InSIS Seminar Series Hilary Term 2018

The Boundaries of Truth

Truth and its boundaries are again at the centre of political debate. Whether we have entered the vaunted “post-truth” world or find ourselves crafting new certainties, it is clear the boundaries of truth are being redrawn in increasingly explicit ways. This complex dynamic touches on questions of scientific legitimacy, different ecologies of expertise, the nature of political authority, and the role of new communicative media, to name a few key elements in the current conversation. Our Hilary Term seminar series features scholars whose work speaks to some of the underlying trends at play, and whose research might help us characterize the problem with greater precision.

InSIS will be holding a series of seminars on this subject throughout Hilary Term 2018, starting on Tuesday 16 January at 12:30.  The seminars will be held at the InSIS building at 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN in the ground floor seminar room.  

Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to book.  Attendees may bring lunch with them to eat during the seminar.

If you have any questions about the seminar series, please email

Confirmed speakers

Tue 16 Jan.           Lucas Graves (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford)

                               Institutional facts and the politics of political fact-checking

Tue 23 Jan.           Des Fitzgerald (Cardiff University)

                               What was sociology?

Tue 30 Jan.           Sophie Haines (InSIS, University of Oxford)

                               Political lives of anticipation: weather, climate and water knowledge in Belize

Tue 6 Feb.             Lisa Stampnitzky (University of Sheffield)

                               How should we study truth?

Tue 13 Feb.           Amanda Rees (University of York)

                               Creating Citizen STS: Science, Fiction and the Future of the 20th Century

Tue 20 Feb.           Jerome Ravetz (InSIS, University of Oxford)

                               Uncomfortable Knowledge for Science

Tue 27 Feb.           Niccolo Tempini (University of Exeter)

                               The genie out of the bottle? Data valuation and circulation challenges for participatory research

Wed 7 Mar.           Steve Fuller (University of Warwick)*

                               The Post-Truth Condition: Why We've Always Been There and Why It's Unlikely to Go Away Soon


*please note: this seminar will be held on a Wednesday