Subjectivity, governance, and changing conditions of knowledge production in the life sciences

Autor(en)
Lisa Sigl
Abstrakt

Knowledge producers are ascribed a key role for societal development today, as they produce a key resource for knowledge-based societies. Even as the institutional, social, and cultural environments of research change (c.f. “evaluation society,” “aca-demic capitalism”), we know surprisingly little about how this results in different research practices and knowledge. Building on experiences of studying research cul-tures in the life sciences, I argue in this paper that by studying researchers’ subjecti-fication, we learn how changing conditions are actually translated into a transforma-tion of research processes and about the role of researchers as active agents in this transformation. Put differently, I investigate how we can study subjectification as a locus of change in research cultures. I discuss possible methodological cornerstones of using subjectification as conceptual approach for studying research cultures. Along some analytical extracts, I further demonstrate how this enables us to see tacit forms of governance in cultures of knowledge production.

Organisation(en)
Forschungsplattform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice, Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung
Journal
Subjectivity
Band
12
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-019-00069-6
Publikationsdatum
2019
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
Wissenschaftsforschung
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
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Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/subjectivity-governance-andchanging-conditions-ofknowledge-production-inthelife-sciences(144d5079-3241-4adb-a64b-42098ae64933).html