PFGS 13th Colloquium: Scientific Innovation in the Biosociety

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The Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society is pleased to announce its 13th Colloquium for postgraduates and post-docs doing research on the broad theme of scientific innovation and its implications. An interdisciplinary forum, we welcome approaches from science and technology studies, legal theory, disability studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history of technology, development, and politics, as well as the natural sciences. The colloquia combine postgraduate presentations with keynote speakers and capacity building workshops, allowing scholars to develop their ideas by presenting work-in-progress in a friendly, supportive and constructive environment.

This year's colloquium examines the ways in which scientific innovations are projected as reshaping possibilities, redrawing boundaries, and creating a global 'biosociety', as well as generating new forms of democratic scientific governance, new processes of risk assessment and management, and new configurations of 'responsible innovation' beyond safety and sustainability. While innovation is central to contemporary science, how are the responsibilities and associated promises that accompany it being configured? What are the regulatory and political challenges, the dangers as well as the benefits? Papers may address (but are not limited to) any of the four subthemes of:

1) Biomedical innovation: (Identity and perfection; preventive and diagnostic technologies; reconceptualising age: intervention and extension; normality, stigma and ‘cure’) 2) Biocapital and economic growth: (human raw materials; patents and ownership disputes; national and international innovation policy; value chains in biotechnology; medical tourism) 3) War, law and crime: (Legal aspects and applications of genetics; privacy and databases; ‘genes for’ criminality and other attributes; security implications; biowarfare) 4) Responsibility and ‘Frontier’ technologies: (synthetic biology, nanotech, cloning, reviving genomes, enhancement, etc; public engagement and governance of risk).

The event is free, but you must register to participate. Please note that spaces are limited and are first come, first served.

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