Sarah de Rijcke

Assistant professor
Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Leiden University

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dr. Sarah de Rijcke is assistant professor at the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS, Leiden University). She has a background in pychology, history of science, and science and technology studies (STS).

Put very broadly, Sarah investigates the ways in which authoritative knowledge emerges and is valued as such. At CWTS, her work focuses on the impact of research evaluation and quantitative measurement techniques on the primary process of knowledge production.

Sarah worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Virtual Knowledge Studio in Amsterdam from April 2009 until March 2011. Together with Anne  Beaulieu, she worked on a project called Network Realism: Making Knowledge from Images in Digital Infrastructures. The project investigated databases of visual images on the web. Leading questions for the post-doc research were: through which practices do images come to be things to be acted upon? How are these interactive practices learned by users and producers of databases of images? What is the place of this new kind of knowing in daily life and contemporary culture? The ethnographic study of interactions with databases provided insight into the specific ways in which users and producers come to know through networked images, in contrast to other forms of visual knowing.

Sarah received her PhD (with honors) from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The dissertation focused on different visual ways of knowing the brain, in relation to changing notions of objectivity. De Rijcke was a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2007. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including History of the Human Sciences, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Library Trends and Theory & Psychology (with Anne Beaulieu), and the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences. While working on her PhD, Sarah also worked as a lecturer.

Sarah was a visiting research fellow at the University of California San Diego, department of communication studies in 2010, and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2007. She is a member of the editorial board of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.

Publications

de Rijcke, Sarah and Anne Beaulieu. 2011. "Image as interface: Consequences for users of museum knowledge." Library Trends, 59 (3).

de Rijcke, Sarah and Anne Beaulieu. 2007. "Taking a good look at why images don't speak for themselves." Theory and Psychology, 17 (5): 733-742.

de Rijcke, Sarah and Anne Beaulieu. 2004. "De grenzen van inzichtelijkheid. Waarom wetenschappelijke afbeeldingen niet vanzelf spreken." Academische Boekengids, 47, 13-15.

Presentations

de Rijcke, Sarah and Anne Beaulieu. 2010. "Networked Knowledge and Epistemic Authority in the Development of Virtual Museums: Who is Entitled to Know?" 6th Annual CRESC Conference: The Social Life Of Methods. 31 August-3 September. St Hugh's College, Oxford.

Beaulieu, Anne and Sarah de Rijcke. 2009. "Le terrain, le web et l'image: étude ethnographique du "savoir visuel"." First International Visual Methods Conference, 2010, September 15-17. 2009, December 2. Leeds, UK Groupe de recherche sur l‘image en sociologie, Centre d‘etudes sur l'actuel et le quotidien, Université René Descartes, Sorbonne Paris V.

Beaulieu, Anne and Sarah de Rijcke. 2009. "Le terrain, le web et l'image: étude ethnographique du "savoir visuel"." 2009, December 2. Groupe de recherche sur l‘image en sociologie, Centre d‘etudes sur l'actuel et le quotidien, Université René Descartes, Sorbonne Paris V.

Beaulieu, Anne and Sarah de Rijcke. 2009. "Mediated ethnography and the study of networked images – or how to study 'networked realism' as visual knowing." First International Visual Methods Conference, 2010, September 15-17. 2009, September 15. Leeds, UK.

de Rijcke, Sarah. 2009. "Databasing the Arts. The Enactment of Art Objects in Networked Infrastructures." Computers and the History of Art (CHArt), ‘Object and Identity in a Digital Age’, 2010, November 12-13. 2009, November 13. Birbeck, University of London, UK.

de Rijcke, Sarah and Anne Beaulieu. 2009. "Netwerk Realisme. Kennisproductie rond beelden in digitale infrastructuren." 2009, October 6. Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

de Rijcke, Sarah and Anne Beaulieu. 2009. "Netwerk Realisme. Kennisproductie rond beelden in digitale infrastructuren." 2009, April 16. Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

de Rijcke, Sarah and Anne Beaulieu. 2009. "Network Realism. Making Knowledge from Images in Digital Infrastructure." The Society for Social Studies of Science 2009 Annual Meeting, 2009, October 28-31. 2009, October 31. Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington, DC, USA.

de Rijcke, Sarah, Anne Beaulieu, and Bas van Heur. 2009. "New sites of knowledge production: examining expertise in heterogeneous networks." Participating in a mediated world. Conference organized by the Platform for Communication, Media and Information. 2009, November 27. Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Trippenhuis, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.