AES Panel

The science of being exposed

Science relies on exposures to construct experimental measures. Without these measures, science as we know it would not be possible. In this sense, exposures make contemporary science possible. Yet, the precise ways exposures function within scientific measures, evidence produced about exposures, and responses exposures call for vary significantly across different scientific fields. To be exposed to an infectious disease, for example, is a medical and epidemiological concern. To be exposed to a hazardous material may necessitate environmental remediation. Meanwhile, to be exposed to a potentially toxic substance is a basic component of early stage clinical research. While regulators have established guidelines about the appropriate use of experimental technologies or otherwise hazardous substances, and enforced mandates for bioethical protocols as well as statistical analyses in many scientific fields, exposures remain a key tool and central problem for science.

This panel invites papers that inquire about the constitution of science by documenting how exposures function within scientific measures, and exploring the consequences of conducting experiments through exposures. These papers will engage theoretical debates in anthropology, science studies, and related disciplines. By interrogating issues in diverse fields, including public health, climate science, and clinical research, we expect this panel will continue important conversations about bioethics and experimental design. We also hope the panel will spark new conversations about pressing issues in the regulation of emerging technology, such as gene editing and nano technology. Scholars conducting research about these emerging technologies are especially encouraged to submit papers.

To submit a paper proposal to this panel, please fill out the form below.