::fibreculture:: Data Politics and Power: Workshop with Professor Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths)

Ned Rossiter ned at nedrossiter.org
Wed Nov 30 02:40:47 CET 2016

Digital Life Research Program
Institute for Culture and Society
Western Sydney University

Data Politics and Power
Workshop with Professor Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths)

Date: 8 December 2016
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: EB.2.18, Parramatta Campus
Convenors: Ned Rossiter and Liam Magee

Before assemblages and agency, rights and privacy, access and
distribution, there is data. The politics of data presupposes a
political frame that serves as a template through which digital
conditions are made intelligible and actionable. Data politics, by
contrast, are a generative force that make possible ‘worlds, subjects
and rights’. For Evelyn Ruppert, Engin Isin and Didier Bigo, data
politics contribute to the ‘transformation of data subjects into data
citizens’ (forthcoming 2017). We might also draw connections between
data politics and debates in German media theory (Kittler), Canadian
communications (Innis), data ontologies and the materiality and technics
of communication more broadly. This workshop explores these ideas and
encourages participants to cast their own research in terms of data

Evelyn Ruppert is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of
London. She studies the sociology of data specifically in relation to
how different kinds of digital data are constituted and mobilised to
enact and govern populations. Evelyn is PI of a five-year European
Research Council funded project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people
(ARITHMUS; 2014-19). She is also Founding and Editor-in-chief of a SAGE
open access journal, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary
Inquiries, launched in June 2014. Recent books are Being Digital
Citizens (authored with Engin Isin) published in April 2015 (RLI
International) and Modes of Knowing (edited with John Law) published in
August 2016 (Mattering Press).

Participant numbers are limited. Preparatory readings by Evelyn Ruppert
will be mailed separately to participants.

Light catering will be provided.

Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/z7tz8k3

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