PNS 3 Symposium

‘Post-truth’ and a crisis of trust?

Perspectives from post-normal science
and extended citizen participation

@Tübingen, 25-26 September 2017

Venue

University of Tübingen, “Alte Aula”, Münzgasse 30, Tübingen, Germany

25th September 2017 10:00 AM - 26th September 04:00 PM

Call for contributions

Discussions of recent political events – most notably the presidential election in the United States and the referendum in the United Kingdom to (Br)exit the European Union -  frequently refer to ideas of ‘post-truth’, ‘post-evidence’ or ‘post-factual’ politics. In its ambiguity, the idea of a ‘post-truth’ age manifests a crisis of trust in both democratic and scientific institutions. At the same time, it implies the untenable assumption that politics and policies were once, and should be again, based on a unique truth provided by science (comprising the whole spectrum of natural and social sciences, and humanities).

Since the early 1990s, the post-normal science approach has been applied to issues in the science-society interfaces characterised by uncertainty and complexity, including a plurality of legitimate perspectives. These cases have been described in terms of uncertain facts, high stakes, disputed values and urgent decisions. In light of this, the conception of science as a privileged ’fact-provider’ for governance seems increasingly unsatisfying and problematic.

This third PNS Symposium [PNS1 in Bergen, NO and PNS2 in Ispra, IT] intends to provide a space for discussing the current predicament of declining trust, increasing complexity and uncertainty in the science-society interfaces by deploying a variety of critical framings including, but not limited to, those inspired by post-normal science. 

The purpose is to challenge current ideas of ‘post-truth’, as well as reductionist interpretations of facts and evidence, and explore ways for advancing the quality of knowledge inputs to policy-making. A parallel purpose is to show examples of communities beyond the scientific domain engaging to co-create usable knowledge, which has been dubbed “extended peer communities”.

The meeting topics will be the following:

1)     Extended peer communities in action. Experiences and challenges.

2)     Trust as a cross-cutting theme in science and governance.

3)     Successes and failures in the deployment of a post-normal science approach.

4)     Hybridization between post-normal science and other approaches.

5)     Theoretical and practical critiques to post-normal science.

6)     Ethics and responsibility in the co-creation of application-oriented knowledge.

The symposium welcomes contributions from the sciences, the humanities, and the arts. We encourage applications that put into perspective current challenges to science and democracy, including science controversies and advice, and modes of citizen engagement. 

To highlight the rich diversity of experiences, we invite contributions addressed but not limited to issues of health, environment, emerging technologies, policy and politics.  

The symposium is organised in the format of a few invited keynote presentations, several conversations, as well as installations:

  • The conversations will consist of brief 10 minute statements by no more than four participants followed by plenary discussions. They will be organised as thematic sessions based on the submissions received.
  • The installations can consist of posters, objects or interactive initiatives

Dates to keep in mind

Extended Deadline
5th
July 2017           Deadline for submission of abstracts of no more than 150 words to the following e-mail address: pns2017[at]izew.uni-tuebingen.de

26th  July 2017            Deadline for communication to the authors of the selected contributions.

25th September 2017 10:00 AM - 26th September 04:00 PM Symposium

Practical Information

All requests of practical information (venue, accommodation, etc. should be addressed to:  Matthias Bornemann: matthias.bornemann@uni-tuebingen.de

Organisation

University of Tübingen, International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), and Platform 4 “Education – Society – Norms – Ethical reflection”

in partnership with:

JRC-EC, Ispra, IT

Senter for Vitenskapsteori (SVT), Universitetet i Bergen (UiB), NO

Scientific Committee

Alice Benessia, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability (IRIS) – University of Torino, IT

Violeta Cabello, Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, ES

Bruna De Marchi, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, NO

Ingrid Foss Ballo, Department of Geography & Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, NO

Ângela Guimarães Pereira, European Commission - DG Joint Research Centre

Zora Kovacic, Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, ES

Simon Meisch, University of Tübingen, International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), DE

Thomas Potthast, University of Tübingen, International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), and Platform 4 “Education – Society – Norms – Ethical reflection”, DE

Organising Committee

Thomas Potthast, University of Tübingen, Ethics  Centre (IZEW), and Platform 4 “Education – Society – Norms – Ethical reflection”, DE

Simon Meisch, University of Tübingen, Ethics  Centre (IZEW), DE

Matthias Bornemann, University of Tübingen, Ethics  Centre (IZEW), and Platform 4 “Education – Society – Norms – Ethical reflection”, DE