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CfP Beyond technocracy: Politics and policies of knowledge and innovation in times of populism Hamburg 22-25 August 2018

Dear colleagues

Please consider submitting proposals for this panel at the European
Consortium for Political Research ECPR 2018 General Conference 22-25
August, Hamburg, Germany.

Beyond technocracy: Politics and policies of knowledge and innovation in
times of populism

· What new challenges does the rise of populism present to policies
of knowledge, technology and innovation which traditionally have been seen
as technocratic fields?

· What roles does scientific expertise play in the age of
alternative facts?

· Can contemporary knowledge and innovation policy frames and
paradigms (e.g., Grand challenges and impact) contribute to bridging the
perceived separation between ‘elite’ and ‘people’ that is at the core
populist ideology?

· What does the rise of populism mean for social contract of
science and legitimacy of continuous public support for knowledge and
innovation policies?

· Does the rise of populism request revisiting existing or
establishing new forums for engagement with society, values and ideologies
in knowledge and innovation policies?

· What impact does recent political focus on strengthening national
borders have on this field which for centuries have benefited from global
flow of knowledge, technologies and people?

· Has the existing knowledge and innovation agenda unintentionally
contributed to the causes of populism? Can revised knowledge and innovation
policies contribute to solutions?

This is a tentative and not exhaustive list of questions to explore
politics and policies of knowledge and innovation against the backdrop of
rising populism around the world. This panel invites innovative theoretical
and empirical contributions exploring and making sense of changes in
knowledge and innovation policies in times of populism. In particular,
interdisciplinary contributions combining insights from studies of
populism, knowledge and innovation policy studies, Science and Technology
Studies, expertise, public engagement and other relevant fields are

If you are interested to contribute to this panel, please let me know
by Friday,
12 January 2018.
A 300 word abstract will be needed. Official deadline for
panel submission is 15 February 2018 but for organization and coordination
early indication of interest is necessary.

This panel is envisaged to be part of the seventh edition of ECPR
conference section on Politics of Higher Education, Research and
Innovation. This section also includes panel proposals on international
large-scale research collaborations (big science), research and innovation
funding, global knowledge governance and differentiated integration in
higher education and research. More information about the section More information about the ECPR
General Conference 2018 in Hamburg

Best wishes for 2018!

Inga Ulnicane


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