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9 November 2018
15:30 - 18:00
Grote Zaal (formerly Studio T), Universiteit Utrecht, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, Utrecht (entry through Muntstraat 2a)

Launch Big Data Histories issue

You are cordially invited to the launch of the
‘Big Data Histories’ special issue of TMG – Journal for Media History

Please RSVP via this GoogleForm


15.30 Opening by issue editors Karin van Es (UU) and Eef Masson (UvA)
15.40 “The Database Revolution, 1970s/80s” – Dr. Niels Kerssens
16.10 “Unmasking Biometrics’ Biases” – Rosa Wevers, MA
16.30 “Race-Ethnic Categorization in Dutch Census Reports, 1899–2018” – Gerwin van Schie, MA
16.50 Closing remarks
17.00 Drinks


TMG – Journal for Media History 21, no. 2, special issue “Big Data Histories”

(Available on www.tmgonline.nl in the course of November 2018)

Table of Contents

Big Data Histories: An Introduction – Karin van Es, Eef Masson

Articles (peer reviewed)

Part 1 – Contemporary Big Data Practices in Historical Perspective

The Database ‘Revolution’: The Technological and Cultural Origins of the Big Data-based Mindset in American Management, 1970s–1980s – Niels Kerssens

A Culture of Competition: Sport’s Historical Contribution to Datafication – Markus Stauff

Trust in Techno-images: Early Media Collections as Precursors of Big Data – Frank Kessler, Mirko Tobias Schäfer

Origins: A History of Race-Ethnic Categorization in the Dutch Governmental Data Ontology, 1899–2018 – Gerwin van Schie

Unmasking Biometrics’ Biases: Facing Gender, Race, Class and Ability in Biometric Data Rosa Wevers

Part 2 – Big Data in Media (History) Research: Developments and Historical Entanglements

Writing Cinema Histories with Digital Databases: The Case of Cinema Context Julia Noordegraaf, Kathleen Lotze, Jaap Boter

From Text Mining to Visual Classification: Rethinking Computational New Cinema History with Jean Desmet’s Digitised Business Archive Christian Gosvig Olesen, Ivan Kisjes

by Eef Masson and Karin van Es

Part 1 – Constructing Knowledge on Big Data: Methods in Historical Context

Alison Powell on Data Walking
Mirko Tobias Schäfer on Entrepreneurial Research

Part 2 – Issues in Big Data Practice: Histories and Historiographies

Anne Helmond on Researching the History of the Web
William Uricchio on the Colonization of the Data-Imaginary in the Public Service Sector

Part 3 – Big Data Art, Present and Past

Data-Based Art, Algorithmic Poetry: Geert Mul in conversation with Eef Masson Geert Mul, Eef Masson


Making Sense of the Data-driven: SETUP’s Algorithmic History Museum and its Relevance for Contemporary Reflection Maranke Wieringa