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Number politics: ethnographies of composing, sensing, and being with data 
Moisés Kopper (University of Antwerp)
Poornima Paidipaty (Kings College London)
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Moisés Kopper (University of Antwerp)
Poornima Paidipaty (Kings College London)
Hannah Knox (University College London)
Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The panel explores the new politics of quantification and datafication. We move beyond concerns about the governing and stabilizing powers of numbers; we ask what the political is and where it lies; and we highlight the moral, affective, and connective work animating data worlds at multiple scales.

Long Abstract:

For decades now, scholars of quantification have been exposing the rationalist and modernist operations that lend numbers their political power. More recently, anthropological scholarship has also begun to show how data’s ontological plasticity and messiness are constitutive of alternative political fields. This panel welcomes research that explores contemporary developments in the anthropology of data and quantification. It asks: what is distinctively anthropological about numbers and their politics? Where does the object of our inquiry lie in today’s composite world of more-than-human intelligence? We invite discussions about the effects and new modulations of power and politics wielded by quantification tools, practices, and actors. At the same time, we want to interrogate the sensual and affective qualities of data, the new publics forming around them, and the means and meanings of number politics after datafication. We also foreground scholarship examining practices of “data from below”, which challenge state and corporate data monopolies or forge alternative infrastructures for information production and mobilization. This panel ultimately seeks to highlight everyday practices animating data worlds in order to generate new insights into how numeric infrastructures thrive and fail within emerging social-cultural-political-legal milieus. In the process, we hope to better understand how the affective, social, and moral capacities of data practices enable new political formations while displacing others and help to reconstitute our often-fraught sense of collectivity and connection.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -