Call for Proposals
The call for new forms of participation has become common in the public sphere, promising renewed forms of public engagement, more efficient industrial processes, and more democratic decision-making processes. Technological innovation is a particular case when considering current discourses of participation. It is both problematised as needing more developed or open forms of participation, and proposed as a mean for experimenting with original participatory formats, for example, in: crowdfunding, citizen science, amateur reviewing/rating, online communities for public debates, consumer participation in (participatory) product design.
The second i3 conference “Participating in innovation, innovating in participation” aims to launch and deepen interdisciplinary discussion on the forms and effects of modes of participation in technological innovation. The principal issues that the conference will address are as follows:
1. Practices and sociotechnical devices
Sociotechnical devices are crucial resources for supporting involvement and participation as interactional accomplishments. These devices comprise participatory instruments such as public dialogue mechanisms, web platforms through which users interact with the content they are interested in, or user-oriented experiments undertaken by private companies.
Sociotechnical devices are inscribed in networks of professionals as well as in institutional landscapes: how can the ecologies they are embedded in, and partly shape, be accounted for? For example, how can one analyse the situations where devices of participation are economic entities circulating in markets, or emerge as topics of public or private expertise?
Analysis of sociotechnical devices can focus on the micro-processes whereby participants make sense of their engagement, possibly in relation with other multiple activities.
2. Economic value of contributions
The outcomes of participatory initiatives may create economic value. For example, the contributions of users on travel, art or food-related websites have economic value for the companies being commented upon, as well as for the web-platform that gathers the users’ opinions.
Case studies of ways for creating value from the voluntary or involuntary contributions of users, including in the forms of digital marks they leave, are especially encouraged.
Analysis of examples could aim at understanding the political and economic dimensions of contemporary practices such as digital labour, crowdfunding, the use of lay expertise or citizen science by private companies or public bodies.
3. Participation as social ordering
Participation can be analysed as a social ordering process, since it allocates roles and responsibilities, makes it possible for some to have their voices heard but not others, and stabilises particular public problems at the expense of others.
These questions may be examined through the analysis of governance practices within emerging communities of practice, and also through the description of the gradual stabilisation of dominant forms of participation.
All sessions will take place at the conference meeting place: Mines ParisTech, 60 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, France, Rooms V115-V116 and V119 (Maurice Allais Rooms)
Thursday 3rd of December 2015
9h30-10h30: Introduction and Keynote:
Prof. Trevor Pinch, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
Produced Users: A Case Study of Amazon.com Product Reviewers
10:30 – 10:45: Coffee
10:45 – 12:30: Sessions 1 and 2
 Spaces of participation-innovation, V119
CHAIR: FLORE BARCELLINI , CNAM
 New forms of governance/ open government, V115
CHAIR: JASON CHILVERS, U. of East Anglia
12:30 - 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 15:30: Sessions 3 and 4
 Participation in the big data era, V119
CHAIR: PIERRE-JEAN BENGHOZI, i3/Ecole Polytechnique
 Conducting technical and industrial projects in participatory ways, V115
CHAIR: FRANCOISE DETIENNE, i3/Télécom ParisTech
15:30 - 16:00: Coffee
16:00 – 17:30: Sessions 5 and 6
 Transforming urban spaces through participation V119
CHAIR: NATHALIE RAULET-CROSET, i3/Ecole Polytechnique
 Collaborative economy, V115
CHAIR: MICHAEL BAKER, i3/Télécom ParisTech
Friday 4th of December 2015
09:00 – 10:00: Welcome and keynote:
Prof. Pierre-Jean Benghozi, Professor at Ecole polytechnique, Commissioner at Arcep
R&D in the creative industries: the hidden... or forgotten innovation
10:00 – 10:15: Coffee
10:15 – 11:45: Sessions 7 and 8
 Citizen science/citizen technology, V119
CHAIR: SEZIN TOPÇU, EHESS
 Innovative devices-(Part 1) , V115
CHAIR: EVA BOXENBAUM, i3/Mines ParisTech
12:00 – 13:00: Roundtable discussion
About Remaking Participation: Science, the Environment and Emergent Publics, co-edited by Jason Chilvers (U. of East Anglia) and Matthew Kearnes (U. of New South Wales)
CHAIRs: Jérôme Denis (i3/Télécom ParisTech), Vololona Rabeharisoa (i3/Mines ParisTech), Sezin Topçu (CEMS, EHESS)
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 15:30: Sessions 9 and 10
 How participation transforms collective organisations, V119
CHAIR: DOMINIQUE PASQUIER i3/Telecom ParisTech
 Innovative devices-(part 2) , V115
CHAIR: CHRISTIAN LICOPPE i3/Telecom ParisTech
16:00 – 17:30: Sessions 11 and 12
 Manufacturing innovating and participating citizens; V119
CHAIR: VALERIE BEAUDOUIN, i3/Telecom ParisTech
 Technology policy, V115
CHAIR: BRICE LAURENT, i3/Mines ParisTech
17:30 – 18:00: Concluding discussion
Organizing and Scientific Committee
Brice Laurent (Mines ParisTech)
Michael Baker (Télécom ParisTech)
Valérie Beaudouin (Télécom ParisTech)
Nathalie Raulet-Croset (Ecole Polytechnique/ IAE U. Paris I)
Romain Badouard (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
Flore Barcellini (CNAM)
Jean-Samuel Beuscart (Orange)
Anni Borzeix (Ecole Polytechnique)
Pierre-Jean Benghozi (Ecole Polytechnique)
Eva Boxenbaum (Mines ParisTech)
Dominique Cardon (Orange)
Jason Chilvers (U. of East Anglia)
Françoise Détienne (Télécom ParisTech)
Christian Licoppe (Telecom ParisTech)
Dominique Pasquier (Telecom ParisTech)
Cécile Méadel (Mines ParisTech)
Sezin Topçu (EHESS)
Jan-Peter Voß (T.U. Berlin).