Seventeen Theses on DIY Science
An opening provocation to the 'DIY Science: the challenges of quality' at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra 16-5-15
- diy science doesn't happen inside walls with armed guards [note: this refers to the workshop venue]
- the question of quality is really a question of objectivity
- leaving the scientific hegemony doesn't mean pure relativism; that is scare tactics
- use donna haraway's situated knowledge: objectivity is about particular embodiment, not the god trick
- "only partial perspective promises objective vision" (haraway)
- the question of DIY science is a question of self-governance: learn from other struggles e.g. luddites
- 'open' alone won't save science; learn from open data that does bad as well as good
- cultivate disrespect for scientific authority (not dismissal, based on historical contingency of knowledge)
- book proposal: "the joy of empirical discovery" modelled on alex comfort's 1972 book "the joy of sex"
- science is weak, so it's a good time to be pushing
- DIY science is based on social justice - DIY science should always 'punch up'
- beware recuperation: we don't do deconstruction to benefit the religious rightwing #1980s
- the hack-fab complex could be an opening for neoliberalism c.f. squatting. beware assimilation!
- DIY science & repression: when you start to make a difference there will be arrests. what are you willing to risk?
- DIY science should seek social movements
- DIY science is transformative: coming to know should change the knower. find affinity with indigenous communities
- the universe is a trickster. "Feminist objectivity makes room for ironies at the heart knowledge production"