About Shannon Mattern
Shannon Mattern is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (forthcoming), all published by University of Minnesota Press. She contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.
About Control Societies Speaker Series
Control Societies was started as part of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s initiative on Culture, Society, and Critical Policy Studies in order to feature and engage cutting edge scholarship on the enumerating acts of governmentality in computational culture and the incalculable possibilities of justice. For the 2017/2018 academic year, the School of Social Policy & Practice will continue its speaker series in partnership with the Annenberg School for Communication, which produces scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political implications of digital information and communication technologies, networks, and systems. Through the speaker series, the organizers aim to explore the philosophical foundations of algorithms, data, and their intersections with governmentality, surveillance, social policy, and the reconfiguring of power relations.
Future lectures include:
- November 6: Finn Brunton, New York University
- January 29: Ingrid Barrington, Data & Society
- February 12: Sarah Sharma, University of Toronto
- February 26: Andre Brock, University of Michigan
- March 12: Liz de Freitas, Manchester Metropolitan University
- March 26: Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University
- April 9: Elvin Wyly, University of British Columbia
For more information, visit criticalpolicystudies.com/speaker-series.
Additional funding is provided by the Provost Excellence Through Diversity Fund and Price Digital Humanities Lab.