Social Science of BioScience Today: State of the Field

Both the times and the objects of inquiry at the bioscience-society interface have shifted since the field’s initial formation centered around issues such as novel genomic technologies and the molecularisation of medicine, the commoditisation of reproduction, and the optimisation of brains.

This talk explores the questions and theoretical directions emergent in this domain of work now, as we continue to experience a world transformed by pandemic conditions and gain new perspectives on the task of understanding biological life as social form and social forms as biological states in times of environmental crisis.

This presentation is by Professor Hannah Landecker. Hannah has taught and researched in the fields of history of science, anthropology and sociology.
Discussants include Professor Nikolas Rose, founding Head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s and Co-Founder and Co-Director of King’s ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health.

And Professor Catherine Waldby, Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Science and Medicine at King’s College London

The event took place at King’s College London on 26 June 2023.