Dr. Sascha Dickel

Dr. Sascha Dickel has studied political science and sociology at Marburg, Frankfurt, Bielefeld, and Cardiff. He is a post-doctorate fellow at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at Bielefeld University and currently a DAAD/AICGS Fellow. Science studies, political and social theory, biopolitics, and transnational movements are his areas of specialized research.

In his dissertation he reconstructed the structure and function of biotechnological visions in political discourse. His thesis, “Enhancement-Utopien. Soziologische Analysen zur Konstruktion des Neuen Menschen,” has just been published by Nomos. Currently Sascha is co-editing an anthology on the social practices, ethics, and politics of biomedicine.

During his stay at AICGS in May and June 2011, he will analyze how the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues deals with emerging technologies, specifically in contrast to the German Ethics Council. This study is part of a larger project that aims to analyze the generation, evaluation, legitimation, and acceptance of biotechnology expertise for the future.

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Vigilance vs. Precaution: Diverging Directions in U.S. and European Technology Governance?

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In a new Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Sascha Dickel examines how the emergence of synthetic biology has affected scientific regulatory principles in both the U.S. and Europe, focusing on the two entities’ respective ethics councils and how they balance the potential promise and risks that accompany new synthetic biology technologies. Dr. Dickel presented his research findings in a seminar on June 23, 2011; a summary of this event is available below.