Open Ethnographic Archiving as Feminist, Decolonizing Practice

It has been a long time coming (I submitted an abstract to the initial CFP way back in 2018 before I had begun my fieldwork!) but I recently had an article published in the feminist technoscience journal, Catalyst. In it, I detail my approach and reason for using the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE) open source software in my dissertation project. The article was part of a special section of Catalyst that I encourage you to also check out!

Abstract

Dubbed Silicon Savannah, Nairobi has become a hot spot of tech development that promises to “save Africa.” Qualitative research—carried out by a tangle of private, academic, and non-profit organizations—is part of the work, promising to reveal how people in Kenya are building and benefiting from a dazzling array of digital products. Amidst the enthusiasm, longstanding problems with ways in which research data in Nairobi is conceived, collected, and shared are easily glossed over. This article advances thinking about the politics of qualitative data, unraveling normative concepts like ethics and transparency by both examining existing data practices and modeling alternatives. I describe the sociotechnical infrastructure underlying the ethnographic project, detailing tactics for deploying an instance of open source software—the Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography (PECE)—to draw research interlocutors into collaborative effort to understand and build decolonized qualitative data infrastructures. Through such processes I learned that collaborating on data not only refreshes the social contract of qualitative work; it can also enhance its robustness and validity. I advise scholars to better document our own knowing practices in order to attend to the inevitability of margins created through all data practices, including our own. Read the full piece here!

Open Call: Editorial Assistant, Backchannels 4S committee, Global South section

The Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) is looking for an STS grad student, postdoc or junior scholar from the Global South (particularly from Africa) who can contribute as an assistant in the Backchannels 4S Committee. The person will be expected to share and disseminate (re-blogging) STS news from/about the southern hemisphere in the form of short academic writings. Besides some editorial skills, the assistant will encourage authors to contribute with their works about report-backs in STS from the global South. The Committee plans to collect, edit and publish 13-14 writings for 2019-2020. The volunteer will assist the collection, editing and publication of the writings in Backchannels.

This is an opportunity to become part of a collaborative network, that works voluntarily and with an excellent academic group, to become familiar with editorial tasks, and to get to know the STS community around the world.  We are looking for someone interested in being in this position for at least two years.

If you are interested, please send a short CV and a one-side letter expressing your interest to [mariaelisatorrescarrasco@gmail.com] & [gloria.baigorrotegui@usach.cl] by 7 February 2020.

CFA: Workshop on “Participant Observation and Collaboration in STS Ethnography” (April 2018)

Reposting this call for those who might be interested…

Call for application for an early career workshop on:

“Participant Observation and Collaboration in STS Ethnography: Generating
Methodographic Sensibilities for Science & Technology Studies”

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