Digital Forays in Middle Eastern Studies // A year-long series 2020-2021:
This year long series starts from a simple premise: What does it look like to think, engage, and do research in this digital age? This is not a call for researchers to simply produce digital outputs - but we live in an ever increasingly digital world. In order to better activate our scholarship, and to grasp the terrain in which our research questions unfold, we must reimagine our methods, modes of collaboration, and how to participate in a quickly changing digital landscape. See full series overview
DIGITAL DATA GATHERING & CHANGING WAYS OF KNOWING I:
March 4, 2021 / 12:30-2PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom signup
On the coattails of increasing surveillance are wider digital data gathering capabilities: “open data,” user generated images, cell phone tower pings (to prove presence & proximity to a protest)...etc. Many of these are used by states and corporations, but on smaller scales, people are harnessing the surfeit of data we produce - and that which surrounds us - in order to make claims and show “proof.” How are researchers & activists collecting, aggregating, and processing what we digitally capture, as well as the digital shadows that are captured about us? Take for instance a webcam, wikipedia, or photographs of munitions from a rural field in Syria. All allow new scales of involvement and intervention that change the scope of citizen participation - but also alter the definitions of witnessing, proof, and the role of “being there.” In a quickly changing landscape of disinformation, distortion, and “fakes,” how are certain projects compiling information to question: how do we know what we know/prove/remember in this digital age?
Join the Kevorkian Center with Hadi Al Khatib, Samira Koujok, Lorenzo Pezzani, and discussant Jillian York and discussant on March 4, 2021 at 12:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss together issues of digital platforms and publics. To register please follow the link here or copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevoDF34