Call for Papers: Workshop “Anthropocene and Citizen Science: Evidence Gained through the ‘Opening-up’ of Academic Knowledge Production?” (19.–20.07.2018, München)

The workshop “Anthropocene and Citizen Science: Evidence Gained through the ‘Opening-up’ of Academic Knowledge Production?” will take place on 19th and 20th July 2018 at Deutsches Museum in Munich:

Both the Anthropocene debate and citizen science projects are examples of the societal “opening-up” of academic knowledge production that leads to heterogeneous configurations in different ways. Using these two examples, the workshop aims to explore the question of whether and how such accessible and heterogeneous contexts affect the generation of evidence through scientific methods and practices.

Today, the discussion about the age of humans has long escaped the confines of the earth and life sciences and, as some have criticized, has virtually developed into scientific “pop-culture.” Although scholars of numerous disciplines are involved in this discussion, the Anthropocene has also become an issue of public debates being led in the mass media as well as in science museums, art galleries, and blogs. In this current age, in which humans and their behavior have become the most important geological factor, climate change, species extinction, and ecosystem transformations mark some of the downsides of economic and social upheaval.


The workshop is organized by the two projects Evidence Practices at the Interstice of Sciences, Humanities, and the Public: The Anthropocene Debate and Evidence in Citizen Science: Between Non-Certified Expertise, Professional Supervision and Mechanization, which together form the tandem Entanglement – Science Communities. Both projects are part of the DFG Research Group 2448, Evidence Practices in Science, Medicine, Technology, and Society. The workshop is funded by the German Research Foundation and will take place from 19 to 20 July 2018 at the Kerschensteiner Kolleg of the Deutsches Museum, Munich. Food and drinks will be provided. All participants will be accommodated at the Kerschensteiner Kolleg and will be reimbursed for their travel expenses.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018.

For more information, check the full Call for Papers.