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SOCSI Theory Symposium on 'Social Science and the Public Sphere'

Starts: 12 November 2008

12th November, 09.00-17.15, Room 1.67 (CPLAN), Glamorgan Building

The Symposium has its origins in a discussion in the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES) about the use of criteria of expertise and experience to demarcate scientific from other kinds of knowledge. Harry Collins and Rob Evans' recent text on, 'Rethinking Expertise', explores this demarcation question in relation to social studies of science and technology. The Symposium provides an opportunity to explore this question in relation to other subjects of social science and, in doing so, to consider the particular contribution of social science to public concerns about, health, education, crime and risk.

09.45 – 10.00: Introduction

10.00 - 11.00: ‘Sociology, Science and the Public Sphere: A Third Wave?’ Harry Collins and Rob Evans


11.15 - 12.15: ‘Health impact assessment as a form of public social science’, Eva Elliott and Gareth Williams

12.15 - 13.15: ‘Sociology, Education and the Public Sphere’, Sally Power and Gareth Rees


14.00 - 15.00: ‘The Struggle for Public Criminology: Science-Politics Interactions in Crime Control’, Adam Edwards and Gordon Hughes


15.15 - 16.15: ‘On the Practice and Politics of the Sociology of Risk’, Tom Horlick-Jones

16.15 - 17.15: ‘Social Science and the Public Sphere’, Huw Beynon



Name:Adam Edwards

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Open To: Staff and Students