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Data, Culture, and Justice

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 5
Module lead
James Baker
Academic year

Module overview

Data organise our present and shape our future. Those data are never neutral because they are the product of human labour, of choices made by people about what data to record, how to record it, and who is best equipped to do that recording. Drawing on work from intersectional feminism, anti-colonial theory, and infrastructure studies, this module takes a justice-led approach to data as both products and producers of culture. It examines the ways that the datafication of culture has produced predictive systems that police us, structures that define us, and products that simulate us. It explores the connections between historical forms of data production and present day inequities. It discusses the value, purpose, and variety of justice-led approaches to analysing data and culture. And it considers how we might creatively resist, reimagine, and remake the relationship between data, culture, and social justice.

No technical or theoretical knowledge is required to take this module. It is open to all, whether you want to develop a justice-led approach to thinking about the intersections of data and culture, or you want to work with data to apply justice-led thinking to your analysis of culture.