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Dialogues in Data Power

4th International Data Power Conference, June 22nd – June 24th 2022

Online and in person in three locations: the University of Sheffield, Carleton University and the University of Bremen

A three-day in person and online international conference organized by Data Power teams at The University of Sheffield in the UK, Carleton University in Canada and the University of Bremen in Germany.

The online Registration portal is now open!

All participants can confirm your participation by registering here by 31st May 2022. Your registration will allow you to participate in the in-person event of your choice and/or the online elements of the conference. If you have any difficulties with registration process, please email dialoguesindatapower2022@gmail.com.

Fees for Conference Participation

by 15 May 2022 
16 May – 31 May 2022 

Sheffield in-person rate (including catering*)


Online or Bremen/Carleton in-person rate£40£50

* Some form of catering will be provided in each in-person venue – each location has different ways of managing this (see website for further details)

We request that presenters register for the conference before or on Tuesday, 31 May 2022. We will be strictly enforcing this deadline. We also strongly encourage all presenters to register by 15 May 2022 (early registration).

We will offer free access to the online stream to non-presenting unfunded PhD students and casualised/independent academics that do not have institutional funding support. If you fall into one of these categories, please send an email to dialoguesindatapower2022@gmail.com.

We are currently finalising the programme, but expect the Sheffield in person talks Wednesday-Thursday morning; Bremen Wednesday-Friday, Carleton Friday; online only stream across all three days. 

Time for each presentation: 10-15 minutes.

General information


Most of the conference will happen at the Dock One, which is within walking distance of the hotel as well as the University:

Dock One

Konrad-Zuse-Straße 6

28359 Bremen

When you are in front of the building, there are 4 entrances. You must take the main entrance at the front on the left. 

DOCK ONE is located on the 2nd floor.

The conference dinner on the first evening will be held at the Haus am Walde restaurant (also walking distance) http://hausamwalde-bremen.de/:

Haus am Walde
Kuhgrabenweg 2
28359 Bremen

During the Conference, the main catering will be at the normal mensa of the university (in Walking distance). 

There will be a conference dinner on Thursday at the “Haus am Walde” Kuhgrabenweg 2, 28359 Bremen. 

The Hotel we propose is the 7Things: Universitätsallee 4, 28359 Bremen, https://www.7things.de/. We reserved a contingent for the conference quests. The keyword for booking  is “DATAPOWER”. 


Sheffield Venue: Arts Tower rooms LT05, LT03 and LT06

University of Sheffield

Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

Lunch will be delivered to the Arts Tower.


Ottawa Venue: Richcraft Hall

School of Journalism and Communication (https://carleton.ca/sjc/)

Faculty of Public Affairs (https://carleton.ca/fpa/)

Carleton University (https://carleton.ca/campus/)

1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Ontario, K1S 5B6 Canada

The conference programme, presentation format and further information about logistics will be available on the Data Power Conference soon. 

Call for abstracts:

The Data Power Conference hosts critical reflections on data’s power and the social, political, economic and cultural consequences of data’s increasing presence in our lives, workplaces, and societies. The most recent conference in 2019 focused on the specific theme of global in/security. The 4th Data Power Conference, in June 2022, returns to some of the fundamental questions that underpinned the founding of the conference. It is conceived as a series of dialogues, dialogues about over-arching concerns and with disciplines and stakeholders working with and on data. In particular, the conference will reflect on:

  • How can stakeholders be engaged in critical conversations about data power?
  • What constitute rigorous methods when it comes to researching data power?
  • To what extent does critical data power research need to focus on specific instances of data power in action? What contributions can more generalised critiques make to our field?

To facilitate dialogues across disciplines and with stakeholders, we welcome papers, panels and roundtable dialogues from interdisciplinary teams including disciplines incorporating aspects of data science, and papers which incorporate non-academic collaborators from a range of sectors.

As always, the Data Power Conference remains concerned with in/equalities, discrimination, questions of justice, rights and freedoms, and agency and resistance. We welcome papers, panels and roundtable dialogues that engage with these matters.

There will be a keynote speaker on each of the three conference days, details to be confirmed.

Information on abstracts & papers

  • Whilst we welcome papers and session proposals of all kinds, please note that this conference focuses on critical questions about data’s power and also papers that are critical and/or reflective with regards to the social and cultural consequences of the rise of data’s power.
  • A 250-300 word abstract is required.
  • The deadline for abstracts is extended by a week! The new deadline is 22nd January 2022.
  • Abstract submission system is here.

Abstract Deadline – EXTENDED BY A WEEK!: Now 22nd January 2022

Conference Dates: 22nd to 24th of June 2022

Venues: It will be possible to participate in the conference online or in person. Conference activities will be hosted for one day in each of these locations:

  • Department of Sociological Studies and Information School in Sheffield, UK
  • School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, Canada
  • Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) and
  • Institute for Information Management (ifib) in Bremen, Germany.

Information on conference organisation

  • It will be possible to participate fully remotely in the conference, but it will also be possible to participate in-person in one of the three locations in which the conference has already taken place – Sheffield/UK, Ottawa/Canada and Bremen/Germany – as these will each host a local session on one of the conference days.
  • The conference will seek to be accessible across time zones, with sessions 9am to 12pm CET and 6pm to 9pm CET on each of the three days.
  • There will be a modest conference fee to cover running costs, with reductions for students and people participating online.

Data Power Conference Management Team

Jo Bates, University of Sheffield

Ysabel Gerrard, University of Sheffield

Monika Halkort, University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Juliane Jarke, University of Bremen

Helen Kennedy, University of Sheffield

Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University