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Researching Technoscientific Futures: The Dynamics of Expectations

Tuesday 14th May 2013, 13.30-16.00. R2.41 (Ramphal Building)

The contemporary era is increasingly marked by its orientation towards the future, with promises of how science and technology will reshape society. This advanced training course will provide an in-depth introduction to both the theory and practical application of recent work on the sociology of socio technical expectations. It will be suited for students working in sociology, STS and other cognate areas interested in understanding the way in which futures are mobilised in the present and the performativity of socio-technical promises.

Organisers: Simon Williams ( ) and Paul Martin ( )


Borup, M et al (2006) The sociology of expectations in science and technology. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management , 18 (3/4): 285-298

Brown, N. and Michael, M. (2003) A sociology of expectations: retrospecting prospects and prospecting retrospects. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. 15(1): 3-18

Hedgecoe, A. and Martin, P., 2003. The drugs don’t work: expectations and the shaping of pharmacogenetics. Social Studies of Science, 33(3), 327-364.

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