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
We are pleased to announce our forthcoming edited collection with contributions co-authored by ARITHMUS researchers. The book, Data Practices: Making Up a European People, edited by Evelyn Ruppert and Stephan Scheel, will be published in September 2021 by Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press. The book addresses how EU data practices establish and assign people to categories, and how[…]
Evelyn Ruppert and co-author Engin Isin have published a second edition of their book, Being Digital Citizens (2020, Rowman Littlefield International). The second edition demonstrates the continuing relevance and pertinence of the book’s novel theory of digital acts and digital citizens through extensive research and analysis of major political struggles over digital technologies and data[…]
Francisca was interviewed by Statistics Netherland (CBS) in February about the ARITHMUS project. A report on the interview, ‘How data determine who are the people of Europe,’ was published on the CBS corporate website.
On 29 October, Evelyn will be participating on a panel on ‘Trust and the role of official statistics in the future.’ Her presentation is on ‘forging participatory state‐citizen relations for trusted statistics.’ Paris21 – Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century – promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world.[…]
Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights (2019) co-edited by Didier Bigo, Engin Isin, and Evelyn Ruppert, is now Open Access and available for downloading here. The book will be discussed at an event hosted by the Mile End Institute (Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)). A panel will feature three speakers from the book: Engin Isin (QMUL) will chair[…]
Francisca talked about how postcolonial data infrastructures and practices affect how we come to understand socio-economic (in)justice at ‘Data Power 2019: Global In/securities’. Her talk was titled ‘Postcolonial data infrastructures: assessments of data quality and ‘culture’ in the Caribbean Netherlands’.
Francisca Grommé talks about entrepreneurial innovation repertoires and their relation to ‘experimental facts’ in her presentation titled ‘Scraping the internet economy: statistics as product?’ The conference brings together scholars and practitioners on the theme ‘Political epistemologies of big data’.
On 2 July, Evelyn delivered a keynote on citizen engagement to the plenary meeting of the EU directors of methodology and IT. The meeting, held at the Eurostat offices in Luxembourg, focused on ‘Trusted Smart Statistics’. Evelyn’s keynote addressed the theme of the meeting by speaking to two recent articles written for international statistics journals: Citizen[…]