Critical Conversations: (Big) Data, Algorithms & Interfaces

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Date: January 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center Hilberry D - 210
Category: Lunch

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Critical Conversations: (Big) Data, Algorithms & Interfaces 

Dismantling the Default:
Feminist Approaches to Data, Bodies, and Wearable Technologies
Conversation Facilitated by Jessica Rajko

January 23, 12pm - 1:30
Student Center, Room 289

How do normative ideas of what bodies are/do embed themselves in our wearable devices, and how do these ideas shape the regulation and production of embodied knowledge? In this critical conversation, we will discuss how wearable technologies impact our ideas of what it means to have, be in, and be “embodied.” This conversation will intersect with issues of data privacy and ownership in techno-culture. Furthermore, we will discuss how wearable technology infrastructures extend and perpetuate the marginalization of women, people of color, Indigenous peoples, and queer and trans people. Attendees are invited to share and reflect based on their own research and personal experiences with the conversation theme.

Jessica Rajko is an interdisciplinary scholar/practitioner working at the intersection of somatically informed dance and human-computer interaction design. Her current work investigates the ethical and corporeal implications of big data and quantification practices on everyday life and within the dance community. Considering issues such as digital civil rights and equity in digital culture, her research aspires to disrupt normative narratives of how we perform digital technology and how digital technology performs us. Jessica joined Wayne as part of the multidisciplinary university hiring initiative in Big Data & Analytics.

About the Event Series:

Critical Conversations is a series of intimate, catered luncheons exploring common research agendas and practices that focus on (big) data, algorithms, and interfaces at individual, community, and societal levels. Each luncheon covers a unique topic led by a Wayne State University (WSU) faculty currently conducting related research. Topics are intentionally open and broad to invite researchers from across campus to join and partake in the conversation. Lunch will be provided.

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February 20: Social Media Platform Content Regulation 
Facilitated by Nic DePaula

March 26: Decolonizing Data:  Ethnocentrism, Cultural Bias, and a New Technological Ethics
Facilitated by Jennifer Hart

Monthly luncheons will be hosted on Thursdays 12pm – 1:30pm. Lunch will be provided.


Critical Conversations is sponsored by the Provost’s Office.



Jessica Rajko




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