Data Then and Now

The Data Then and Now seminar series explores the social and organizational history of data and data practices in order to better understand the current data-intensive moment through its antecedents and continuities. It features invited speakers from across the country and around the world.

2018-2019 Speakers

Give Me a Laboratory: Remaking Epistemic Hierarchies in the Era of Data Science

By Nicole C. Nelson

November 1, 2018


Data Rhetoric: From Deductive to Inductive to Abductive Demonstrations of Big Data

By Warren Sack

February 13, 2019 (cancelled due to inclement weather)


Darwin’s Animoji: Histories of Emotion, Animation, and Racism in Everyday Facial Recognition (video)

By Luke Stark

February 27, 2019


Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World (video)

By Cal Biruk

March 13, 2019


Critiquing (T)reason in Knowledge Representation: Historical Perspectives on Semantic Data Infrastructure (video)

April 10, 2019

By Lindsay Poirier


In Data We Trust: Modern Political History and the Triumph of Tech (video)

April 24, 2019

By Margaret O'Mara


Reinventing Expertise in the Age of Platforms: The Case of Data Science

May 8, 2019

By Shreeharsh Kelkar


The life of data in the city (video)

[Convened in conjunction with the Data Science Seminar]

May 22, 2019

By Paul Dourish


Data Imaginaries: Frictions and Flattenings in the Data Lives of Seeds

June 5, 2019

By Xan Chacko


Co-sponsors: eScience Institute, Dept. of Human-Centered Design and Engineering, and the Science, Technology and Society Studies Certificate Program
Co-organizers: Anissa Tanweer, David Ribes, and Megan Finn