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Humanist Archives: May 15, 2021, 7:38 a.m. Humanist 35.18 - two publications: anthropology of data; digital art

				                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 18.
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    [1]    From: Willard McCarty 
           Subject: journal issue: Towards an Anthropology of Data (42)

    [2]    From: Willard McCarty 
           Subject: book: digital art (18)


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        Date: 2021-05-15 06:33:57+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: journal issue: Towards an Anthropology of Data

Towards an Anthropology of Data
Special issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Volume 27, Issue S1

Currently open access until 14 June 2021. Read it here:
https://rai.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14679655/2021/27/S1

Launch event with the special issue editors
Dr Rachel Douglas-Jones, Dr Antonia Walford and Dr Nick Seavers,
reader/assessor Dr Katherine Smith,
and contributors Dr Vijayanka Nair, Prof Tahani Nadim, Dr Alexander
(A.R.E.) Taylor, Dr Cori Hayden, Dr Hannah Knox, Dr Sarah Blacker and
Prof Bill Maurer; chaired by Prof Haidy Geismar.

This event will take place on Zoom, please register for it here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Edcb_GRJT_C_VdR2DHWOLQ

Data is everywhere. While ‘big’ data may have once seemed limited to
business or high tech, ethnographers are now finding data – and its
attendant values and practices – in their field sites around the world.
Data has motivated a sweep of dystopian visions, signalling the invasion
of privacy, political manipulation, or shadowy data doubles. Yet
anthropologists have been cautious in taking data itself as an object of
theoretical interest, even as the effects of data become manifest in our
ethnographies.

This volume presents a set of theoretically inventive pieces that engage
with data across its many locations, from government databases to
ecological field stations, from kitchen tables to concrete bunkers. The
contributors demonstrate how thinking with data can be conceptually
generative for anthropology, prompting us to reconsider our
understanding of topics including bodies, persons, and the social
itself. ‘Data’ is a notoriously slippery concept, often supporting
claims to remote objectivity and universality; by putting data in its
place, the pieces collected here develop conceptual tools that will
prove useful for anthropologists who find ‘data’ in their data.

--
Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist
www.mccarty.org.uk

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        Date: 2021-05-15 06:28:03+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: book: digital art

Digital Art in Ireland
New Media and Irish Artistic Practice
Edited by James O'Sullivan

Anthem Irish Studies
https://anthempress.com/digital-art-in-ireland-hb

This collection of essays explores digital art in Ireland. Comprising
contributions from scholars and practitioners, it examines how new media
technologies are shaping the island’s contemporary artistic practices.
As one of the first dedicated treatments of Irish digital art, it fills
a major gap in the national media archaeology of Ireland.

--
Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist
www.mccarty.org.uk


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