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CfP 4S Conference 2021: Citizen Science as Method

Call for Papers 4S Conference 2021 Panel 35: Citizen Science as Method Yasuhito Abe, Michiel Van Oudheusden, Jennifer Gabrys In this panel, we consider the role of method in citizen science broadly understood as a process in which communities and individuals perform scientific research with or without professional scientists. Methods are fundamentally important in citizen science, for instance because they enable actors to generate data and validate scientific claims. Yet, the performative role of citizen science methods often remains obscured, as do the assumptions and values that inform them. As John Law (2004) has argued, research methods do more than just describe social realities; they are also involved in creating these realities. This raises the question of what kind of world we want to create with citizen science approaches. Acknowledging the growing number of citizen science practices in various disciplines (medicine, forestry, meteorology, ornithology, etc.) and the proliferation of these practices for a range of uses within the context of the Internet of Things (Gabrys 2018), we ask what the methods of citizen science entail and what they do: Which methods are deemed credible in citizen science? By whom and why? Which purposes do these methods serve? How are they conceptualized? How are they naturalized, problematized, or transformed? How are they communicated to wider audiences, and how are they received? Given the focus of the conference, presenters are encouraged to explore these questions from various angles, including non-western perspectives and contexts; and drawing on feminist, queer, transnational, and indigenous scholarship.

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Deadline: March 8, 2021

Marie Skodowska Curie Individual Fellow Department of Sociology University of Cambridge 16 Mill Ln, Cambridge CB2 1SB

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