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Co-production of knowledge, open science and anthropologies of the future 
Lucilla Barchetta (University Cà Foscari of Venice)
Adrienne Mannov (Aarhus University)
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Friday 10 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The panel explores open data platforms as fieldwork sites to prompt a dialogue about pitfalls and possibilities in anthropological working within multidisciplinary, research consortia and digital media dedicated to the study and anticipation of environmental emergencies and health threats.

Long Abstract:

Open data platforms aggregating data sets through algorithms, computing tools and AI call for a renewed open, timely and future-focused approach to stimulate data sharing practices among different professionals and accelerate response to the threats posed by social and environmental emergencies to present and future generations.

Anthropological studies of data science have helped highlight contradictions and biases in the use of open data platforms. They have shed light on the emerging frictions between being in service and being critical in interdisciplinary collaborations with data scientists. They have raised criticisms regarding the oppositional interpretation of open-source data - either a viable avenue for a sustainable turn or a privacy security risk - experimenting with ways to envision diverse future scenarios of open data platforms.

In seeking to interrogate the co-production of futures as they emerge from the collaboration between anthropologists and data scientists, the purpose of this panel is twofold. First, it asks how the rhetoric of big data as salvific technology shapes data scientists' subjectivities. How do data scientists negotiate different futures? Which future is considered worth investigating (possible, probable, preferred futures)?

In seeking to understand the implications of knowledge production processes in multidisciplinary contexts, this panel ponders the epistemic challenges of making such a future sharable, knowable and operational. How does the collaboration between anthropologists and data scientists affect anthropology's capacity to analyse and anticipate futures?

Topics to be addressed in the panel might include future collaboration between anthropologists and data scientists, open data platforms as agents of change.

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Session 1 Friday 10 June, 2022, -