"Nanoethics Wake; or, A Young Discipline's Illustrative Priming" Lecture by STS Ph.D. Michael Bennett


"Nanoethics Wake; or, A Young Discipline's Illustrative Priming" Lecture by STS Ph.D. Michael Bennett

Sage 2707

October 30, 2008 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


In attempts to occupy ready-made nanotechnology implications studies positions mandated by federal legislation and required by primary research funding sources, scholarly humanities and social science contingents have fashioned themselves as members of a new discipline-nanoethics.  Ostensibly concerned with the ethical, legal and societal conundrums underwritten by nanotechnology research, development and dissemination, nanoethicists have rapidly generated a large literature, but these scholars have yet to directly address fundamental issues worrying their endeavor-nominal issues, independence issues, futurological issues.  After sketching these shortcomings and examining their consequences for the nascent discipline, this presentation explores the possibility of grounding ethics studies in conceptual and literary instances of nano science fiction, and closes with speculations on public and formal pedagogic potentials of such an experiment in ethics.   Bennett's lecture will take place on Thursday, October 30 at 2 pm in Sage 2707.

Michael Bennett is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Science, Technology and Society at Vassar College.  He has held teaching and research positions at Michael Bennett portraitMichigan Technological University, Polytechnic University, and the University of Virginia, and has serves as advisor to several university offices of technology transfer.  As an undergraduate at Florida A&M University, Michael studied physics and mathematics.  He also holds a JD from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Michael's research concerns intellectual property law regimes, science and technology policy, and the societal implications of energy technologies, particularly nanotechnology and anti-plagiarism systems. He co-founded and co-directs Conduit Technology Partners, a Chicago-based intellectual property consultancy, and advises limited resource academic institutions as the principal strategist of the Tiptree Group, a public interest technocultural consultancy.­­

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