Producing Anthropology, Producing Science: Citizen Science and Emerging Problematics

Read the full post at Extreme Citizen Science.

In the emerging sphere of citizen science, new forms of knowledge production are increasingly reworking scientific boundaries to incorporate lay actors, viewpoints and practices. However, in anthropology the boundaries of knowledge have long been conceptualised and reconceptualised as permeable and place-specific. Addressing the overlaps and engagements between citizen science and anthropology, the panel Producing Anthropology, Producing Science: Citizen Science and Emerging Problematics was the only session among hundreds at the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) Annual Meeting in Washington DC last week to address the growth of citizen science and its challenge to the scientific academy. I was privileged to have the opportunity to attend and present a paper on the ways in which ExCiteS seeks to incorporate anthropological methods and theories, co-authored by our group’s other PhD anthropologist Carolina. It was an excellent place to meet some other anthropologists working in a similar sphere and to really dig critically into some of the issues that are motivating the expansion of citizen science projects, and their attendant successes and failures.

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