Reference : Opening the politics in participatory technology assessment: On power and ethics
Scientific conferences in universities or research centers : Scientific conference in universities or research centers
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/157414
Opening the politics in participatory technology assessment: On power and ethics
English
Van Oudheusden, Michiel mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique >]
20-Apr-2013
International
Beyond Ethics: Exploring the Politics of Emerging Technologies
du 19 au 20 avril 2013
Centre for Ethics and Politics of Emerging Technologies, University of Maastricht
Maastricht
Pays-Bas
[en] Ethics ; Politics ; Technology Assessment
[en] In participatory technology assessment (pTA), technical and nontechnical communities convene to share their views on a sociotechnical challenge, in an attempt to render technology research and development more socially robust. Taking these commitments to transdisciplinary collaboration and co-construction of technology as entry points, this paper describes key tensions that emerged in a Flemish pTA project on nanotechnologies, entitled ‘Nanotechnologies for Tomorrow’s Society’ (NanoSoc). The tensions pertain to how the terms of participation were enacted, the potentially conflicting aims embedded in the project’s mission and methods, the various roles initiating pTA researchers (social scientists) assumed throughout the project’s duration, and the deliberative-democratic rationale that sustains pTA frameworks at large. The paper is a response to a pressing question posed to the author by pTA professionals, project participants, and policymakers who ask publics to partake in science and technology decision making: Now that NanoSoc is terminated, what can we learn from it?
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/157414

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