Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK)
at the University of Oslo
February 2nd.- 3rd 2006
Give me a laboratory and I will raise the world!
Decades of science-studies have demonstrated the ways in which knowledge is power; the ways in which laboratories in particular, and science, in general, are generative and transformative nature-factories. Through these new objects, new matters of facts, are made available to the public and to politics. Thus it is up to politics to discuss and decide. However, in framing the issue this way we continue to treat politics as discourse, as ideas, as an exclusively human affair. Is it not time we started exploring the materialities of politics? That we started exploring the ways in which the technologies of politics take part in framing nature as political – or anti-political – issues and objects? Thus we should examine the ways in which nature emerge and are shaped within the technologies of politics and administration and how social and natural science take part in these processes.
Give me a ministry and I will raise the world?
Through a two-day conference we hope to bring together researchers and PhD-students who are exploring the relations of nature-bodies, science and politics in their projects; This may be nature in the form of “green-nature” or nature in the form of animal or human bodies, or their interrelations; this might be in the form of analyzing contemporary events, or episodes in the past. We hope to bring together researchers who are interested in the ways these issues are framed, closed or experimented with. We have two concerns. First, we would like to explore the ways in which the new objects of science and technology such as vitamins, sulphur-dioxide, climate-predictions, have framed or take part in producing political events. Second, we would like to make the materialities of politics and administration themselves an object of study. How do the technologies of politics such as surveys, consumer-panels and the various ways of enabling nature and the public to have a say, shape and re-shape the politics of nature?