[Air-L] 4S 2023 Open panel - Decolonizing Data Infrastructures: Pluralizing Imaginaries and Histories of Datafication (due May 26)

Yousif Hassan yousif at innovexa.com
Mon Apr 24 12:08:52 PDT 2023

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   - *Submission Instructions*:
   - *Deadline for Abstract *Submissions: May 26, 2023 (notification of
   acceptance on June 9)

90. Decolonizing Data Infrastructures: Pluralizing Imaginaries and
Histories of Datafication

*Yousif Hassan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Jane Yeahin Pyo,
University of Massachusetts-Amherst;** Paola Ricuarte, Tecnologico de
Monterrey; Anita Chan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign*

Discourses of decolonization have become salient in the field of AI/Big
Data and global circles of responsible innovation. These discourses often
take a universalist view of ethics, or imply a vision of AI mono-futurism
based on Euro-American centric understandings of the social, political, and
economic implications of data-driven developments across different
geographies of the Global South and North. This panel attempts to
problematize such trends by recovering the pluralistic histories of
decolonization across different geographies of knowledge production. We
seek nuanced discussions of surveillance, prediction, and segregation
economies and resistances to them that are underpinned by alternative ways
of knowing and being in the world. We invite methodological, theoretical,
and empirical contributions that engage with alternative future
imaginations to remake or refuse dominant data-driven imperatives and look
for past and present practice from places that have been historically
excluded from knowledge-making. This includes work that:

   - Open up spaces for solidarity and reimagination of shared human
   futurities that confront and seek to dismantle systems of oppression
   - Problematize notions of intelligence and ethics based on Western
   understandings of human difference.
   - Explore colonial ideologies reproduced through information ecologies
   and their impacts on marginalized communities
   - Illuminate Southern epistemologies that contribute to more inclusive
   and accountable practices or policy around data infrastructures.
   - Address feminist, racial and social justice approaches to technology
   to interrogate relations of power across situated data ecologies.
   - Examine communal approaches to technology and their implications for
   political economies

*Contact: *asaychan at gmail.com, yousif at illinois.edu, forrain526 at gmail.com,
pricaurt at tec.mx

Keywords: Social Movements and STS, Decolonial and Postcolonial STS, Big
Data, AI, and Machine Learning, decolonization infrastructures, data/AI
colonialism, data solidarities, AI mono-futurisms, socio-technical
pluri-histories, political economy of technology, datafication, Indigenous
STS, Feminist STS, Race/Black Studies and STS, Social Movements and STS,
Transnational STS, coloniality, decolonial computing and media
technologies, critical race and media studies, infrastructure studies


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