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Biopolitics of Science Research Network

Bringing researchers together to promote dialogue and collaboration
We explore profound debates on how the biosciences are redefining contemporary society, politics and law.

About us

The social study of science and medicine is a rapidly growing area in Australia and around the world. As the life sciences increasingly play a central role in contemporary societies, debates are emerging on how the biosciences are redefining society, politics, and legalities, including:

  • controversies in the biosciences (stem-cell research, reproductive technologies, organ transplantation)
  • fundamental problems in law (forensic DNA, genetic parenthood, intellectual property)
  • citizenship (immigration, genetic ancestry, disability).

We explore these profound debates in the social study of science. Our aim is to bring researchers together to promote dialogue and collaboration and to give a greater profile to the field.

Research projects

Promoting dialogue and collaboration

We comprise an impressive group of early career and senior scholars and academics from arts, law, science, medicine and health sciences conducting research into the social aspects of science. Explore our projects here.

Our activities

We run an extensive series of high-profile activities, including:

  • arranging visits from distinguished scholars from other universities in Australia and overseas
  • Lab Talk reading groups, book launches masterclasses and other events
  • encouraging scholarship in the study of science and medicine, both empirically (the study of epigenetics and the human microbiome) and theoretically (discussions on new materialism).

Our events

For a detailed list of upcoming events, please visit the University's What's On Calendar

If you would like to attend any of the sessions, please contact Zsuzsanna Dominika Ihar for the readings.

Visit the official website of Lab Talk for more information. 

  • Day: Mondays
  • Time: 4-6pm
  • Venue: Room 148 RC Mills Building (A26)

27 August 2018 to 13 September 2018 

The Biopolitics of Science Research Network has been awarded funding for a Pop-Up Research Lab by Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC). Explore the emerging issues in biolegality through a series of workshops, seminars, masterclasses and roundtables.

28 August 2018 

Triple Launch: Bioeconomies, Biology and Society, Biolegalities

Join Biopolitics of Science Research Network for a launch of three new books by different scholars in the field.

29 August 2018 

Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe

In this event, Professor Shobita Parthasarathy will present findings from her book which looks at patent systems from the politics perspective. 

12 September 2018 

Beyond Life and Death: Investigating Cryopreservation Practices in Contemporary Societies

In this talk, Professor Thomas Lemke will explore the crucial role of cryopreservation in affecting temporalities and the concept of life, and address how new regulatory and legal issues emerge around practices of cryopreservation and the concept of “suspended life”.