[MyData & Open Data] Fwd: Fw: DATA POWER conference CfP, 22nd & 23rd June 2015, Sheffield, UK

Sally Deffor sally.deffor at okfn.org
Tue Nov 4 14:19:34 UTC 2014

Potentially of interest.


*From:* Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) <
MECCSA at JISCMAIL.AC.UK> on behalf of Helen Kennedy <h.kennedy at SHEFFIELD.AC.UK
*Sent:* 03 November 2014 15:13
*Subject:* Fwd: DATA POWER conference CfP, 22nd & 23rd June 2015,
Sheffield, UK


A two-day, international conference

*Date:* Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd JUNE 2015

*Venue:* University of Sheffield, UK

Data make many promises. Through data, we can access opinions, feelings,
behaviours, people, in real time, at great volume and at great speed.
Tracking data is the holy grail*. *Data have the potential to transform all
aspects of society, making all of its operations more efficient. Big data
represent opportunities for social researchers to enhance understanding of
human behaviour. The numbers speak for themselves.

But what is the cost of the data delirium (van Zoonen)? What kind of power
is enacted when data are employed by governments and security agencies to
monitor populations or by private corporations to accumulate knowledge
about consumers in an increasingly ‘knowing capitalism’ (Thrift)? Because
contemporary forms of data mining and analytics open up the potential for
new, unaccountable and opaque forms of population management in a growing
range of social realms, questions urgently need to be asked not only about
who gets access to data and whose privacy is invaded, but also about
control, discrimination, and social sorting – about data power. We also
need to ask about the possibility of agency in the face of data power, of
social groups sidestepping the dominating interests of big business and big
government in our increasingly big-data-driven world.

This conference creates a space to reflect on these and other critical
issues relating to data’s ever more ubiquitous power. Keynote speakers
include these fantastic commentators on data power:

·      Mark Andrejevic, Center for Critical and Cultural Studies,
University of Queensland, author of AOIR book award winner *Infoglut *

·      Nick Couldry, London School of Economics, author and editor of 11
books & numerous articles, including ‘Big data from the bottom up’ (*Big
Data and Society*);

·      Kate Crawford, Microsoft Social Media Research Collective, author of
numerous articles on big data and *Understanding the Internet: Language,
Technology, Media, Power *(forthcoming) (participation to be confirmed);

·      José van Dijck, Comparative Media Studies, University of Amsterdam,
author of *The Culture of Connectivity *(2013);

·      Alison Hearn, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University
of Western Ontario, author of numerous articles on data, labour and

·      Richard Rogers, Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam,
author of ICA book award winner *Digital Methods* (2013);

·      Evelyn Ruppert, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College,
University of London, author (with Engin Isin) of *Being Digital
Citizens *(forthcoming)
& editor of *Big Data and Society*;

·      Joseph Turow, Annenberg School of Communication, University of
Pennslyvania, author of *The Daily You* (2012), amongst many other

Papers are invited on the following – and other relevant – topics:

   - The political economy of data
   - Data cultures (data and the cultural industries, data journalism)
   - Data and the production of subjectivity and identity
   - Theorising data
   - The politics of data visualisation
   - Data labour
   - Emotional data
   - The social life of data and data-driven methods
   - The politics of open and linked data
   - Data-driven governance, surveillance and control
   - Data and discrimination
   - The regulation of data mining
   - Data citizens
   - Resistance, agency, appropriation.


·      Whilst we welcome papers of all kinds, please note that this
conference focuses on critical questions about data’s power. Papers which
do not address critical, social questions will not be accepted.

·      Submit 250 word paper proposals to
data-power-conference at sheffield.ac.uk by 16th January 2015. Decisions will
be communicated by 30th January 2015.

·      The conference fee is £120 waged (approx. $190 / 150 euro, £80
unwaged/student (approx. $130 / 100 euro).

·      The conference will launch the special issue of *The European
Journal of Cultural Studies* edited by Mark Andrejevic, Alison Hearn and
Helen Kennedy, entitled ‘Data Mining and Analytics’.

·      DATA POWER is hosted by the University of Sheffield’s Digital
Society Network, and the Department of Sociological Studies, both in the
Faculty of Social Sciences.

·      The Steel City of Sheffield is one of the UK’s largest cities, close
to the Peak District National Park in the heart of England, and with a
fantastic cultural and creative life.

 Professor Helen Kennedy
Department of Sociological Studies / Faculty of Social Sciences
Elmfield, Northumberland Road
Sheffield S10 2TU
T: 0114 2226488
E: h.kennedy at sheffield.ac.uk

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