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International Workshop “The Role of Visibility in Academic Evaluation. (E)Valuation Studies in Science and Higher Education” on November 15-16, 2018 at HU Berlin

International Workshop “The Role of Visibility in Academic Evaluation.
(E)Valuation Studies in Science and Higher Education”

When: November 15-16, 2018

Where: Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6,
10099 Berlin

Contact: Anne K. Krueger (HU Berlin/ German Center for Higher Education
Research and Science Studies)

Recent research on academic evaluation indicates that visibility plays an
important role in how evaluation procedures take place and what kinds of
effects they produce. Questions of blinding, transparency, confidentiality,
and anonymity are predominant issues that are constantly discussed. As
specific constellations of visibility between evaluation objects and
subjects, they are central for configuring the evaluation process.
Evaluation procedures furthermore produce visibility through directing
attention to positively (or e.g. in cases of scientific misconduct to
negatively) evaluated objects, ideas, persons, or practices. In particular,
current debates about new ways of peer reviewing, performance measurement
through altmetrics, or the rise of academic social media platforms
demonstrate that evaluation procedures are configured through specific
constellations of visibility that serve at the same time to legitimate
evaluation results and to produce and navigate attention.

The workshop aims at bringing together current research on evaluation
procedures with sociological perspectives on visibility in the context of
science studies and higher education research. We will discuss, on the one
hand, how specific constellations of visibility influence evaluation
results and their acceptance as legitimate. On the other hand, we will
discuss the role of visibility that results from evaluation procedures and
currently becomes itself the object of measurement and evaluation.

The Workshop is jointly organized by the Department of Sciences Studies and
the Research Group “Reflexive Metrics – Retroaction and practices of
quantified orders of worth in science” at Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
and by the Research Cluster “Evaluation Practices in Science and Higher
Education” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science
Studies (DZHW).

IMPORTANT: If you would like to attend the Workshop, please register via
email ( until November 1, 2018.

Workshop Program

Thursday, November 15, 2018

9.30-10.30 Anne K. Krueger, Stephan Gauch & Martin Reinhart (HU
Berlin/DZHW): Welcome and Introductory remarks

10.30-11.30 David Pontille & Didier Torny (CSI Paris): The undeath of the
author: The politics of (un)naming in contemporary scholarly communication

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-12.45 Andrea Brighenti (Trento): The element of measures. Theorising
measures in the visible

12.45-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Stefanie Buechner (Bielefeld): Visibility as relevancy –
Organizational logics of visibility

15.00-16.00 Martin Reinhart & Cornelia Schendzielorz (HU Berlin/DZHW):
Legitimately in/visible. Dispositifs of transparency in scientific

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Uwe Vormbusch (Hagen): Valuation, critique and the shifting
margins of accounting

18.00 Dinner

Friday, November 16, 2018

9.00-10.00 Johannes Angermueller (Warwick, EHESS Paris): (In-)visible
subject positions. A comparative view on evaluation as a discursive
practice in academia

10.00-11.00 Tilman Reitz (Jena): The role of visibility in academic
capitalism: signaling, allocation, justification, control?

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Joerg Potthast (Siegen): The visible, the invisible, and the
irreducible. Troubles in testing for scientific quality

12.30-13.45 Lunch

13.45-14.45 Sarah de Rijcke (CWTS Leiden): Gamifying academia: On altmetric
vanity and visibility in research

14.45-15.45 Stephan Gauch (HU Berlin/DZHW): The medium is the worth -
Questions leading to reflexive bibliometrics

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.00 Final discussion
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