Egenis seminar with Dr Elena Simakova 'Values, audiences, and metaphors: an inquiry into the discourses of governable science'
SpeakersDr Elena Simakova, University of Exeter
University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
The paper examines science-policy conversations mediated by social science in attempts to govern, or set up terms for, scientific research. I argue that the production of social science research accounts about science faces challenges in the domains of emerging technosciences. Constructing notions of success and failure, participants in science actively interpret policy notions, such as the societal relevance of their research, as well as the content of their research as being specific to particular fields, such as nano. Industrial collaboration is one of the prominent themes both in policy renditions of governable science, and in the participants’ attempts to achieve societally relevant research, often oriented into the future. How do we, as researchers, go about collecting, recording, and analysing such future stories? The research engages participants through interviews, which can be understood as occasions for testing the interpretive flexibility of nano as ‘good’ scientific practice and of what counts as societal relevance, under what circumstances, and in view of what kind of audiences. The talk will discuss an organisational ethnography approach to analysing the discourses and practices of university-industry interactions around nano in the United States.