Festival of Ideas: Truth and Power – The Politics of Expertise and Behaviour after the L’Aquila Earthquake

29th October, 2017 @ 14:00

Woolf Institute Building, Madingley Road, CB3 0UB



Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock presents his ethnographic research on the L'Aquila earthquake trial. Based on eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in L'Aquila, Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock argues that, rather than punishing experts and scientists for failing to predict a natural disaster, the court case sought to illuminate intersections regarding scientific truth, trust in expertise, political power, and social behaviour.


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