Call for Abstracts: 4th International Data Power Conference, June 22nd – June 24th 2022

The Data Power Conference hosts critical reflections on data’s power and the social, political, economic and cultural consequences of data’s increasing presence in our lives, workplaces, and societies. The most recent conference in 2019 focused on the specific theme of global in/security. The 4th Data Power Conference, in June 2022, returns to some of the fundamental questions that underpinned the founding of the conference. It is conceived as a series of dialogues, dialogues about over-arching concerns and with disciplines and stakeholders working with and on data. In particular, the conference will reflect on:

  • How can stakeholders be engaged in critical conversations about data power?
  • What constitute rigorous methods when it comes to researching data power?
  • To what extent does critical data power research need to focus on specific instances of data power in action? What contributions can more generalised critiques make to our field?

To facilitate dialogues across disciplines and with stakeholders, we welcome papers from interdisciplinary teams including disciplines incorporating aspects of data science, and papers which incorporate non-academic collaborators from a range of sectors.

As always, the Data Power Conference remains concerned with in/equalities, discrimination, questions of justice, rights and freedoms, and agency and resistance. We welcome papers that engage with these matters.

There will be a keynote speaker on each of the three conference days, details to be confirmed.

Information on abstracts & papers

  • Whilst we welcome papers and session proposals of all kinds, please note that this conference focuses on critical questions about data’s power and also papers that are critical and/or reflective with regards to the social and cultural consequences of the rise of data’s power.
  • A 250-300 word abstract is required.
  • The deadline for abstracts is 15th January 2022.
  • Information about how to submit an abstract will be available soon.

Information on conference organisation

  • It will be possible to participate fully remotely in the conference, but it will also be possible to participate in-person in one of the three locations in which the conference has already taken place – Sheffield/UK, Ottawa/Canada and Bremen/Germany – as these will each host a local session on one of the conference days.
  • The conference will seek to be accessible across time zones, with sessions 9am to 12pm CET and 6pm to 9pm CET on each of the three days.
  • There will be a modest conference fee to cover running costs, with reductions for students and people participating online.

More information can be found here. Abstract Deadline ends on 15th January 2022.