Public Deliberation on Science & Technology: Reconfiguring ExpertiseExport this event to calendar

Friday, September 28, 2012 — 3:30 PM EDT

Kieran O’Doherty University of Guelph

Genetically modified bacteria, human genetic biobanks, salmon genomics: these are just three of an untold number of areas of science and technology currently still developing while also emerging into the social sphere. As with other aspects of public policy, there is increasing attention towards engaging publics on (potentially) contentious issues involving science and technology. In this talk I describe the use of minipublics – small forums involving lay individuals – as a mechanism for engaging members of the broader public in dialogue with scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders. A key insight from these studies is that notions of expertise need to be re-evaluated to take into account the diverse (and divergent) range of domains with which deliberants are required to engage.

Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
Room 373
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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