While techniques of measurement and monitoring and the evidence they generate are often the monopoly of dominant institutions, this track will address the ways in which they are being challenged and reshaped by the distributed practices of numerous new actors and collectives.
Across multiple domains of interest to science and technology studies, including the formation of markets, the study of environments and the making of governable populations, measurement and monitoring techniques have become key for assessing "problems" and demonstrating the effectiveness of "solutions." While techniques of measurement and monitoring and the evidence they generate are often the monopoly of dominant institutions, they are being challenged and remade by the practices of numerous new actors and collectives. This track will address the ways in which new collective and distributed practices are reshaping techniques of measurement and monitoring and the formation of evidence. The track invites presentations that engage with questions including: How do different measurement techniques and instruments reshape what counts as evidence? How do new actors engaged in monitoring activities support, reshape or disrupt expert-led monitoring practices? And in an age of "big data," how does the extensive collection of data by multiple different actors transform the processes by which data becomes evidence? This track invites papers, as well as presentations in alternative formats that engage with practice-based research and alternative media. Material from this track will be selected and collected into a special theme for the new online open-access journal, Demonstrations (http://ojs.gold.ac.uk/index.php/demonstrations/index), which encourages experimental formats for engaging with science and technology studies.