History & Theory

Historical Data, Present-Day Harms: On the Uses and Limits of Data Science for the Study of Social Movements

History & Theory
22 Apr, 2024

Historical Data, Present-Day Harms: On the Uses and Limits of Data Science for the Study of Social Movements

A History & Theory of New Media lecture presented with the Digital Humanities program, as the keynote of BCNM's Critical Infrastructures and Cultural Analytics program. Co-sponsored by the College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CCDS), the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, and the Media Studies program

with Lauren Klein
Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Departments of Quantitative Theory & Methods and English, Emory University

How can data-scientific methods be used to surface the otherwise invisible forms of labor, agency, and action that are embedded in the historical record? How might these methods be adapted to the study of present-day social change? Placing a computational analysis of the nineteenth-century abolitionist movement in dialogue with new work on the language and structure of online social movements, this talk will consider the uses and limits of data-scientific methods when applied to living data and in light of real-world harms.

About Lauren Klein

Lauren Klein is Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor in the departments of Quantitative Theory & Methods and English at Emory University. She also directs the Digital Humanities Lab there. Klein works at the intersection of data, AI, and the humanities, with an emphasis on questions of gender and race. She is coauthor (with Catherine D’Ignazio) of the award-winning Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020), and coeditor (with Matthew K. Gold) of Debates in the Digital Humanities (Univ. of Minnesota Press), among other volumes. She is currently completing Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, forthcoming from the MIT Press, and envisioning the Atlanta Interdisciplinary AI Network, which will launch in Fall 2023.

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