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“A Counterhistory of Data Visualization” – Lauren Klein (Emory University)

Monday, April 15 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in Lindsay Young Auditorium (rm. 101), John C. Hodges Library or register for the Zoom livestream at



In the world today, when we encounter a line graph or a pie chart, we tend to think of the role of visualization—if we think of it at all—as simply revealing the meaning of the data underneath. The reality, however, is that the act of visualizing data generates meaning in and of itself. This talk will return to the origins of modern data visualization in order excavate this meaning, showing how data visualization always carries a set of implicit assumptions—and, at times, explicit arguments—about how knowledge is produced, and who is authorized to produce it.


About the Speaker:

Lauren Klein is Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor in the departments of Quantitative Theory & Methods and English at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. She works at the intersection of data, AI, and the humanities, with an emphasis on questions of gender and race. Klein is coauthor (with Catherine D’Ignazio) of the award-winning Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020), and coeditor (with Matthew K. Gold) of Debates in the Digital Humanities (Univ. of Minnesota Press), among other volumes. She is currently completing Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, forthcoming from the MIT Press, and envisioning the Atlanta Interdisciplinary AI Network, which will launch in Fall 2023. 

Dr. Hilary Havens (she/her)
Associate Professor of English
Lindsay Young Professor
Chair, Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Humanities
University of Tennessee
301 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0430

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