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[liberationtech] Technology: Democracy's Last Frontier? A Public Lecture by Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

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Wed Apr 29 09:23:04 PDT 2015


Technology: Democracy's Last Frontier? A Public Lecture by Sheila Jasanoff, 
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at John F. Kennedy 
School of Government at Harvard University

Thursday, May 7, 2015
4:00 pm
Hewlett Teaching Center Room 102 Map
Sponsored by:
Science, Technology and Society

"Recent advances across a wide array of technological fields have fostered 
the notion that we may soon be in a position to do without the burdensome 
paraphernalia of government. In the era of social media, personalized 
medicine, predictive shopping, and the quantified self, the heavy hand of 
government strikes many as anachronistic. Trust in once-authoritative 
structures is waning, from legislatures and regulatory agencies to schools, 
hospitals, and even prisons. Has democracy reached its last frontier, a 
point of no return at which the very idea of a demos, or polity, looks 
irrelevant? Drawing on ideas from science and technology studies, and 
examples from new and emerging technologies, I will suggest, to the 
contrary, that the arguments for democracy need to be strengthened by 
rethinking the nature of the political subject in a constitutional space 
that makes room for science and technology."

Professor Jasanoff has pioneered and led the field of science and 
technology studies (STS) for over 30 years, exploring the role of science 
and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. She 
has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, and is author or 
editor of pathbreaking books in STS such as Science at the Bar: Law, 
Science and Technology in America (1995), States of Knowledge: The 
Co-Production of Science and Social Order (2004), and Reframing 
Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age (2011). Prof. Jasanoff was 
also a co-editor of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (1995) 
and the founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University. 
She served as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 
and on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the 
Advancement of Science. She is recipient of numerous grants and awards, 
including over a dozen National Science Foundation grants, a 
Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Don K. Price award of the American Political 
Science Association for the best book on science and politics. She holds 
AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 7, 2015.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

ADMISSION:
FREE

CONTACT:
(650) 723-1526, kyokos at stanford.edu

MORE INFO:
https://events.stanford.edu/events/520/52045/
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