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Dr. Sara Bannerman, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, and Dr. Paula Gardner, Asper Chair in Communications, have co-organized a one-day regional workshop, hosted at the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. The workshop will explore political, scholarly and creative interventions into personal data, practices of quantifying self, and our virtual and networked lives. Keynote speaker Nora Young, host of CBC Radio program Spark, will discuss her book, The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us.

Friday, 10 March 2017
Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, Mills Library 1st floor
Space is limited. Please email Sara Bannerman ( to register.

Invited academic, artistic and research creation presentations will address creative and political intersections that link data, self, and social formations. How does data work to create, mandate or complicate normative formations of self and idealized socials? How do our emergent practices and critiques of data illuminate neoliberal or machinic valorization; shed light to the acts of power and self-governance or surveillance; imagine resistive ways in which we can exploit or retain agency with our data? How do we realize data’s productivity through our varied critical and creative practices?

Keynote speaker Nora Young, host of CBC Radio program Spark, will give a talk titled “Data Bodies, Digital Citizens: Power and Politics in the Age of the Data Boom” at 2:00PM in CIBC Hall (MUSC 319):

We’re in a new era, where the physical and the digital are braided together as never before. Simply going through daily life, enormous amounts of data are produced about us, and by us. As individuals, that data can help us learn about ourselves. Collectively, it can lead to smarter, more sustainable cities, improve health care and respond to crises.

But that Data Boom comes with serious risks: loss of privacy, unacknowledged bias, or the targeting of vulnerable populations. The Data Boom is affecting the credit rating you get, the jobs you will be considered for and more. To build the data future we want we need to be active digital citizens, and rethink our relationship to our data.

The workshop aims to consider popular outreach, such as Nora’s, that seek to engage a broad public in crucial conversations around the present and future work of data.

This event is sponsored by: McMaster University’s Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University’s Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia Sara Bannerman, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance Paula Gardner, Asper Chair in Communications