Datafied Society Summer School

Imagined Communities: Datafication and Governmentalities

Date: July 3-6, 2018
Time: 10.00 – 17.00
Venue: Utrecht Data School, Utrecht University: Drift 25, Room 204
Open to: PhD’s and rMA’s
Fee: 275 euros
Credits: 3 ECTS
Coordination: Gerwin van Schie – g.a.vanschie@uu.nl
Organization: Datafied Society Research Hub, Utrecht University
Registration: Register here

Maximum participants in the event: 16
Minimum participants in the event: 8
Register before: May 25, 2018

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.

Morning Speakers

Tuesday

Keynote: Prof. dr. Dvora Yanow – Race-Ethnic Categorization in the Netherlands and The United States
Case Study: Gerwin van Schie – Race-Ethnic Indicators in Governmental Data Systems in the Netherlands

Wednesday

Keynote: dr. Thomas Poell – The Platform Society
Case Study: Tim de Winkel & Maranke Wieringa – Online News Dispersion and Nationalist Discourse by Campaigning Dutch Politicians

Thursday

Keynote: dr. Koen Leurs – Digital Migration Studies
Case Study: Natalia Sanchéz Querubín – Connected Routes: Migration Studies with Digital Devices and Platforms

Friday

Excursion: dr. Karin van Es – Mapping datafication with a “Data Walk”

Afternoon Panel Chairs

Dr. Karin van Es
Dr. Ingrid Hoofd
Dr. Mirko Tobias Schäfer
TBA

Programme:

Tuesday, July 3

09.30 – 10.00                      Coffee

10.00 – 12.30                      Invited speaker(s) with discussion/questions

12.30 – 13.30                      Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00                      Presentations with responses and discussion

15.00 – 15.30                      Coffee

15.30 – 17.00                      Presentations with responses and discussion

 

Wednesday, July 4

09.30 – 10.00                      Coffee

10.00 – 12.30                      Invited speaker(s) with discussion/questions

12.30 – 13.30                      Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00                      Presentations with responses and discussion

15.00 – 15.30                      Coffee

15.30 – 17.00                      Presentations with responses and discussion

 

Thursday, July 5

09.30 – 10.00                      Coffee

10.00 – 12.30                      Invited speaker(s) with discussion/questions

12.30 – 13.30                      Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00                      Presentations with responses and discussion

15.00 – 15.30                      Coffee

15.30 – 17.00                      Presentations with responses and discussion

 

Friday, July 6

09.30 – 10.00                      Coffee

10.00 – 12.30                      Data Walk

12.30 – 13.30                      Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00                      Two Presentations with responses and discussion

15.00 – 15.30                      Coffee

15.30 – 17.00                      Presentations with responses

17.00 – 21.00                      Drinks and pizza at Utrecht Data School

Preparation and readings:

We expect all participants to hand in a paper or chapter draft (+/- 5000 words) three weeks in advance of the summer school (deadline June 15, 2018) and prepare a response (500-750 words in writing) for one of the other participants (to be handed in in writing during the summer school). You are assigned a paper to review in the week after June 15.

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

Credits & certificate

Certificates of participation and credits are available upon request after the event. Event coordinators will decide whether the participant has fulfilled all requirements for the ECTS. To prevent credits to be registered twice, each participant will be assigned to receive credits from either RMeS or NOG. Note: the certificate itself is not valid as ECTS, you need to validate it yourself at your local Graduate School.