The Future of Expert Knowledge

Lecture by Andrew Abbott

The conjuncture of a number of historical forces, operating at several different time scales, conspires to create a crisis in expert knowledge and in “knowing” more broadly. These forces include unidirectional phenomena like the social democratization of education, the development of automated forms of knowing, the imposition of neoliberal management on the world of expertise, and the drift away from discursive towards imagistic embodiments of knowledge. But it also involves cyclical phenomena like the maturation of the twentieth century knowledge paradigm and the demographic transition in expert populations. In this talk Professor Abbott enumerates and relate these various historical rhythms and speculate on the possible futures of expertise.

Professor Andrew Abbott, Sociologist, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago

In conversation with: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knöbl, Sociologist; Director of the Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung

Venue: Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg

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