[Air-L] CFP: The Datafied Family

Ranjana Das r.das at surrey.ac.uk
Mon Jan 9 13:02:48 PST 2023

The call for papers is now open for - *The Datafied Family* – a free, fully online day-long event on Wednesday 28th June 2023, hosted by Professor Ranjana Das of the University of Surrey, UK, with funding from the Institute of Advanced Studies.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics, UK; Professor Usha Raman, University of Hyderabad, India; Dr Giovanna Mascheroni, Catholic University of Milan, Italy and Professor Veronica Barassi, University of St Gallen, Switzerland

>From body-trackers, non-human digital support apps, smart home tech, parenting apps and gadgets, surveillance devices from the womb to the cradle, technologies of intimacy and play in the Internet of the Things, and wellbeing and wellness support bots – the textures of family life are changing – at disparate paces across global cultures and economies with a steady increase in family technologies, which are subtly, and not so subtly altering the doing of care, intimacy, leisure, learning, play, routine and more.



The Datafied Family – will raise and respond to a set of key questions – without restricting its topics to these alone. Overarchingly, we ask
1. In what ways have family dynamics – routines, caring, intimacies, leisure, play, learning, parenting and more – been interrupted, (re)shaped, or transformed by the steady algorithmizing of everyday family life?
2. What material artefacts – toys, apps, smart home tech, educational applications, portals and meta-portals – punctuate family life and to what effect?
3. What inequalities, injustices, and power dynamics are being rehearsed or reshaped through the datafication of family life?
4. How is the algorithmic shaping of domestic routines and rapports encountered in practice, resisted, or reshaped through human agency?
5. What global perspectives remain less visible and unincorporated in theorising the datafied family, including the disparities between the global north and south?

The event welcomes paper submissions on its submission portal in the following areas – which are indicated below but not produced as an exhaustive list –

• Surveillance technologies in the home
• Body trackers
• Geo-location devices and relationships
• Datafication of intimacies and sexuality
• Parenthood, parenting and platforms
• Childhood, big data and datafication of childhood
• Rights based perspectives on data technologies in the family
• Kinship, routines, time and technology
• Aging, care and emerging technologies
• Smart home technologies
• Leisure, play, learning and Big Data
• Algorithmic cultures, resistance, play and algorithmic shaping of family life
• Data driven discrimination
• Data inequalities and injustices
• Redefining ‘family’ in an era of datafication

Abstract submission details:

Final Submission Deadline:28th February 2023
Notification of Outcome:March 20th 2023
Event date:28th June, 2023, 930 am to 3 pmUK time.

Submission portal: [*please submit your abstract herehttps://www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/event/the-datafied-family-algorithmic-encounters-in-care-intimacies-routine-and-play/*].

If any questions, please get in touch with Professor Ranjana Das, atr.das at Surrey.ac.uk

Prof Ranjana Das
Professor in Media and Communication
University of Surrey
Mastodon: @ProfRanjanaDas at mastodon.online
Twitter: @ProfRanjanaDas

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