The Beam nuclear and social science network at The University of Manchester invites you to join a new online seminar series ‘Making the unknown knowable’, taking place 29 April – 27 May 2021, in conjunction with the RAIN Hub.
Making the unknown knowable has always been located at the heart of scientific activity. This seminar series will explore the ways in which the unknown is rendered knowable by a wide range of actors in a multitude of contexts. It aspires to generate a fruitful discussion among three concerned groups; those who produce knowledge on the unknown, such as scientists and engineers, those who seek the limits of the known be extended to undertake policy action, such as policymakers, and those who study how the unknown is made knowable, including anthropologists, historians, sociologists and philosophers of science.
- 29 April: Knowing by Being Intimate, Prof Sophie Houdart, Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative, Université Paris Nanterre/CNRS.
- 6 May: The New Material and Political Life of Mining Residues in the Cartagena Sierra Minera (Spain), Prof Christelle Gramaglia, Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement.
- 20 May: Languages of Emergency, Infrastructures of Response and Everyday Heroism in the Circumpolar North, Dr Olga Ulturgasheva, Department of Anthropology, University of Manchester and Dr. Barbara Bodenhorn, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
- 25 May: Making the Unknown Actionable. Uncertainty, Imaginaries and Calculation in the Economy, Prof Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
- 27 May: Title to be confirmed, Prof Stefan Helmreich, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology