[science-at] Reminder: Deadline heute: The Politics of Open Science, 9-10 May 2016 Graz

Katja Mayer katja.mayer at univie.ac.at
Fri Jan 29 11:13:14 UTC 2016

Apologies for cross-postings!

Deadline today!

S11: The Politics of Open Science
"Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies"

Katja Mayer (University of Vienna, Austria),  Stefan Kasberger 
(OpenScienceASAP, Open Knowledge Austria, KF Uni Graz)

Deadline January 29th, 2016
Abstracts can be submitted through the conference website: 

The notion of Open Science is enjoying great popularity at the moment, 
some even go so far to call it "the better science". In general, Open 
Science demands the highest possible transparency, accountability, and 
shareability in knowledge production, as well as the participation of 
(all) relevant stakeholders in the scientific process. Realms of Open 
Science practices include Open Access, Open Research Data, Open Methods, 
Open Education, Open Evaluation, and Citizen Science.

The European Union has recently adopted the term Open Science in its 
research framework programme linking it strongly to Open Innovation – 
modes of opening industrial design, production and paths to and from 
markets – and the vision of science enabling jobs and growth in general. 
However negotiations about benefits and challenges of Open Science take 
place in many different arenas. We are witnessing big differences in the 
appropriation of Open Science practices and policies across epistemic 
cultures and geographic regions. The uptake of Open Science varies 
widely: from voicing concerns about knowledge capitalism by young 
academics or grassroots organizations, to senior scholars and science 
administrator uniting publicly in the Open Access negotiations with 
commercial publishing houses, to top­down policy decisions against 
scholarly skepticism, last but not least to the DIY movements, such as 

In this session we would like to discuss not only the existing political 
tensions in Open Science cultures, such as sharing versus privatization 
of knowledge. We are inviting practitioners of Open Science, scholars 
conducting case studies on Open Science, or policy makers as well as 
science administrators to reflexively address a wide scope of issues in 
opening scientific knowledge production and engagements with science and

Central questions of this session include, but are not limited to:

∙ Socio­political dimensions of openness in science and research: 
negotiations, participation, actors, arenas, values (ethics, impact, 
legal issues,...), ideologies, hegemonies (gender, geopolitics, ...) in 
historical and contemporary discourses revolving around Open Science

∙ Socio­technical dimensions of open science politics: infrastructures, 
institutions, norms, standards, materials, exploitations, of Open 
Science practices

∙ Epistemological politics in Open Science movements: clashes of thought 
collectives, changes in knowledge production and dissemination, effects 
of Open science in education and training, and for evaluation

It is intended to organize the session as Open Space format: with short 
lightning talks, moderated discussions and break out spaces (depending 
on the number of participants), collaborative online tools and more. One 
further objective is to document the event for public access online.

Dr. Katja Mayer
Social Studies of Science and Technology, Sociology
University of Vienna, Austria

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