POSTPONED - Data & Visual Un-Conference

Sept. 1, 2020 to Dec. 11, 2020

5 p.m. to 1 p.m., private


Hind Hall iCafe, Katzer, Icebox and Collaboratories

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Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the present crisis, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Data & Visual Culture Un-Conference until Fall 2020. We will be in contact once we establish a new date. 

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you on campus come fall. 


The Center for Computational and Data Science (CCDS) in the iSchool invites you to join us for the Data & Visual Culture Un-Conference 2020! 

This is our third Un-Conference, this time led by CCDS Co-Director Jeff Hemsley. CCDS was motivated to organize our first Un-Conference in the fall of 2018 following productive discussions around big idea initiatives that led to ‘Cuse grants. Given the great success we have experienced with bringing together faculty from different schools for two Un-Conferences, we’ve decided to continue to host these events! 

The Purpose of an Un-Conference is to provide space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creativity around the themes of Data & Visual Culture. The goal of the Un-Conference is for faculty and PhD students to make connections and formulate plans for collaboration around research and teaching. This is a participant-driven event, where the agenda is set by those who attend, creating a space for networking and conversation in a more informal setting than a typical conference. Participants are encouraged to participate in sessions, as well as lead a session focused on one of the event’s themes or questions they’d like to discuss.

We are inviting you to participate in the Un-Conference based on your research interests and the classes you teach as they relate to the themes of Data & Visual Culture. To make the conversations as fruitful and dynamic as possible we have attempted to invite a diverse group of faculty and PhD students. It is our hope to bring together individuals who do not normally get such opportunities. 

The Themes of Data and Visual Culture were selected for our Un-Conference given the relevance and interest in these topics that we have seen at SU and in broader academic communities. Visuals in our current user-generated media landscape are ever present. People create, post, and share visual artifacts in the form of graphics, photos, and film, as well as hybrids like memes, all of which may have cultural impact. We hope to provide a space where some of our data intensive people can share ideas and make connections around the intersection of data and visual culture. 

The Data & Visual Culture Un-Conference will be held on Friday, April 10th & Saturday, April 11th, in the School of Information Studies in Hinds Hall. The event opens Friday afternoon with drinks and appetizers as the group gets acquainted and plans sessions. We break for the day and return Saturday for breakfast followed by two break-out session times (there will be multiple sessions during these times). We will conclude the day with lunch and wrapping up discussions by highlighting plans for putting conversations into action. 

Please RSVP by Friday, March 13, 2020 by filling out the following form:

If you know a faculty member or PhD student who may want to participate, please feel free to share this information, share the RSVP link, or send Jeff Hemsley their name for us to extend an invitation! 

Please visit the CCDS Website for information about the event.

For questions, please contact Lisette Child ( or Jeff Hemsley ( 

We hope to see you in MONTH OF UN-CONF!