Circle U. seminar: Evidence and Democracy in Times of Crises
Save the date! On September 2, Circle U. will host the first seminar of its Knowledge Hub on Democracy. The topic is "What evidence?" (in the context of crises), and the seminar is the first in a Circle U. seminar series on "Evidence and Democracy in Times of Crises".
The seminar series is a first step in the process of establishing the Circle U. Knowledge Hub on democracy and an interdisciplinary Open School of Public Governance.
The seminar will be kick-started on September 2 as part of the University of Oslo's Annual Festivities. It is an open online event and will consist of five minute talks followed by discussion / Q&A.
Discussions will be centered around the following questions:
- What is the role of evidence – and what should be its role – when urgent decisions must be taken?
- How do political and administrative decision-makers balance “hard” scientific evidence with other types of evidence and other legitimate concerns?
- How can scientific evidence be communicated to the wider public without unduly antagonizing significant parts of the population?
Invited speakers are:
- Prof. Jonathan Grant, King’s College London (Title of talk: Learning to listen: social movements, the red bus and the role of evidence)
- Ass. Prof. Antoinette Mary Fage-Butler, Aarhus University (Title of talk: The value of values where science meets the public)
- Prof. Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oslo / University of Oxford (Title of talk: Evidence, certainty and doubt in a fast-unfolding pandemic: insights from pragmatist philosophy)