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Proposed Society for the Social Studies of Science conference panel: Infectious disease and security

///Proposed Society for the Social Studies of Science conference panel: Infectious disease and security

Proposed Society for the Social Studies of Science conference panel: Infectious disease and security

In collaboration with some colleagues, I am organizing a session on infectious disease and security to propose for the upcoming 4S meeting. If you have carried out any work in this area, or have some interest in doing so, please feel free to contact Dale Rose at “[email protected]” A description of the proposed session follows. Thanks.

Infectious diseases are considered today to be a major challenge to both national security and public health across various biomedical, policy and security domains. The focus of this session is critical intellectual work engaging with contemporary problematizations of infectious diseases in terms of security, with a particular emphasis on empirical and conceptual presentations that explore a particular set of truth discourses, strategies of intervention, and modes of subjectification. The aim is to generate intellectual momentum in this area, with an orientation towards identifying and exploring the ways in which technoscientific forms are being assembled in novel ways, and the implications of such emergences for political and social life. Part of the session will also be geared towards an engagement with previous science studies work on security-related matters. Some pertinent, but by no means all-inclusive questions include: In what ways are technoscientific practices being incorporated under the rubric of national security and public health, and how are traditional elements and logics being (re)configured in the process? What new forms are emerging, what do they afford, and what are their limits? What kinds of critical approaches are there (or can there be) which take up contemporary issues of security in the domain of infectious diseases, and what are the implications of these engagements for both intellectual communities and for experts doing the “work” of security? Possible areas of exploration include the smallpox vaccination program, the specter of an avian influenza pandemic, and emergent techniques of syndromic surveillance. Other contributions are also being sought.

Again, please e-mail Dale Rose at “[email protected]” if interested…

By | 2010-12-13T19:21:21+00:00 December 13th, 2010|Conferences, Symposia & Workshops|Comments Off on Proposed Society for the Social Studies of Science conference panel: Infectious disease and security

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