CFP Feminist Media Histories: Special Issue on Data

2-cover-source“Data” has enormous cultural currency in the world today. Most of us understand that corporations are encoding and analyzing our habits, preferences, and behaviors on a massive scale. Personalized music suggestions, predictive policing, and Amazon recommendations are all part of this pervasive data regime. Discussions of this regime, and of data more generally, tend to focus on the present. But the concept of data also has a history, one embedded in a range of cultural, political, and material contexts. Building upon recent feminist scholarship that has drawn our attention to the various ways data shapes twenty first-century life–how data affects our experience of gender, how the effects of gendered data are felt differently across racial lines, and what feminist theory might bring to data and its visualization, to name only a few–this issue seeks to model how feminist histories of data might help us chart a range of unexplored futures.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Data and media.
  • Data and history.
  • Data and narrative.
  • Data and gender.
  • Data and method.
  • Data as concept.
  • Data as politics.
  • Data as agent.
  • Data in the world.
Interested contributors should contact guest editors Miriam Posner and Lauren Klein 
directly, sending a 300-word proposal no later than June 30, 2016:

Contributors will be notified by July 15, 2016; articles will be due October 1, 2016.


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