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Reconsidering Humanity: Big Data, the Scientific Method, and the Images of Humans


This symposium is going to explore the promises, visions, and hopes that one finds in current discussions about big data technology. Regarded as a social, intellectual, cultural, and commercial 'movement', big data carries revolutionary expectations for the possibility of exploring humans scientifically. If the most ambitious visions and projections were to materialize, culture and society could face a paradigm shift in terms of the scientific method's potential to contribute to previously inaccessible understanding of the nature and essence of humans and humanity. The purpose of the symposium are to initiate an in-depth and critical exploration and discussion of in what way and to what extent this grand prospect for big data to profoundly change the premises of the scientific research on humans and humanity may hold up to scrutiny, and what consequences this aspect of big data would have on the evolving images of humans, humanity and, ultimately, human identity. The backbone of the symposium will be oral presentations by eleven specially invited key-note speakers. Particular emphasis is placed on forward-looking, bold, visionary, and provocative ideas. The symposium will also be open to a limited number of specially invited participants in the auditorium, a form of advanced seminar or roundtable.

Organizer Urban Strandberg, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
Contacts: urban.strandberg@gu.se, Co-organizer Christian Munthe, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science christian.munthe@gu.se

Hosted by Centre for European Research at University of Gothenburg (CERGU)

Sponsored by the Swedish research foundation Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), sector committee TIF Technology, Institutions and Change

For information and help in practical issues, please, contact Birgitta Jännebring, Phone +46 735968402 or email birgitta.jannebring@cergu.gu.se

Universitets-TV will be responsible for filming, recording, and live streaming of the symposium.

The live stream will be available at https://play.gu.se/media/Medieteknik+lives%C3%A4ndning/0_khfhho2q

Datum & tid: 2015-06-25 kl 09:30 till 2015-06-26 kl 18:00

Kategorier: Samhällsvetenskap

Arrangör: CERGU

Plats: Visual Arena Lindholmen

Ytterligare information:
Big Data Symposium 25-26 June 2015 Program.pdf

Kontaktperson: Urban Strandberg

Sidansvarig: |Sidan uppdaterades: 2011-03-07

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