The event will take place in London, and is organised by Noortje Marres and David Stark of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. More information about the workshop and registration can be found here.
The workshop brings together scholars from across science & technology studies (STS), sociology and related fields to discuss new topics and problems in the study of testing in society, and to outline a research agenda for the critical evaluation of testing. The speakers will discuss testing in financial institutions, smart city experimentation, beta-testing in software development, and randomized controlled trials in economic development. Francisca will present her work on pilot studies in crime control, arguing that conducting pilot studies and other forms of testing are increasingly becoming a mode of governance.
The first day of the workshop (Dec 10) will be followed by a public lecture by Janet Vertesi (Princeton University): ‘The Social Life of Spacecraft: Organized Science on NASA’s Robotic Spacecraft Teams’.