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CfP Big Science and Research Infrastructures ECPR panel 4-7 September Wrocław (Poland)

ECPR General Conference 2019

Section 32: Knowledge Politics and Policies

Panel 5: Politics of Big Science and Research Infrastructures within and
beyond Europe

This is a panel for the 2019 ECPR (European Consortium for Political
Research) General Conference
in Wrocław
(Poland), 4-7 September 2019
. It is part of Knowledge Politics and Policies


Chairs/discussants: Isabel Bolliger (University of Lausanne), Nicolas
Rüffin (WZB) and Inga Ulnicane (De Montfort University)

This panel addresses the politics behind contemporary science and knowledge
production, that nowadays often involve—and more and more depend
on—large-scale infrastructures, instruments and data-sets. It is becoming
increasingly clear that individual states can only meet this challenge by
joining forces and developing cooperative formats beyond separate national
efforts. In addition to that, there is also a need to pay more attention to
the interaction between different policy actors and levels, ranging from
the activities of the European Commission to organizational and
non-governmental collaborations in Europe and beyond.

This trend towards a stronger integration of research cooperation in the
big science sector also raises new questions crucial to the social
sciences. For instance, to what extent do long-established collaboration
formats, such as intergovernmental cooperation, still work when terms and
types of funding and political constellations change? What patterns of
collaboration or competition emerge from the interplay of supranational,
national and institutional actors? How does the digitisation of research
affect the cooperation structures of scientists and states? And how do
recent trends to- wards the renationalisation of research policy and
general skepticism towards science influence cooperation in big science?

The panel invites theoretically informed and empirically rich submissions
investigating these and others questions related to the politics of big
science and research infrastructures from diverse disciplinary and
methodological backgrounds including perspectives from Political Science,
European Studies, International Relations, legal studies, sociology of
science, organizational studies, Science and Technology Studies, research
and innovation policy studies, history and economics. Contributions
covering diverse empirical cases from traditional laboratories in physical
sciences to new digital collaborations in humanities at national and
international levels are sought.

More information here

If you would like to participate in the panel, please contact Inga
Ulnicane *
*until 10 January 2019.
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