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.

Join the Department of Art and the School of Art + Design on Instagram and visit art.uoregon.edu for more info about the department and upcoming events.

Winter NMCC Course offerings Have Been Posted to the Website

Winter NMCC Course offerings have been posted to the website. See the UO Schedule of Classes for any updates or change that may have occured after NMCC assembled this list.



In AY 2019-20, the Common Seminar, “History and Theory of New Media,” will be taught in both Winter and Spring Term. In Winter, the course will be titled “Theories of New Media.”


Winter 2020 NMCC Course Offerings

Course Number Course Title Instructor

NMCC Core Course

J 610 Theories of New Media Markowitz

Topics Courses

CIS 571 Intro to Artificial Intelligence Nguyen
J 512 Studying Games Cote
J 512 Television and Society Sen
J 567 Digital Media in Asia Nah
J 596 Internet Law Newell
J 644 Philosophy of Communication Curtin
PHIL 507 Data Ethics Alvarado
SOC 656 Soc of Sexuality Pascoe
WGS 521 Bodies and Embodiment Stewart

Methods Courses

ARCH 523 Media for Design and Development Givens; Buzzell; Leahy (PDX)
EDLD 633 Structural Equation Modeling 1 Stevens
EDUC 614 Educational Statistics TBA; Van Ryzin (online)
EDUC 630 Qual Mth 1: Interp Inq Rosiek
EDUC 636 ADV Qual Mth: New Mat Rosiek
J 510 Media Studies Research Methods Newell
J 642 Quantiative Research Methods Shafer
PPM 657 Res Meth Pub Pol & Mgt Nystrom
PSY 612 Data Analysis II Weston

Electives Courses

ARH 610 Art and Geoaesthetics Amstutz; Scott
ARTD 510 Game Art TBA
ARTD 510 Data Visualization TBA
ARTD 512 Experiment Animation Tan
ARTD 513 Emerging Technologies Ives
ARTD 571 3-D Computer Imaging Ching
ARTD 590 Iss & Prac Digital Art Rueter
CINE 510 Warner Bros Studio Aronson
CINE 540 Contemporary Global Art Cinema Stenhart
ENG 608 Colloq Pol/Cul/Ident TBA
ENG 645 Species and Print Sayre
ENG 695 Food TV Miller
ES 510 Asian American Feminist Theory Fujiwara
FLR 510 Craft Clothing Culture Saltzman
J 512 Doc Civil Rights Miller
J 512 Understanding Disney Wasko
J 532 Reporting for Electronic Media Force
J 560 Advertising and Culture Elias
J 560 Brand Responsibility Sheehan
J 560 Design and Technology Ewald
J 563 Solution Journalism Heyamoto
J 575 Flux Production Matthews
J 580 Strat Social Media Matthews
J 595 Comm Logic Inquiry Bybee
J 613 Media Theory II Chatman
LA 515 Computers in Landscape Arc Enright
LA 517 Computer Aided LA Des Thoren
LA 539 Landsc Arch Des & Proc Ribe
LA 550 Landscape Media Lee
LA 559 Instant City Geffel
MUS 510 Data Sonification Bellona
MUS 547 Digital Aud & Sound Des Stolet
MUS 548 Interactive Media Perf Stolet
MUS 570 Hist Electroaccoust Mus Hatakeyama
MUS 577 Digit Aud Wrk Tech II Bellona
MUS 581 Audio Record Techn II Miller; Bellona
MUS 645 Adv Electronic Compos Stolet
MUS 693 Ore Electrr Device Orch Stolet
PPPM 510 Visual Communication Abia-Smith

NMCC Core Course, Histories and Theories of New Media, to be offered in both Winter and Spring terms this year

We are happy to announce that the NMCC’s core course, “Histories and Theories of New Media,” will be offered in both Winter and Spring term this year. In the winter, the course will be listed as J610: Theories of New Media and will be taught by SOJC Professor Dr. David Markowitz. The course is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:50. In the spring the course will be listed as J610: Histories and Theories of New Media. Professor and timing of the spring course are TBA.

While the course is a broad introduction to new media theories and histories, each individual faculty is given freedom to design the course in a way that best features their own research strengths and academic background. Accordingly, NMCC would recommend the Winter offering with Dr. Markowitz to our NMCC students with a more social science focus (or those interested in developing that way), while the Spring offering will be taught by a faculty member (still TBA, as noted) who will give the course more of a humanities and cultural studies focus.

We hope that this expansion of offerings for our core course will make schedule planning just a little bit easier for all of our students.

USC Humanities in a Digital World Postdoc Opportunity

2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Humanities in a Digital World Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at USC

The University of Southern California Humanities in a Digital World Program seeks applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2020-2022 in any area of the humanities with a focus on using digital tools. The annual salary will be $70,000, plus benefits and a yearly $2000 research/travel allowance.

The Program explores how humanities scholarship can evolve and thrive in an increasingly digital world. We provide training for scholars from a wide range of humanities disciplines in emerging digital technologies, while still preserving the essential integrity of each scholar’s discipline-based research.  Each fellow will attend a required three-week summer boot camp to receive intensive training in digital skills, including GIS, data visualization, meta-data creation, and Scalar multi-media authoring and publishing. These boot camps will be coordinated by the office of the Divisional Dean of the Humanities in USC Dornsife and taught by faculty from the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, the USC Libraries, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

During the fellowship period, each fellow will have the opportunity to present their work at symposia aimed to demonstrate how digital techniques can shape research, writing, and presentation of evidence in the humanities. In addition, each fellow will teach three courses over two academic years.

The fellowship is open to candidates with a Ph.D. received between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2020.

To apply, complete an application in our secure portal. Applicants will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two referees who will be prompted via email to upload letters of recommendation.  After submitting contact and education information, applicants will need to upload the following materials as pdf files in the application portal:

  • CV
  • Cover letter/ research statement (not exceeding 3 single-spaced pages)
  • Dissertation abstract
  • Writing sample

The application deadline is Friday, December 13, 2019 at 12noon PST.
Applicants should complete applications with enough time to allow referees to upload letters prior to the deadline.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Amy Braden via email at digitalhumanities@dornsife.usc.edu