Lecture: Barbara Harthorn, “Ambivalence, Uncertainty & Risk: Public Engagement with New [Nano]Technologies”

Ambivalence, Uncertainty and RiskFriday,  October 22 | 12:00 pm | SH 2635

Please join us for the first event in the Globalizing Risk UCSB Faculty Lecture Series (sponsored by Transcriptions and ACGCC). We are pleased to announce our first speaker, Barbara Herr Harthorn, Principal Investigator and Director of the CNS (Center for Nanotechnology in Society) and Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology at UCSB.

New technologies simultaneously evoke pro-technology sentiments and deep reservations about realizing benefits. Harthorn explores the perceptual and cultural bases for such nano-techno-ambivalence, perceived constraints on promised benefits and the narratives through which progress and its impediments are enacted. The work is based on a series of deliberative engagement workshops held in the United States in 2009 as part of research in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, and contextualizes these ambivalent views in culture and risk, structured uncertainty, and other conundrums of contemporary new technology Research & Development and citizen engagement.

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