At:

9.30am – 6pm, Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way SE14 6NW

Figurations: Persons In/Out of Data Conference | Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr. Wendy Chun is giving a keynote speech at the Figurations: Persons In/Out of Data conference on how the intersection of person and data is problematically 'figured' through networks.

"We’re drowning in an ocean of data, or so the saying goes. Data’s “big”: there’s not only lots of it, but its volume has allowed for the development of new, large-scale processing techniques. Our relationship with governments, medical organisations, technology companies, the education sector, and so on are increasingly informed by the data we overtly or inadvertently provide when we use particular services. The proverbial data deluge is large-scale—but it’s also personal. Data promises to personalise services to better meet our individual needs. Data is often construed as a threat to our person(s). Not every person predicated by data is predicted the same. The intersection between data and person isn’t fixed: it has to be figured.

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to explore how the person—or persons, plural—are figured in/out of data. Figuration might encompass any or all of processes of representation, calculation, analogisation, prediction, and conceptualisation. It cuts across multiple scales, epistemological modes, and disciplinary areas of enquiry. It tackles problems that cross into disparate disciplines. Our proposition is that it can help us think and study our increasingly datified present..." 

Speakers:

Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Simon Fraser University

Professor Jane Elliot, University of Exeter

Professor John Frow, The University of Sydney

Professor AbdouMaliq Simone, The University of Sheffield

 

Learn more on about the event on their website.