The Data Studies group gathers every Monday 9AM together with IDSAI's data governance, for discussions as well as occasional readings (detailed below). Anybody interested in these topics is cordially invited to come along, if you happen to be on campus! Traditionally we meet at La Touche on campus.

Note that some of the readings are author’s manuscripts that are kindly shared with the reading group; please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for access to manuscripts or any other inquiry.


10 June
Reading: Etienne S. Benson (2017). A Centrifuge of Calculation: Managing Data and Enthusiasm in Early Twentieth-Century Bird Banding. Osiris, 32(1): 286–306
3 June
CANCELLED! Reading: Mirjam Brusius (2017). The Field in the Museum: Puzzling Out Babylon in Berlin. Osiris,32(1): 264–285
20 May
Reading: W. Patrick McCray (2017). The Biggest Data of All: Making and Sharing a Digital Universe. Osiris, 32(1): 243–263
13 May
Visit by Robert Challen and Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova (Prof. of Maths), to discuss their paper on safety of health AI applications:
Robert Challen Et al (2018). Artificial intelligence, bias, and clinical safety. BMJ Quality & Safety, 28(3): 231–237
6 May
Reading1: David Sepkoski (2017). The Database before the Computer? Osiris, 32(1): 175–201
Reading2: Hallam Stevens (2017). A Feeling for the Algorithm: Working Knowledge and Big Data in Biology. Osiris, 32(1): 51–174
25 March
Reading: Christine von Oertzen (2017). Machineries of Data Power: Manual versus Mechanical Census Compilation in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Osiris, 32(1): 129–150
18 March
No DataCrunch.
11 March
Reading: Staffan Müller-Wille (2017). Names and Numbers: “Data” in Classical Natural History, 1758–1859. Osiris, 32(1): 109–128
4 March
Reading: Dan Bouk (2017). The History and Political Economy of Personal Data over the Last Two Centuries in Three Acts. Osiris, 32(1): 85–106
25 February
Reading: Markus Friedrich (2017). Genealogy as Archive-Driven Research Enterprise in Early Modern Europe. Osiris, 32(1): 65–84
11 February
Reading: Joanna Radin (2017). "Digital Natives": How Meidical and Indigenous Histories Matter for Big Data. Osiris, 32(1): 43–63
4 February
Reading: Rebecca Lemov (2017). Anthropology's Most Documented Man, Ca. 1947: A Prefiguration of Big Data from the Big Social Science Era. Osiris, 32(1): 21–42


10 December
3 December
26 November
19 November
Reading: Sabina‘s introduction to the Data Journeys book.
12 November
5 November
TBA (PSA/HSS in Seattle — Sabina absent).
29 October
Reading: Adrian’ Manifesto paper.
22 October
Discussion on data ‘expertise’ and data provenance (relation between scientific and other sources).
15 October
Discussion on justice/fairness.
8 October
Discussion on methods.
1 October
Breakfast without reading.


7 December
Breakfast without reading.
30 November
Breakfast without reading.
23 November
Breakfast without reading.
16 November
Discussion of Data Journeys book chapter drafts.
9 November
Breakfast without reading.
26 October
Breakfast without reading.
19 October
Sabina Leonelli and Niccolò Tempini, draft Where Health and Environment Meet: Geolocation as Invariance Strategy for Integrating Diverse Data Sources.
12 October
Breakfast without reading.
5 October
Breakfast without reading.
28 September
Breakfast without reading.
21 September
Breakfast without reading.
22 June
Sandra Mitchell. Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism. Chapters TBA.
1 June
Niccolò Tempini and David Teira’s (joint) early chapter draft for data journeys book.
Niccolò Tempini’s (other) early chapter draft for data journeys book.
25 May
Breakfast without reading.
11 May
Brian Rappert’s early chapter draft for data journeys book.
Sabina Leonelli’s early chapter draft for data journeys book.
4 May
Xan Chacko (2017). Rendering Life Bankable (dissertation chapter; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a draft PDF).
20 April
Robert Chapman and Alison Wylie. Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology. Chapters: Introduction, Chapter 3, and Conclusion.
30 March
Adrian Currie Method Pluralism, Method Mismatch, and Method Bias.
23 March
Staffan Müller-Wille’s early chapter draft for data journeys book.
16 March
Broadbent, Alex. Philosophy of Epidemiology. Chapters 2 & 10.
23 February
Breakfast without reading, exceptionally starting at 10am.
9 February
Breakfast without reading.


15 December
Breakfast without reading.
24 November
Solomon, M. (2015). (Chapter 1) Introduction: Beyond the Art and Science of Medicine & (Chapter 7) What is Translational Medicine? In: Solomon, M., Making Medical Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
10 November
Ribes, D. & Polk, J.B. (2015). Organizing for Ontological Change: The Kernel of an AIDS Research Infrastructure. Social Studies of Science, 45(2): 214–241. doi: 10.1177/0306312714558136.
Ribes, D. & Polk, J.B. (2014). Flexibility Relative to What? Change to Research Infrastructure. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 15(5): 287–305.
21 October [Friday!]
Morgan, M. S. (2014). Resituating Knowledge: Generic Strategies and Case Studies. Philosophy of Science, 81(5): 1012–1024.
13 October
Breakfast without reading.
6 October
Eschenfelder, K.R. & Shankar, K. (2016). Designing Sustainable Data Archives: Comparing Sustainability Frameworks. doi: 10.9776/16243.
Ostrom, E., Hess, C. (2011). A Framework for Analyzing the Knowledge Commons. In: Hess and Ostrom (Eds.) Understanding Knowledge as a Commons. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, pp. 41–82. (Get a fresher copy from Niccolò, link is 2005 draft.)
7 July
Chat with our guest (and temporary Egenis fellow) Richard Carter.
30 June
Discussion without reading.
23 June
Reading TBA.
9 June
Discussion without reading.
2 June
Reading TBA.
19 May
Discussion without reading.
12 May
Eschenfelder, K.R. & Shankar, K. (2016). Designing Sustainable Data Archives: Comparing Sustainability Frameworks. IConference 2016 Proceedings, pp 1–7.
Shankar, K., Eschenfelder, K. R., & Downey, G. (forthcoming). Studying the History of Social Science Data Archives as Knowledge Infrastructure. Science and Technology Studies.
5 May
Discussion without reading.
28 April
Morgan, M.S. (2014). Resituating Knowledge: Generic Strategies and Case Studies. Philosophy of Science, 81(5), 1012–1024.
14 April
Chat with our visitors Inge De Bal, Phyllis Illari, Julia Sánchez-Dorado and David Teira.
24 March
Chat with our visitor Najko Jahn.
17 March
Reiss, J. (2015). A Pragmatist Theory of Evidence. Philosophy of Science 82(3): 341-362.
10 March
Discussion without reading.
3 March
Rosenberg, D. (2013). Data Before the Fact. In: Gitelman, L. (Ed.), "Raw Data" is an oxymoron. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. Pp. 15-40.
25 February
Gieryn, T.F. (1983). Boundary-Work and the Demarcation of Science from Non-Science: Strains and Interests in Professional Ideologies of Scientists. American Sociological Review 48: 781–795.
18 February
Discussion without reading.
11 February
Coopmans, C. (2014). Visual Analytics as Artful Revelation. In: Coopmans, C., Vertesi, J., Lynch, M, and Woolgar, S. (Eds), Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Chat with our visitor Catelijne Coopmans.
4 February
No meeting.
27 January
Chat with our visitor Etienne Vignola-Gagné, focus on genomics-driven clinical cancer research.
NB: this meeting will be on a Wednesday, and will be at 11.30am in Byrne House.
21 January
Chat with our visitor Ashraful Islam Khan, focus on Open Software.


11 June
Reading TBA.
21 May
Daston, L. (1991). Marvelous Facts and Miraculous Evidence in Early Modern Europe. Critical inquiry 18(1):93–123.
30 April
Whewell, W. (1833). On the Use of Definitions. In: The Philological Museum 2, pg 263–272; plus as a background McOuat, G.R.(2009). The Origins of “Natural Kinds”: Keeping “Essentialism” at Bay in the Age of Reform’. Intellectual History Review 19(2):211–30.
2 April
Elder-Vass, David (2005). Emergence and The Realist Account of Cause. Journal of Critical Realism 4(2):315-338.
5 March
Introduction and first chapter of DeLanda, M. (2002). Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy. Bloomsbury Academic, London.
19 February
Büscher, M., Perng, S. and Wood, L. (2014). How to Follow the Information? A Study of Informational Mobilities in Crises. Sociologica 1, 1–37. doi:10.2383/77044
29 January
Fleck, L. Genesis and development of a scientific fact. Chapters 1 and 2.
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