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[ecrea] CFA Datafied Society Summer School Utrecht: Imagined Communities, Datafication and Governmentalities

Mon May 07 17:45:56 GMT 2018

Open to PhDs
Organization: Research Shool for Media Studies (RMeS), Netherlands Research School for Genderstudies (NOG) and The Datafied Society Research Hub Please register before May 25, 2018 by sending in your information and a 300 word abstract.
Contact: Gerwin van Schie ((G.A.vanschie /at/
More information:

Confirmed speakers: dr. Thomas Poell (Platform Architectures), dr. Koen Leurs (Digital Migration Studies), due to a last-minute cancelation a third speaker will be announced ASAP.

Topic description:

Imagined Communities: Datafication and Governmentalities

An “imagined community” is a group of people that shares an understanding of being part of a nation even though the group is too large for all members to be able to know each other, hence “imagined” (see Anderson 2006). In a “datafied society” (Schäfer and van Es 2017) a large part of this imagining happens on a great variety of platforms (Van Dijck 2013), both by members of a host state in the form of nationalist discourses (see de Winkel and Wieringa 2018; Muis et al. 2018) and by diasporic communities that connect with each other and keep in touch with their homelands (see Leurs and Ponzanesi 2018). In addition to the online practices of groups that share a history, governments and institutions also categorize and determine policies based on national, racial and ethnic formations. Again distinctions are made between nativist groups or original populations and immigrant groups (see Boersma and Schinkel 2015; Yanow, Van der Haar, and Völke 2016). These governmentalities (Foucault 2010) are not only representations of the social, economic and cultural positions of populations, but increasingly determine the lives of people through automated means (see for recent examples: Dijstelbloem and Meijer 2011; Cheney-Lippold 2017; Eubanks 2018; Noble 2018).

During this summer school, we aim to critically investigate the digital means by which imagined communities shape themselves and are shaped by (commercial) platforms, institutions and governments through processes of datafication. We are interested both in research on suitable methodologies and in case studies on datafied communities, institutions, and systems.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- online nationalism

- digital migration studies

- online  communities

- datafied discrimination

- governmental migration data

- datafied discrimination

- categorization practices in datafied systems

We expect all participants to give a presentation on a paper or dissertation chapter, and prepare a response to a presentation of one of the other participants. To be eligible for credits we expect participants to hand in a paper or chapter draft (+/- 5000 words).

Furthermore, we expect participants to read assigned literature as preparation for the morning keynotes and case studies. Literature will be announced after registration.
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