Conference Workshop on Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments

Country: USA

City: Claremont

Abstr. due: 10.01.2015

Dates: 18.09.15 — 19.09.15

Area Of Sciences: Ecology; Chemistry;

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Organizers: (Claremont Graduate University


This 2-day working conference seeks to workshop a small number of unpublished papers by scholars whose research engages the intersections of contested science, expertise, and toxic environments. We are interested in papers employing historical methods which look at the relationship of technical practices to environmental harms. In particular, we hope to explore moments in which the roles of scientific experts in understanding and reacting to these harms have been challenged, disputed or disrupted in some way. Our conception of the environment here is purposefully broad in scope—encompassing both the natural world and built environments—and scale—ranging from weapons’ testing grounds and toxic dump sites to scientific laboratories, hospitals, and the human body itself.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

*Secrecy and atomic energy
*Toxic waste management
*Radiation technology
*Pesticide manufacturing and exposure
*Climate threats and pollution

Our aim is to have conference participants critically and constructively engage each others’ work for the purposes of contributing to an edited book published by an academic press.

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