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
Francisca Grommé and Evelyn Ruppert published their article ‘Population Geometries of Europe: The Topologies of Data Cubes and Grids‘ in Science, Technology, & Human Values. The article examines the ongoing formation of data infrastructures (‘cubes’ and ‘grids’) and suggests that these enable postnational enactments of Europe’s populations and territories. It proposes the term ‘methodological topologies’[…]
During March 2019, Evelyn is a visiting professor with the Technologies and Practice group at the IT University Copenhagen. In addition to presenting at workshops and seminars she is also delivering a keynote at the Big Data and the Power of Narrative seminar on 21 March.
IT University of Copenhagen hosts a release party for the book “Ethnography for a Data-Saturated World”
The IT University of Copenhagen will be hosting an ‘ethnography happy hour’ to celebrate the release of the book “Ethnography of a Data-Saturated World” published by Manchester University Press, edited by Hannah Knox and Dawn Nafus. The book includes a chapter authored by ARITHMUS project members Francisca Grommé, Evelyn Ruppert, and Baki Cakici, titled ‘Data[…]
Evelyn presents at Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Seminar at the University of Edinburgh
Different Data Futures On 28 January 2019 Evelyn is making a presentation at a Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Seminar at the University of Edinburgh. Her presentation covers her ongoing work on an ‘experiment in citizen data.’
Francisca Grommé publishes a video on the practicalities of doing an ethnography of data science. The video is made by Sage for teaching purposes and is called ‘Studying Data Mining Practices: An Ethnography of Dutch Policy & Problem Youth’ (preview).
Francisca will present at workshop ‘Put to the Test: Critical Evaluations of Testing’, London, 10-11 December
The event will take place in London, and is organised by Noortje Marres and David Stark of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. More information about the workshop and registration can be found here. The workshop brings together scholars from across science & technology studies (STS), sociology and related fields to discuss new[…]
Evelyn Ruppert and Digital Interaction Designer Dawid Górny recently published an essay on the platform, Medium.com. ‘Reflections on a collaboration: How do we know who we are?‘ is a 4-part essay and series of visualisations about how they collaborated to design an interactive installation to visualise Europe as part of the ‘Who are We?’ programme curated by[…]
Ville Takala PhD awarded: A neoliberalisation of social data? Big Data and the future of official statistics
This past summer Ville Takala successfully passed his PhD viva. His dissertation, ‘A neoliberalisation of social data? Big Data and the future of official statistics’, explores responses to Big Data within National Statistical Institutes (NSIs). He suggests that Big Data signals not just an increasing privatisation of data production and related infrastructures, but also an increasing[…]