Celia Lury: Scaling scales or: what are scales good for? Keynote at NORDES´21

The organizers of Nordes2021 proudly present Celia Lury as the second keynote speaker at the conference. In her talk Scaling scales or: what are scales good for?, Lury will start by presenting the work of Harvard psychologist S. S. Stevens who developed the typology of nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio scales in the 1940s to establish a hierarchical ordering of the value of different kinds of data. As such, the typology has contributed to the disabling opposition between quantitative and qualitative forms of knowledge as well as that between micro and macro analysis. Discussing examples from a project on personalisation Lury proposes that instead of a fixed hierarchy we should explore the value of a situated scaling of scales.

Celia Lury is Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at Warwick University. She is currently working on a collaborative medical humanities project: “’People Like You’: contemporary figures of personalization”. A new publication is Problem Spaces: Why and How Methodology Matters, Polity 2020. Deriving from her interest in the way ‘live’ methods represent social worlds, she works on interdisciplinary methodologies, feminist and cultural theory, sociology of culture, consumer culture, and algorithms.

Celia Lury is co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods (Routledge, 2018), Inventive Methods: the Happening of the Social, (Routledge, 2012), and Measure and Value (Blackwell, 2012), among other volumes. 

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Nordes 2021 – key dates

20 Jan 2021 Deadline for submissions

1 April 2021 Notification to authors and contributors

3 May 2021 Final submission deadline

15-18 Aug 2021 Conference

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