Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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Science Center Lecture Hall A, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

Science & Democracy Lecture Series

THE ELUSIVE DEMOS: Democracy in the Digital Age

Democratic societies are caught up in unprecedented political upheavals that are questioning some long-established principles of representative government.  Do political parties matter?  Are compromise and civility necessary for governing well?  Do interests and identities take precedence over other bases for solidarity, including the ties of nationhood?  All four countries represented on this panel—US, UK, Israel, India—are confronting these challenges in unique ways.  In each, new digital technologies are centrally implicated in turning conventional democratic processes on their heads.  Our discussion will be led by four of the most provocative and knowledgeable voices contributing to democratic theory today, all with specific insights into the realignment of politics and political subjectivities in the digital age.

Featured Panelists:

  • Yaron Ezrahi, Gerstein Family Professor Emeritus of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
  • Andy Stirling, Professor, Science and Technology Policy, Science Policy, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
  • Shiv Visvanathan, Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University

With comment by Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated by Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

Once a semester, the STS Program, with co-sponsorship from other local institutions, hosts an installation in its Science and Democracy Lecture Series. The series aims to spark lively, university-wide discussion of the place and meaning of science and technology, broadly conceived, in democratic societies. We hope to explore both the promised benefits of our era’s most salient scientific and technological breakthroughs and the potentially harmful consequences of developments that are inadequately understood, debated, or managed by politicians, institutions, and lay publics.

Contact Name: 

Shana Rabinowich

Research Areas: 

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