Programme

(PLEN01)
Open Dialogue Session: A Critical Conversation about Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Progress
Location 011
Date and Start Time 31 August, 2016 at 16:00
Sessions 1

Convenors

  • Saurabh Arora (University of Sussex) email
  • Eden Medina (Indiana University) email
  • Ulrike Felt (University of Vienna) email
  • Johan Schot (University of Sussex) email
  • Andy Stirling (University of Sussex) email

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Chair Fred Steward

Short Abstract

A large group of Science, Technology Studies scholars is making a significant contribution to the report Rethinking Society for the 21th Century produced by the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP; see http://www.ip-socialprogress.org/). The Panel seeks to answer the question whether we can hope for a better society in the context of a very challenging context of a series of system crises, growing inequality and climate change.

Long Abstract

A large group of Science, Technology Studies scholars is making a significant contribution to the report Rethinking Society for the 21th Century produced by the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP; see http://www.ip-socialprogress.org/). The Panel seeks to answer the question whether we can hope for a better society in the context of a very challenging context of a series of system crises, growing inequality and climate change.

To answer this question the IPSP has mobilised hundreds of social scientists (including economists) to provide answer and to deliver a report. It will have 22 chapters and address major issues, among other things Social Justice, Inequality, Cities, Jobs, Markets, Finance, Corporations, Democracy, Sexuality, Violence, Wars, Peace and Security, Multiple Directions of Social Progress. In the final chapter the report will discuss contributions of social sciences to policy and institutional change.

The Panel claims that it has no partisan political agenda, but aims at restoring hope in social progress and stimulating intellectual and public debates. This open panel session will contribute to that debate and the development of the report itself. Drafts may be available for comments before the conference. We hope and anticipate many STS scholars will engage with the report and the debate. The contested nature of progress has, of course, been a foundational theme of our field

The session itself will be organized as a critical conversation. After a presentation of the main rationale behind the report and the STS contribution the panel will introduce three samples of the emerging themes. Subsequently the panellists will be open to challenge and engagement with conference participants through a moderated dialogue.

This track is closed to new paper proposals.

Papers

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