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- Science in History Seminar
- London PUS Seminar: Craig Cormick
- Lunchtime Lecture: Art for science's sake
- Fireworks in Ealing
- STS Seminar: Helen Curry
- London PUS Seminar: Steve Fuller
- Film Night: Jekyll and Hyde (1931)
- STS Seminar: Jack Stilgoe
- Should We Clone Neanderthals?
- 'Theatres of Science' workshop
- STS Seminar: Big Data; Big Deal
- Seminar: Sociology of Secrecy
- Will the Geek Inherit the Earth?
- Q&A PANEL: Taking Infection Seriously
- Darwin in London: Lecture
- Influence of Islam on Science: Lecture
- Panel: What Counts as Good Evidence for Policy?
- Film Night: Fantastic Voyage (1966)
- POSTPONED: Science in History Seminar: Simon Mitton
- Symposium: New History of Scienitfic Experience
- STS Seminar: David A Kirby
- STS Seminar: Andrew Balmer
- STS Seminar: Noortje Marres
- conference: Cultures of Ancient Science
- STS At AstroFest
- STS Seminar: Francesca Rochburg
- Past Imperfect Seminar
- PUS Seminar: Jean-Baptiste Gouyon
- Speak Out! Mental Health Documentary
- talk: Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
- STS Research Day
- Simon Werrett on early modern materials
- Crossing The Divides (Workshop)
- Ethical Issues in Academic Publishing
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STS Seminar: Andrew Balmer
Publication date: Jan 17, 2013 9:56:15 AM
Mar 4, 2013 4:15:00 PM
End: Mar 4, 2013 5:30:00 PM
Location: Garwood LT, South Wing
Playfulness and Collaboration: Reflections on Work between Social Scientists and Synthetic Biologists in Post-ELSI ContextsSpeaker: andrew Balmer (University of Manchester)
Abstract: In this paper I reflect on two years of ethnographic experience in synthetic biology, and on other sociologists’ accounts as developed through the ESRC Seminar Series on Social Science and Synthetic Biology. I am interested in the ways in which social scientists and natural scientists/engineers work together, or fail to do so. In particular, I propose that we need novel theoretical articulations of these collaborative spaces and relations in order to think about the ethics of working together. I develop one theory centred on ‘playfulness’ that highlights the ‘work’ of playing. I argue that orienting ourselves towards playfulness provides one possible mode of discussing collaboration that might help us focus on social dynamics of collaboration and to venture out of the instrumental obsession with the objects of collaborative work. Importantly, it may help refocus some attention on the practices of working together and on self-constitution in these contexts.
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