Announcements | 06.07.17

Schedule for Future Perfect Conference Livestreams

The schedule for livestreamed sessions have been confirmed for Data and Society’s Future Perfect Conference on Friday, June 16!

Watch here:

1:00 -2:15 PM

Come With Me If You Want To Live: Speculative Fiction in the Public Interest

  • Elizabeth Angell
  • Ava Kofman
  • Farai Chideya

2:15-2:45 PM—Break

2:45-4:00 PM

Life Finds A Way: Bodies, Futures, Embodied Futures

  • Ruha Benjamin
  • Joanna Radin
  • Ada Cable

4:00-4:30 PM—Break

4:30-5:45 PM

In The Off-World Colonies: Speculation and Worldbuilding as Landscape

  • Deji Bryce Olukotun
  • Jillian Crandall
  • Alexander Huggins

5:45-6:00 PM—Farewell

Tech trope supercuts may or may not play between sessions on the livestream. Lineup is subject to change. Check back for more information in the days leading up to the conference!


More information about our panelists:

Elizabeth Angell is an anthropologist studying how people live with the prospect of impending disaster. Her research focuses on earthquake anticipation in Istanbul. She’s also written about industrial pollution, landscape archaeology, and the politics of infrastructure in Turkey and the United States.

Ruha Benjamin is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press), and 2016-17 fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study. Her work examines the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine with a particular focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity. She earned her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley, completed fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Genetics and Society and Harvard’s Science, Technology, and Society Program, and has received grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among others. Her work is published in numerous journals including Science, Technology, and Human Values; Ethnicity & Health; and Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science. For more info visit:

Ada Cable is an activist, designer and academic who works in the spaces around power, infrastructure, visibility and queerness. She has presented and exhibited globally on technology, power, and trans womens’ lives and is an activist with UK trans info and the non-binary inclusion project.

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her two decades as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, studying political media and industry diversity. She is also a director’s fellow at the MIT Media Lab. Before that, she was a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.  She is the author of six books, the most recent of which is 2016’s The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption. With deep knowledge in a variety of disciplines, including the future of work, politics, culture, race, and technology, Chideya frequently appears on public radio and cable television, and has worked for CNN, ABC, and NPR, and appeared on numerous other networks. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Chideya graduated from Harvard University in 1990. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jillian Crandall is a Registered Architect, urbanist, and researcher focused on local and global networks in infrastructure, building systems, and urban design. She has worked on the design and construction of several civic projects in the New York City metropolitan region. As a writer she is focused on theory and analysis, as well as speculative and experimental fiction. Combined with her love of games and belief in the power of gaming experience, she created the blog and podcast “Worlds of Gamespace” to explore the overlaps and productive tensions between video games, architecture, urbanism, and evolving modes of inhabitation. You can find her at,, and on Twitter @networkurb

Alexander Huggins is a composer, writer, and performer based in London, Ontario. Alexander is a graduate of the MA Musicology program at the University of Western Ontario where he researched the role of music and technological systems in shaping real and virtual communities. Alexander also holds a BMus in Music Theory & Composition from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied with Dr. David Myska. In his compositions, Alexander is interested particularly in exploring principles of timbre and acoustics as the basis of musical harmony and structure, as well as works which integrate human, instrumental, and programmed systems. Alexander also writes and performs electronic music independently and occasionally in collaboration with local musicians.

Ava Kofman reports on technology and edits The New Inquiry. Her work has appeared in The Intercept, The Guardian, The Nation, and elsewhere.

Deji Bryce Olukotun is the author of two novels and his fiction has appeared in three different book collections. His novel Nigerians in Space, a thriller about brain drain from Africa, was published by Unnamed Press in 2014, and a sequel will be published in September 2017. He works at the digital rights organization Access Now, where he drives campaigns on fighting internet shutdowns, cybersecurity, and online censorship. Before that, he fought for free expression and the defense of writers around the world at PEN American Center with support from the Ford Foundation. His work has been featured in Electric Literature, Quartz, Vice, Slate, GigaOm, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, and Guernica.

Joanna Radin is Assistant Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at Yale where she teaches feminist and indigenous STS and the history of biomedicine and anthropology. Before receiving her PhD in History and Sociology of Science at UPenn she studied science communication at Cornell and worked as a risk communication specialist. She is the author of Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood, (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and a co-editor of Cyropolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World (MIT Press, 2017). Radin is currently writing a book about science fiction, subjectivity, and biomedicine.


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