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Science and the politics of openness. Here be monsters

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Science and the politics of openness. Here be monsters. Edited by Brigitte Nerlich, Sarah Hartley, Sujatha Raman and Alexander Smith. January 2018. Manchester University Press


The phrase 'here be monsters' or 'here be dragons' is commonly believed to have been used on ancient maps to indicate unexplored territories which might hide unknown beasts. This book maps and explores places between science and politics that have been left unexplored, sometimes hiding in plain sight - in an era when increased emphasis was put on 'openness'.

The book is rooted in a programme of research funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled: 'Making Science Public: Challenges and opportunities, which runs from 2014 to 2017. One focus of our research was to critically question the assumption that making science more open and public could solve various issues around scientific credibility, trust, and legitimacy. Chapters in this book explore the risks and benefits of this perspective with relation to transparency, responsibility, experts and faith.



Introduction - Brigitte Nerlich, Sujatha Raman, Sarah Hartley, Alexander Thomas T. Smith

Coda: reflections on the politics of openness in a new world order - Alexander Thomas T. Smith

Part I - Transparency

  • Transparency - Benjamin Worthy
  • Open access: the beast that no-one could - or should - control? - Stephen Curry
  • Assuaging fears of monstrousness: UK and Swiss initiatives to open up animal laboratory research - Carmen M. McLeod
  • What counts as evidence in adjudicating asylum claims? Locating the monsters in the machine: an investigation of faith-based claims - Roda Madziva and Vivien Lowndes

Part II - Responsibility

  • Responsibility - Barbara Prainsack and Sabina Leonelli
  • Leviathan and the hybrid network: Future Earth, co-production and the experimental life of a global institution - Eleanor Hadley Kershaw
  •  'Opening up' energy transitions research for development - Alison Mohr
  • The monstrous regiment versus Monsters Inc.: competing imaginaries of science and social order in responsible (research and) innovation - Stevienna de Saille and Paul Martin

Part III - Expertise

  • Expertise - Mark B. Brown
  • Disentangling risk assessment: new roles for experts and publics - Sarah Hartley and Adam Kokotovich
  • Monstrous materialities: ash dieback and plant biosecurity in Britain - Judith Tsouvalis
  • An Inconvenient Truth: a social representation of scientific expertise - Warren Pearce and Brigitte Nerlich
  • Science matters and the public interest: the role of minority engagement - Sujatha Raman, Pru Hobson-West, Mimi E. Lam and Kate Millar

Part IV - Faith

  • Faith - Chris Toumey
  • Re-examining 'creationist' monsters in the uncharted waters of social studies of science and religion - Fern Elsdon-Baker
  • Playing God: religious influences on the depictions of science in mainstream movies - David A. Kirby and Amy C. Chambers

Afterword: monstrous markets: neo-liberalism, populism and the demise of the public university - John Holmwood and Jan Balon

Epilogue: publics, hybrids, transparency, monsters and the changing landscape around science - Stephen Turner


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