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3rd Seminar. Big Data and the power of narrative, 21-22 March 2019

Big Data and the Power of Narrative

Big Data and the Power of Narrative

Organized by Brit Ross Winthereik (IT University of Copenhagen), Klaus Hoeyer (University of Copenhagen), and Maja Hojer Bruun (Aalborg University) the “Big Data and the Power of Narrative” seminar is a part of The Research Network for the Anthropology of Technology seminar series. The seminar will take place over two days on 21-22 March 2019 at the IT University of Copenhagen with keynote lectures as well as paper presentations.


March 21-22, 2019


IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S

Key note speakers:

  • Joe Dumit, University of California, Davis,

  • Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki,

  • Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths



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.



We welcome papers that address the seminar theme.


Abstract deadline:

January 10, 2019, 100-200 words to be sent to
Lea Enslev: leen@itu.dk


Notification of paper acceptance:

February 2019


Participation & Registration

Participation is free and coffee and lunch will be provided during the two-day event.

Please register for the seminar here



Brit Ross Winthereik, IT University of Copenhagen,
Klaus Hoeyer, University of Copenhagen,
Maja Hojer Bruun, Aalborg University




Link to invitation (pdf)