Confronting the Crisis of Expertise: Historical Roots and Current Challenges - Online

Blinken OSA Sun Course

New Summer University Course organized by the Open Society University Network and Blinken OSA

Titled Confronting the Crisis of Expertise: Historical Roots and Current Challenges, the SUN course will take place in Budapest or online.

Offered to advanced-level undergraduate students, graduate students, junior faculty in humanities and social sciences, journalists, and artists, the research-intensive course is planned to be organized on-site in Budapest; if the pandemic is still posing health risks, the course will be held online. The course will comprise lectures, seminars, and practical workshops with archival documents and scientific datasets.
Co-funded by the Open Society University Network (OSUN), in cooperation with the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives.

Application deadline: March 22, 2021

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About the course:
In the post-Covid-19 world, the problems already experienced by democracies with regard to social divisions and diminishing trust in public institutions are exacerbated by a growing epistemic crisis concerning the simultaneous need and contestation of expertise for public policy purposes. The existence of uncertain statistical data, the search for past models in dealing with hidden enemies, the public attempts to translate scientific knowledge and to make sense of decision-making processes, all point to a persistent need for advanced skills for working with governance data and discourses.
This course enhances participants’ skills in analyzing the incorporation of techno and scientific knowledge into public governance and discourses. The summer school seeks to provide the tools and categories to critically assess systemic responses in times of both contested expertise and scientificization of politics.

Course Director: Ioana Macrea-Toma, Blinken OSA