CompCoRe at 4S

CompCoRe participants organized four panels at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual meeting. Sheila Jasanoff launched the first panel, Fractured Consensus, with introductory remarks, and the German, South Korean, and Singaporean teams presented their work on the challenges their respective governments faced in producing consensus on Covid response. The second panel, Experts and Democracy, examined the controversies around expert authority and knowledge in France, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Australia. The third and fourth panels, in contrast, analyzed the role of publics and public health technologies in the production of such controversies in Austria, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK, and the US. The panel series was concluded by Stephen Hilgartner’s remarks.

Tooze presents his new book, Shutdown, in conversation with Hilgartner and Jasanoff, moderated by Özgöde

Historian Adam Tooze (Columbia University) discussed his forthcoming book, Shutdown, at the first STS@Tea, a new series of occasional events co-organized by Harvard STS and CompCoRe. Using a critical macro-finance framework, he examined how the Federal Reserve’s emergency interventions in the US Treasury market in early 2020 made lockdowns possible throughout the world.  Hilgartner and Jasanoff engaged with Tooze’s global perspective from a comparative STS perspective, arguing that the nation state was the key unit of analysis for understanding why many wealthy nations failed to control the virus. Despite their orthogonal perspectives, the consensus was that economic resources were necessary but not sufficient to  manage the pandemic. The event was moderated by Özgöde.

CompCoRe findings presented to Schmidt Futures Forum on Preparedness

Following a keynote speech by the WHO Director-General, Sheila Jasanoff and Stephen Hilgartner led off the event with a presentation of the CompCoRe Interim Report to key policy makers, leading academics and thought leaders, and thousands who tuned in. The talk framed the conversation for the Forum’s first day. A distinguished interdisciplinary panel reacted enthusiastically to their presentation.

All Teams Meeting #6 takes place on Zoom

CompCoRe held its sixth All Teams meeting where the group discussed the upcoming Schmidt Futures Forum on Preparedness. Participants presented updates on recent development in their countries, such as second and third waves.

Neil Walker gives lecture on democracy in pandemic times at Harvard STS

Walker’s talk addressed “The Crisis of Constitutional Democracy in Pandemic Times,” exploring how the pandemic challenges the paradigm of representative democracy and raises opportunities for democratic renewal. J. Benjamin Hurlbut and a panel of scholars responded, and Sheila Jasanoff moderated the event.   

All Teams Meeting #5 takes place on Zoom

CompCoRe held its fifth All Teams meeting and discussed plans for the interim report. Participants presented two-page summaries of their country cases. These evolved into the country reports in the Appendix of the CompCoRe Interim Report.

All Teams Meeting #4 takes place on Zoom

CompCoRe held its fourth All Teams meeting. Participants compared the diverse answers  different countries gave to a set of questions about national responses to the pandemic and reflected on the results.

All Teams Meeting #3 takes place on Zoom

CompCoRe held its third All Teams meeting. Country teams discussed salient national controversies. They also presented timelines of the pandemic documenting developments in the arenas of health, economics, and politics in their countries.
  • 1
  • 2
© CompCoRe Network