The increasing complexity and dispersion of ethical issues in research on science, technology and society call for multidisciplinary involvement in research design and conduct. Yet the epistemological assumptions, skills, and methods for tackling what are termed “ethical” issues vary across fields of scholarship. This proposed workshop will take place on the heels of and extend the discussion of the U.S. Congress’ interest to identify the contours of ethics in science research via the America Competes Act of 2007. As a way of narrowing down this vast field, this workshop will bring together science and technology studies scholars with training in philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and other fields whose research approaches ethics in science and technology from the perspective of justice. The objectives of this proposed workshop are twofold:

1) To provide a space and dialogue for multidisciplinary reflection on the relationships among science, knowledge, ethics, and justice.

2) To document shared and divergent approaches to ethics in science and justice with a focus on the meaning and practice of socially and/or politically engaged research.

In order to create substantive dialogue, the workshop will be oriented around the three themes situated at the intersection of science, ethics, and justice. These themes are environmental justice, reproductive justice and genomic justice.


Health Equity Institute
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
San Francisco, CA

Laura Mamo  (SFSU)
Jennifer Fishman (McGill University)