[SydPhil] CAVE Seminar: March 7, Nikolas Rose (KCL), "Neurotechnologies of Justice", Macquarie University

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Wed Feb 22 15:43:01 AEDT 2017

Hi all,

You are invited to a seminar by Nikolas Rose (King's College London) on 7 March 2017. This event is jointly co-hosted by the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE), and the Australian Neurolaw Database Project. All are welcome, attendance is free but due to limited seating, please register at neurolaw at mq.edu.au.

Nikolas Rose (King's College London), “Neurotechnologies of justice: Neuroscience beyond the courtroom”

Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Venue: C8A 310 (Senate Room), 16 Wally's Walk, Macquarie University [N18 on the campus map<http://www.mq.edu.au/__data/assets/image/0010/183556/campus_map.png>]


In this talk I will explore the actual and potential impacts of developments in neuroscience and neurotechnology in the criminal justice system beyond the courtroom. There has been much discussion about the role of genetics and brain scanning in criminal trials and their impact on the legal fiction of free will, although evidence that genetic or brain based defences succeed in exculpation is equivocal. In this talk, I will focus elsewhere, and explore the impact of claims to be able to ‘read the brain’ in neural lie detection and beyond, the potential uses of novel neurotechnologies for risk assessment, pre-emptive intervention, and their role in ‘law enforcement’ and ‘crowd control’, and some questions arising from machine learning and artificial intelligence. The challenges posed by the ‘dual use’ potential of some advances in neuroscience, where technologies intended for civilian purposes also have military and security uses, are particularly significant at a time when the boundaries between the criminal justice and the wider security system are increasingly blurred.

About the speaker:

Nikolas Rose is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Kings College London which he founded in 2012.  He was previously Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the LSE's BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society, which he founded in 2003.   He is founder and co-editor of BioSocieties: an interdisciplinary journal for social studies of the life sciences and is a long-time editor of Economy and Society. His most recent books include The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century(2007); Governing The Present (written with Peter Miller, 2008) and Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind (written with Joelle Abi-Rached, 2013).  He is currently seeking to build new relations between the social sciences and the life sciences, partly through  research on mental health, migration and megacities; arising from this, The Urban Brain: Living in the Neurosocial City (with Des Fitzgerald) will be published by Princeton University Press in 2018.  He is also currently completing a long overdue book on Our Psychiatric Future? to be published by Polity Press in 2018.

Everyone is welcome and attendance is free but please RSVP to neurolaw at mq.edu.au

You can find out about our other events on mq.edu.au/cave, or follow us on facebook.com/MQCAVE.


Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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