Big data influences social, cultural, economical and political aspects of today's society. With 'big data' being one of the most debated topics of 2017, we want to bring specialists to understand this concept in relation to politics in the broader sense. Each month, our new seminar series "Rethinking politics in data times" will invite scholars from different fields to discuss how data changes the way we discuss, analyse, argue and think about politics.
We have finalised our programme, so open your diaries and mark the following dates:
October 5th, 2017 - Monday, 5pm, Room Windsor 103 - Dr. Lina Dencik (Cardiff University) - Founder/Director of Data Justice Lab. If you've missed this event you can read our the recap our student Ellen Simpson wrote about it.
November 23rd, 2017 - Thursday, 5pm, Room Windsor 004, in collaboration with our colleagues from AAME, Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - Maria Repnikova (Department of Communication, Georgia State University) will speak on China as a Media Player: From Domestic Media Politics to Ambitions for Global Dominance.
December 4th, 2017 - Monday, 5pm, Room Windsor 103 - Dr. Anna Feigenbaum (Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University)- will be talking about her Data Storytelling Workbook (Routledge 2019), which draws on practitioners’ experiences and current research to explore how the rise in big and open data can be put to use to tell better data stories for social change.
February 8th, 2018 - Thursday, 5pm, Room Moore 008 - Dr. Anastasia Denisova (CAMRI Media Research, Westminster University) talking about political memes and viral culture in Russia.
March 5th, 2018 - Monday, 5pm Room FW101 - Professor Louise Amoore (Geography Department, Durham University) will be talking about 'cloud ethics'.
Detailed abstracts will be sent closer to the date of the seminars.
All the seminar series events will be live-tweeted, Join us for the debate -> #RethinkingPoliticsData
We will also have recap blogs and podcasts with the speakers so stay tuned!
Entry is free of charge and we look forward to thinking and debating with you about the future of politics in data times - All welcome!