Epistemic Regimes - Reconfiguring epistemic quality and the reconstitution of epistemic authority
Stefan Böschen (RWTH Aachen University)
Armin Grunwald (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT)
Sabine Maasen (TUM School of Education)
Andreas Lösch (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology )
Sabine Maasen (TUM School of Education), Armin Grunwald (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT)
Thursday 1 September, 9:00-10:45, 11:00-12:45, 12:30-14:15, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

Despite there was since years a close look on varying collectives of knowledge production within and outside of science, changes of epistemic quality and authority are not yet comprehensively understood. These dynamics can be interpreted as emergence of epistemic regimes to be explored in the track.

Long abstract:

Within the last 20 years one can observe dynamics of rearranging the borderland between science and society. The participation of laypeople within science ("citizen science", "co-research") and highly institutionalized forms of construction of expertise like in the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are cases in point. These rearrangements do not only transform the institution of science itself, a problem widely addressed, but foremost scientific knowledge. Scientific knowledge with its specific criteria of validity is confronted with other kinds of knowledges and their criteria of authenticity, practical relevance or timely availability. Therefore, there are multifaceted processes of changing collectives of producing scientific knowledge observable, which rearrange forms, practices and orders of epistemic authority. These processes we would like to call the emergence of epistemic regimes. With Foucault, epistemic regimes can be seen as set of practices, rules and regulations which not only regulates conflicts about epistemic quality and the acknowledgement of epistemic authority but also forms the preconditions for regulation.

Against this background, we invite papers which address such rearrangements of epistemic quality and epistemic authority. The goal of the track is to explore the spectrum of these phenomena while looking at the different new collectives of knowledge production. They might be situated on a regional level, as real-world experiments or real-world laboratories. But they can also be found on a global level, like the institutionalisation of IPCC or IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) with their own logic of what Sheila Jasanoff called "epistemic subsidiarity".

SESSIONS: 5/5/5/3

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