A Successful 2nd Annual Data/Media/Digital/Graduate Symposium!

Thank you everyone for a successful second annual Data/Media/Digital Graduate Symposium! Last Friday, February 28th, eight graduate students from five different departments presented work covering an array of topics that showed the amazing scope of research being done at UO on digital media and technology. A special thanks to our presenters Bailey Hilgren (Environmental Studies), Brandon Harris (Media Studies), Shiloh Deitz (Geography), Teresa Caprioglio (Media Studies), Mary McLevey (Philosophy), Spencer Cherasia (Media Studies), Valérie Simon (Philosophy), Gabriela Chitwood (History of Art and Architecture), and Patrick Jones (Media Studies), the event’s co-organizers, UO Digital Humanities and the School of Journalism and Communication, faculty presenters Max Foxman (Media Studies) and Ramón Alvarado (Philosophy), and our hosts at the Digital Scholarship Center.

Piscinéma, from Man Ray to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou with Dr. Margaret Cohen on Thursday, February 27

Please attend Professor Margaret Cohen’s talk, “Piscinéma, from Man Ray to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” on Thursday, February 27 from 12-2 pm in the Knight Browsing Room.

Professor Cohen is Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Stanford University. She also directs Stanford’s Center for the Study of the Novel.

She is the author of two prize-winners: The Sentimental Education of the Novel and The Novel and The Sea. Professor Cohen’s forthcoming book Underwater Eye deals with the history of cinema shot underwater. She is editing a multivolume Cultural History of the Sea forthcoming with Bloomsbury Press.

Her visit takes place under the auspices of Dr. Fabienne Moore’s new course, FR 460/560: Law and Empire of the Seas. Dr. Moore, an Associate Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages, developed the course with the support of an Oregon Humanities Center 2019-20 Sherl K. Coleman and Margaret E. Guitteau Teaching Professorship.

Feb 27 Book Talk: How We Became Our Data

Join Us for a Public Book Talk on:

How We Became Our Data

by NMCC Director & Assoc. Prof. Colin Koopman


Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.
110 Knight Law Center on the UO Campus
1515 Agate St.

In his book How We Became Our Data, UO philosophy professor Colin Koopman excavates early moments of our rapidly accelerating data-tracking technologies and their consequences for how we think of and express our selfhood today. Koopman explores the emergence of mass-scale record keeping systems like birth certificates and social security numbers, as well as new data techniques for categorizing personality traits, measuring intelligence, and even racializing subjects. This all culminates in what Koopman calls the “informational power” we are all now subject to.


Colin Koopman is associate professor of philosophy and director of the New Media & Culture Program at the University of Oregon. His previous books include Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty (2009); Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity (2013). His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times and Aeon as well as in academic journals such as Critical Inquiry, Contemporary Political Theory, Diacritics, and New Media & Society.


This event is presented by the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Governance. Cosponsored by the UO Department of Philosophy and UO Data Science Initiative.

“Beyond Buzzwords: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society”: the 2019-2020 Cressman lecture with Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Dr Ruha Benjamin will deliver the 2019-2020 Cressman Lecture, entitled “Beyond Buzzwords: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society,” on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The First United Methodist Church is located at  1376 Olive Street.

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and even deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. In this talk, Professor Ruha Benjamin presents the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. We will also consider how race itself is a kind of tool designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice and discuss how technology is and can be used toward liberatory ends. This presentation takes us into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.

Ruha Benjamin is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University where she studies the social dimensions of science, technology and medicine, race and citizenship, knowledge and power. She is also the founder of the JUST DATA Lab, and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Information Technology PolicyProgram on History of ScienceCenter for Health and WellbeingProgram on Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Department of Sociology. She serves on the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities.

Benjamin’s first book, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press 2013), investigates the social dimensions of stem cell science with a particular focus on the passage and implementation of a “right to research” codified in California. Her second book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Polity 2019) examines the relationship between machine bias and systemic racism, analyzing specific cases of “discriminatory design” and offering tools for a socially-conscious approach to tech development.

2019 Fall Shelfie: Valérie Simon


Valérie is a third year PhD student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon. Her education includes a BA in Philosophy and Women’s Studies (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Her work situates itself at the intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of technology and sexuality studies and is focused on questions that relate to queer and lesbian history, activism and archival practices.

After discovering the New Media and Culture Certificate program during the graduate student orientation week, Valérie joined the NMCC program during her first year at the UO in 2017. Now in her third year in the program, Valérie, looking back, can say that she joined because she is interested in two interrelated questions. First, the use of technologies for social change especially as exemplified by the Lesbian Avengers, a direct action group founded in 1992 in New York City focused on issues of lesbian visibility and survival. Second, because she is interested in the ways in which queer and lesbian history and archives are mobilized to give coherence to queer and lesbian communities formed by different identities, experiences and histories.

Moving forward, Valérie is interested in examining different approaches that focus on technologies in terms of their materiality and their associated practices to explore modes of political action that engage and take up the technologies that transform our lives and worlds.


“Xenofeminism A Politics for Alienation” by Laboria Cuboniks (https://www.laboriacuboniks.net/)

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness by Simone Browne

The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy by Edmund Husserl

Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real by Bernhard Siegert

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly Cogswell

Oversight: Critical Reflections on Feminist Research and Politics by Viviane Namaste

“A World of Shame: Time, Belonging, and Social Media” by Yasmin Nair

“A Manifesto” by Yasmin Nair

“Why is ‘LeftTube’ So White?” by Kat Blaque

“Pewdiepie and The Rebranding of White Nationalism” by Kat Blaque

“The History of Monetization, Demonetization and How it Changed Youtube” by Kat Blaque

The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye (movie)

Open Call for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year through our annual open call. This opportunity is for those who wish to spend 2020-2021 in residence in Cambridge, MA as part of the Center’s vibrant community of research and practice, and who seek to engage in collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet’s most important and compelling issues.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Call for Submissions: UO’s Second Annual Data|Media|Digital Graduate Student Symposium

Call for Submissions

UO’s Second Annual
Data|Media|Digital Graduate Student Symposium
Fri Feb. 28, 2020

Proposal Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2019

We invite submissions for 15-minute presentations from UO graduate students on any aspect of Data/Media/Digital studies for a one-day symposium to be held on Friday, February 28, 2020. The second annual Data/Media/Digital Symposium will be held this year in the Knight Library’s DREAM Lab collaborative workspace. Presentations can be based on work in progress or on research and work in the final stages of development. Proposals should specify clear scholarly or pedagogical goals, and should articulate how the design or argument of a data/media/digital project might address those goals. Any kind of data studies, media studies, or digital studies project is welcome (if you aren’t sure if your project fits our call, then it probably does, but please get in touch and we can offer you our guidance).

This event will be an opportunity to showcase the exciting multi-disciplinary work being produced by graduate students across campus. We look forward to sustaining cross-disciplinary conversations and building inter-departmental community over the course of the day. To facilitate this goal, student participants are expected to attend the symposium for the full day (to the extent that their academic schedule allows). A/V services will be available in-room to all presenters. Coffee and catering will be provided throughout the day (as well as, contingent on available funds, a hosted lunch for all presenters).

Please send your submission to uogradsymposium@gmail.com by the end of day (11:59PM) on Thursday, December 12th (at the end of Exam Week during Fall Quarter). Submissions should include two documents (both as PDFs): a submission file and your CV. Your submission PDF must include: your name, your UO department or program, your presentation title, and a brief 250-to-500 word abstract (or executive summary) of your proposed presentation. Decisions about all submissions will be conveyed no later than Monday, January 6, 2020.

Questions about this event can be directed to any member of our co-organizing committee:

• Colin Koopman: koopman@uoregon.edu (New Media & Culture + Philosophy)
• Heidi Kaufman: hkaufman@uoregon.edu (Digital Humanities + English)
• Bish Sen: bsen@uoregon.edu (School of Journalism & Communication + Media Studies)

Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Angela Washko on November 14 at 4:00

Visiting Artist Lecture Series and George and Matilda Fowler Lecture

Angela Washko: “Poking the Hive: Interventions in Unusual Media Environments”

Thursday, November 14, 4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 115
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97403

Artist and activist Angela Washko will present several different strategies for performing, participating in and transforming online environments that are especially hostile toward women.

This lecture is made possible by the George and Matilda Fowler Endowment Fund.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

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