New ARITHMUS working paper on history and method

The ARITHMUS team is happy to announce the release of its third working paper. The paper is titled ‘Regarding the Constants of Nature and of Art’ is freely available for download here. As big data discourses become more dominant in census discussions among European National Statistics Institutes, it is productive to look back at a[…]

Baki, Funda and Francisca will present at EASST in Lancaster tomorrow, 26 July

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[…]

Francisca publishes in The Conversation on World Population Day

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.

Upcoming event – (Un)usual residence and the mobile academic: Critique through design, 10 July 2018

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.[…]

Stephan and Funda contribute to Border Criminologies Blog

Stephan Scheel and Funda Ustek Spilda contributed to University of Oxford, Faculty of Law’s Border Criminologies blog, with a piece titled “Big Data, Big Promises: Revisiting Migration Statistics in Context of the Dataficication of Everything.” Their piece is part of the Border Criminologies themed series ‘Migrant Digitalities and the Politics of Dispersal’ edited by Glenda[…]

ARITHMUS team presents paper on transversal methods in Amsterdam

On 17 May 2018 all ARITHMUS researchers participated in the seminar ‘Research Collaboration – Reflections on Theories, Concepts, Methods, Practices’ which was attended by four ERC funded teams. In their presentation they reflected on the challenges of overcoming methodological nationalism (see Working Paper no. 1). The seminar was held at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced[…]