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Investigating Public trust in Expert Knowledge: Narrative, Ethics, and Engagement

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Silvia Camporesi, Maria Vaccarella, Mark Davis

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Early online date31 Jan 2017
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Accepted/In press10 Dec 2016
E-pub ahead of print31 Jan 2017

Bibliographical note

The idea for this symposium emerged during a doctoral course sponsored by a King’s College London (KCL) initiative for innovative interdisciplinary training across the humanities and social sciences (KISS-DTC) run by Camporesi and Vaccarella at KCL in 2015 and attended by Davis on a visiting fellowship. We discovered a shared commitment to narrative inquiry across our fields of expertise in the bioethics of transformative health technologies, public communications on health threats, and narrative medicine. In 2016, an Interdisciplinary Research Award from the Faculty of Arts, Monash University allowed us to deepen our collaboration in the form of workshops on narrative inquiry held at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and this special issue with the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

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Abstract

“Public Trust in Expert Knowledge: Narrative, Ethics, and Engagement” examines the social, cultural, and ethical ramifications of changing public trust in the expert biomedical knowledge systems of emergent and complex global societies. This symposium was conceived as an interdisciplinary project, drawing on bioethics, the social sciences, and the medical humanities. We settled on public trust as a topic for our work together because its problematization cuts across our fields and substantive research interests. For us, trust is simultaneously a matter of ethics, social relations, and the cultural organization of meaning. We share a commitment to narrative inquiry across our fields of expertise in the bioethics of transformative health technologies, public communications on health threats, and narrative medicine. The contributions to this symposium have applied, in different ways and with different effects, this interdisciplinary mode of inquiry, supplying new reflections on public trust, expertise, and biomedical knowledge.

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