Research note: From co-location to co-presence: Shifts in the use of ethnography for the study of knowledge

Beaulieu, A., Jun-2010, In : Social Studies of Science. 40, 3, p. 453-470 18 p.

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Ethnography has been successfully deployed in science and technology studies, and more specifically in laboratory studies. By using co-presence rather than co-location as a starting point to conceptualize and articulate fieldwork, new aspects of knowledge production are foregrounded in ethnographic studies. This research note proposes and discusses co-presence as an epistemic strategy that pays close attention to non-lab based knowledge production that can embrace textuality, infrastructure and mediation, and that draws into relief the role of ethnographer as author, participant-observer and scholar. Furthermore, co-presence as an approach to doing fieldwork generates new prospects for the study of knowledge production. It enables STS to develop the ethnographic study of highly mediated, distributed or non-lab-based fields, such as the humanities, e-research and e-science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-470
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Studies of Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2010


  • database, ethnography, e-research, e-science, infrastructure, laboratory studies, methods, networks, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NETWORKS, FIELD, WORK

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