The Wageningen School of Social Sciences at Wageningen University and Research Centre is kindly inviting you to participate in the 9th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) 2014, held July 3 – 5, 2014 in Wageningen, Netherlands at the Hof van Wageningen Conference Centre.
Governance and Beyond
Knowledge, Technology and Communication in a Globalizing World
Interpretive approaches to research and analysis — methodologies and methods concerned with situated meaning(s), historical context(s), and the importance of human subjectivity — are experiencing renewed interest and revitalisation in the social sciences broadly. They constitute the basic cornerstone of a critical approach to policy analysis which challenges the positivism and scientism that still characterize much policy analytic research.
Following on successful meetings in Birmingham, Amsterdam, Essex, Kassel, Grenoble, Cardiff, Tilburg and Vienna, the 9th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, hosted by several research groups at Wageningen University. The theme for the meeting is “Governance and beyond: Knowledge, technology and communication in a globalizing world.”
In recent years, practices of policy, governance, and society have been profoundly shaped by growing globalization. Knowledge, communication, resources and products flow across different localities and scales, thereby connecting different spaces and the human and non-human actors that inhabit them.
Although globalization seems inescapable, its trends, directions and impacts are unevenly distributed and far from clear. Despite ‘the global’ pervading many aspects of daily life, this has by no means resulted in a flat world of free and equal global citizens. Rather, frictions, disparities and inequalities abound. While often great hopes are attached to international governance regimes, global forms of scientific knowledge, large-scale industrial and agricultural technologies, and generic blueprints for socio-economic development and trade, their results in enhancing important objectives, such as dealing with our environment in a sustainable way, or achieving equality, well-being or democratic self-determination, are mixed at best, with successes in some places and failures in others.
These mixed results warrant sustained critical scrutiny of on-going practices in governance, including the roles of knowledge, technology and communication in these. Interpretive approaches are crucial to deepen our understanding of the situated practices in which the global and the local meet, and to create innovative perspectives on what it might mean for policy to ‘do’ knowledge, technology and communication differently and to effectively address the challenges that our globalizing world faces.
We are delighted to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers:
- Silvio Funtowicz – Professor, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway: “Is the Internet to Science what the Gutenberg press was to the Church? Collapsing the monopoly on knowledge“
- Susan Wright – Professor of Educational Anthropology, Danish University of Education, Aarhus: TBA
For the fourth time, a day-long preconference course is being planned, to take place on Wednesday, 2 July 2014. As in years past, the morning session will be devoted to an introduction to interpretive thinking, situating interpretive policy analysis in the broader context of interpretive methodologies and methods. Three parallel sessions will be held in the afternoon, each focused on a topic within interpretive policy analysis, each with two instructors. Previous such sessions have focused on discourse analysis, ethnography, interviewing, and research design, and involved such instructors as David Howarth, Steven Griggs, Aletta Norval, Merlijn van Hulst, Hendrik Wagenaar, Ruth Wodak, and Dvora Yanow.
1 ECTS (course credit) will be awarded through the Wageningen School for Social Sciences (WASS).
Time: 9.30 to 17.00, with coffee/tea and lunch breaks.