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.
January 10, 2019, 100-200 words to be sent to
Lea Enslev: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of paper acceptance:
Participation & Registration
Participation is free and coffee and lunch will be provided during the two-day event.
Brit Ross Winthereik, IT University of Copenhagen,
Klaus Hoeyer, University of Copenhagen,
Maja Hojer Bruun, Aalborg University
THE SEMINAR IS SPONSORED BY INDEPENDENT RESEARCH FUND DENMARK, ERC, AND THE VELUX FOUNDATION.