9th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) 2014

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  • 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.

    Keynote speakers

    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

    Pre­con­fer­ence course

    Aca­d­e­mic con­venors: Mer­lijn van Hulst and Dvora Yanow

    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.

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