The Mason Institute offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for students, academics, practitioners, and the public. Here you will find details of our MI lunches, writing retreats, annual lectures, work in progress seminars, and more!

Jun
9
Tue
MI Virtual Lunchtime Seminar: Prof Madeleine Murtagh, University of Glasgow @ Online event
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Why data ethics? Why now?

Professor Madeleine Murtagh, Chair of Social Data Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

It now seems almost trite to note the datafication of contemporary life. Data is produced in our every action and reaction, used to monitor and audit, predict and persuade. In the bio and social sciences these data uses have multiple material impacts. In step, or in response, new instantiations of data ethics are emerging. Using examples from past and ongoing work, I outline (and problematise) several ways in which data ethics is ‘becoming’ and explore the contested epistemic terrain in which these practices are situated, asking two key questions:

How do power and inequalities get written into or out of the data available for analyses in biosocial research?

How do contemporary scientific practices (structural and epistemic) support or counter epistemic injustice(s)?

Please note that this seminar will be hosted on Blackboard Collaborate. Instructions for joining the seminar will be sent to you after registration. We do hope that you will be able to join us.