Visualizing the truth | rituals and material culture in forensic science practice
|Starts:||14:00 4 Feb 2014|
|Ends:||15:00 4 Feb 2014|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Institute of Population Health|
|Who is it for:||University staff|
Host: Centre of Primary Care, Institute of Population Health
About the event:
Truth claims about nature are almost the exclusive domain of scientific practice. They are brought about using technologies embedded in daily scientific practice. PCR, statistics, chemical reagents, and habitual stockpiling of information using increasingly complex systems are just a few of these. The practices and technologies that support, reinforce, and create these claims are at work in places like criminal forensic science services and frontline medical epigenetic research.
I will present previous work from a pilot study done within the major Forensic Service Providers (FSPs) in the UK in 2012 utilizing participant observation and targeted interviews to understand how truth is visually presented.
This will provide an example of a very strict set of practices, ritualistic in nature, that create a social and physical field of distance and objectivity required to fulfil broader social ideas about ‘truth’ within a courtroom. I will reflect on how these practices are similar to work being produced in the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) at King’s College and what that means for the current practice of embedding care and research together.
All welcome. No booking necessary
Travel and Contact Information
Seminar Room 1, 5th Floor