Sick society - Exploring the relation between knowledge and action in a pandemic
The SVT symposium 2021 will focus on the relation between knowledge and actions in Covid-19 times.
UPDATE: Due to the covid-19 restrictions, this event, which was originally planned for 4 December 2020, is postponed until 3 December 2021.
About the symposium
The SVT symposium explores the relationship between knowledge and action in a pandemic. This relationship is fraught with complexity and uncertainty, and our societies have responded with a state of exception, which has reduced the conception of health to a single value, and the political actions to one plan – that of reducing contagion. This task has been heavily invested in science and technology, and it has revealed important features of science conducted in high-stakes social, political and economic arenas.
In this symposium, titled ‘sick society’, we want to critically discuss the enduring ‘state of exception’ we are experiencing, and explore the responsibility of science to inform action under complexity and uncertainty. How does science provide legitimacy for the far-reaching governance measures that reshape our everyday lives? How is science reorganising at speed in order to address the challenges of the current pandemic? And what kind of data and evidence are used (and which are not) in support of political decision-making?
The final session of the symposium is devoted to exploring the relationship between knowledge and action in practice, with a panel of actors who had to apprehend and implement the new regulations passed during the ‘semi-lockdown’, in order to keep their activities going, in schools, kindergartens, hospitals and newspapers.
Registration for the symposium
You can register for physical attendance at the symposium here. The event at Grand Hotel Terminus has room for 100 participants, and the registration will remain open until all the places are filled. The symposium will also be streamed live.
Doors open - coffee, tea, refreshments.
09:30 – 09:45
Welcome by the Dean at the Faculty of Humanities, Camilla Brautaset
09:45 – 10:00
Opening address by Rasmus Slaattelid, Head of the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT, UiB)
10:00 – 11:30
Session 1: Setting the scene – biopolitics and state of exception
11:30 – 12:30
12:30 – 13:45
Session 2: Organising science for pandemics
13:45 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Session 3: Data as evidence for action
15:30 – 16:45
Panel: Which information was used to navigate the ‘semi-lockdown’?
16:45 – 16:50
Closing the symposium