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Slides presented at the Digital Sociology Mini-Conference in Boston, March 2016

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Ess ds chiara

  1. 1. Performing  digital  ways  of   knowing:  epistemic  walks  with   methods-­‐as-­‐prototypes   ESS  2016   March  17th  2016   Boston  Park  Plaza  Hotel     Chiara  Carrozza,  research  fellow  Centro  de  Estudos  Sociais  -­‐  CES   hDp://    
  2. 2. Background   •  The  project  “The  importance  of  being  digital.   Exploring  digital  scholarship  and  digital  methods”   hDp://     •  Research  lines   –  Digital  scholarship   –  Digital  methods   –  Digital  cultures   •  Research  strategy  of  the  project:  training  events  to   gather  empirical  data  
  3. 3. PragmaHc   “these  innovaHons  will  enable  research  to   be  conducted  more  quickly,  beDer,  and  in   more  powerful  ways”  (DuDon  2010:  21)     PoliHcal   “digital   scholarship   is   more   than   just   using   informaHon   and   communicaHon   technologies   to   research,   teach   and   collaborate;   it   also   includes   embracing   the   open   values,   ideology   and   potenHal   of   technologies  born  of  peer-­‐to-­‐peer  networking  and  wiki  ways  of  working  in   order  to  benefit  both  the  academy  and  society”  (Weller  2011:  50).     Epistemological     “does  the  digital  give  us  new  ways  to  think  or   only   ways   to   illustrate   what   we   already   know?”  (Kirch  2014)     “Can  we  study  social  media  to  learn  something   about  society  rather  than  about  social  media   use?  Can  hyperlinks  reveal  not  just  the  value  of  a   Web  site  but  the  poliHcs  of  associaHon?”  (Rogers   2013)  
  4. 4. Debate  about  the  “crisis  of  empirical  social   sciences”    (Savage  and  Burrows  2007;  2009)  and   the  criHcal  agenda  of  the  ‘Social  Life  of   Methods’  (Savage  2013)   ContribuHons  about  how  digital   data  and  devices  are   reconfiguring  social  science   methods  and  its  very  assumpHons   (Ruppert  et  al.  2013;  Marres   2012)   InvitaHon  to  culHvate   “live  sociology”  (Back   2007)  and  “live   methods”  (SI  on  the   Sociological  Review,   2012)   InvenHveness  of   methods  (Lury  and   Wakeford  2012)  
  5. 5. Workshop  “FAQs  about  Open  Access:  the  poliHcal  economy  of  publishing  in  anthropology  and   beyond”  -­‐  Medialab-­‐Prado,  Madrid,  16-­‐17  October  2014.    
  6. 6. hDp://medialab-­‐    
  7. 7. But  I  think  that  what  really  is  a  stake  for  social  sciences  is  not   the  quesHon  of  access  to  text  but  how  the  social  sciences  are   going  to  infrastructure  themselves  in  this  new  ecology  of  media   and  digital  signals  and  meaning  making  that  is  taking  shape.   And  if  we  reduce  the  quesHon…  to  access,  as  access  to  text,   and  the  assumpHons  that  the  kind  of  knowledge  that  is  implicit   or  inscribed  in  the  epistemics  of  text  I  think  in  a  way  we  are   entrenched  in  an  old  social  science  with  an  old  concepHon  of   what  scholarship  is  about,  what  making  scholarly  knowing  is   about  and  who  the  publics  of  that  scholarly  knowledge  are.  In   my  point  of  view,  I  would  try  to  displace  slightly  the  old  vision   of  what  is…  -­‐  not  so  much  what  is  open,  because  opening,  you   know,  it’s  a  poliHcal  ethics  quesHon  -­‐  but  to  what  access   is”  (Alberto  Corsín  Jiménez,  session  1).    
  8. 8. Prototyping  cultures:  art,  science  and  poli:cs  in  beta.     Special  Issue,  Journal  of  Cultural  Economy  7  (4),  2014   hDp://    
  9. 9. Carrozza,  Chiara  &  Gaspar,  Andrea  (2016),  Performing   digital  ways  of  knowing:  epistemic  walks  with  methods-­‐ as-­‐prototypes,  Graduate  Journal  for  Social  Sciences     (GJSS).     Gaspar,  Andrea  (2016),  Taking  ethnography  &  design   collaboraHons  for  a  walk:  devicing  idiocy,  Tomás  Sánchez   Criado  and  Adolfo  Estalella  (eds.)  “Experimental   collaboraHons:  ethnography  through  fieldwork  devices”.    
  10. 10. InvenHveness  is  not  intrinsic  to   methods,  it  is  rather  something   that  emerges  from  the  purposes  to   which  they  are  put.       (Lury  and  Wakeford  2012,  Inven,ve   Methods)