Values, technology and change
Jonathan Marshall (University of Technology, Sydney)
Hedda Haugen Askland (University of Newcastle)
STB 1, Science Teaching Building
Thursday 5 December, 14:15-16:00

Short abstract:

Exploring the complex relationship between change and values, as expressed in techno-ecological organisation.

Long abstract:

In the contemporary world, relationship between technology and values is complicated, partly because technology nearly always involves some form of social and ecological organisation, which is either expressed in the technology depends upon the technology, or is changed by the technology. This complication is further opened up during processes of change as, in social change, values and cosmologies may need to be regenerated or reformed. Values can act as generators of change and as obstacles to change. They are part of political process and can limit what is acceptable, or drive further unexpected change. They are a source of hope, and a source of imagining for what is possible and likely. In this panel we aim to explore the process of techno-ecological change both through the values that anthropologists bring to their studies of technology and change, and through the values and politics created and existing in the change. Suggested topics for consideration include processes of de-industrialisation, changes of land use, changes of energy technologies, new forms of communication, arguments within science or between science and commercial interests, or new forms of ethnography that use new technologies.