Critical Approaches to Big Data

London South Bank University
Friday 5 June 2015
Convenor: Phil Hammond

The rise of Big Data is changing how we think about the world, or so it is claimed. The advent of ‘algorithmic regulation’ spells the death of politics, but might also allow us to ‘stop wars before they happen’. Datafication enables the rise of new paradigms in the sciences and humanities, but may also entail the ‘end of theory’.

Does the rise of data-driven knowledge underscore the need for human interpretation and judgement, or does it confirm the post-humanist rejection of modernist assumptions about how we understand and act to transform the world? Big Data is still an emerging concept and its future uses and implications remain unclear, but this makes the development of critical perspectives more, rather than less, important.

With:

Prof David ChandlerBig Data & Posthumanism
Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

Dr Mark Coté: Critically Engaging Big Social Data

Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London

Prof Phil Hammond: From Computer-Assisted to Data-Driven: Journalism and Big Data
School of Arts & Creative Industries, London South Bank University

Dr Athina KaratzogianniDatafication as Resistance?
Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester

Dr Nathaniel TkaczThe Performance Platform
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

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