Dans la cadre de la journée d’étude SACRED du jeudi 14 février 2013, Noortje Marres (Goldsmith, University of London) donnera une conférence d’ouverture intitulée: « Tooling up or tooling down? On issue mapping and other interface methods ». Voici le résumé:
‘There is no such thing as raw data’ remains the truism that is often repeated, yet remains to be addressed in relation to data-intenstive science and politics. The truism calls to mind a philosopical idea, namely that of the ‘theory-ladenness of data’, on which the holistic philosophy and sociology of knowledge have long insisted. But it can also be taken as a highly practical observation, in that the ‘data initiatives’, that so many organisations in science, politics and industry are today undertaking, tend to make available not so much data, but data tools. These tools come with particular concepts and methods build in (forcing us to consider the method-ladeness of data), and format informational practices in more or less forceful and limiting ways.
One of the risks of data-instensive science and politics, in this regard, is surely that of ‘methods creep’, as the built-in assumptions, measures, techniques, and action formats of data tools come to inform social, cultural, political research and engagement much more widely. The danger is that in seeking to expand our engagement with digital networked contexts (‘tooling up’), we end up dumbing down both our knowledge and our politics. The lecture proposes and explores the heurisitic of ‘interface methods’ as a way of engaging with this situation.
To consider data tools as ‘interface methods’ is to approach them as sites of engagement with the wider research apparatus of data-intensive science and politics. It is to consider informational devices as unstable formations, where relations between researchers and researched, and between data, objects, methods are being configured today. I will explore this way of approaching data tools as interface methods in this talk through a discussion of a particular method: issue mapping. This social and political research method is today being re-negotiated through the deployment of data tools, and it can therefore serve as a useful site for examining whether and how data tools allow for creative and critical engagement with data-intensive science and politics.Share on Facebook