Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University

Emerging Technologies and Regulatory Cultures

April 18, 2008, 10:00am-4:30pm
Center for the Environment, 24 Oxford Street


The workshop will focus on multiple sectors of emerging S&T, as well as on theoretical and empirical contributions from several disciplines. Participants will bring varied backgrounds in STS, history, anthropology, political science, public policy, law and sociology. The aim is to showcase the latest interdisciplinary thinking on regulation through new conceptual lenses that pay attention to the strategies, cultural contexts, and discourses of regulation.


Welcome :: 10:00am

Session 1: Comparative Regulatory Cultures :: 10:15am-11:45am  

Michael Baram
Globalization and Workplace Hazards in Developing Nations

Iris Eisenberger
Governing Medical Nano-Devices: Conventional and Emerging Regulatory Tools in the European Union

Henrik Selin
Coalition Politics and Chemicals Management in a Regulatory Ambitious Europe

Monika Kurath
Environmental Regulation of Nanomaterials in the U.S. Discussion

Session 2: Sites of Innovation :: 12:00pm-12:45pm

Dan Carpenter
FDA book draft, Chapter 6: Reputation and the Organizational Politics of New Drug Review

Chris Bosso
Nanotechnology and 21st Century Governance: Regulating Under Uncertainty

Session 3: National imaginaries of technoscientific developments :: 1:45pm-3:00pm

Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim
Containing the Atom: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Nuclear Regulation in the U.S. and South Korea

John Wargo
Narrative Advantage and Emerging Technologies: Lessons from 20th Century Environmental History

Chris Kelty
Responsibility in Nanotechnology

Session 4: Changing rules and norms of democratic participation, deliberation, and reasoning :: 3:15pm-4:30pm

Regula Valérie Burri
Public Engagement in Nanotech

Margaret Quinn
Environmental, Health and Safety Risk Management among Nanotechnology Firms in Massachusetts

Discussion and Wrap-Up