[SIGCIS-Members] 4th International Data Power Conference - abstract submission deadline 15th January

Jo Bates jo.bates at sheffield.ac.uk
Wed Dec 15 08:04:41 PST 2021

Dialogues in Data Power, 4th International Data Power Conference, June 22nd
- June 24th 2022

Online and in person in three locations: the University of Sheffield,
Carleton University and the University of Bremen

A three-day in person and online international conference organized by Data
Power teams at The University of Sheffield in the UK, Carleton University
in Canada and the University of Bremen in Germany.

*Abstract Deadline:* 15th January 2022

*Conference Dates:* 22nd to 24th of June 2022

*Venues:* It will be possible to participate in the conference online or in
person. Conference activities will be hosted for one day in each of these

   - Department of Sociological Studies and Information School in
   Sheffield, UK
   - School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, Canada
   - Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) and
   - Institute for Information Management (ifib) in Bremen, Germany.

*Call for abstracts:*

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*
overarching 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
   - What constitute rigorous methods when it comes to researching data
   - 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, panels and roundtable dialogues 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, panels and roundtable dialogues 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.
   - Submit your abstracts here
   or read about abstract submission will be available here

*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.

*Data Power Conference Management Team*

Jo Bates, University of Sheffield

Monika Halkort, Lebanese American University

Juliane Jarke, University of Bremen

Helen Kennedy, University of Sheffield

Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University

*Data Power Conference Committee*

Ysabel Gerrard, University of Sheffield

Andreas Hepp, University of Bremen

Leif Kramp, University of Bremen

Dr Jo Bates
Senior Lecturer in Information Politics and Policy
Digital Societies Research Group
Information School, The University of Sheffield, Room 236, Regent Court,
211 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP
+44 (0)114 222 2648

Website: lifeofdata.org

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