Demos Project hosts webinar series on "People in Data"

In Spring 2019, the Demos Project sponsors hosts first series of webinars in data humanities

The Demos Project invites all interested faculty, students, and staff to the first webinar in an inaugural global webinar series on “People in Data,” co-hosted during Spring 2019 by Digital Scholars and the Demos Project, and open to any members of the FSU and FAMU communities, as well as greater Tallahassee, the state of Florida, and beyond.

The Demos Project at FSU fosters and supports scholarship involving structured data around people (the demos) and their environment. It considers the representation of individuals, communities, and cultures in data, asks and answers questions about data in society, and applies humanistic thinking to data-driven problems. Headlining these inaugural webinars are experts in various fields and industries that help shape our thinking—ethically, critically, and practically—about people in data, some from within and some from beyond the United States.

The webinars are broadly imagined and may be of interest to those who want to learn more about the data humanities and its overlaps with their own areas, projects, or communities. Webinar participants will be eligible to work with members of the Demos team after Summer or Fall 2019 to discuss or identify potential shared interests in the data or digital humanities, collaborate on research and grant opportunities, gain access to digital research toolkits, and attend follow-up webinars that focus on specific capacities or skills introduced during the inaugural series.

Wednesday, March 6 – 12:00-1:15 p.m. EST

Webinar on “Data Colonialism” featuring

  • Kimberly Christen, Washington State U
  • Alex Gil, Columbia University
  • Larry Madowo, BBC Africa

Advanced Reading or Browsing

Remote attendees are invited to read and/or browse the following in advance:

Christen, Kimberly (2018). “Relationships not Records: Digital Heritage and the Ethics of Sharing Indigenous Knowledge Online,” in Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, edited by Jentery Sayers. Routledge/Taylor and Francis, pp. 403-412.

Christen, Kimberly, Alex Merrill, and Michael Wynne (2017). “A Community of Relations: Mukurtu Hubs and Spokes,” D-Lib Magazine, vol 23, no. 5/6.

Gil, Alex. “Rapid Response Research” (from The Nimble Tents Toolkit)

Gil, Alex. Torn Apart / Separados

Madowo, Larry (2018). “How Cambridge Analytica Poisoned Kenya’s Democracy.” Washington Post Global Opinions.

Tharoor, Ishaan. (2018) “The Scary Truth that Cambridge Analytica Understands.” Washington Post WorldViews.


Please register at

Attending and Connecting

Members of the FSU and FAMU communities who are in Tallahassee are welcome to join us in person in the R&D Commons, basement level of Strozier Library, or to connect remotely via LiveStorm with other attendees. Through the interactive features of our LiveStorm platform, remote attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and participate in group chat.

Connection Requirements

Remote attendees should ensure or secure the following:

  • Web browser (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari version 10 or greater)
  • Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 or greater
  • Internal or external speaker
  • (recommended: headsets or earbuds for optimum sound)

Future Webinars

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 3:30-4:45 p.m. EDT — “Women in Data” – featuring Sadie St. Lawrence, Women in Data org and Lauren Klein, Georgia Technological U

Friday, April 12, 2019 – 12:00-1:15 p.m. EDT — “Humans and (Global) Networks” – featuring Alexander Galloway, NYU and William Thomas, U Nebraska

These webinars are made possible through the generous support of FSU’s Office of Research.

We hope you can join us at one or all of these events,

  • Allen Romano
  • Sarah Stanley
  • Judith Pascoe
  • Tarez Graban (send queries to

What happens when people become digital data?