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“Of Neutrality: Science, innovation, and the politics of the future”

February 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by: Vincenzo Pavone, a tenured researcher at the Institute of Public Policies of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

About the presentation: We are used to thinking that technologies are neutral and that it all depends on how they are used. However, what if we need to think again? What if all technologies and innovations come with politics embedded? Through a thought-provoking review of the most cutting edge technologies in climate change, agro-biotechnology, and assisted reproduction techniques, this talk will guide you through how Science and Technologies Studies (STS) are contributing to current debates on the concepts (and politics) of neutrality, progress, and future in the field of science and innovation. Tomorrow, entering your lab may no longer be the same.

How does global science and technology affect Hispanic societies and ecosystems? How does cultural inheritance of Hispanic societies inform citizens’ attitudes towards science-driven technological projects? How do science and technology from the North mobilize indigenous science to resist undesired transformations? What are the culturally-specific debates and conflicts that emerge in various local contexts where science and technology bring changes? This series features renowned scholars and activists to introduce us to science and technology-driven social debates in Spain, Mexico, Paraguay, and Nicaragua.

Please register HERE. Once you are registered, you will have access to the Zoom meeting shortly before the presentation begins.

About the series: This lecture is part of “Science and Technology in the Hispanic World”, a special seminar series prepared in collaboration with the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and LACIS. Thank you to the Center for Culture, History, and Environment for their support of this series.