Interdisciplinary Conference: Good Nano – Bad Nano: Who Decides?


Dec. 1-2, 2016

This two-day conference explores the role of evaluative processes and normative attributions in debates about nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanomaterials (short: nano) in an interdisciplinary dialogue. "Goodness" and "badness" are contested categories in the ongoing struggle over the assessment of nanomaterials and their potential impact on society, human health, and the environment. In this debate a variety of institutions and actors play a role, among them nanoresearchers, (eco)toxicologists, policy and law makers, industry, ethicists, or civil society organizations. Moreover, individual citizens are increasingly invited into debates on nano via public engagement initiatives. This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars who contribute to the evaluation of nano and analyze the positions of societal actors as well as the processes in which the goodness or badness of nanomaterials is negotiated and established. Nano will serve as a case for reflecting on the more general processes and evaluation regimes that are at work when technoscientific objects emerge in society under conditions of (scientific) uncertainty. 

Speakers: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (Paris), Diana Bowman (Arizona), Christopher Coenen (Karlsruhe), Iris Eisenberger (Vienna), Juliane Filser (Bremen), Andreas Huber (Vienna), Angela Kallhoff (Vienna), Lotte Krabbenborg (Nijmegen), Franz Seifert (Vienna), Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg (Vienna), Tsjalling Swiestra (Maastricht)

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Participation is free of charge. No registration required.

The conference is organized by Angela Kallhoff and Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg (Research Platform Nano-Norms-Nature, University of Vienna) in collaboration with Iris Eisenberger and Andreas Huber (Institute of Law, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna).

Location: University of Vienna (main building), Marietta-Blau-Saal, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna. The main building of the University of Vienna is right next to the station “Schottentor”. The way to the Marietta-Blau-Saal will be signposted in the building. For a detailed access route see also here.

Contact: Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg
claudia.g.schwarz@univie.ac.at

+43/1/4277 25800