Current Department Seminar Series

Friday 27 March 2015 - 3 - 5 pm
Speakers: Celia Roberts & Adrian Mackenzie (Centre for Science Studies and Department of Sociology, Lancaster University)
Topic: Brain-based Parenting: Learning the Science of Care

What happens when scientific knowledges move from laboratory and clinical settings deep into therapeutic and domestic settings concerned with the care of children? What kind of care is expected from those trained in ‘brain-based parenting’? How are these forms of care taught, and what do they teach us about recent attempts to theorise bodily materiality and indeterminacy?

The ways in these knowledges coalesce and disintegrate in different domains of practice is instructive. Brain-based parenting, we argue, resembles the situation of the humanities and social sciences in the way that it draws on contemporary sciences to deal with the problem of how to move away from foundationalist accounts of subjectivity, bodies, power and value. The situation of social science and humanities scholars in relation to contemporary knowledge production in the sciences is akin to that of a social worker or parent trying to get to grips with ‘the science’ in working out what to do. Responding to disruptive indeterminacy, we suggest, might be less an ontological challenge than an ethical problem of how to observe, wait, bind or hold together volatile mixtures of feeling, habit and expectation.

About the Speakers: Celia Roberts & Adrian Mackenzie (Centre for Science Studies and Department of Sociology, Lancaster University)
Venue: Room 140 RC Mills building, A26 [map]