The registration for the 3rd seminar of the Research Network for the Anthropology of Technology is now open.
Big Data and the Power of Narrative
The promise of big data is sweeping across the sciences, and the everyday practices that are the object of anthropology are increasingly leaving data traces. Scholars talk about a ‘datafication’ of social life and see in the digitalization new ways of predicting behaviour and understanding sociality. A range of technologies are involved in the datafication of everyday life operating to a large extent through the internet of things, AI, the interconnected devices monitoring and regulating everything from our health to finances and reputation, to our energy use, transport, and the food chain infrastructures that sustain our lives. How might we understand the implications of this datafication of everyday life? How might we explore the emerging political and economic contours? How does datafication influence what counts as true and worth knowing? Can anthropology and adjacent fields have a special role in providing narratives about the things that escape datafication? In this symposium we invite ethnographers to explore these questions and reflect on what ethnography stood to gain from embracing the data abundance and what big data analytics could learn from ethnography.
The seminar will be held on 21-22 March, 2019 at the IT University of Copenhagen. Participation is free, and coffee and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Please follow the link on the Antech website to register:
Deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 10 January, 2019. Please send short abstracts of 100-200 words to Lea Enslev: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of acceptance: February 2019
Joe Dumit, University of California, Davis
Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki
Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths
For more information about the seminar and program see the attached invitation and call for papers.
Please feel free to forward this invitation to relevant colleagues.
Brit Winthereik, Klaus Høyer and Maja Hojer Bruun