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JRAI 2021 Special Issue Launch: Towards an Anthropology of Data
Thursday 27 May 2021, 04:00pm - 05:30pm
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JRAI 2021 Special Issue Online Launch Event


Thursday 27 May 2021, 4:00-5:30pm (BST)

with the special issue editors Dr Rachel Douglas-Jones, Dr Antonia Walford and Dr Nick Seavers,
reader/assessor Dr Katherine Smith,
and contributors Dr Vijayanka Nair, Prof Tahani Nadim, Dr Alexander (A.R.E.) Taylor, Dr Cori Hayden, Dr Hannah Knox, Dr Sarah Blacker and Prof Bill Maurer; 
chaired by Prof Haidy Geismar. 

This event will take place on Zoom, please register for it here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Edcb_GRJT_C_VdR2DHWOLQ

Data is everywhere. While ‘big’ data may have once seemed limited to business or high tech, ethnographers are now finding data – and its attendant values and practices – in their field sites around the world. Data has motivated a sweep of dystopian visions, signalling the invasion of privacy, political manipulation, or shadowy data doubles. Yet anthropologists have been cautious in taking data itself as an object of theoretical interest, even as the effects of data become manifest in our ethnographies.

This volume presents a set of theoretically inventive pieces that engage with data across its many locations, from government databases to ecological field stations, from kitchen tables to concrete bunkers. The contributors demonstrate how thinking with data can be conceptually generative for anthropology, prompting us to reconsider our understanding of topics including bodies, persons, and the social itself. ‘Data’ is a notoriously slippery concept, often supporting claims to remote objectivity and universality; by putting data in its place, the pieces collected here develop conceptual tools that will prove useful for anthropologists who find ‘data’ in their data.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



  Image: An aisle of server cabinets in a London data centre. Copyright: A.R.E. Taylor

 


This Special Issue (Volume 27, Issue S1, April 2021) is currently available to read open access here: https://rai.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14679655/current