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Situating Data Practices Beyond Data Universalism

  • 5th International Data Power Conference, 4th – 6th September 2024
  • Online and in person in two locations: International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B), India and the University of Graz, Austria.

Call for abstracts (now closed)

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 5th International Data Power focuses on situating data practices and looking ‘beyond data universalism’ (Milan and Treré, 2019). It aims to:

  • Situate data practices in the power relations that shape their creation and use in the world
  • Explore the importance of place, space, time and context in the making of data and the effects of data power
  • Examine the centres of data power and their infrastructures

In addition, the conference asks:

  • What constitutes rigorous methods when it comes to researching data power locally and globally?
  • To what extent does critical data power research need to focus on specific instances of data power in action?
  • What generalised critiques can be made from our field?

To facilitate dialogues across disciplines and with stakeholders, we welcome papers 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 that engage with these matters.

There will be a keynote speaker in each of the in-person locations, details to be confirmed.

Information on paper abstracts and proposals for making & doing sessions

  • 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.
  • We also welcome proposals for making & doing sessions. These should aim to share practical interventions, practices of doing data studies research and other types of engaged or participatory research or hands-on workshops (e.g. data walks, data sprints, counter mapping). These sessions will take place in-person only. Remote participation in them will not be possible. (See the 4S website for great advice on how to craft such sessions,).
  • Please submit a 250-300 word abstract for individual papers or making & doing sessions. Panel proposals should include a 250-300 word panel description + a 250-300 word abstract for each paper.
  • The deadline is 19th January 2024.
  • If you want to discuss special formats for paper sessions or making & doing sessions, please contact the organisers.

Information on conference attendance

  • It will be possible to participate EITHER remotely OR in-person in one of the two locations in which the conference will take place – Centre for Information Technology and Public Policy (CITAPP) at IIIT-Bangalore (India) and BANDAS Center & Department of Sociology at University of Graz  (Austria).
  • Building on our experience in collectively organising hybrid conferences, the conference will seek to be accessible across time zones.
  • Conference fee: A modest fee for conference participation will be charged. Further details will be available once registration opens. Researchers without institutional support may apply for a waiver.

Abstract submission:

You can submit your abstract via our abstract submission system from 1st November (now closed).

Organising committee:


Milan, S., & Treré, E. (2019). Big data from the South (s): Beyond data universalism. Television & New Media. 20(4), 319-335.