<CPOV> Kick-starting new conversations : The next phase of CPOV
nishant at cis-india.org
Wed May 9 22:32:58 CEST 2012
It has been almost a year since the Critical Point of View (CPOV) reader
came out and it has been such an exciting one. The Reader, edited by
Geert Lovink and Nathaniel Tkacz, and produced by the Institute of
Network Cultures (Amsterdam ) and the Centre for Internet and Society
(Bangalore), has received great reception and has emerged as one of the
key resources to understand the politics of open knowledge vis-a-vis
Wikipedia. However, as the editors mention in the introduction, the
ambition of setting up this group was not to only talk about Wikipedia.
Instead, the idea was to look at Wikipedia as a symptomatic site by
which we build new frameworks and concepts to understand the ways in
which connected and collaborative digital media are rapidly
restructuring the older forms of knowledge production, consumption,
distribution and dissemination.
The Reader has emerged as the first of its kind critical inquiry into
various debates and discussions ranging from geo-politics to governance,
and education to protocols of knowledge production online. While the
Reader maps out the field and introduces the wide range of concerns
around these areas, the editorial and organizing team, along with many
of the participants had felt a growing need for specialised inquiries
into some of the areas that the Reader opens up.
I am writing this email, on behalf of the organizing teams to give a
brief update of how we are planning to take some of the ideas further,
building upon the conversations that started at the workshops but did
not always translate into contributions into the Reader. I am also
writing to elicit responses from other interlocutors, about their own
future plans and also the possible directions that our collective
research can take. The idea is to start a momentum around ideas that we
are invested in and see if new and novel collaborations can happen
between different institutions and locations towards more specialised
research that invokes Wikipedia in its unravelling of practices on the net.
A small and modest project that we, at the Centre for Internet and
Society have initiated, with the University of California, Humanities
Research Institute is titled 'The digital classroom in the time of
Wikipedia'. The project invites various scholars and practitioners to
produce academic essays, practice based case-studies, and regional
snapshots of the growing intersections of technology, pedagogy and
learning in spaces of formal learning within academic institutions. We
are hoping to bring together people from different disciplines and build
upon some of the ideas around education and digital natives, that we
have been working through CPOV and other related topics. If any of you
are interested in looking at the detailed concept note, and think that
you would like to contribute to a special issue for an MIT Press
journal, aimed at March 2013, please do write to me and I will be glad
to share it with you.
Meanwhile, we are also interested, drawing from some of the other work
that has happened at the INC, as well as with CIS' growing relationships
with the Wikipedia community in India, in one area which found a lot of
excitement at the CPOV workshopsand definitely needs more scholarship
and academic attention : This is the question of Governance, Wikipedia
and the changing face of web as we witness it in our contemporary times.
As with the earlier Reader, the intention is to look at Wikipedia as a
concrete site of inquiry, but producing knowledge which has to do with
the much larger form and scope of the Internet. Especially in these
'exciting' times, when we are moving into becoming information
societies, the governance of Wikipedia and other User Generated Content
spaces has become critical because it has direct implications on freedom
of speech and expression, censorship, access to knowledge, open and
collaborative forms of knowledge production, and the larger ideologies
of neo-liberal nexuses which are shaping the internets today. An inquiry
into modes, forms, practice, scale, scope and actors of governance
within the complex and integrated world of Wikipedia, might lead us to
not only unravelling the often mystified back-end of knowledge
production on Wikipedia, but also, perhaps, suggest new manifestos and
ideologies through which we need to revise our older concepts and ideas.
We hope that this area will resonate with many of your current projects
and investment, and it would be great if we could find collaborators who
would want to think through this process with us, form a core editorial
and production team that will help out with fleshing of these ideas,
devising methods for harnessing this knowledge and looking at forms of
production and publication. It might also be fruitful for a handful of
us to come together and form a larger concept note which might serve as
grounds for discussions on this list, leading to knowledge sharing from
different locations. As was the case with CPOV, we hope that our focus
can be global, inviting different and critical perspectives from
different locations in order to question the rhetoric of Universality
that systems like Wikipedia (or Facebook) often produce.
We hope that this longish email shall jog us into conversations and we
are very excited to see how you might shape these discussions.We are
looking forward to finding new collaborators who will help us initiate a
dialogue around these questions and move the project further.
With Geert Lovink & Sunil Abraham
*Nishant Shah* Director - Research
Centre for Internet and Society #194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd Cross,
Bangalore - 560071, India.
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