Enacting responsibility: RRI and the re-ordering of science-society relations in practice
Heidrun Åm (Norwegian Uni. of Science and Technology )
Fern Wickson (GenØk Centre for Biosafety)
Gisle Solbu (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Ana Delgado (University of Oslo)
Knut H Sørensen (Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology)
Friday 2 September, 16:00-17:45, 18:00-19:45, Saturday 3 September, 9:00-10:45, 11:00-12:45, 12:30-14:15 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

The need to embed responsibility into scientific R&D practices has become a key notion within governance discourses and funding programmes. This track invites papers that analyse the multiple ways in which these ideas and policies are enacted in the everyday practices of scientists.

Long abstract:

A variety of approaches are currently being pursued as a means for mediating the relations between science as society towards what is sometimes described as a new 'social contract'. For instance, in Europe there is a current policy commitment to advancing RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), which is formulated as a 'cross cutting principle' in the Horizon 2020 funding programme.

What are the tangible effects of these attempts to encourage a new relationship between science and society? Can we observe a re-ordering of science and society relations in research practices? What shape do these new relations take? How do scientists enact responsibility demands? Which new assemblages are emerging?

A specific aim of this track is to address how responsibility is enacted in diverse contexts of action. We presume that in processes of translation, ideas of responsibility are reassembled and mediated through contexts such as the 'market university' or demands for excellence. The ways in which new science governance demands translate into the everyday life work of scientists in their offices and laboratories might be multiple. Some scientists may enact responsibility as 'crafting the group' and caring for it. In other instances, responsibility might be performed as practices of 'safety' or to 'open up science' through practices of sharing. Also, social scientists are involved in such translations, contributing to the shaping of new techno-political relations.

In sum, the track shall gather research on the diverse ways how scientists enact responsibility and thus produce knowledge on conditions for re-ordering science-society relations in practice.

SESSIONS: 5/5/5/4/3

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