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Research in Wild: Reassembling the Categories 'Nature', 'Science', and 'Local Communites'
Ivan Tchalakov (University of Plovdiv)
Lidia Rakhmanova (National Research University - Higher School of Economics)
Time zone:
Friday 24 July, 8:30-10:15, 11:00-12:45

Short abstract:

The co-production of knowledge among scientists, non-humans and local communities is discussed. Contributions (incl some based on 2019 field work at research stations alongside Ob River, Russia) will discuss evidences and conceptualizations of science-society interactions in the age of Anthropocene.

Long abstract:

The panel invites papers providing new look at the production of scientific knowledge, where agents are not only scientific communities (and their organizations) and non-human beings (natural or hybrid), but also local communities (ethnic, educational, occupational, neighborhoods), and representatives of economic and other organizations operating in the territories where field research is conducted. Following Michel Callon et al. (2009), we call this science 'in wild' (recherché en plein air). The idea of the panel came after the convenors' field work at the research stations alongside Ob river in Western Siberia, Russia, where special attention was paid on the interactions in the process of construction and translation of knowledge between scientists (soil scientists, hydrologists, microbiologists, ecologists, etc.) and local communities, inhabiting the region, together with the non-human characters they were studying and living with. We are inviting both empirical and theoretical/methodological papers providing new evidences and attempting to conceptualize the science-society interactions in the age of Anthropocene - related with the ongoing process of scientization of social life ('performativity' of scientific research), saturation of natural environments with technical infrastructures, artefacts, substances, GMO, etc., in the context of climate change, migration flows, and other global processes.