Counting Differently: Seminar List Announced

Great news: we have finalised the list of speakers for this term!

At the first meeting, Maan Barua, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, will talk to us about ‘Circulating Elephants’. Please join us over some lunch and refreshments for what is due to be a great presentation and some stimulating discussions.  
Inaugural STS Oxford Working Group Meeting:

October 25th, 12.30pm-1.45pm, at the Said Business School in Seminar Room 13
Dr. Maan Barua
University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment
“Circulating Elephants”

We hope to see many of you there!

Counting Differently Seminar List

Next Seminar on Policy and Expertise: War, Security and Expert Knowledges

by Lisa Stampnitzky

Please join us for the next seminar in this term’s GAIn seminar series on policy and expertise. The topic will be:

War, security and expert knowledges
Tuesday, 08 February 2011, 16:30-19:00
Andrew Cormack Seminar Room
Saïd Business School

Through a variety of case studies and analytical perspectives, three speakers will examine the relations between knowledge, judgment and practices of ‘security’:

  • Brian Rappert (Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter):
    States of ignorance: the unmaking and remaking of death tolls
  • David Rodin (ELAC, University of Oxford):
    Explaining the absolute prohibition of torture
  • Luis Lobo-Guerrero (War Studies Department, King’s College London):
    Security, knowledge and expertise in the insured liberal world

The discussant will be Lisa Stampnitzky, James Martin Research Fellow in Governance, Accountability, and Innovation at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society.

The seminar will be structured in an innovative way, designed to encourage interaction among the speakers, between the speakers and the audience, and to highlight connections between the empirical and theoretical findings in the three researchers’ projects. Each speaker will give a short presentation, followed by a comment by a discussant. After a short break, there will be plenty of time for questions and comments from the audience.

For abstracts, please visit the InSIS events page. You can also download a flyer [pdf].

New seminars on policy and expertise: Libby Schweber, Kathryn Janda and Paul du Gay

by Lisa Stampnitzky

Please join us for the first of our upcoming seminars on policy and expertise. Each seminar brings together three speakers whose research touches on the nexus of knowledge, expertise, and policy.

The first in the series will be held on Tuesday, January 25, commencing at 4:30 p.m., in the Cormack seminar room at the Saïd Business School. Further seminars will be held on Tuesday February 8 (on knowledge, policy, and expertise in the arena of security), and Tuesday March 8 (on innovation).

These seminars will be structured in an innovative way, designed to encourage interaction among the speakers, between the speakers and the audience, and to highlight connections between the empirical and theoretical findings in the three researchers’ projects. Each speaker will give a short presentation, followed by a comment by a discussant. After a short break, there will be plenty of time for questions and comments from the audience. The seminar will conclude at 7pm.

Speakers and presentations

Libby Schweber, University of Reading: “Liberal technologies and the distribution of expertise: the use of sustainable assessment tools in medium sized construction projects”

Libby Schweber is a principal research fellow in the Innovative Construction Research Centre at the University of Reading where she is responsible for a series of projects on sustainable construction.  She comes to construction research from the Sociology of Science and Technology and has a particular interest in styles of reasoning and the relation between science and the state.

Kathryn Janda, University of Oxford: “Building Expertise: Renovation as Professional Innovation ”

Kathryn Janda is an interdisciplinary, problem-based scholar and senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her role is to integrate social and technical dimensions of changing building practices for a lower carbon future. Her research encompasses three principal areas: (1) social, economic, and environmental implications of ecological design, (2) social dimensions of energy use, and (3) the relationship between environmental practice and organizational decision-making.

Paul du Gay, Copenhagen Business School: “In Defence of Mandarins: recovering the ‘core business’ of public management.”

Paul du Gay is Globaliseringsprofessor in the Department of Organization (IOA) at Copenhagen Business School. His work is located on the cusp of Organization Studies and the Sociology of Organizational Life. His recent publications include Organizing Identity: persons and organizations ‘after theory’ (Sage), Conduct (eds. with E.McFall and S.Carter, MUP), and Identity in Question (ed. With A.Elliott, Sage). He is currently co-ordinating a research project with Signe Vikkelsø on the theme of What Makes Organization? funded by the Velux Foundation in Denmark.

This week’s discussant will be Will Davies, James Martin Research Fellow in Governance, Accountability, and Innovation at InSIS.