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 Pour plus d’informations, vous êtes invité-es à consulter le site du LabCMO

 Au plaisir de vous y voir!


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)

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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 For more information, we invite you to consult LabCMO website :

Welcome to one and all!


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)



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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.”



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…





Information infrastructures are often described as immediate and immaterial – imaginations encoded in familiar metaphors like “wirelessness” and “the cloud.”  The advent of cloud computing, which makes it possible to process and store data at great distance from its source, would seem to epitomize these ideals. But as critical media scholars have demonstrated, distributed computing does not do away with, but only shifts sociotechnical arrangements: data centers and fiber-optic cables; capital, corporations, and environmental impacts. As some places emerge as “hubs” for computational resources, data’s physical footprint is felt in local labor practices, land usage, energy politics, and the presence of so-called “server farms.”  Thus while cloud computing has been said to make IT infrastructure invisible, for some it is brought ever more sharply into focus as natural, social, and political landscapes are rearranged.

In this  special issue of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies we invite papers and visual representations that engage this relationship between digital data and physical space.  In doing so we aim to make such networks freshly visible: their felt presence, analytical purchase, and physical form.  By investigating computation as it is emplaced and embodied, we hope to explore and illuminate connections between globalized geographies of new media distribution and localized impacts of IT on the ground.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • IT’s ecological entanglements, including environmental impacts
  • Aesthetics and design of data storage
  • Topologies and ideologies of data movement
  • IT infrastructure’s strategic in/visibility
  • Colonial, capitalist, and other histories that underpin arrangements of digital data today
  • Place-based labour in the IT industry

Submission guidelines

Imaginations invites several types of contributions on an ongoing basis:

1)  Research articles (3000-6000 words with 2-20 images, or video of no more than 20 minutes in length.) in either English or French. Publication in other languages is also sometimes possible;

2) Feature artist contribution with accompanying interview. (contents of online installation of feature artist’s work vary and are negotiable);

3)  Comparative book review (1500-3000 words with a minimum of 2 quality images);

3) Reviews of art shows, performance pieces, installations, political events, and scholarly books—with visual cultural content (500 words with a minimum of 1 image, taken by the author if necessary). These are not peer-reviewed and are published Elicitations, the reviews section of Imaginations. For more details, contactElicitations editor Tara Milbrandt: Tara Milbrandt <>
If you are interested in conducting a dialogue with a feature artist, writing a comparative book essay/review, or reviewing art installations on topics related to this themed issue, please be in touch with the guest editors as soon as possible, but by October 20th, 2016 at the latest.

To submit a research article, please submit an abstract of 250 words by October 20th, 2016. Full essays will be due February 1st. Publication is tentatively scheduled for fall 2017. With the full essays, please also include a 100 word abstract and a 100 word bio and send images separately (as high quality 300 dpi files), with lesser quality images embedded as placeholders in the submission.

In keeping with Imaginations’ mandate, papers must include visual content that is dealt with as part of the construction of the paper, rather than as a decorative supplement. (This is also important for publication under fair dealing agreements). On the journal website, you can read more about Imaginations’ mandate as an international, SSHRC funded, peer-reviewd journal that adheres to the highest standards in open access publication—free to submit to and free to read:


Abstracts and full submissions should be sent to both guest editors and copied to the journal: Alix Johnson ((University of California, Santa Cruz) Mél Hogan (University of Calgary) and Subject line should read “location and dislocation // [submission type].”


Les infrastructures du monde de l’information sont souvent décrites comme immédiates et immatérielles et sont souvent représentées par les images du nuage informatique ou de la connection sans-fil. L’avènement de l’infonuagique semble incarner ces idéaux, qui fait en sorte qu’il est devenu possible de traiter et entreposer des données à distance. Mais comme l’ont démontré les recherches dans le domaine des médias, la désincarnation de l’informatique ne fait que déplacer les configurations socio-techniques comme les centres de données et les câbles à fibres optiques, ainsi que les capitaux, les corporations, et les impacts environnementaux. Certains endroits apparaissent comme des centrales (des hubs) pour les nouvelles ressources informatiques. Par conséquent l’empreinte physique des données se fait ressentir à travers les politiques locales, en terme de consommation d’eau et d’énergie par exemple, ainsi que par la présence de ces constructions immenses et étalées qu’on a surnommées aux États-Unis des server farms. L’infonuagique rend ainsi les infrastructures de communications encore plus visibles. On peut également avancer qu’elle met davantage en relief les impacts politiques, sociaux et environnementaux de l’informatique aujourd’hui.

Ce numéro spécial de Imaginations: Revue d’études interculturelles de l’image a pour objectif de rendre l’invisibilité de ces réseaux visibles dans tous les sens du terme, autant dans l’exposition des imaginaires culturels déficients auxquels ils se rattachent, que dans la critique des discours théoriques qui effacent leurs réalités matérielles en mettant une emphase hyperbolique sur leurs qualités virtuelles. Nous souhaitons recevoir des propositions de contributions savantes et/ou de représentations visuelles qui portent un regard critique sur cette relation entre les données numériques et leurs infrastructures et espaces physiques à notre époque. En étudiant comment l’informatique s’incarne et se concrétise aujourd’hui, nous visons à explorer et à éclairer les connexions entre les géographies mondialisées et la distribution socioculturelle des nouveaux médias.
Nous considérerons les articles ou représentations visuelles qui portent sur la matérialité de l’informatique et ses infrastructures, incluant:

  • Les enchevêtrements écologiques auxquels elles donnent lieu, y compris les impacts environnementaux impliqués.
  • L’esthétique et le design des centres de données.
  • Les topologies de la circulation des données, avec les discours idéologiques qui s’y rattachent.
  • Les stratégies de mise en visibilité / invisibilité des infrastructures informatiques.
  • Le colonialisme, le capitalisme, et autres perspectives politico-historiques qui précèdent et sous-tendent les configurations des données numériques aujourd’hui.
  • Le travail en tant qu’il s’enracine dans l’industrie informatique aujourd’hui.

Consignes aux auteurs :

Imaginations sollicite  la soumission de plusieurs types de travaux:

  1. Articles scientifiques (3000-6000 mots comportant au moins 3  images de qualité);
    2. Œuvres d’un artiste en vedette, accompagnées d’une entrevue. (le contenu de l’installation en ligne de l’artiste peut varier et est négociable);
    3. Critique littéraire comparative (1500-3000 mots accompagnés d’au moins 2 images de qualité);
    4. Critiques d’expositions d’art, de performances artistiques, d’installations, d’évènements politiques et de livres savants comportant un contenu visuel (500 mots contenant au moins une image prise par l’auteur si besoin). Si vous souhaitez soumettre la courte critique  d’un évènement ou d’une publication, veuillez contacter l’éditrice d’Elicitations, Tara Milbrandt:

Suivant le mandat de la revue, peuvent contenir des images. Nous invitons les chercheurs, mais aussi les artistes et commissaires d’exposition à soumettre texte ou intervention. Il est recommandé aux artistes et aux commissaires d’exposition d’accorder leur travail pratique avec les exigences de la recherche académique. De même, les chercheurs universitaires sont invités à inclure du matériel visuel à leurs textes afin d’enrichir leurs analyses.

Veuillez soumettre votre résumé pour le 20 octobre 2016 et votre texte pour le 1 février 2017 à
Alix Johnson ((University of California, Santa Cruz)
Mél Hogan (University of Calgary) et

Votre soumission doit accompagnée d’un résumé de 100 mots et d’une notice bio-bibliographique de la même longueur. Veuillez joindre vos images haute résolution (300-dpi) séparément et les inclure dans le texte. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter


ICA Call for Making and Doing Program, San Diego, 2017

ICA Call for Making and Doing Program, San Diego, 2017


What’s in a form?

This year, the ICA extends basic questions about communication research and practice to an opportunity to combine forms of inquiry, expression, and exhibition.  We have long diversified forms and formats for talk—from classical panels to high-density roundtable sessions or Blue Sky events via the web—and, in our poster session, for print, diagram and still images.  For the 2017 meetings, we invite members who work in combined media to submit projects for a special exhibition program called Making and Doing, to be presented on Thursday evening following the opening plenary. If you work in research-creation, creative commons projects, interactive data visualization, computational art, performance, or digital humanities and social sciences, for example, or in any classical medium such as film, video, radio, movement, or installation, please consider submitting to the Making and Doing program. The goal of the program is to showcase a range of engaging and participatory knowledge-production practices that speak to many audiences, including colleagues, students, community members, and policy makers.

Proposals should include (1) a written narrative (max. 500 words); (2) a sample of non-written or multi-modal work that illustrates the fuller intent of the project; and (3) a 200-word bio for individual submitters or each member of a collaborative group, communicating your skills and preparation for your proposed exhibit. For item (2), for example, if your project is website-based, your narrative might include a link to a staged or live site, or a collection of screen shots of work in progress. If your project is a live performance, consider a script excerpt or outline plus short audio sample. If your project uses audio and visual channels, consider linking a Vimeo or Vine clip (or any internationally-accessible platform), being sure to provide instructions and any passwords a reviewer might need to access your work. Overall, your narrative and accompanying material should communicate the form of the project and its capacity for exploring and understanding communicative practices, sites, participants, cultures or techniques.  Projects may also address topical, policy, or pedagogic questions, e.g., in such areas as environmental preservation, border culture, community art-making, aging and oral history, or more generally on intervention, cultural difference, social justice, and repair.  Please ensure that your narrative together with your sample and bio are as expressive as possible of the project as a whole and of your preparation.

English should be used in submitting proposals, though projects themselves need not be in English only.  Project samples, however, should be translated or represented in English wherever possible (e.g., through subtitles or narratives on paper).  Exhibitors must be available to arrive by mid-day Thursday, May 25, 2017 for set-up and must be present for their exhibit that evening.

Space at the meetings in San Diego will be provided for digital projection, audio-visual playback, live performance, or free-standing, three-dimensional installation.  Given the premium on space and other resources, however, we invite exhibitors to think small, low-tech, portable and experimental in terms of space, equipment, and electrical needs and, in some instances, to consider interactions with places and people outside the conference locale or the primary exhibit schedule (though exhibits will not be scheduled in the conference hotel except during the designated period after the Thursday plenary ).  As more becomes known about resource specifications in San Diego, we will update this call.  Exhibitors will be expected to provide their own laptop computers and connectors where needed.

Projects will be evaluated by international reviewers in our field, and will be programmed by a committee including Aymar Jean Christian (Northwestern U), John Erni (Hong Kong Baptist U), Exhibition Chair Lisa Henderson (U of Massachusetts), Mél Hogan (U of Calgary), and Joshua Kun (U of Southern California). 

A limited number of registration grants will be available for graduate students who are not otherwise funded. Submissions will be accepted at beginning September 1, 2016 through November 1, 2016.