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Ignorance Mobilization – Joanne Gaudet

I’ve just come across the work of Joanne Gaudet, a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa who has been working on issues of ignorance and the productivity of ignorance from a sociological — and especially sociology of science — point of view. She has a website with a number of interesting looking working papers at http://www.ignorancemobilization.com.

She defines ‘ignorance mobilisation’ as follows:

Ignorance Mobilization
“The use of the borders and the limits of knowing, including the intentional and the unintentional consideration or bracketing out of what is not known, towards the achievement of goals (i.e., social, cultural, political, professional, and economic)”
(Gaudet, 2012, Gaudet et al., 2012)

Ignorance mobilization complements ‘knowledge mobilization’ in the social scientific investigation of research and innovation.


  1. Ignorance is quite an interesting object of study indeed… for sociologists and anthropologists. Thank you so much for co-editing ‘The Anthropology of Ignorance’ – it is an outstanding resource. I just recently uploaded a working paper to my website, a co-authored piece with Stefanie Czub. We explored ignorance communication in veterinary research journal papers. http://www.ignorancemobilization.com/images/gaudet.czub.2012.ignorance.communication.in.veterinary.research.pdf.

    • Hi Joanne

      Thanks for the comment, the kind words about the book, and for the link to your paper, which provides another interesting example of ‘ignorance mobilization’. I’ll look out for more ignorance-related work from you in future.

      All the best,


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