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Queer Data Launch: Data as a tool for social justice

20.01.22 : 19:00 - 20:30
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Kevin Guyan

Data has never mattered more. Our lives are increasingly shaped by it and how it is defined, collected and used. But who counts in the collection, analysis and application of data?

It's a joy and an honour to welcome Kevin Guyan to the bookshop for a wide-ranging discussion of data and social justice, at the launch of his vital new book Queer Data.

Arming us with the tools for action, Kevin and fellow panelists will show how greater knowledge about marginalised identities is instrumental in informing decisions about resource allocation, changes to legislation, access to services, representation and visibility.

Kevin demonstrates why it is important to understand, collect and analyse queer data, the benefits and challenges involved in doing so, and how we might better use queer data in our work.

This hugely important book is the first to look at queer data – defined as data relating to gender, sex, sexual orientation and trans identity/history. Current data practices reflect an incomplete account of LGBTQ lives and Queer Data will help us understand how data biases are used to delegitimise the everyday experiences of queer people.

Format: *this event is primarily virtual, with a small in person audience*

7pm: Introductions and a conversation with Kevin Guyan on themes in Queer Data

7.45pm: A wider panel discussion on the use of data in our activism and as a tool to advance social justice

8.15pm: Open up for 15 minutes of audience questions

Kevin Guyan is a researcher whose work explores the intersection of data and identity, particularly as it relates to LGBTQ people in the UK. He is a Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow and previously worked for a higher education organisation that focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion among staff and students in universities and colleges.

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