Professor Kieran Tranter
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Dr Edwin Bikundo
Professor David Caudill
Professor Charles Lawson
In 2018 both Bruno Latour and Giorgio Agamben published books addressing the epistemological crisis. Climate skepticism, false news and social media echo chambers have led to a profound, divisive and ugly politicisation of knowledge in the West. Latour and Agamben both respond and attempt to establish some sort of ‘real’ upon which consensuses and collective constructive action can be grounded. The panel draws inspiration from Latour and Agamben to examine the real of science, technology and law. Science, technology and law are actors within the epistemological crisis and also the crisis is influencing knowledge about science, technology and law. This panel will explore how to position a critical and informed account of science, technology and law that addresses the politics of the age, without compounding the epistemological crisis.
 Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime (John Wiley & Sons, 2018); Giorgio Agamben, What Is Reak? (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018).
- Professor Kieran Tranter is Chair, Law, Technology and Future, School of Law, Queensland University of Technology
- Dr Edwin Bikundo: Experimental Norms: Thinking with Agamben about the Medical Trial at Nuremberg
- Dr David Caudill: Contempt for science and lack of expertise in the Trump administration
- Professor Charles Lawson: What is Real – Latour in Laboratory Life and now Down to Earth?