Time and the Expert: Temporalities and the Social Life of Expert
This panel is concerned with the active social life of expert knowledge.
A curiosity for understanding the ways in which expert knowledge promises
particular futures and remembers specific pasts animates these papers. We
are fascinated by the forms of expert knowledge, but even more so in how
they circulate. How does expert knowledge become implicated in the
formation of communities or caught up in the creation or renewal of
stigmas and prejudices? How are temporalities in expert knowledge
harnessed to affect? How are forms of social and biological
differentiation created and reinforced? We delve into how temporalities
of expert knowledge can buttress or destabilize the legacies of
colonialism in contemporary experiences of post coloniality. We take a
broad approach to both "expert" and "knowledge". For example, papers on
this panel might consider temporalities of ethnographic reports and
religious texts, demographic or development models, academic biosciences,
agricultural knowledge or traditional medicine.
If you would like to participate in this panel, please send us an abstract
of 150 words by February 20th.
Sandra Widmer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Jean Mitchell, University of Prince Edward Island