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May 2016

UrbanPhotoFest Open: (re:) Thinking the Street

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Whether amateur, professional or student, you are invited to submit up to 4 images that showcase your visual representation of the theme of the competition.

Visit urbanphotofest.com for further details

 

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Data Citizens and Data Organisms

 

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Speaker: Prof Geoffrey C. Bowker, University of California, Irvine

In this talk, Prof Bowker will explore how the concept of selfhood can be enriched by considering ourselves as existing both inside of our own bodies and minds and within extended data networks. Drawing examples from the quantified self-movement and big data analytics more generally, he argues that it is not just that data about us is being captured: we are partially constituted by that data. This analysis is then developed in terms of the new forms that ‘nature’ is taking within the world of biodiversity data.

Bio: Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor at the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, where he directs the Evoke Laboratory, which explores new forms of knowledge expression. Recent positions include Professor of and Senior Scholar in Cyberscholarship at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool and Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara. Together with Leigh Star he wrote Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences; his most recent book is Memory Practices in the Sciences. He is currently working on big data policy and on scientific cyberinfrastructure; as well as completing a book on social readings of data and databases. He is a founding member of the Council for Big Data, Ethics and Society.

WHEN: Thursday, 9 June 2016 from 17:00 to 18:30
WHERE: Room 309 Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University, London, SE14 6NW

Register to attend via Eventbrite.

 

The Cold War of Women and Islam

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JOSEPH MASSAD’S NEW BOOK Islam in Liberalism is a welcome and timely intervention into one of the most pressing questions of our times: why does Islam occupy such a central inimical place within Western politics and ideology? Massad answers this question with a straightforward thesis: “Islam” as such does not exist. What has come to be called “Islam” as a supposedly homogenous cultural entity in reality has been fabricated by Western liberalism as its symbolic Other…

Read all of Sara Farris’ commentary on Islam in Liberalism via Syndicate

Urban Photo Fest Graduate Photography Show: Call for Entries

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Visit www.urbanphotofest.org for more details.

Dispossessing the Private Sphere? Civic Integration Policies and Colonial Legacies | darkmatter Journal

Sara Farris has a new article up over at darkmatter. Check it out – Dispossessing the Private Sphere? Civic Integration Policies and Colonial Legacies.

Vikki Bell at ‘The Aesthetics of Witnessing’

Vikki Bell will be speaking at The Aesthetics of Witnessing: A Conversation about Violence and the Challenges of its Representation, a roundtable discussion accompanying the launch of a new exhibition “Tejas Verdes: I was not there, for the Birkbeck, University of London Department of Psychosocial Studies Summer Programme 2016.

Visit Eventbrite to book your tickets.

 

Living with Books – the launch of Sensing the City: A Companion to Urban Anthropology by Anja Schwanhäußer in Berlin April, 2016 — Streetsigns

The power of reading really struck me as I stood in front of the packed crowd assembled at the PRO QM bookshop for the launch of Anja Schwanhäußer’s new book. Having spent the day in Berlin, a city haunted not only by its Nazi past but also the Iron Curtain, it was extraordinary to be here […]

via Living with Books – the launch of Sensing the City: A Companion to Urban Anthropology by Anja Schwanhäußer in Berlin April, 2016 — Streetsigns

US state invests $1.6m in pollution monitoring after Goldsmiths-led citizen research exposes fracking danger, Goldsmiths, University of London

Through the Citizen Sense project led by Dr Jennifer Gabrys (Department of Sociology) Pennsylvania residents received digital pollution monitoring and analysis equipment and training. Many participants exposed worrying levels of air pollution from natural gas infrastructure near their homes in the vicinity of fracking sites.

via US state invests $1.6m in pollution monitoring after Goldsmiths-led citizen research exposes fracking danger, Goldsmiths, University of London

Alternative Justice for War Crimes: Achievements & Limits of Feminist Strategies

On 9 May 2016 Kirsten Campbell will be at ISS, at the Development Research Seminars (DRS) Dialogue, addressing alternative strategies for achieving justice for the crimes perpetrated during violent conflicts.

via Alternative Justice for War Crimes: Achievements & Limits of Feminist Strategies

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