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’s essay is titled ‘Policing Knowledges and Technologies: Making Aggression Visible‘. The piece discusses how surveillance and security technologies in public transport can shape social spaces for the negotiation of norms and authorities.
On July 15, 2017, Francisca took part in the Colleex Workshop on Ethnographic Experimentation in Lisbon. She gave a talk titled ‘A citizen data app as fieldwork device: reflections on a collaborative practice’, about re-imagining the future of official statistics and ‘workshopping’ as a mode of doing ethnographic research.
Evelyn is participating in a panel on Smart Statistics at the International Statistical Institute’s 2017 Congress in Marrakech, Morocco (16 to 21 July 2017). Her presentation discusses experiments in co-producing data collection platforms with citizens to explore how mechanisms of trust can be at the forefront rather than backend in the development of smart statistics.
The ARITHMUS team is extremely happy to announce the release of its second working paper. The paper is titled ‘Citizen Data and Official Statistics: Background Document to a Collaborative Workshop’ and is freely available for download on our publications page. The paper introduces the notion of ‘citizen data’ as a possible source for (or complementary[…]
On June 29, Francisca gave a talk at the conference ‘The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications’, organised by the Centre for Space and Place at Wageningen University. She discussed the everyday practical and political challenges in making population statistics for Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (the OCTs, or countries and regions that have special[…]
Funda Ustek publishes a book chapter on Turkish Drama Series and their role in Reframing Womanhood in Turkey
Funda Ustek’s chapter (with Oguz Alyanak) titled “The ‘Unique Blend’: Reframing Womanhood through Turkish Drama Series” is published in Caroline B. Brettell & Carolyn F. Sargent’s recent edited volume: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. The book is now available on Routledge’s website and other retailers.
Evelyn is spending the week of 29 May with the TechnoScienceStudies research group of MCTS where she is delivering a public lecture on Data Politics, as well as conducting a PhD workshop and joining members of the Digital/Media/Lab for ‘benchwork’ discussions.
Funda Ustek-Spilda contributes to the Political and Legal Anthropology blog with Oguz Alyanak from Washington University in St. Louis, with an article titled: “Is it Over? On the Melancholy of Lost Hope”. They address the “melancholy of lost hope” that has set in for many following the recent constitutional referendum in Turkey. Ustek-Spilda and Alyanak[…]