All occurrences of this event have passed.
This listing is displayed for historical purposes.

STS Speaker. Bureaucratic epistemes and regulatory disputes: Genetically Modified (GM) crops between science and legal-administration

Aniket Aga, U-M School for Environment & Sustainability

Prof. Aniket Aga Prof. Aniket Aga
A fierce controversy surrounding the question of allowing commercial release of GM food crops, has been raging in India for nearly a decade. While the controversy concerns far-reaching issues of food security, food sovereignty, consumers' choice, farmers' livelihoods and ecological impacts, these are articulated in government policymaking via bureaucratic routines and documents. In this talk, I examine the regulatory regime overseeing GM crops in India, instituted in the late 1980s, to argue that two epistemes - scientific and legal-administrative - are fused in its design. By unraveling the course of two regulatory disputes, I suggest that an inherent ambiguity is lodged between scientific and legal-administrative modes of documentation, as facts generated in one register can be challenged by those registered in the other. I demonstrate that this ambiguity both fosters and constrains democratic participation and scrutiny over government policymaking, with deeply ambivalent implications.
Report Event As Inappropriate Contact Event Organizers

When and Where

Map Tisch Hall - 1014

March 2018

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Explore Similar Events

  •  Loading Similar Events...