David Pontille’s research works are at the crossroad of science and technology studies, workplace studies and anthropology of writing. His first research about scientific authorship aimed at a twofold objective: to specify the formal and informal criteria for name ordering of scientific articles, and to identify conceptions of author that are different both from the literature definition and from the “counting” description promoted by scientometric analysis. Afterwards the enquiry was enlarged to other writing devices in several professional settings: the manufacture of deeds in the work of bailiffs, the production of large databases in biomedical sciences, the conception and maintenance of a brand new wayfinding system in the Paris subway. By addressing the performativity of writing devices, the aim was to bring to the forefront practices that are largely overlooked by approaches focussed on textuality and interpretation only.
David Pontille joined CSI in 2012, and he is currently working on the conditions of production and maintenance of different information infrastructures. In close collaboration with Jérôme Denis, he analysis infrastructures dedicated to urban mobilities and to the daily maintenance of streets. With Didier Torny, he investigates infrastructures that support different research evaluation policies, and he is particularly interested in what a scientific contribution is, regarding the actual transformations of authorship attribution related to fraud allegations.
Member of the Executive Council and Secretary of the learned society that publishes Revue d’Anthropologie des Connaissances since 2007, he also co-leads a blog dedicated to ordinary writing practices: scriptopolis.
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