Trading Zones in Technological Societies

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*Confirmed keynote speakers**: Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard), Andrew Stirling
(Sussex), Pierre-Beno?t*
* *
*Joly (IFRIS/Paris), Arie Rip (Twente).*

The SPIRAL Research Centre, from its beginning, located itself as an hybrid
space between risk research, science and technology studies and public
policy. The importance of doing so can be captured by referring to ‘trading
zones’, Peter Galison’s (1977) concept indicating interactions and
exchanges across boundaries and between scientific disciplines. We expand
his concept to cover interactions in our technological societies, and the
“pidgins” that emerge enabling some communication or collaborationin which
various perspectives, interests, visions, imaginaries, narratives are
combined. This occurs anyway, but the experience of SPIRAL has shown that
this perspective allows understanding issues of technological societies and
contributes to handling them productively. Hence, it is appropriate for the
20th anniversary conference to take “Trading Zones in Contemporary
Technological Societies” as its theme. New developments, such as, for
example, new genetic testing, digitized work environments, biobanks, 3D
printed tissues or high-level radioactive waste, create promises and
expectations, but also entail great uncertainty with regard to societal and
political impacts. There is a need to engage in an imaginative dialogue
pursuing multiple dimensions of possible outcomes and to normatively
evaluate such outcomes. This requires opening up of existing ways of
handling issues (Stirling 2008). Thus, there is a need for spaces (Rip and
Joly 2013) favouring interdisciplinary cross-breeding to deal with these
issues, and the latter should also be democratically debated. Boundary
trading between experts and others (publics, policymakers, patients) is a
very good entry point for “inquiry into the relations between science and
power to ask how they come about, and what functions they serve in
channelling both knowledge and politics” (Jasanoff 2003: 394).

We encourage *submissions to present papers and/or posters* on one of the
three following subthemes, reflecting major lines of work in SPIRAL, and
organized as parallel streams in the second day of the conference:

?         *Genomics and Public Health*

?         *Safety and Nuclear Energy*

?         *Governance of the Knowledge Societies*

Galison, P. (1997). Image & logic: A material culture of microphysics.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Stirling, A. (2008). “Opening Up” and “Closing Down” Power, Participation,
and Pluralism in the Social Appraisal of Technology.*Science, Technology &
Human Values, *33*, *262-294.

Rip, A., and Joly, P.-B. (2013). *Emerging Spaces and Governance. Emerging
Spaces and Governance*. Position paper submitted to EU-SPRI Forum,
available on its website.

Jasanoff, S. (2003).Breaking the Waves in Science Studies. Comment on H.M.
Collins and Robert Evans, `The Third Wave of Science Studies’. *Social
Studies of Science*, 33/3, 389-400.


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