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Urban Research as Open Science: Experimental Methods (Russian/English)  
Aigul Beimisheva (Narxoz University)
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Aigul Beimisheva (Narxoz University)
Alessya Nugayeva (Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Institute of History, Archeology and ethnology B. Jamgеrchinov National Academy of Sciences Kyrgyz Republic)
Nata Volkova (AlmaU)
Nataliia Volkova
Sociology & Social Issues
704 (Floor 7)
Saturday 8 June, -
Time zone: Asia/Almaty


Urban research in Central Asia operates within certain regulatory, financial, and social constraints. Among these constraints are the unavailability or poor quality of official statistics and the inefficiency of legal mechanisms, which are often influenced by social connections, stakeholders, and the self-organization of local communities. To navigate this complex socio-legal landscape, researchers are compelled to devise new strategies and tools that enable a deeper understanding of reality, making it more accessible and interpretable. This necessity has led to the experimental reconfiguration and integration of traditional research methodologies into what Celia Lury terms "interdisciplinary methodologies."

The panel aims to spotlight these experimental practices, discussing how they might be stabilized and transformed into institutionalized methods. This conversation will address the essence of scientific methods, the reproduction of knowledge, and the generation and collection of urban knowledge.

The transition from traditional social and scientific methodologies to an interdisciplinary approach is driven by the broadening network of actors engaged in urban knowledge exchange. This network includes activists, bureaucrats, urban planners, and local citizens, enriching the research landscape.

The discussion will examine a wide array of tests, prototypes, and experimental techniques applied within urban spaces. These experiments also give rise to new types of urban projects that act as hybrids, navigating between research and practice, regulation and creativity, and social issues and art events. By extending research practice beyond the confines of disciplines and regions, urban research is positioned as an open forum for debating the future challenges and boundaries of social and scientific inquiry.

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Session 1 Saturday 8 June, 2024, -