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
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[…]
Stephan Scheel’s book published, Autonomy of Migration? Appropriating Mobility within Biometric Border Regimes
Stephan Scheel’s book, Autonomy of Migration? Appropriating Mobility within Biometric Border Regimes, was recently published with Routledge. The book draws on ethnographic research conducted as part of his PhD and examines how migrants appropriate mobility in the context of biometric border controls. The book mobilises new analytics and empirics in debates about the politics of migration[…]
Didier Bigo, Engin Isin, and Evelyn Ruppert recently published an edited collection, Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights (2019, Routledge). Building on a commentary first published in Big Data & Society, the book explores how data has acquired the capacity to reconfigure relations between states, subjects, and citizens. A blog about the book can be found here.
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.