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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: Social Sciences Building (A02)

23 November 2018 

Masterclass: The microbiome revolution?

Microbiome research, the study of microbial communities in host organisms, is claimed to be ‘revolutionary’ science. But how true is this? In this masterclass, leading scholars in the field will review the research in human microbiome and examine its influences in human health, professional and social media.  

27 August 2018 to 13 September 2018

Biolegality Pop-Up Research Lab

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.