W104
Matters of concern: negotiating un/certainties in health-related sciences, policies and experiences (EN)

Convenors:
Saskia Walentowitz (Institut of Social Anthropology)
Frederic Le Marcis (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
Charlotte Brives (CNRS LAM-UMR5115 )
Discussant:
Vinh-Kim Nguyen
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
C305 (access code C1964)
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The workshop aims to describe scientific and other social "matters of concern" by analyzing the negotiations of uncertainties and expectations, worries and hopes among and between various connected actors concerned by and with biomedical discourse or bioscientific standard.

Long abstract:

At a time of renewed biomedical legitimacy related to the development of evidence-based medicine and global health policies, this workshop aims to describe and analyze the negotiations of uncertainties and expectations, worries and hopes among and between various connected actors (scientists, experts, professionals and patients) concerned by and with biomedical discourse or bioscientific standard. How do scientists and experts deal with uncertainties in making biomedical facts based on research with human subjects? How do both scientific and other social matters of concern co-shape the dynamics of research, policy making and localized experiences? How do professionals and lay people mediate knowledge and practice in contexts of structural violence, global anxieties and local biologies? How do various actors articulate universalist biomedical rhetorics and idiosyncrasies they convey? Instead of reifying dichotomies between "science" and "real life", or clashing fixed ontologies, we wish to highlight the crossroads of sciences, policies and experiences. We may thus better understand how they affect subjectivation, and foster objectivation in return. How do clinical activities and lived experiences interrelate as loci of emerging subjectivities within multiple ontologies ? We look forward to papers based on sound ethnographies that enable comparison.