23 / Knowledge Politics, Science-Based Controversies and Democracy:
Theoretical Issues and Empirical Examples

23 – 27 April 2007   print this page

Course directors:

Thomas Brante, Lund University, Sweden
Nico Stehr, Zeppelin University, Germany

Course description:

This conference and course focuses upon relations between knowledge politics and science-based controversies in democratic societies. We are increasingly witnessing enduring controversies in areas such as health and illness, energy, new technologies, the environment, the climate, and so forth. Controversies of these kinds have profound implications not only for the scientific communities but for the trust extended to science and the professions in society, science policy, or the ways society deals with new discoveries and technical artifacts. In short, the outcomes of controversies are decisive for the future routes of societies. The meeting will apply various approaches to the phenomena of controversy and knowledge politics, ranging from philosophical questions about the objectivity of science to questions about the influence of internal and external interests upon the production of knowledge, the need for a new regulatory knowledge politics and its relation to democratic decision making, etc. Sociological, philosophical and other perspectives will be used. The meeting is open to Ph. D. students and students at the Advanced level as well as for other scholars interested in discussing the topic.

Course lecturers:

Steven Fuller, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Karen Kastenhofer, University of Vienna, Austria
Jacquelyne Luce, Zeppelin University, Germany
Thomas Brante, Lund University, Sweden
Julia Evetts, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Eva Karfve, Lund University, Sweden
Wolfgang Krohn, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Gunnar Olofsson, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Nico Stehr, Zeppelin University, Germany