“But unless theory is unanswerable, either through its successes or failure, to the essential untidiness, the essential unmasterable presence that constitutes a large part of historical and social situations (and this applies equally to theory that derives from somewhere else and theory that is ‘original’), then theory becomes an ideological trap.” (Edward Said ‘Traveling Theory’ 1983: 173)
Bio: Hello world! I am Noopur Raval, a PhD candidate in Informatics at the University of California – Irvine, graduating in June 2020. I am also a CTSP Fellow at UC Berkeley (2020). My dissertation research explore ‘Platform Living’ as a set of interconnected work, consumption and life experiences that are being transformed through our participation in on-demand gig economy platforms (and others). Please click around to read my published and unpublished work on the gig economy, automation and global South.
I am also pursuing individual and collaborative research on the deep histories of datafication drawing on the histories and presents of post colonies. With this work my aim is to put post/de/anti-colonial writing in conversation with critical information studies. I will be pursuing some of this research through my CTSP fellowship as well as through an international research award supported by the Sawyer Seminar on Histories of AI.
I was a Technology, Law and Society Fellow (2017-18) at UC Irvine and am an alumna of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (2016-17). I also run a mentor list for international students looking to apply to PhD programs.
Reach me at noopur dot raval at gmail.