The Liminal Spaces Team ran its second workshop at the Wellcome Collection in London on 1-2nd February, 2018. The overarching theme of the two day gathering was ‘Regulating for Uncertainty’ and the Team brought together a range of participants in order to gain insights into how we seek to respond to the challenges of health research regulation, across a variety of settings during times of flux. Three core themes (activities, actors and things) were explored across five panel sessions. The preliminary panel considered Liminality as a theoretical concept, inviting us to reflect, throughout the remainder of the workshop, how the concept might be of value (or not!) in practice. Next, a session on Global Health Emergencies considered what lessons we might learn from research and response in disaster settings, which are notoriously sights of uncertainty. The session on Margins and Beings examined the ways in which law can attempt to categorise constantly evolving objects of regulation (such as embryos) and the potential implications of doing so. Next, we focussed on Research/Treatment/Innovation and the challenges which emerge given the increasing overlap between these activities. The final panel turned to identify what responsibilities might lie with regulators in attempting to guide various actors, activities and thing across liminal spaces. The workshop findings will inform the future work of the Liminal Spaces Project.
The workshop report can be found here.