The Canadian Network for Science and Democracy groups thinkers and practitioners broadly focused on science and technology in democratic society, and for scholars who advance their thinking through deeply contextual approaches and with patterned and thick description.
It is inspired by the Science and Democracy Network which advances scholarship operating under the idiom of co-production. In States of Knowledge (2004), Sheila Jasanoff presented us with an "idiom” for sense-making that moved against the grain of dominant patterns of thought which carve the world into nature and culture, science and politics, and so on. The idiom of co-production, accordingly, bridges a range of critical frameworks from biopolitics to feminist philosophy of science; it also provides us analytical purchase on complex phenomena such as global climate change, which are necessarily entanglements among people, ideas and ideologies, material objects and institutions.
The scholars united under this virtual domain work on pressing democratic questions involving phenomena that necessitate consideration of their complex and historic entanglements. For example, thinking about how to responsibly design machine “intelligence” necessarily requires thinking about the gendered nature of computer labour and long-standing technological inequities. Or, thinking about how to power the world’s future at once requires finding ways of accounting for claims to unceded land and alternative conceptions of environmental “resources.”