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Seminar on Big Data and the Power of Narrative, March 21-22, 2019

Call for papers for the series of Anthropology of Technology seminars, March
21-22, 2019:

Big Data and the Power of Narrative

IT University of Copenhagen, March 21-22, 2019

Key note speakers: Joe Dumit, UC Davis, Minna Ruckenstein, University of
Helsinki, Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths

Organizers: Brit Ross Winthereik, IT University of Copenhagen, Klaus Hoeyer,
University of Copenhagen, and Maja Bruun Hojer, University of Aalborg

Sponsored by The Danish Research Councils, ERC, and the Velux Foundation

The promise of big data is sweeping across the sciences, and the everyday
practices that are the object of anthropology are increasingly leaving data
traces. Scholars talk about a 'datafication' of social life and see in the
digitalization new ways of predicting behaviour and understanding sociality. A
range of technologies are involved in the datafication of everyday life
operating to a large extent through the internet of things, AI, the
interconnected devices monitoring and regulating everything from our health to
finances and reputation, to our energy use, transport, and the food chain
infrastructures that sustain our lives. How might we understand the
implications of this datafication of everyday life? How might we explore the
emerging political and economic contours? How does datafication influence what
counts as true and worth knowing? Can anthropology and adjacent fields have a
special role in providing narratives about the things that escape
datafication? In this symposium we invite ethnographers to explore these
questions and reflect on what ethnography stood to gain from embracing the
data abundance and what big data analytics could learn from ethnography.

Registration will be open at

We welcome papers that address the seminar theme.

Abstract deadline: January 10, 2019, 100-200 words to be sent to Lea Enslev at

Notification of acceptance: February, 2019

Participation is free and coffee and lunch will be provided during the two-day
event. Registration is required

Klaus Hoeyer

University of Copenhagen
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Department of Public Health
ster Farimagsgade 5A, Room 10.0.09
DK-1014 Copenhagen K

TEL 35 32 79 96
MOB 26 25 63 42


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