Associate Professor

Public Event: Virginia Eubanks (Associate Professor, Political Science, University at Albany, State University of New York)

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

5:30 - 7:00pm

Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202


In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally...

Fernanda Bruno

Professor Fernanda Bruno
Professor Fernanda Bruno

Associate Professor, Post-Graduation Program, Communication and Culture, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernanda Bruno is an Associate Professor at the Post-Graduation Program of Communication and Culture, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the Director of the MediaLab.UFRJ and a Senior Researcher at the National Scientific Council (CNPq), Brazil. Bruno is also a Founding member of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies - LAVITS, and she is the author of books, essays and articles on sociotechnical networks, subjectivity, cognition, visibility apparatuses and surveillance culture.

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Kristin Veel

Professor Kristin Veel
Professor Kristin Veel

Associate Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Kristin Veel is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her research is concerned with critical cultural studies of data and surveillance. Her work has focused on the impact of surveillance and datafication technologies on the contemporary cultural imagination, with a particular interest in film, art, literature as well as architecture. She has co-hosted the international network Negotiating (In)visibilities (2011-2014) and is currently principal investigator of the critical big data project Uncertain Archives at the University of Copenhagen (2015-2019), which has transitioned into a vibrant research collective that brings together scholars from across the world working on related projects. She has published the monograph Narrative Negotiations: Information Structures in Literary Fiction (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009) and is co-editor of over ten collected volumes and special journal issues, most recently Architecture and Control (Leiden: Brill, 2018) with Annie Ring and Henriette Steiner. Among her recent journal publications are: Kristin Veel, ‘Make Data Sing: The Automation of Storytelling.’ Big Data and Society, 2018, DOI: and Kristin Veel & Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, ’Geolocating the stranger: the mapping of uncertainty as a configuration of matching and warranting techniques in dating apps’, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 10:3 (2018), 43-52, DOI: 10.1080/20004214.2017.1422924

Carrie B. Sanders

Dr. Carrie B. Sanders
Dr. Carrie B. Sanders

Director Centre for Research on Security Practices (CRSP), Associate Professor, Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

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Sharryn J. Aiken

Professor Sharryn J. Aiken
Professor Sharryn J. Aiken

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Canada

Sharry Aiken is an assistant professor in the faculty of law at Queen's University. She is the editor in chief of Refuge, Canada's Periodical on Refugees and is a past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees. In 2006 she represented a coalition of public interest groups, including the Canadian Council for Refugees and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, in an intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in the cases of Charkaoui, Harkat and Almrei. Relevant publications include “Manufacturing ‘Terrorists’: Refugees, National Security and Canadian Law” (2000); “Of Gods and Monsters: National Security and Canadian Refugee Policy”, (2001); “Risking Rights: An Assessment of Canadian Border Security Policies” (2007); “From Slavery to Expulsion: Racism, Canadian Immigration Law and the Unfulfilled Promise of Modern Constitutionalism” (2007); and “National Security and Canadian Immigration: Deconstructing the Discourse of Trade-Offs” (forthcoming 2008). In 2007 she was awarded a SSHRC standard research grant for her project, Refugee Diasporas,“Homeland” Conflicts and the Impact of the Post-9/11 Security Paradigm.

Martin Hand

Professor Martin Hand
Professor Martin Hand

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada

Martin Hand is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University. He has degrees in Applied Social Science, Cultural Studies, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of York, UK. Before coming to Queen’s in 2004 he was a research associate in the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition at the University of Manchester, UK.

Martin Hand’s research tries to understand relationships between social theory and ordinary practice focused upon the consumption of technologies of varying kinds across a range of contexts. This has involved collaborative research on sustainable domestic technologies, Internet governance, use and appropriation, and most recently the rise and proliferation of digital photography. His research takes a largely ethnographic approach to studying consumption and use. His recent work has been about the shifting relationships between analogue and digital technologies. He is currently developing a new project which will look at how digitization relates to new mobilities in a range of institutional contexts.

He is currently completing a book called Ubiquitous Photography (forthcoming, Polity Press) stemming from the research on the digitization of photography. His previous book Making Digital Cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity (2008, Ashgate) focused upon how the ‘digital turn’ has been understood in theoretical and discursive terms and how such understandings have in turn shaped the ways in which institutions adopt and manage digitization. His co-authored book The Design of Everyday Life (2007, Berg) stems from collaborative research in the UK on intersections of technology, design and practice across a range of ordinary aspects of everyday life, such as kitchen renovation and DIY. He has also published in a range of journals and collections, including Theory, Culture & Society, Journal of Consumer Culture, and Environment and Planning.