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Harthorn to Inaugurate Risk Society Series
Harthorn will speak on Ambivalence, Uncertainty & Risk: Public Engagement with New [Nano]Technologies,
Friday, October 22, 2010 (South Hall 2635, 12-2pm).
Abstract. New technologies simultaneously evoke pro-technology sentiments and deep reservations
about realizing benefits. Harthorn explores the perceptual and cultural bases for such
nano-techno-ambivalence, perceived constraints on promised benefits and the narratives
through which progress and its impediments are enacted. The work is based on a series of
deliberative engagement workshops held in the United States in 2009 as part of research in
the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, and contextualizes these ambivalent views in
culture and risk, structured uncertainty, and other conundrums of contemporary new
technology Research & Development and citizen engagement.