On February 7 and 8, UC San Diego will host the Cultured Data Symposium, bringing together experts from data science and the arts and humanities to examine the emerging relationship between data and culture.
The symposium will feature two keynote speakers (one per day), four panels, an adjacent art exhibition, and sound performances. Speakers on each panel will share perspectives from academia, industry, and the arts, giving attendees a well-rounded viewpoint on the topic.
The keynote speakers for the symposium are Shannon Mattern, Ph.D., professor of anthropology at the New School for Social Research, who will be speaking on Friday, and Jessica Marie Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University, who will be speaking on Saturday.
Professor Mattern will examine the ecological aspects of technology and critical data reform, as well as the technical aspects of climate activism surrounding the Green New Deal. Professor Johnson will be discussing her critical research on race, slavery, data, and code studies. Other highlighted speakers include Bradley Voytek, neural and data science associate professor in the UC San Diego Department of Cognitive Science, and Ryan Germick, principal designer at Google.