Panel accepted for 4S/EASST 2020 – “Value in Biomedicine & Healthcare”

Very excited that our panel has just been accepted for the 4S/EASST conference to take place in Prague in August 2020. Based on ongoing research and working towards a problematisation of dominant concepts of value, Katharina Kieslich (U. of Vienna), Saheli Datta Burton (King’s College), Barbara Prainsack and Gabby Samuels (King’s College) invite both conceptual and empirical papers on the subject of value, and encourage speakers to reflect on the impact of their research on policy and practice. Paper submission opens 16 December!

Workshop announcement: Global Health & Diplomacy: configurations of knowledge, power and policy

Along with my wonderful team, I am hosting a workshop (10-11 February 2020) to discuss historical and present efforts to coordinate public health interventions across national and disciplinary borders. The workshop critically engages with a set of case studies on health diplomacy and is funded by the Work Package on Health that I lead in the context of H2020 project InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe.

Work Package 5 (Health) will present its case studies in dialogue with other researchers covering cases such as antimicrobial resistance, vaccination, and diagnostic technologies for newly emerging diseases. Specific attention will be devoted to the role of social sciences and humanities in informing infectious disease control, in dialogue with EU projects SONAR GLOBAL and S4D4C. Looking forward to gathering our all-female Work Package team here in Vienna, too!

Prof Nik Rose visiting CeSCoS and the department

Barbara Prainsack and the whole CeSCoS team are excited about Nik Rose visiting the department later this year. Prof Rose will give a talk on Wednesday 11 December at 18:00 at the University of Vienna “Aula” on campus. The talk will revolve around the key concept of biopolitics: “The politics of psychiatry today and tomorrow: Is another psychiatric biopolitics possible?

Governing Global Health Security in the 21st Century

Together with Christian Haddad at the Austrian Institute of International Affairs (oiip), I organised a visit by Prof. Stefan Elbe (University of Sussex) in Vienna this month.  In his talk on 25 September at the Austrian Institute of International Affairs, Stefan Elbe talked about changing concepts of health and security, the politics of technological innovation, and new forms of diplomacy that (re)shape global health and international relations in the 21st century. A great chance for Anna Pichelstorfer and me to discuss our work on health diplomacy.

Invited talk: German Ethics Council

The German Ethics Council (Deutscher Ethikrat) is currently considering the ethical dimensions of vaccine mandates in light of decreasing vaccination rates in Germany. To this effect, the Ethics Council consulted three experts on February 21 in Berlin at a public meeting held at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. You can find transcripts and my presentation materials here

A busy and productive winter – with some news!

As the year is coming to an end, some updates are in order. Last month, Anna Pichelstorfer has joined my workpackage on health and knowledge diplomacy in the EU project InSsciDE. InsSciDE is a Horizon 2020 funded project ​exploring extant and newly emerging forms of science diplomacy across Europe through international, interdisciplinary research and by focussing on some of the ‘grand challenges’. Anna and I will work on a case study of what could be termed ‘data diplomacy’ as a particular form of governance in European vaccination policy.  More on this soon, as our case study will take shape! It’s great to have Anna’s STS perspective on board!

A second update concerns my affiliation: My wonderful colleague Barbara Prainsack and I have decided to join forces and it has been wonderful to be welcomed as affiliated member of her newly founded Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS) at the University of Vienna.  The launch of CeSCoS was a fabulous and festive event, too – with a brilliant line-up of speakers, including Linsey McGoey!



Workshop: Ignorance, non-knowledge and non-discovery: what consequences for democratic governance? Vienna, 13-14 November 2018.

Our workshop on “ignorance and non-knowledge” November 13 – 14, 2018 was a real highlight for me this year – and a great success with so many wonderful scholars from different disciplines and places. We will make the keynote by Linsey McGoey (Essex) available soon on the department’s webstream, Matthias Gross (Jena), Stefan Böschen (Aachen), and Ulrike Felt (Vienna).
Workshop programme

First IPA summer school a great success!

The IPA network coordinating committee – headed by Tamara Metze (Wageningen) – just held its first PhD summer school in Amsterdam. This was such a rewarding and fun experience, with very talented PhD students eager to learn more about interpretive methodologies and theories to understand and intervene in conflicts about sustainable futures. The summerschool focused on methodological innovations that take an integrated approach to the social, cultural, ethical and actionable dimensions of knowledge production, both by academics, as well as by practitioners from industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. It was an honour to teach these international students, together with Esther Turnhout (Wageningen), on our discomfort with, but also hopes for a new kind of evidence-based policy!