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 book brings together ethnographic work about, and in collaboration with, data scientists in different domains. Our chapter ‘Data Scientists: A new faction of the transnational field of statistics’ is about the emergence of the ‘iStatistician’ through a politics of method. The book is published by Manchester University Press, and edited by Hannah Knox and[…]
Evelyn is an invited speaker at the 104th European Director Generals of Statistics Conference (DGINs) Conference, this year hosted by the National Institute of Statistics, Romania from 10-11 October 2018. Her presentation, Different Data Futures: An Experiment in Citizen Data, proposed that in a time of ‘alternative facts’, what constitutes legitimate knowledge and expertise are major political[…]
Former visiting researcher with ARITHMUS (November 2016) Anna-Lena Hoh, successfully defended her PhD thesis at the University of Maastricht on 26 September. Her thesis, ‘Counting for EU enlargement? Census-taking in Croatia, Bosnia and Macedonia’, assesses the census processes in these three Western Balkan countries, which are all (or in the case of Croatia were) part of[…]
On 25 September, Evelyn visited the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) Heerlen office to speak about ARITHMUS and to deliver a lecture on citizen data. Her lecture discussed an experiment to design a ‘citizen data app’ for co-producing data with citizens at all stages of production of official statistics.
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[…]