Day 3

A Fireside Chat: Defending the Social
Thursday 21st June 2018, 09.30-10.30
Main Auditorium

In this fireside chat, the winners of our 2016 Prize for Outstanding Scholarship discuss their paper and the context within which they wrote it. Val Gillies, Ros Edwards and Nicola Horsley critically engage with sociological arguments for the ‘biosocial’, identifying an eviscerated conception of the social emerging from them. They highlight how gendered, classed and culturally specific practice of parenting children have come to occupy a new significance in accounts of social brains and environmentally reactive genomes. Opportunities for biosocial collaboration are framed through policy agendas which themselves invite sociological explanation. It is imperative that work at new frontiers remains clear about the social and conflicting commitments to differing conceptions of it. Do we need to defend the social?

Professor Ros Edwards (University of Southampton)

Professor Val Gillies (University of Westminster)

Dr Nicola Horsley (University of Southampton)

Plenary Convener and Chair: Dr Mark Carrigan (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Closing Keynote: When Prairie Meets Genome: Crafting Care, Knowledge and Justice at the Horizon’s Edge

Jenny R

Thursday 21st June 2018, 11.00-12.30
Main Auditorium


To be released soon!

Professor Jenny Reardon (University of California).

Discussant: Professor Joanna Latimer

Chair: (TBA)