... with the editors

1. Why a book on this subject?
The special issue comes out of a conference organized by Mark Coté and Paolo Gerbaudo, at King's College London, in May 2015. It was supported by the AHRC funded... >>>
... with the editors

1. Why a book on this subject?
The special issue comes out of a conference organized by Mark Coté and Paolo Gerbaudo, at King's College London, in May 2015. It was supported by the AHRC funded research project, ›Our Data Ourselves‹ and the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London. We offer a critical dialogue on the myriad political dimensions of Big Data, from how it is changing politics, and research methods on political phenomena to its emerging role as a new matrix of contested power-knowledge relations.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?
This special issue resonates with critical research grappling with the social, cultural and political dimensions of Big Data. On the one hand, this entails methodological questions data-driven knowledge production. On the other it includes the turn to new materialism as we claim that any political reckoning must equally account for the materiality of data, alongside the logic guiding its processes and the practices that deploy its tools.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?
We suggest that a political critique of Big Data needs to first address issues of data access and agency. This includes a more collective understanding of the technical objects of datafication, as well as increased ability to critically engage the algorithmic power of data analytic. Such material engagement is interdisciplinary and moves critique beyond the limitations of discursive or social constructivist models to enable more strategic engagements with data in both scholarship and activism.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?
Our interdisciplinary approach to the politics of Big Data is open to scholars and activists interested in this crucial site of contestation and struggle.

5. Your book in only one sentence:
It opens up critical dialogue on the myriad political and power-knowledge dimensions of Big Data. <<<

Ramón Reichert / Annika Richterich / Pablo Abend / Mathias Fuchs / Karin Wenz (eds.)

Digital Culture & Society (DCS)

Vol. 2, Issue 2/2016 – Politics of Big Data

»Digital Culture & Society« is a refereed, international journal, fostering discussion about the ways in which digital technologies, platforms and applications reconfigure daily lives and practices. It offers a forum for critical analysis and inquiries into digital media theory and provides a publication environment for interdisciplinary research approaches, contemporary theory developments and methodological innovation.
The third issue »Politics of Big Data« edited by Mark Coté, Paolo Gerbaudo, and Jennifer Pybus, critically examines the political and economic dimensions of Big Data and thus details its contestation. The contributions focus on the materialities and processes which manifest Big Data and explore forms of value beyond the state and capital. These range from open data initiatives, social media metrics, machine learning algorithms, data visualisation to data dashboards, critical data analysis, and new modes of data action research and practice.


Ramón Reichert (Dr. phil.), is a Lecturer of Digital Media Culture at the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. He is the head of the post-graduate master's course Data Studies at the Danube University Krems. Since 2014, he has been a chief publisher and an editor of the magazine »Digital Culture & Society« (a peer-reviewed journal).
Annika Richterich (Dr.) is an assistant professor in Digital Culture at Maastricht University (Netherlands).
Pablo Abend (PhD) is the scientific coordinator of the Research School Locating Media at the University of Siegen. He is interested in geomedia, situated methodologies, and participatory culture.
Mathias Fuchs (Dr.), artist, musician and media scholar, is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS) at Leuphana University, Lüneburg (Germany). He is a pioneer in the field of game art and is a leading scholar in game studies.
Karin Wenz (Dr.) is assistant professor for Media Culture at Maastricht University (Netherlands) and director of studies of the MA in Media Culture.

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Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Gender Studies, Anthropology, Game Studies, Art History, Information Science, and the general public

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