5 Designing Media Ecology, issue 6 – The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Futures

Rather than a consilient concept, the Anthropocene is a well debated set of narratives that speaks to myriad views about the growing tensions between Human and Nature. Scholars, activists, and artists alike are decrying the abuses of our current geological era that are leaving the planet in an increasingly disturbed state. The dual question of perpetration and perpetuation is at the heart of where we currently find ourselves in the Anthropocene: Who or what exactly is to blame for it? What are its origin stories? What roles do capitalism and imperialism play in climate change and global warming? Whose voices matter in environmental and economic policy? What, if anything, is to be salvaged of our ever expanding media ecologies? And finally, how does risk become the currency of progress?

 

The Fourchettes: Données et enjeux de pouvoir : quels biais pour quelles connaissances?

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Bonjour à tous et toutes,

Il nous fait plaisir de vous inviter au lunch-séminaire bilingue  qui se tiendra à l’UQAM, local J-1187 le mercredi 23 novembre entre 12h30 et 14h. Organisé par le collectif The Fourchettes en collaboration avec le LabCMO et laChaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication, l’activité visera à approfondir nos réflexions sur les implications socio-politiques des données et des connaissances qui en découlent.

L’activité est gratuite, mais afin d’éviter le manque ou le gaspillage de nourriture, nous vous prions de vous inscrire en écrivant à info@labcmo.ca. Pour plus d’informations, vous êtes invité-es à consulter le site du LabCMO :cmo.uqam.ca.

 Au plaisir de vous y voir!

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Lunch-séminaire bilingue

Données et enjeux de pouvoir : quels biais pour quelles connaissances?

Mercredi 23 novembre, de 12h30 à 14h

Local : J-1187, UQAM

Le Collectif The Fourchettes, en collaboration avec le LabCMO et la Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication.

Du big data au small et thick data, les recherches en sciences sociales intègrent de plus en plus des méthodes d’enquête liées aux traces laissées par les usagers dans leurs activités en ligne. Entre les clics, les commentaires, la multiplication des technologies mobiles et les pratiques de surveillance, la constitution et les implications éthiques de ces jeux de données restent souvent impensées. Sachant que les données ne sont jamais « crues » (Gitelman 2013) et qu’elles sont façonnées, construites, qu’elles témoignent de valeurs et de rapports de force (Lupton 2015, Markham 2013), quelles sont les implications socio-politiques derrières la constitution des données et des connaissances qui en découlent?

Afin d’aborder cette question, quatre chercheures présenteront un court énoncé visant à ouvrir la conversation avec les participants, participantes. Ces chercheures sont :

Mary Elizabeth Luka, stagiaire post-doctorale et boursière Banting, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts & Technology (York University, Toronto)

Jacqueline Wallace, stagiaire post-doctorale, Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology (Concordia)

Florence Millerand, professeure au Département de communication sociale et publique (UQAM), codirectrice du LabCMO et directrice de la Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication

Mélanie Millette, professeure au Département de communication sociale et publique (UQAM)

Inscription : info@labcmo.ca

Info : cmo.uqam.ca

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Greetings everyone,

We are pleased to invite you to the bilingual lunch-seminar Data and power issues: Navigating new knowledge which will happen at UQAM, room J-1187 on Wednesday November 23 between from 12:30 to 2 PM. Organized by the research group The Fourchettes in collaboration with LabCMO and the Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication, this will be the occasion to discuss and deepen our understandings of the sociopolitical implications of online trace data and the knowledge that comes from it.

The activity is free, but to ensure we have enough food and drink for everyone, please RSVP to info@labcmo.ca. For more information, we invite you to consult LabCMO website : cmo.uqam.ca.

Welcome to one and all!

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Bilingual lunch-seminar

Data and power issues: Navigating new knowledge

Wednesday Nov. 23, from 12:30 to 2PM

Room : J-1187, UQAM

Presented by the research group, The Fourchettes, in collaboration with LabCMOand the Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication.

From big data to small data and thick data, social science research integrates an increasing number of methods of analysis related to the digital and virtual traces left by users in their online activities. Between clicks, comments, the proliferation of mobile technologies and surveillance practices, the infrastructure and ethical implications within which these data sets reside are often uncritically described rather than analysed. These flows of data are never really “raw” (Gitelman 2013). Rather, they are shaped and constructed by power relationships and reflect values embedded in their respective infrastructures and systems of distribution (Lupton 2015, Markham 2013). From this perspective, in what ways is “data” constituted of its own socio-political contexts and implications, and how do such contexts influence knowledge?

You are invited to join the conversation. Four researchers will offer brief, opening presentations to generate an in-depth discussion about this and related questions. The researchers are:

Mary Elizabeth Luka, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts & Technology (York University, Toronto)

Jacqueline Wallace, Postdoctoral Fellow, Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology (Concordia University, Montréal)

Florence Millerand, Professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication (UQAM), Co-director of LabCMO and Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication

Mélanie Millette, Professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication (UQAM)

RSVP : info@labcmo.ca

Info: cmo.uqam.ca

Laboratoire de communication médiatisée par ordinateur
http://www.labcmo.ca/

 

2017 Connections Speaker Series: Knowledge Dissemination

2017 Connections Speaker Series, University of Calgary (January 27, 2017)

Connections is a monthly speaker series hosted by the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary, which aims to identify, foster, and explore points of overlap and convergence in faculty and graduate research. Connections also takes advantage of opportunities to bring in scholars from outside the university.

This panel is being organized in conjunction with the Fourchettes: Critical Methods in Technoculture working group.

Memory, Media, Power – a grad seminar at U de M

Had a great Skype talk with students at U de M in Line Grenier’s “memory, media, power” grad seminar. We discussed archives, and the article “The Archive as Dumpster.”

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Some key topics were:
– Fidélité (reliability) and authenticity of an « archive » that is produced by everyone, policed by no one

– Liberty (démocratie participative, everyone can become « archivist »)

– Dark web : not « visible », inaccessible ?

– Reversibility (there are always traces : was this foreseeable ? planned ?)

– Ethics of the archive as dumpster

– Issues of selection

– Rhizomatic nature of digital archive

– what materiality of archives in the context of oral societies…