[Air-L] CFP: Participatory knowledge production

Smiljana Antonijevic smiljana at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 03:56:49 PST 2010


Participatory knowledge production 2.0: Critical views and experiences
Workshop organized by Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio, Maastricht, 23
March 2011

In recent years, much attention has been given to the ways in which new
applications of digital technologies (sometimes called social networking or
Web 2.0 or crowd sourcing) enable more and better participation in the
creation and production of knowledge across a variety of domains. This can
include areas where citizens and fans have long participated such as
politics, entertainment and cultural heritage, as well as those domains
where the boundary between expert and amateur is more tightly guarded such
as in medicine, science and scholarship.

For this one-day workshop, the Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio (see
follow the link to Maastricht) seeks contributions which critically
examine the notion of ‘participatory knowledge production’ in the digital
age from a variety of perspectives. Is participation distributed equally
across social groups, cultures, countries or world regions? Is there
evidence of changing relationships amongst and between experts and amateurs?
How do software and hardware combine with social processes to structure
participation? What happens to the invisible labour of those occupations
such as sound engineers and copy editors?  Are new forms of invisible labour
emerging? Does the nature of participation or of knowledge change if
mediated by (different) digital technologies? Can ‘participation’ better be
seen as the new (multi-directional) surveillance?

We particularly welcome contributions which combine empirical data with
theoretical reflection, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We also
welcome contributions which critically examine the terms of these debates.
The organizers will explore ways of publishing some or all of the papers.

The workshop is organized by Sally Wyatt and colleagues from the Maastricht
Virtual Knowledge Studio.


·         Send abstracts of 500 words to José Cornips (
j.cornips at maastrichtuniversity.nl<https://mail-xc-01.iisg.nl/owa/redir.aspx?C=27cf76192fce4338945d7eacdf7d12b6&URL=mailto%3aj.cornips%40maastrichtuniversity.nl>)
by *8 December*.

·         Participants will be notified by the end of the year.

·         Those selected will be required to submit extended abstracts/short
papers (of 3000 words) by *1 March. *

·         These will be distributed to all participants prior to the
workshop which will be held in Maastricht on *23 March 2011*.

·         Participation is free but no funding is available to support
travel or accommodation.

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