Regeneration, Promises and Innovation in the Bioeconomy: an open panel at 4S 2019 in New Orleans

The Little Tools project invites submissions for a panel they are organising at the next 4S Conference in August.

The next conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science will take place in New Orleans on September 4-7, with a thematic focus on "Innovation, Interruption, Regeneration".

Béatrice Cointe and Kristin Asdal are organising an open panel on the bioeconomy with Pierre Delevenne (University of Liège, SPIRAL) and Kean Birch (York University). Proposals of up to 250 words are welcome until February 1st and can be submitted here.


Summary of the panel

119 - Regenerations, Promises and Innovation in the Bioeconomy

In recent years, there has been a growing interest, both in STS and policy circles, in the so-called bioeconomy: an economy that would rely on biological resources, knowledge and technologies to fuel sustained and sustainable growth. The bioeconomy prompts us to reconsider the relations between economic and biological life and, more broadly, the articulation of politics, economic growth, science and nature. Indeed, it enacts a specific vision of this articulation: the promise of an economy that is at the same time innovative, transformative, regenerative, sustainable, responsible and environmentally friendly.

Policy and academic notions capturing such attempts at imagining and engineering economies that would grow within environmental limits and make good use of innovation abound: e.g. sustainable development, green growth, blue economy… Despite a wealth of conceptual propositions to make sense of these attempts, few detailed empirical studies so far have explicitly engaged with this conceptual work. How can we open up these promissory economies and trace the relations that constitute them?

This panel welcomes empirically and conceptually grounded contributions that interrogate the transformations in the way the economy relates to nature but also politics. In particular, contributions may address the following topics:

  • The incorporation of diverse values and valuation practices in the workings of the economy – and associated tensions
  • Concepts and methods to trace and analyse bioeconomies in economics, policies, markets, science
  • Relations between the regenerative and the reproductive, and growth and innovation
  • State-work and the notion of the public good in these bioeconomies

More information about the conference can be found here.




Published Jan. 7, 2019 6:43 PM - Last modified Jan. 18, 2019 2:03 PM