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Big Data CulturesCentenary Research Professor Deborah Lupton is convening a one-day symposium to be held on Monday 15 September 2014 that addresses the social, cultural, political and ethical issues and implications of the big data phenomenon. It will be held by the News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra, Australia.

9.30am-4.30 pm Monday 15 September 2014

Venue: TEAL Room, the INSPIRE Centre, University of Canberra

Registration: Attendance is free, but numbers are limited. Registrations can be made via this link.


9.30-10.00 Keynote by Greg More, RMIT 'Visual Dimensions'
10.00-10.45 Cluster 1

Alexia Maddox Deakin University /Curtin University 'To hold a social form in your hand: How far are interactive holograms of social data?'

Andrew McNicol UNSW 'Stranded deviations: big data and the contextually marginalised'

Bruce Baer Arnold & Wendy Bonython University of Canberra 'Health, big data and the culture of irresponsibility'
10.45-11.15 Discussion

11.15-11.30 Morning Tea

11.30-12.30 Cluster 2

Grant Bollmer University of Sydney 'Public problems for the digital humanities: debating big data methodologies, legitimating institutional knowledges'

Chris Rodley University of Sydney 'Big data's golems: bots as a technique of tactical media'

Christopher O'Neill University of Melbourne '"Paranoid nominalism" as cultural technique of the quantified self'

Doug Lorman Deakin University 'There's an app for that: digital culture and the rise of technologism'
12.30-1.00 Discussion

1.00-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.30 Cluster 3

Mathieu O'Neil University of Canberra 'Database activism'

Gerard Goggin University of Sydney 'Disability data cultures'

Janice Richardson Monash University 'Theoretical perspectives on privacy, selfhood and big data'

Ashlin Lee University of Tasmania 'Big data/surveillant assemblages, interfaces and user experiences: the cultivation of the docile data subject'
2.30-3.00 Discussion

3.00-3.15 Afternoon Tea

3.15-4.00 Cluster 4

Fiona Martin & Jonathan Hutchinson University of Sydney 'Almetrics in policy communication: investigating informal policy actors using social media data'

Miranda Bruce ANU 'Capturing capacity: quantified self technologies and the commodification of affect'

Deborah Lupton University of Canberra 'Live data/sociology: what digital sociologists can learn from artists' responses to big data'
4.00-4.30 Discussion

4.30 Symposium ends