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Engage! How to study knowledge (dis)ruptions in/through science - from citizens to science to citizen science 
Convenors:
Libuše Hannah Veprek (LMU Munich)
Anne Dippel (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
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Stream:
Posthumanism
Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Tuesday 22 June, 16:15-18:00 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

Hierarchies of knowledge productions are in a mode of reversal. We invite researchers to discuss how scientists want to heal the world, how microbes, hardware and data are dictating rules and citizens break rules in order to make and shape knowledge in the digital era of the Anthropocene.

Long Abstract

From citizen scientists to shaman cosmologists, from rational scientists to esoteric conspiracists, hierarchies of knowledge productions seem in a mode of reversal. While speed and capability of producing new knowledge increase, rules that guarantee trust and reliability seem to be breaking. Disruptions of academic modes of reasoning emerge on the basis of Moore's Law, mimicking the dynamics of technological development. While science projects grant open access to the public, from citizen science participation to public source code, the privatization of knowledge through patenting and secrecy (Jones 2014), the capitalization of public goods are inflational. Simultaneously, symmetrical concepts of knowledge emerge, yet old hierarchies are reproduced. Depending on the observer, digital modes of capitalism turn into a fairytale or a nightmare for those who actively seek to give voice to the mute within the Anthropocene (Haraway 1997).

We are looking for researchers, who study how and under which circumstances current shifts are happening. We invite scholars who do research amongst and with humans, non-humans and other-than-humans (Haraway 1997, De La Cadena 2014), investigating knowledge productions that reverse, subvert and break with the established rulebook of purification and mediation in the modern and post-modern conceptions of knowledge (Latour 1991). We want to discuss technical disruptions and social ruptures, how scientists want to heal the world, how microbes, hardware and data dictate rules and citizens break rules in order to make and shape knowledge. All researchers who critically study engagements in knowledge making of biospheres and technospheres are invited to this panel.

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