DATA FEMINISM: A DIGITAL AUTHOR TALK (ONLINE)
About This Event:
In Data Feminism, Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein present a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics—one that is informed by intersectional feminist thought.
Illustrating data feminism in action, D’Ignazio and Klein show how challenges to the male/female binary can help challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems. They explain how, for example, an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization, and how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems. And they show why the data never, ever “speak for themselves.”
Data Feminism offers strategies for data scientists seeking to learn how feminism can help them work toward justice, and for feminists who want to focus their efforts on the growing field of data science. Join us for a digital author talk and take a dive into the book!
About the Instructors:
Director of Data + Feminism Lab,
Director of the Data + Feminism Lab and an Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Catherine is interested in creative ways to democratize data science for social justice and has recently written the book Data Feminism together with Lauren F. Klein. She makes public art & design projects, writes software code & research papers, teaches urban planning and computer science students, and runs data storytelling workshops and feminist hackathons. A compulsive collaborator, joiner and organizer, she recently joined the board of directors of Indigenous Women Rising, a group of Native women innovators who are working for equity in health care.
Lauren F. Klein
Director of Digital Humanities Lab,
Lauren F. Klein is an Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Quantitative Theory and Methods at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. Before arriving at Emory, she taught in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. She received her PhD in English and American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, and her AB in Literature (English and French) from Harvard University. In 2017, she was named one of the “rising stars in digital humanities” from Inside Higher Ed.