Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University

STS-SJD Workshop—Disciplinary Encounters at the Crossroads of Law & STS

May 5-6, 2021, 10:00am-3:00pm


This unique, interdisciplinary workshop brings together early-career scholars from law and science, technology, and society (STS) to present their research projects and receive feedback from senior faculty in both disciplines. The projects address how the intersections of science and technology with law influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. We welcome all participants who are interested in contemporary issues relating to science, technology, law, political power, markets, expertise, and democracy.


Day 1: May 5, 2021


10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks by Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School


10:15-12:00 Panel 1—Constitutive Visions: Co-Production as Genealogical Power and Technological Transformation

Gali Racabi, “Law, Interests, and Power in Times of Tech Change

Elettra Bietti, “A Genealogy of Law and Freedom in the Platform Economy

Hilton Simmet, “Making ‘We the People’: Co-Production as Critical Constitutionalism

Faculty Commentator: Professor Ben Hurlbut, Arizona State University


1:00-2:15 Panel 2—Emerging Doctrines: Law at the Crossroads of Public and Private Life

Nicole West Bassoff, “Private Corporations with a Public Purpose: Railroads and the Negotiation of the State-Economy Relationship in the Nineteenth-Century U.S.

Shelly Simana, “Is It Mine or Ours? Legal Conceptualization of the ‘Singular Genome’

Faculty Commentator: Professor Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University School of Law


Day 2: May 6, 2021


10:15-12:00 Panel 3—Regulatory Sightlines: Law, Security, and the New Public Sphere

Brenda Dvoskin, “Participation of Civil Society in the Governance of Online Speech

Maroussia Lévesque, “In the Shadows of Content Moderation

Sam Weiss Evans, “Governing the Liminal Space in Law, Security, and Science

Faculty Commentator: Professor David Kennedy, Harvard Law School


1:15-2:30 Panel 4—Refracting Orders: Informality, Inequality and the New Great Enclosure

Pariroo Rattan, “Governing informality, informality as governance: Street vending in 21st century India

Beatriz Botero Arcila, “Can Data Governance Law Learn Something from Property Law?

Faculty Commentator: Professor Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School


2:30-3:00 Closing Remarks by Professors Yochai Benkler, David Kennedy, and Sheila Jasanoff