This question can be approached theoretically, as generations of philosophers and social scientists have done, to understand the social and cultural aspects of Europeans as a people. With the support of an ERC Consolidator Grant (2014-19) led by Professor Evelyn Ruppert at Goldsmiths, University of London we are studying this as a practical and political problem of government that is currently facing EU statisticians and policy makers as they grapple with harmonising and standardising enumeration methods and data across member states to make one European population. Yet, by so doing—intentionally or otherwise—they also contribute to the making of a European people. This, at least, is the central thesis of the project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS). While typically framed as a methodological or statistical problem, ARITHMUS approaches this as a practical and political problem of assembling multiple national populations into a population and political subjectivity called a European people. Read more
The ARITHMUS team is happy to announce the release of its third working paper. The paper is titled ‘Regarding the Constants of Nature and of Art’ is freely available for download here. As big data discourses become more dominant in census discussions among European National Statistics Institutes, it is productive to look back at a[…]
Funda Ustek-Spilsda will be presenting with Marja Alastalo (Uni. of Eastern Finland) in Baki’s panel on software sorted subjectivities of asylum seekers. More specifically: how various levels of inclusion and exclusion of asylum seekers happens through software. Baki Cakici will present “Knowing the whole: personal identification number as statistical infrastructure” in the panel titled “Data[…]
In a blogpost titled ‘Is Facebook the future of the national census?‘ Francisca Grommé writes about the diversification in organisations counting populations and their methods. She argues that experimentation with big data by statistical agencies and other organisations can affect how people are able to influence how they are counted, categorised and governed.
As part of her Honorary Chair at EUR, Evelyn delivered the third ‘Van Doornlezing’ on 14 June 2018 at the ‘Dag van de Sociologie’ conference of the Dutch and Flemish Sociological Associations. The lecture, ‘Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Different Data Futures: An experiment in citizen data’ has been published and is available here. The text also[…]
As part of an ongoing interest in non-individualised academic practices, ARITHMUS and LSE colleagues organised a day of structured group writing on June 11, 2018 (see Murray and Newton, 2009).
How might citizen-generated data contribute to rethinking the fundamental assumption in official statistics that residence, home and work are aligned in a single state? This is the question of an ongoing experiment being conducted by ARITHMUS at the Department of Sociology on the category of ‘usual residents’, an international standard for defining a population base.[…]
Stephan Scheel and Funda Ustek Spilda contributed to University of Oxford, Faculty of Law’s Border Criminologies blog, with a piece titled “Big Data, Big Promises: Revisiting Migration Statistics in Context of the Dataficication of Everything.” Their piece is part of the Border Criminologies themed series ‘Migrant Digitalities and the Politics of Dispersal’ edited by Glenda[…]
On 17 May 2018 all ARITHMUS researchers participated in the seminar ‘Research Collaboration – Reflections on Theories, Concepts, Methods, Practices’ which was attended by four ERC funded teams. In their presentation they reflected on the challenges of overcoming methodological nationalism (see Working Paper no. 1). The seminar was held at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced[…]