Activity: Public engagement and outreach › Public speaking engagements
As psychologists, we know that transparency is foundational to scientific inquiry. The credibility of our research claims rests on the transparency of the methods, measures and processes deployed in the research process. But transparency is a concept with a long history. It is rooted in Enlightenment ideals, where visibility and clarity became associated with responsible decision-making predicated on established rules and procedures that are available to all. Indeed, the notion that ‘to see is to know’ now so firmly grounds our current way of being in and understanding the world, it is hard to imagine otherwise. But whilst transparency privileges the visibility of information, does it also mandate the visibility of the self? In this talk, I offer a critical perspective on the pre-eminent status of transparency in research in our contemporary research culture, suggesting we may need to consider how knowledge can come about by means of something other than the disclosures proposed by its agenda.