February 8th Panel discussion and launch of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Special issue “Public Trust in Expert Knowledge: Ethics, Narrative and Engagement”

Please join us for launch and panel discussion of  “Public Trust in Expert Knowledge: Ethics, Narrative and Engagement“, a special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry  edited by Dr Silvia Camporesi, Dr Mark Davis and Dr Maria Vaccarella.


‘Trust’ Image courtesy of FreeImages.com/ Berkeley Robinson

When: Wednesday February 8th 6 pm

Where: Pyramid Room (K4U.04), 4th floor Geography Department, Strand Campus

Panelists: Dr Silvia Camporesi (King’s College London), Associate Professor Dr Mark Davis (Monash University, Melbourne), Dr Maria Vaccarella (University of Bristol), Professor Deborah Bowman (St George’s Medical School, University of London).

Hope to see many of you there for what promises to be a fascinating -and quite timely! – discussion.

All are welcome! NO RVSP required.

Please note this event will be audio recorded.

About the special issue:

Guest Editors: Dr Silvia Camporesi, Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London, London UKDr Maria Vaccarella, Medical Humanities, University of Bristol, UK; Associate Professor Mark Davis, Sociology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Trust pervades personal, social and political life. Basic trust is seen as the foundation of self, trust figures in the everyday reciprocity of social relations, and governmentality is imbued with questions of trust and distrust. Trust in expert knowledge (i.e. willingness to believe, endorse and enact expert advice) has emerged as a problem for governments seeking to engage and influence publics on matters as wide-ranging as public policy on the environment and economic development, biopolitics, and wellbeing over the life course. The knowledge systems which support climate change policy have been criticized and even refuted, leading to public policy challenges for action on climate. The uptake of vaccines in populations appears to be eroding and scientific/ethical controversies have marked the field. The emerging ‘superbugs’ crisis requires that publics engage with the idea that antimicrobials are no longer available to the extent they once were. Biotechnological interventions in reproductive life and health are subject to changed expectations for expert and consumer rights and responsibilities. Against this backdrop of troubled trust, expert knowledge and changing bio/ thanopolitics, how can governments engage publics? How do public communications take effect? How do experts and publics narrate trust? What are the ethical ramifications of efforts to garner, sustain or regain public trust? As some have argued, are we already post-trust and therefore in alternative modes of public engagement with the idea of collective life?

This special issue is the first of its kind to examine the ethics of public trust in expert knowledge systems in emergent and complex global societies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it draws from contributions in bioethics, the social sciences and the medical humanities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS (all the contributions are online ahead of print)

  1. Silvia Camporesi,  Maria Vaccarella and Mark Davis, “Investigating Public Trust in Expert Knowledge:  Ethics, Narrative and Engagement”
  2. Katie Attwell, Julie Leask, Samantha Meyer, Philippa Rokkas, and Paul Ward, Murdoch University, Australia, Vaccine rejecting parents’ engagement with expert systems that inform vaccination Programs”
  3. Daniel Z. Buchman, Anita Ho, and Daniel S. Goldberg, University of Toronto, “Investigating Trust, Expertise, and Epistemic Injustice in Chronic Pain”
  4. Deborah Bowman, St George’s Medical School, University of London, “The Moral of the Tale: Stories, Trust and Public Engagement with Clinical Ethics via Radio and Theatre”
  5. Jennifer Edwell, and Jordynn Jack, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Gestational Diabetes Testing, Narrative, and Medical Distrust”
  6. Karen Anne-Wong, University of Sydney, Australia Donor Conception and ‘Passing’: Why Australian Parents of Donor-Conceived Children Want Donors Who Look Like Them


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2 Responses to February 8th Panel discussion and launch of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Special issue “Public Trust in Expert Knowledge: Ethics, Narrative and Engagement”

  1. This is a really important topic and is very relevant to some of the debates currently taking place in health about safe care and patient safety. In the light of the publication of the CQC review this week into avoidable NHS deaths and the failure of all NHS trusts to properly investigate these deaths properly and to involve families there is a real debate to be had about how this erodes public trust in the healthcare system


  2. Silvia Camporesi says:

    Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:

    Going on TOMORROW Weds 8th @KingsCollegeLon! Join us 6 pm K4U.04 Strand Campus for launch + panel discussion PublicTrust Expert Knowledge. Entire editorial team London/Bristol/Melbourne + Prof Deborah Bowman will be there!

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