Overview

Fall 2014: Mondays, 2-4:50P, 223 Gregory Hall  –  Anita Say Chan 

  • col·lab·o·ra·tion |kəˌlabəˈrāSHən| noun joint production (to labor together) 1:  to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor 2:  to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one’s country and especially an occupying force 3:  to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected.

Collaboration has emerged as an essential – if enormously fraught -stake for contemporary ecologies and economies of knowledge production. While it has long been central in the development of knowledge practices and data collection in the modern sciences, new information infrastructures have extended potentials for knowledge sharing and learning across communities of difference in diverse fields. This course will explore the politics of collaboration in knowledge work, considering the continuing promise and problem that surround distributed collaborations in data collection, archive building, and analysis – but that now express themselves in new inter-disciplinary ventures (including “biodiversity informatics,” “para-taxonomy,” and “big data” itself) that invite distinct forms of global participation from diverse lay-experts and publics. Key to the course will be a consideration of emergent experiments in collaborative interventions by transnational hacktivist groups, global citizen labs, and lay science networks.

Contact: Anita Say Chan, 228 Gregory Hall, Rm. 235 (office), Office Hours: T: 10:30-11:30A, asaychan at gmail dot com (email); wrongrrl (twitter); anitacks (wordpress).