Alternative Knowing Spaces – call for abstracts, 4S/EASST 2020

Alluding to the ‘end of the cognitive empire’ (De Sousa Santos), this open panel focuses on how alternative ways of knowing are practiced in a variety of disciplinary, cultural, regional and historical contexts. In the humanities and social sciences current research cultures are increasingly supplemented or amended by alternative epistemologies, questioning the dominance of propositional forms of knowing. In line with the agenda of this conference, these alternative ‘knowing spaces’ (Law) share an interest in the constitutive role of practices and things, in participatory and collaborative experiments that engage with matters of public concern, and in inclusivity with regard to the agencies and voices of the people involved in the generation of knowledge and understanding.

What do ‘knowledge’ and ‘discursivity’ mean in these enhanced and performative epistemic cultures? And what consequences does this entail for the way people document, share and disseminate research? Through this open panel, we hope to advance these fundamental questions by tracing and discussing concrete knowledge practices and how they stabilize over time - or not - in research fields and traditions, ranging from visual ethnography and artistic research to the history of knowledge and 4E-cognitive sciences. We invite papers touching upon one or more approaches, including but not limited to re-enactment and reconstruction, citizen science and ‘epistemologies of the South’, co-creation and artistic work, enactivism and activism, with a focus on how knowledge and understanding are generated, stabilized and shared in these fields of investigation.

Convenors: Henk Borgdorff, Leiden University, Sven Dupré, Utrecht University, 
Peter Peters, Maastricht University

If you would want to discuss your abstract with us, please send us an email. We would be happy if you could forward this call for papers to anyone you think might be interested.

The deadline for submissions is 29st February 2020

Abstracts should be submitted using the abstract submission platform

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