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’[…]
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).
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[…]
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[…]
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 an ongoing interest in non-individualised academic practices, ARITHMUS and LSE colleagues organised a day of structured group writing on June 11, 2018 (see Murray and Newton, 2009).
How might citizen-generated data contribute to rethinking the fundamental assumption in official statistics that residence, home and work are aligned in a single state? This is the question of an ongoing experiment being conducted by ARITHMUS at the Department of Sociology on the category of ‘usual residents’, an international standard for defining a population base.[…]