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Seminari "Experts, expertise and scientific authority: historical and sociological approaches"

Dijous 30 d'abril, a partir de les 10:30, CEHIC-UAB
CEHIC 22/04/2015

Experts, expertise and scientific authority: historical and sociological approaches
Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC), UAB (Facultat de Ciències)
Bellaterra (Barcelona), April 30, 2015

Seminar organized by the Open Science and Innovation Research Group (IN3/UOC) and the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC)

Since 2002, when Harry Collins and Robert Evans published a much cited paper presenting three different waves of science studies, the theme of expertise has come to the forefront of much research in science and technology studies (STS). Questions about the use of scientific knowledge for policy making, the role of experts in social controversies, the public legitimation and contestation of scientific expertise or the participation of non-experts or even so-called lay experts in science or technology-based decisions, just to mention a few, have increasingly been addressed by many scholars in this area. Once scientific knowledge is mostly seen as situated, historically contingent and socially shaped, how can we still understand and analyse it as a source of authority and power in the political arena? This seminar aims to present and discuss some recent studies, both historical and sociological, on these issues.



10.30-10.45 Introduction: Agustí Nieto-Galan and Eduard Aibar
10.45-11.00 Wiebe Bijker (Universiteit Maastricht): “The Paradox of Scientific Authority”
11.00-11.15 José Ramon Bertomeu (Universitat de València): “Medicine, Science and the Law: Two Received Views and New Perspectives”
11.15–11.45 Discussion
11.45-12.00 Pause
12.00-12.15 Miquel Domènech (UAB): "The Lay-Expert Relationship in Participatory Processes"
12.15-12.30 Agustí Nieto-Galan (UAB): “Scientific authority in the public sphere”
12.30-12.45 Eduard Aibar (UOC): “Lay Scientific Expertise in Wikipedia”
12.45-13.15 Discussion