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CfP Panel on Toxicty in the 21st Century EASST 2018

Stream: Encounters between people, things and environments

Panel title:
Toxicity in the 21st century (Panel A29)

Panel conveners: Annamaria Carusi
(University of Sheffield), Thomas Widger (University of Durham)

abstract: Toxicology has a long history. With unprecedented levels and
combinations of chemicals in bodies and environments, and high industrial and
political stakes in this domain, this panel gathers critiques of traditional
approaches to managing toxins, and the articulation of alternative approaches.
Long abstract:

The 20th century saw unprecedented levels of chemicals in the
environment, products, foods a vast number of chemicals and chemical mixtures
about which we are largely ignorant (EDF 1997).   The 20th century was a
‘new age of toxicity’ (Cronon 2010), and there is certainly no sign of
this abating in the 21st,  with serious implications for human and animal
health, and for the environment. The nature and actions of industrially
produced chemicals challenge deep seated traditional conceptions of poisons,
as well as the methods, tools and technologies, and broad approaches for
testing and regulating them. With high industrial and political stakes in the
science of toxicology and the governance of chemicals, this is a domain where
science, nature and society are inextricably interconnected.

This panel
invites papers that analyse the current situation and advance new and emerging
trends in toxicology,, including (but not limited to):

— alternative
scientific and regulatory approaches in social, economic and political context
— histories and politics of toxicology
— feminist critiques of toxicology
— toxicology in cultural context
— local and global toxicologies

citizen activism and toxicology
— technologies and toxicology
— human and
non-human animals and toxicology


Cronon, W., 2010. Foreword: The
Pain of a Poisoned World. In Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial
Disease in Japan. Washington, D.C.: Washington University Press, pp. ix–xii.
EDF (Environmental Defence Fund) 1997. Toxic Ignorance: The Continuing Absence
of Basic Health Testing for Top-selling Chemicals in the United States.
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