Politics is generally regarded as a struggle for power in a situated present, with parties seeking control over goods, resources, lives, and other forms of capital. Modern science and technology, however, have shifted the temporal horizon of political struggle from the present to the future, with significant implications for social order. In her talk, Sheila Jasanoff explores the ways in which sociotechnical imaginaries, or shared visions of futures have given rise to new forms of politics.
Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she founded and directs the Program on Science, Technology, and Society. Her research centers on the production and use of expert knowledge in legal and political decisionmaking in comparative and global contexts. Her books include “The Fifth Branch,” “Science at the Bar,” “Designs on Nature,” and “The Ethics of Invention.”
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