CfP: Citizen Science: Beyond the Laboratory

Submission deadline: Feb 21, 2016

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Gabriel Mugar (Syracuse University)<>

Carsten Østerlund (Syracuse University)<>

Andrea Wiggins (University of Maryland)<>


Citizen science constitutes a rich and fast-evolving arena in the production of scientific knowledge, raising questions that speak to the core of STS scholarship. In its various forms, ranging from expert-driven crowdsourced models to citizen-driven social and ecological justice initiatives, citizen science offers a rich empirical setting. This track will expand the dialogue around this growing practice of knowledge creation through traditional and cutting edge STS perspectives. Building on STS scholarship exploring the sociomaterial construction of scientific knowledge in laboratory settings, field work and trace ethnography, we invite researchers that unpack citizen science infrastructures and how such assemblages evolve or stabilize, across various settings.

Relevant themes include but are not limited to the following:

*   The entanglement and evolution of technologies and communities in citizen science,
*   The influences of policy, technology, and professional scientific communities on emergent practices of knowledge co-production,
*   The production of novices and experts and how roles in citizen science are defined and negotiated
*   Tracing information flows between contributors and project leaders
*   How stakeholders attempt to shape volunteer contribution to fit a particular need,
*   How data quality is constructed and reconstructed, and how both formal and informal data quality standards are embodied in practices, technologies, and social structures.

Beyond questions of building and deploying infrastructure, we also invite research that examines:

*   How stakeholders resist or repurpose such infrastructure in order to meet their personal needs, and how “experts” or “leaders” react to these practices,
*   The role of traditional and local knowledge in citizen science
*   The impacts of scientific disciplines and scientific methods on the perceptions of citizen science practices and products.

*Submit a paper*

Deadline for the abstract submissions to open tracks is February 21, 2016.

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Paper proposals should include: a paper title (no more than 10 words); author/co-authors; a short abstract (maximum 300 characters including spaces) and a long one (up to 250 words). The long abstract will be shown on the web and the short one is what will be displayed in the conference programme.
Abstracts should make reference to the paper object, main related arguments, methodology, and contribution to the STS literature. A specific mention to paper’s relation to track’s themes and topic is required. Please, do mention, if any special technical requirement will be needed.

We remind that all papers should be submitted in International English. Conversation and debates in other languages during the conference will be welcomed too.

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