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Uncertainty and disquiet

The call for papers "Who is Responsible" has invited ethnographic reflections on the diverse meanings and use of a term, "responsibility" which  "has become such a conspicuous terms in contemporary thought styles", to highlight its salience in contemporary culture and governance. - More More

by Cristina Grasseni, 23 July 2012 Permalink

cc - photo by See Wah Cheng from Flickr

Practicing Responsibilities: social engagement, controversy and innovation

At the Trento EASST conference, held 1-4th September 2010, workshop/track 32. "Practicing Responsibilities" was co-chaired by Cristina Grasseni (University of Bergamo / Bassetti  Foundation); Luca Guzzetti (University of Genova) and Giuseppe Pellegrini (University of Padova) within the theme "social engagement, controversy and innovation". - More More

by Redazione FGB, 4 November 2010 Permalink

logo EASST 2010
Categories responsibility

Practicing Responsibility

In the imminence of the deadline for submitting abstracts (15th March) I bring to our readers' attention the following call for papers, co-organised by the Bassetti Foundation, for a session at the next EASST conference (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), which will take place in Trento, September 2-4th 2010, in collaboration with STS Italia. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 1 March 2010 Permalink

EASST010
Categories responsibility

Is biotechnological research in Italy a chimera? (Second part)

The second part of the interview conducted by Cristina Grasseni with Giovanna Lazzari e Cesare Galli at the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology in Cremona (Italy) in which many points of fundamental importance for a serious contemporary debate on responsibility and innovation emerge. - (post in Italian) - More More

by Redazione FGB, 26 November 2008 Permalink

La ricerca presso il Laboratorio di Tecnologie della Riproduzione di Porcellasco
Categories genetics

Is biotechnological research in Italy a chimera? An interview with Giovanna Lazzari and Cesare Galli

Research originality, an experimental approach and leadership within the scientific community has brought the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology (Cremona, Italy) to the cutting edge of scientific innovation regarding the cloning of breeding animals (above all with cows, horses and pigs). Giovana Lazzari and Cesare Galli were asked about the nature of the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology, their current activities and the new challenges they will have to face. - (post in Italian) - More More

by Redazione FGB, 8 October 2008 Permalink

Laboratory of Reproduction Technology (Cremona, Italy)
See also: Opinione pubblica, biotecnologie e "società del rischio" a research by Poster-FGB, the Call for Comments on biotechnology and the 'Topics' published on 2000/2002: Biotecnologie e Ingegneria genetica (2001-2002) and Biotecnologie e Ingegneria genetica (2000-2002)
Categories genetics

About the Anthropology of globalization (2)

The essay by Monica Lindh de Montoya "Il mercato come specchio o modello. Come i commercianti riconfigurano le transazioni economiche e sociali in un'economia rurale" (The market as a mirror and model. How merchants re-frame economic and social transactions in a rural economy), first published in 1999, investigates cultural change in an agricultural community in Bailadores, Venezuela, fueled by vegetable and particularly garlic production for the national market. A reading by Guido Carlotto and comment by Valentina Porcellana. - (post in Italian) - More More

by Redazione FGB, 26 September 2008 Permalink

Copertina del libro di Sapelli edito da Mondadori
Categories anthropology

About the Anthropology of globalization

Some brief thoughts about the essay "Per l'antropologia economica: culture e pratiche nella divisione sociale del lavoro" (For an economic anthropology: culture and practice in the social division of work), that opens the volume "Antropologia della globalizzazione" (The Anthropology of Globalization) proposed by Giulio Sapelli - (post in Italian) - More More

by Redazione FGB, 5 September 2008 Permalink

book by Sapelli
See also: Storicizzare la scienza, Una nuova educazione per il futuro della biosfera and the review of Panzarani's book "L'innovazione a colori".
Categories anthropology

New Rites For Democracy?

On February 15th 2008, at the premises of the Bassetti Foundation in Milan, the sociologist of science Brian Wynne opened the seminar chaired by Piero Bassetti and Mariachiara Tallacchini about the report for the European Commission, Taking European Society Seriously (2007), now translated in Italian under the auspices of the Bassetti Foundation (Scienza e Governance. La società europea della conoscenza presa sul serio. Rubbettino, 2008). What follows is my own reconstruction of the main arguments and issues raised at the seminar. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 27 February 2008 Permalink

the sociologist of science Brian Wynne opened the seminar chaired by Piero Bassetti and Mariachiara Tallacchini
Categories responsibility

Of flies and forests: putting laboratory work in its social context (part 2)

The second part of the Interview with Sophie Houdart: "we debated on the many links between the ethnography of science and the interrogation on responsible innovation". - More More

by Redazione FGB, 27 November 2007 Permalink

Sophie Houdart
Categories anthropology

Of flies and forests: putting laboratory work in its social context (part 1)

In this interview to Sophie Houdart taken at the Cerisy Cultural Centre, we debated on the many links between the ethnography of science and the interrogation on responsible innovation. The work of Sophie Houdart brings to the fore many important categories, that of fact and that of event, the idea of a moral responsibility of the scientist for the kind of "objects" he/she creates in the laboratory, and the scientist's awareness of the relevance of their work for society at large. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 23 November 2007 Permalink

Sophie Houdart
Categories anthropology

How to map complex issues?

In this interview, taken at the Cerisy colloquium organised by Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola on "L'anthropologie historique de la raison scientifique", (July 12th- 19th 2006), Cristina Grasseni gathered Bruno Latour's view s on responsible innovation and its relevance to the research agenda of historians, anthropologists, philosophers and sociologists of science. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 11 June 2007 Permalink

foto Franz Wamhof (part)
See also: Latour in the Call fro Comment Which responsibility?

Is responsible innovation participatory, and if so, how?

Is responsible innovation participatory, and if so, how? Interviewed on his decade-long work on the history of science and its relevance to issues such as secrecy, scientist's responsibility, public understanding and public participation, Prof. Peter Galison of Harvard University offers an intriguing insight in the topic of responsible innovation. According to him, naive notions of compromise and participation do not explain "how you can put people in a position where they can make decisions, informed decisions about what's going on". - More More

by Redazione FGB, 10 March 2007 Permalink

Peter Galison
Categories responsibility

Second thoughts on responsibility

"From Causality to Responsibility: Steps towards the Unknown" by Mariachiara Tallacchini. Contemporary scientific knowledge is characterized increasingly by uncertainty (O'Riordan and Cameron, 1994). This is due not only because both the risks and the unpredictability linked to it are increasing, but... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 24 June 2006 Permalink

Steps towards the Unknown

'Which responsibility?' Chiusura del call

Chiudendo questo call for comments sullo statuto corrente della responsabilità dell'innovazione, ringrazio tutti coloro che hanno partecipato e si sono interrogati sulle questioni poste. Gli interventi - come era naturale... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 2 April 2006 Permalink

interlacement

Which responsibility? -part 2- (...continues from the previous entry)

First of all thanks to all those who have so far contributed to this call for comments, which I plan to close on April 1st. I briefly recapitulate the line... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 19 March 2006 Permalink

ecografia

Which responsibility? - part 1- ...This call for comments continues in the next entry...

The ambitious goal of this call is that of initiating an exploration of possible ways of reflecting on the concepts of responsibility and innovation, without losing sight of the social,... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 2 February 2006 Permalink

iceberg

Practice and Cognition, an anthropological view

About the topic, already touched upon in the previous posts, of the role played by communities of practice in the processes of emergence and management of innovation, I wish to... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 14 November 2005 Permalink

to mould
Categories anthropology, arts

Art and innovation

This is the first of a series of reviews that Valentina Porcellana will present on the anthropology of art as innovation. Many aspects of artistic practice are linked to the... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 12 September 2005 Permalink

Installation at the Arte al Centro in Cittadellarte
Categories anthropology, arts

'Audit Cultures', by Marilyn Strathern - Book review

In her edited collection Audit Cultures published in 2000 by Routledge, one of the leading figures of British anthropology, Marilyn Strathern, sets out to chart a new "kind of culture... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 22 July 2005 Permalink

Audit Cultures

Slow food, fast genes: the different timescapes of innovation and responsibility in the anthropology of food (2)

(continuing from "Slow food, fast genes... (1)") Timescapes of authenticity Innovation or creativity: which is the best concept for explaining the kind of novelty that affects our daily consumption of... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 6 June 2005 Permalink

pasture product

Slow food, fast genes: the different timescapes of innovation and responsibility in the anthropology of food (1)

This is a first attempt at focussing on issues and questions of timescapes, responsibility and creativity with regard to the issue of the production and consumption of food in contemporary Italy. - More More

by Redazione FGB, 5 June 2005 Permalink

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Introduction

This space is devoted to the anthropology of innovation and strives to offer both a service to the readers and a scientific contribution. The aim is precisely to try and... - More More

by Redazione FGB, 4 June 2005 Permalink

anthropology
Categories anthropology

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