Querying Collaboration in Artifact Production

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Okune, Angela and Adams, James. 2018. "Querying Collaboration in Artifact Production." In PhD Orals Document: Querying Analyses of Collaboration, created by Angela Okune and James Adams. PhD Orals Document. UC Irvine Anthropology. October.

Essay Metanarrative

This section foregrounds artifacts that have looked at collaborative formations that are part of the production of artifacts (whether they be books, blog posts, journal articles, theses, etc.).

The following description (drafted prior to reading the works) outlines how we were thinking about this particular research life cycle phase:

AO (July 2018): Collaboration at the level of artifact production largely entails co-authoring of various research outputs. These might be monographs or more alternative forms such as documentary films, photo essays, art pieces, etc. I have noted that one response to critiques about the power, privilege and hegemony of Western science and scholarship in the field of Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) has been an increasing number of multiple authorship of papers (with representatives from the global South listed, often as second or third authors) (I have written about this briefly in this paper). This section will include discussions of some of these types of dynamics as well as the possibilities and challenges in collaborative artifact production in these contexts.

This essay is part of a broader orals document querying collaborative formations. Works were categoried under one part of the “research life cycle” as a heuristic. Sub-essays within the orals doc can be accessed directly through the following links: Research Design (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Gathering and Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Analysis (Artifacts | Analysis); Artifact Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Dissemination (Artifacts | Analysis); Political Practice (Artifacts | Analysis).

Angela Okune's Orals Documents in Brief

This essay is part of three orals documents submitted by University of California, Irvine Anthropology doctoral student Angela Okune i n partial...Read more

Leydesdorff, Loet, and Caroline S. Wagner. 2008. “International Collaboration in Science and the Formation of a Core Group.” Journal of Informetrics 2 (4): 317–25.

Abstract: "International collaboration as measured by co-authorship relations on refereed papers grew linearly from 1990 to 2005 in terms of the number of papers, but exponentially in terms of the number of international addresses. This confirms Persson et al.'s [Persson, O., Glänzel, W...Read more

Moody, James. 2004. “The Structure of a Social Science Collaboration Network: Disciplinary Cohesion from 1963 to 1999.” American Sociological Review 69 (2): 213–38.

AO: This 2004 piece by James Moody is preoccupied with whether or not sociology has become more socially integrated over the last 30 years and looks at scientific collaboration networks and how those affect scientific practice.Read more

Cerwonka, Allaine, and Liisa H. Malkki. 2007. Improvising Theory: Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

AO: I've included this book--co-authored by PhD mentor and student--as an example of collaborative writing as well as for its reflections on fieldwork and mentoring.Read more

Nayantara Appleton et al. 2018. “Respect, Care, and Labor in Collaborative Scholarly Projects | Somatosphere.” Somatospher

AO: This Somatosphere blog post touches on many of the issues emerging related to care and labor in collaborative formations that transpired in discussions about the HAU fiasco.Read more

Kaplan, Carey and Cronan, Ellen Rose. "Strange Bedfellows: Feminist Collaboration,"Signs, Vol. 18, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 547-561.

JA: In this article, Carey Kaplan and Ellen Cronan Rose discuss their long-term experiences collaborating together on various writing projects.Read more

Bouka, Yolande. 2018. “Collaborative Research as Structural Violence.” Political Violence at a Glance (blog). July 12, 2018.

AO: This article by Youlande Bouka highlights the risks and ethical challenges of working with diverse transnational teams in collaborative research, esp. the failure to acknowledge the intellectual property of non‐Western scholars during collaborative research.Read more

Leydesdorff, Loet, Caroline Wagner, Han Woo Park, and Jonathan Adams. 2013. “International Collaboration in Science: The Global Map and the Network.” ArXiv:1301.0801 [Cs], January.

AO: This paper found in the Computer Science digital libraries pre-prints section of Cornell University looks at the network of international co-authorship relations and presents a map to visualize international collaboration as defined by co-authored papers.Read more