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HUMSS - Veronika Lipphardt

Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt

History of Science
University of Freiburg

Studying, reflecting and communicating bad news from the sciences: The example of genetic studies of Roma
When Nov 02, 2020
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Zoom-Meeting
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Attendees universitätsoffen / open to university members
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Studying, reflecting and communicating bad news from the sciences: The example of genetic studies of Roma

 

What if, in specific moments, sciences and scientists do not live up to our expectations: Is this due to personal failure, or due to structures no individual alone is responsible for, or is it due to the fact that our expectations are unrealistic to begin with?

Disciplines such as history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science, anthropology of science, science ethics, science policy, science communication and, last but not least, the sciences themselves have multiple answers to such questions. They reach their conclusions by employing different methodologies, producing different kinds of evidence, and by different styles of interpretation. Sometimes, these answers can be incompatible with or directly opposed to each other. However, I argue that taken together, these approaches are better equipped to tackle complex problems in and of the sciences. This is the underlying idea of the Upper Rhine Network’s research and teaching efforts in this field. As a first shared research project, we will investigate „Bad News From, About and For the Sciences“ - as a topic that can be approached from many different angles. I will illustrate my argument with my team's current research on genetic studies on Roma. Our upcoming publications contain bad news from, about and for science and pose challenges for science communication and science policy.