Participatory knowledge production 2.0: Critical views and experiences

1 November 2010


Participatory knowledge production 2.0: Critical views and experiences

Workshop organized by Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio, Maastricht, 23 March 2011

 In recent years, much attention has been given to the ways in which new applications of digital technologies (sometimes called social networking or Web 2.0 or crowd sourcing) enable more and better participation in the creation and production of knowledge across a variety of domains. This can include areas where citizens and fans have long participated such as politics, entertainment and cultural heritage, as well as those domains where the boundary between expert and amateur is more tightly guarded such as in medicine, science and scholarship.

For this one-day workshop, the Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio (see and follow the link to Maastricht) seeks contributions which critically examine the notion of ‘participatory knowledge production’ in the digital age from a variety of perspectives. Is participation distributed equally across social groups, cultures, countries or world regions? Is there evidence of changing relationships amongst and between experts and amateurs? How do software and hardware combine with social processes to structure participation? What happens to the invisible labour of those occupations such as sound engineers and copy editors?  Are new forms of invisible labour emerging? Does the nature of participation or of knowledge change if mediated by (different) digital technologies? Can ‘participation’ better be seen as the new (multi-directional) surveillance?

We particularly welcome contributions which combine empirical data with theoretical reflection, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We also welcome contributions which critically examine the terms of these debates. The organizers will explore ways of publishing some or all of the papers. 

The workshop is organized by Sally Wyatt and colleagues from the Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio.


  • Send abstracts of 500 words to José Cornips ( by 8 December.
  • Participants will be notified by the end of the year.
  • Those selected will be required to submit extended abstracts/short papers (of 3000 words) by 1 March.
  • These will be distributed to all participants prior to the workshop which will be held in Maastricht on 23 March 2011.
  • Participation is free but no funding is available to support travel or accommodation.

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