Skip to main content

Social Imaginaries: The re-invention of social research


Social Imaginaries: The re-invention of social research

Panel discussion and book launch of Digital Sociology by Noortje Marres

With Les Back (Goldsmiths), Lucy Kimbell (UAL), Hannah Knox (UCL), Noortje Marres (Warwick), Mike Savage (LSE) and Amanda Windle (UAL)

Date and Place: 9 May 2017, Central Saint Martins, LVMH Lecture Theatre, 1 Granary Square (London)

Hosted by:
- Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick
- Warwick in London

The digital makes possible new ways of monitoring, analysing and intervening in social life. Critics have pointed at the new forms of surveillance and control that this makes possible, and to new types of data economies. But the creation of new forms of knowledge about social life is central to efforts to implement digital infrastructures: they enable the introduction of new kinds of actionable insight into society. At the same time, however, the liking-and-sharing economy has recently been exposed to serve power more than truth. In this context, how can we communicate the constructive potential of the insight that knowing is a social process? What can be the role of social research in digital societies? This is the issue that Digital Sociology (Marres, 2017) examines, and one that this event will explore by way of a panel discussion about the following proposition: in a digital age, "knowing society" becomes an inherently interdisciplinary undertaking, one that requires mutual engagement, and thrives on creative exchange, between computing, social sciences, and the arts.

Evelyn Ruppert has written a blog post about the panel and launch for Big Data and Society

An audio recording of the panel discussion is available here: