The Critical Life of Information: Schedule of Events

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10:00 am-12:00 pm

Panel I: Big Data and the Law

Margot Kaminski, Yale Law School

Framing Big Data in the United States: A Legal Overview

Malavika Jayaram, Harvard Berkman Center

Performing Welfare Through Identity Theatre: A Tale of Big Data, Biometrics and Bias


Laura Wexler, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies, Yale University
Caleb Smith, English, Yale University
Fred Ritchin, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

12:00-2:00 pm

Panel II and Lunch: Visual and Quantitative Analytics

Peter Leonard, Yale University, Digital Humanities

Macroscopic Perspective: Data Visualization in Humanities Research Projects

Elena Grewal, Senior Data Scientist, Airbnb

Experimentation in the World of Big Data: Common Pitfalls and Best Practice

Group Discussion

2:00-4:00 pm

Panel III: Big Data and the Arts

Kenneth Goldsmith, University of Pennsylvania

The Cultural Artifact in the Digital Age

Sumanth Gopinath, University of Minnesota and Jason Stanyek, University of Oxford

The BPMs of Capital: Nike+, Big Sonic Data, and the Sensorization of the ‘Human Race’


David Joselit, CUNY Graduate Center
Francesco Casetti, Film Studies, Yale University
Natalia Cecire, English, Yale University


Coffee Break

4:15-6:15 pm

Panel IV: Big Data and Governance

Nishant Shah, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

Writing the Subject: Intellectual Property, Big Data and the New Subject of Governance

Kath Weston, Anthropology, University of Virginia

Old MacDonald Had a Database: Lessons from America’s National Animal Identification System


Inderpal Grewal, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
Aradhana Sharma, Anthropology, Wesleyan University
Rebecca Wexler, Yale Law School

6:15-7:00 pm