This is an informal workshop to explore the nature of digital imaginaries of rule. We essentially want to explore and refine the questions to ask of the fast moving discussions of technology and politics. We are interested in questions such as: If Big Data is the answer, what is the question? Are Big Data and the Internet of Things just technical fads, an empty ‘solutionism’ driven by tech corporate capitalists? What is the importance of datafication and why does it claim to reveal the previously unseen? Is Deleuze the theorist of the digital imaginary and if so how? What’s at stake in the claim that correlations between data are more important than causal relations? Does the rise of sensors, machine learning and algorithmic regulation herald a posthuman world? What is the power of algorithms? Does Big Data indicate the emergence of new approaches to epistemology and ontology?

Confirmed presentations:

  • Mark Duffield (University of Bristol) ‘Algorithmic Governmentality and the Closure of the Commons’
  • Philip Hammond (London South Bank University) '”Smart citizenship” and the elusive subject of algorithmic governmentally’
  • Vanessa Pupavac (University of Nottingham) ‘”There is no mathematic but only mathematics” Spengler’s Decline of the West and Faustian Work’
  • David Chandler (University of Westminster) ‘The Core, the Curated and the Cloned'
  • Mareile Kaufmann (PRIO, Oslo) ‘Politics and the Digital’

This event is free and open to all. Attendees do not need to register.