Activity: External talk or presentation › Invited talk
Two back-to-back lectures by Elizabeth Losh and Aristea Fotopoulou will be followed by a discussion about feminist and intersectional approaches to digital methods in the humanities and the social sciences.
Title of Lecture: “Theorising Feminist Data Studies: legacies and commitments” As the social issues that data infrastructures and technologies (such as big data, wearable technologies and artificial intelligence) pose are increasingly relevant to social justice, there is great need for more focused and explicit critique that encompasses the so far relatively invisible matters of gender, race, sexuality and postcoloniality. In this talk, Dr Aristea Fotopoulou maps the terrain of feminist data studies - an emerging theoretical and practice field in the study of datafication, which is committed to unsettling the power relation of race, class, gender and ability in datafied worlds. Taking an intersectional perspective and drawing from themes such as dataveillance, algorithmic profiling and informatisation of the body,she will outline how datafication may reproduce inequalities of gender as these intersect with other structural categories of inequality; and will suggest how key concepts and approaches in feminist and postcolonial STS and queer studies can be invaluable for understanding current social, political and cultural challenges.