An Orderly Mess: A Lecture by Dr. Helga Nowotny, Founding Member, European Research Council

Lecture | May 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Helga Nowotny, President, European Research Council

 Social Science Matrix

For our 2017 Distinguished Lecture, Social Science Matrix is proud to welcome Helga Nowotny, Professor Emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council(ERC).

In 2007, Dr. Nowotny was elected ERC Vice President, and from March 2010 until December 2013 she served as President of the ERC. Currently, she is Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria, member of the Austrian Council and Vice President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Professor Nowotny holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna. She has held teaching and research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Vienna; King’s College, Cambridge; University of Bielefeld; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Ecole des Hautes Etudes an Sciences Sociales, in Paris; Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; Collegium Budapest, Budapest. Before joining ETH Zurich, Professor Nowotny was Professor for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna.

Professor Nowotny has published more than 300 articles in scientific journals. Her new book, The Cunning of Uncertainty, was published by Polity Press in October 2015. Her other recent publications include Naked Genes, Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age, (with Giuseppe Testa, MIT Press, 2011); Insatiable Curiosity, Innovation in a Fragile Future (MIT Press, 2008), and Cultures of Technology and the Quest for Innovation, as editor (New York and London, 2006).

"An Orderly Mess"
Messiness is a familiar condition – it forms the background of our daily life and of society. While we normally take it for granted it is also an expression of resilience against disorder that threatens to take over once we face forces beyond our control. I will focus on the temporal and spatial dimensions in which messiness becomes apparent today: broken time lines and fragmented spaces. Messiness is framed by a blurring of the world orderings inherited from modernity. Against the backdrop of rapid computerization and the rise of algorithms we may find ourselves again in a phase of transition towards new ways of world ordering. What would it entail, especially for the social sciences?

Please note that pre-registration on Eventbrite is required to attend. Priority seating will be given to those who have already registered on Eventbrite and arrive promptly. We cannot guarantee that we will hold your spot if you arrive after the event begins.

Social Science Matrix office is located on the UC Berkeley campus in 820 Barrows Hall (near the corner of Bancroft Avenue and Barrow Lane). We are most easily reached via the east entrance of the building. Take the elevator on your right ("Elevator 2"), which is the only elevator that goes to the 8th floor. There is a special call button for the 8th floor. When you get out of the elevator, turn left and then left again down the long corridor into our office.

 All Audiences

 All Audiences

  RSVP online by May 2