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Seminar on Enculturing Nanotechnology, Enculturing Innovation: Science, Technology, Society and Development in India by Dr. Pankaj Sekhsaria

Enculturing Nanotechnology, Enculturing Innovation: Science, Technology, Society and Development in India
Event Date: 
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 3:30pm

Abstract:
Dr. Pankaj Sekhsaria will talk about the characteristics of
techno-scientific knowledge practices in nanotechnology research in India.
He will explain where these practices lie within the broad political,
social, cultural and developmental contexts of present-day India; and how
people, technical and social institutions and their combined practices
influence and negotiate a technology. He will present an account of a
‘culture of innovation’ that links the macro with the micro, and the
inside of the lab with the world outside and unpack the many diverse, rich
and counter-intuitive ways in which social, cultural and economic
realities almost always deeply infiltrate science, technology, research
and innovation. He will show, as a corollary, that innovation and
technology development is successful and relevant when it is able to
effectively account for the user and their needs and is sensitive to their
social context.

About the speaker:
Dr. Pankaj Sekhsaria is a Senior Project Scientist at DST Centre for
Policy Research, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. His research
interests lie at the intersection of science, environment, technology and
society. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the
University of Pune, an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia,
New Delhi and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from
Maastricht University, Netherlands. He is the author of five books and has
also published extensively in mainstream media and in peer reviewed
journals on issues related to environment, development and wildlife
conservation in India. His new book "Instrumental Lives – An intimate
biography of an Indian Laboratory" (Taylor & Francis, 2018), is slated for
publication by December 2018.


Venue: 
LC 301
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai