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for anyone in UK, in case you haven't heard:

Best,
Michael

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> From: Pickersgill Martyn <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: April 27, 2007 7:00:03 AM PDT
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Stem Cell Identities, Governance and Ethics Meeting
> Reply-To: Science & Technology Studies <[log in to unmask]>
>
> Apologies for cross-posting
>
> STEM CELL IDENTITIES, GOVERNANCE AND ETHICS: IMPLICATIONS FOR  
> SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THEORY
> One-day workshop organised by the Institute for Science and Society  
> (formerly IGBiS) and the Centre for the Study of Social and Global  
> Justice
>
> 10.30a.m., MONDAY 14TH MAY
> UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
>
> Recent years have seen a rapid growth of interest across the social  
> sciences in the science and technology of stem cell research.    
> Much of this work has been focused upon empirical studies of  
> innovation, regulation and clinical development with attention  
> often concentrated upon improving the development of stem cell  
> therapies.  There has been rather less conceptual work carried out  
> that aims critically to explore the meaning and consequences of the  
> development of stem cells for social and political theory.  This  
> workshop sets out to address this gap.  Issues to be explored include
>
>     * Stem cells, materialism and materiality
>     * Stem cell identities (how are stem cells constructed as socio- 
> technical objects?)
>     * Reframing the ethics of stem cells
>     * Expectations and the construction of imagined stem cell futures
>     * The politics of stem cell governance and innovation
>
> Keynote speaker:  Professor Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins  
> University).  Professor Bennett has written extensively on the  
> relations between nature, science, knowledge and society.  Her  
> principal publications include Unthinking Faith and Enlightenment  
> (NYUP, 1987), Thoreau's Nature (Sage 1994) and The Enchantment of  
> Modernity:(Princeton, 2001).
>
> Other confirmed speakers include:  Dr. Nik Brown (University of  
> York), Dr. Helen Busby & Dr. Alison Mohr (ISS), Dr. Paul Martin  
> (ISS), Professor Brigitte Nerlich (ISS/Stem Cells Network), Dr.  
> Sujatha Raman & Dr. Richard Tutton (ISS)
>
> Cost (including lunch and refreshments) 22; postgraduate students/ 
> unwaged, free
>
> Organisers: Dr Paul Martin (ISS) and Professor Chris Pierson (CSSGJ)
>
> For further information and registration details
> http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/politics/Conferences/ 
> Bennett_conference.php
>
>
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