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DATA CENTRES, DATA OWNERS, DATA LAKES: Infrastructures and Flow in Science & Technology Studies

DATA CENTRES, DATA OWNERS, DATA LAKES: Infrastructures and Flow in
Science & Technology Studies

Autumn School 10-13 October 2018, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Guest lecturer: Rob Kitchin, Maynooth Univeristy

With the growing smartification of ever more devices in our everyday
life, big data masses are generated, transmitted, analysed, stored and
re-used. Devices, grids, wires, data centres and data formats are
re-organized and thereby re-configure people's relations to data and
each other. With the notion of data lakes new data infrastructures are
developed to handle big and smart data. New data infrastructures spur
new flows of data, of technologies, of people and of values, and these
again shape and reshape infrastructures. Using Science & Technology
Studies literature on infrastructures and infrastructuring we explore
the intersections and co-emergences of data infrastructures and flows as
sites and processes of concentration, negotiation, and sociomaterial
(re)-building. For the autumn school we encourage participations of PhD
students who do ethnographic studies of data sites from a Science &
Technology Studies perspective. We apply literature on infrastructures
to explore data, its relations and flows. We ask how different concerns
about data are formed and negotiated? How is data enacted differently in
different sites within the infrastructure? How do actors, material
devices, imaginaries and practices engage in infrastructuring work?

We warmly invite doctoral students to apply for participation in this
autumn school, which will combine lectures with supervised group work,
writing exercises, academic speed dating and data lab methodology to
engage with how to imagine and write about data, data infrastructures
and data flows. The aim is to engage with participant’s own research and
discuss the methodological and analytical challenges of the study of
data in the social sciences. The autumn school will have a strong STS
orientation and applicants taking inspiration from this tradition will
be prioritized.

Please apply for participation by sending a short letter of motivation
plus a 250-words abstract of the theme of your doctoral work to: . Deadline for application: 19. August 2018

The autumn school is organized by Laura Kocksch & Estrid Sørensen, CAST,
and funded by CAIS.

For any inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact the organizers: or

Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen
Faculty of Social Science
Chair of Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge
Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technological Cultures - CAST
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Building: FNO 02/15 and GB 04/149
Tel.: +49-(0)234 32 27947
Fax: +49-(0)234 32 14744
Secretary: / +49 (0)234 32 - 28167

New publication: Estrid Sørensen (Ed.) (2018) Cultures of Computer game Concerns: The Child Across Law, Science, Family and Industry
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