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Science and Justice Masterclass with Professor Jenny Reardon

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University of New South Wales, Randwick Campus

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Morven Brown 209, Level 2

Randwick, NSW 2031

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Biomedicine promises to solve economic, epistemic and civic problems all at once: to transcend racial prejudice, create therapies and even cure illnesses. From the Ethical, Legal and Social Impacts (ELSI) program of the Human Genome Project onwards, experiments at the interface between science and society have attempted to address these multiple claims. Far from being a simple application of scientific facts, it seems new technologies create public issues that require attention.

This masterclass will bring 20 leading postgraduate and early-career researchers together who are working on normative and social justice issues associated with such fields as the life sciences, technological innovation and social policy. What is the changing role of 'data' (big or small) in claims to justice? How do new tests or experiments change the composition of social groups and their claims to justice? How are claims to public benefit negotiated in discourses of innovation? How can social scientists and scientists collaborate in the public interest?

The masterclass will involve discussion of Professor Reardon's work, as well as providing a platform for researchers to discuss methodological issues with studying science and justice.

Required Reading: one chapter and the conclusion from Prof. Reardon's latest book, The Postgenomic Condition will be circulated to participants one week before the masterclass.

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University of New South Wales, Randwick Campus

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Morven Brown 209, Level 2

Randwick, NSW 2031

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