T121
New Topologies of Scientific Practice
Convenors:
Robert Montoya (University of California, Los Angeles)
Geoffrey Bowker (University of California, Irvine)
Stream:
Tracks
Location:
111
Start time:
2 September, 2016 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel explores how specific digital infrastructures reassemble the human, technical, and data output of traditional scientific activity, and how by doing so, constitute spaces for rearticulating and forming new topologies of knowledge, moving beyond 'linear' expressions to more complex forms.

Long abstract:

Digital infrastructures are invaluable tools for the production of scientific activity: they organize and analyze data, foster communication and collaboration, distribute and publish knowledge entities (in often open environments), and serve as an archive for scientific knowledge. Beyond the mediating and facilitating qualities of these apparatuses, they also represent forms of scientific knowledge in-and-of themselves as assemblages of policies, knowledge organizing principles, and technical negotiations. The architecture of these constructed spaces both reflect traditional modes of knowledge expression and reassemble it into new forms. In this panel, we ask: • How does the transforming of physical space to the digital environment problematize or flatten how we understand the constitution of scientific knowledge? • How does the presence of these technical infrastructures influence the way we go about approaching scientific problems? • How do these digital spaces become institutionalized and part of our interpretation of what it means to 'do' science and 'organize' scientific output? This panel will explore the ways in which specific digital infrastructures reassemble the human, technical, and data output of traditional scientific activity, and how by doing so, constitute new spaces for the rearticulation of scientific knowledge and create new topologies of knowledge--moving beyond 'linear' expression (written text) to more complex forms.