The goal of this two days workshop, at the University of Geneva, June 1-2, 2018, is to explore the history and current workings of public participation in the production of scientific knowledge as a form of civic and political dissent. Individual citizens and grassroots organisations have long produced and analyzed scientific data about their health and their environment to support social and political dissent. Scholars have been ambivalent about these forms of protest, sometimes casting the reliance on science as empowering (Kullenberg 2016), sometimes highlighting how counter-expertise could be used to govern the critique of science (Topçu 2013). At a time when various forms of “citizen science” are gaining increased visibility, it seems timely to reflect on this part of the history of science and dissent.
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