Digital Objects, Digital Subjects: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Activism, Research & Critique in the Age of Big Data Capitalism | May 20-21, 2017

The 6th ICTs and Society Conference
University of Westminster, London
Hosted by the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies

Toni Negri, Jodi Dean, David Chandler, Christian Fuchs, Paolo Gerbaudo, Orit Halpern, Kylie Jarrett, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Antoinette Rouvroy, Etienne Turpin

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Presenters at the symposium will engage with questions of the digital in respect to activism, research and critique. The conference will engage with the possibilities, potentials, pitfalls, limits, and ideologies of digital activism. It will reflect on whether computational social science, the digital humanities and ubiquitous datafication enable new research approaches or result in a digital positivism that threatens the independence of critical research and brings about the death of the social sciences and humanities. The conference will explore the futures, places and possibilities of critique in the age of digital subjects and digital objects.

– Toni Negri: The Incorporation of the Digital Machine: A Metaphor?
– Jodi Dean: Critique or Collectivity?
– David Chandler: Governmentalities of the Digital: Mapping, Sensing and Hacking
– Christian Fuchs: Karl Marx in the Age of Big Data Capitalism
– Paolo Gerbaudo: The Platform Party: The Transformation of Political Organisation in the Digital Era
– Orit Halpern: The Smart Mandate: Ubiquitous Computing, Environment, and “Resilient Hope”
– Kylie Jarrett: The Digital Housewife: Labour at the Intersection of Culture and Economy
– Jack Linchuan Qiu: Goodbye iSlave: Rethinking Smartphone, Activism, and Chinese Labour
– Antoinette Rouvroy: Revitalizing Critique Against the Critical Sirens of Algorithmic Governmentality
– Etienne Turpin: The Same River Twice: Torrential Formations of the Anthropocene