Data, Governance and the Politics of Method – Workshop with Professor Evelyn Ruppert

IT University of Copenhagen, 15 March 2019, 12.00—15.00
Rued Langgaards Vej 7, Copenhagen
Room: TBA


Data (both big and small) has become a heated matter of public concern and academic interest. As data continues to multiply and proliferate, compelling new questions emerge. How do new forms of data and methods become legitimate and official? How does data shape and have consequences for how people understand themselves as political subjects? And how are new forms of power taking shape through data-intensive arrangements? In this workshop, one of the leading scholars in the field, Professor Evelyn Ruppert, will present her newest research on these questions. The workshop will feature an open discussion with Professor Ruppert based around her forthcoming paper, The Politics of Method: Taming the New, Making Data Official (International Political Sociology, with Stephan Scheel), and also give PhD students the opportunity to present
their research and receive feedback from Professor Ruppert.

Registration is limited to 30 participants (PhD students or PostDocs) and there are 5 slots available for PhD presentations. PhD students are encouraged to present work-in-progress and will receive feedback from both Evelyn Ruppert, Brit Ross Winthereik and workshop participants. When registering, please state clearly if you wish to present at the workshop and attach a short description of your work (max 200 words). Participation is based on a first come, first served basis, while presentations will be picked by the organizers based on thematic fit. Presenters will be notified two weeks in advance. All registration should be done by mail to Jannick Schou ( Please include mail, name, institutional affiliation and (if applying for a presentation) a short description of your work.

Evelyn Ruppert is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is one of the leading voices within the sociology of data and has particularly studied how different kinds of digital data are constituted and mobilised to enact and govern populations. Evelyn is PI of a five-year European Research Council funded project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS), as well as Founding and Editor-in-chief of a SAGE open access journal, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries. Recent books include Being Digital Citizens (with Engin Isin), Modes of Knowing (edited with John Law), and the forthcoming Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights (edited with Didier Bigo and Engin Isin).


fullsizeoutput_6eThe workshop is organized by the research project “Data as
Relation” funded by the Velux Foundation and led by Professor
Brit Ross Winthereik. The project explores how big
data is generated, negotiated and used in governance. See
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