of deficit model?
2. Piotr Stankiewicz: Managing conflicts about risk
3. Sascha Dickel: Better bodies + better minds = better lives? The bio-utopian discourse of human enhancement
4. Aécio Amaral Jr.: Discourse ethics and liberal eugenics: on Jurgen Habermas “The future of human nature”
5. Noora Talsi: Constructing marginalities in Finnish knowledge society strategy and policy programmes
6. Rui Brito Fonseca: 30 Years of public policies of science in Portugal: 1976-2005

Session 5
Wednesday 5th, 14:00 – 15:30, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Katarina Prpic´

1. Aaro Tupasela: Re-examining medical modernization in biomedical research
2. Bernhard Wieser: Embedded diffusion: on medical innovations in genetic testing
3. Julie Kent & Naomi Pfeffer: From the abortion clinic to the neurology clinic: sociological and historial perspecitives on the use of fetal cells for repair of neurological disorders
4. Céline Granjou & Isabelle Mauz: Controversial experiment: The case of a contraception operation on marmots
5. Rebecca Hanlin: Power and politics within vaccine innovation partnerships

Session 6
Thursday 6th, 09:00 – 10:30, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Raymund Werle

1. Maria Nedeva: What makes ´good` science? Norms, rules and scripts revisited
2. Katarina Prpić & Adrijana Šuljok: How do the key actors of science governance perceive science?
3. Franc Mali & Blanca Jelnikar: Is a commodification of scientific knowledge a threat for professional ethos of academic scientists?
4. Ipek Demir: Trusting ´trusting` scientists
5. Gethin Rees: Forensic medical guidelines as mechanisms of trust

Session 7
Thursday 6th, 11:00 – 12:30, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Aaro Tupasela

1. Les Levidow: The WTO agbiotech dispute: contentious links between science, policy and law
2. Janus Hansen: Does mode 2 knowledge production have a national variety component? – Should it?
3. Roger Hestholm: The meaning of scientific knowledge in Norway
4. Michel Dubois: The French as GIS << Infections À Prions >>. Institutional agenda, research strategy and aggregation
5. Maria Jimenez-Buedo, Manuel Fernandez Esquinas & Celia Diaz: Science and the new social contract. The undoing of supply-oriented science policy

Session 8
Thursday 6th, 13:30 – 15:00, Room CLIC 6 & 7
Chair: Luísa Oliveira

1. Johannes Weyer: Modes of governance of hybryid systems. The mid-air collision at Ueberlingen and the impact of smart technology
2. Anne-Marie Oostveen: A perfect storm: analyzing the unlikely success of a Dutch campaign against black-box voting
3. Susana Costa: Paternity claims, the judiciary and forensic expertise: the case of Portugal
4. Karel Müller: Reflexivity patterns of innovation actors
5. Vitaly Gorokhov & Gotthard Bechmann: Towards a decision-oriented science and technology
6. Alexandre Pólvora: Thrown away and possibly found: notes for a critical sociology of our technical modernity through it’s obsolete objects and material residues


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