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Message posted on 23/05/2022

CfP - Imagining alternative data futures - VANDA

                *Apologies for cross-posting*

Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention to this call for papers
 (deadline 1st of June) for for
our panel titled: Imagining alternative data futures: resistance, subversion
and adaption (Young Scholar's Forum) for the  3rd Vienna Anthropology Days aka
VANDA 2022 Conference (September 26 - 30, 2022).


Imagining alternative data futures: resistance, subversion and adaption (Young
Scholar's Forum)

Short Abstract: We invite works which explore and subvert the socio-material
constitutions, infrastructures and rationales of the datafication of public
health, including, but not limited to, biometric data relations.

Digital technologies are central in public narratives on the future of
mankind, equally serving utopian and dystopian scenarios. Big Data-based
infrastructures demand the quantification of daily life, bodies, and the
planet as a whole and are generally imbued with an aura of truth, efficiency,
objectivity, and inevitability (boyd and Crawford 2012, Sapignoli 2021). They
are not only framed as a possible solution for most societal problems, but as
better or enhanced ways of seeing, being in, and (re-)making the world.
Embedded in a capitalist techno-euphoria the socio-material emergence of
digital technologies is often naturalized, making their imminent costs
invisble. These include new forms of digital extraction, increased spheres of
surveillance, and changing notions of responsibility and agency.

In recent years, however, works in the emerging fields of decolonial data
studies (Couldry, Mejias 2020), feminist data practices (Ignazio, Klein 2020),
and glitch art (Russel 2020) among many others, have started to resist the
above described emerging data relations.
We invite work that follows these emerging strands of artistic and scholarly
work, and therefore
- critically questions the “view from nowhere” (Haraway 1988),
- explores the embodiment, situatedness, and affective atmospheres of data
practices and their constitutive possibilities,
- highlights the materiality of data and its relations, including the
planetary costs of data and the space and resources that it requires and
- imagines alternative data relations, which negate or subvert existing forms
of capitalist data extraction and the commodification of life through data
- highlights practices of resistance and solidarity, including technological
adaptions, repurposing, and processes of knowledge decentralization

We especially encourage multimodal ethnographies that involve film,
photography, creative writing, and/or sensory ethnography.

Discussant: Sandrien Verstappen, University of Vienna


VANDA aims at bringing together scholars from various fields of anthropology,
social sciences and humanities.  To submit your paper, please click on this
link .

If you have any questions regarding the CfP, please feel free to contact:
Sophie Wagner (University of Bern),
Sofie Kronberger (University of Vienna),


Sofie Kronberger

Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology
University of Vienna
Universitaetsstrasse 7
A–1010 Vienna, Austria
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