Thinking and acting with data: communication and societal issues - An IAMCR pre-conference

Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 - Main campus


For the past fifteen years, digital data and their algorithmic processing has been omnipresent within the public sphere, in a context defined on the one hand by a growing appropriation of data by public authorities following the Open Data movement (started by the Obama administration in 2009) and on the other hand by the multiple scandals linked to the exploitation of big data (in particular Cambridge Analytica in 2018). Beyond controversies and media discourse, the datafication of social life is producing growing injunctions addressed to organizations, collectives or individuals to mobilize data to address societal issues. This pre-conference proposes to study the way data is processed to both think and act in three areas: territories, culture and health. These sectors are grappling with challenges that question our ways of inhabiting the planet, and data can both help “solving” those issues and understand it from a new perspective. The presentations will show how info-communicational approaches are particularly useful to study data in context, by jointly taking into account the socio-technical mediations of data infrastructures and the social and symbolic mediations that accompany data practices. This will provide an opportunity to question the processes of knowledge production and representations through these practices.

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Date and time

Friday 7th July 2023, 09h00-17h00


Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3, Site Saint-Charles.

Registration and Participation 

The pre-conference will be free, but participants will need to register by filling this form:

The pre-conference will be accessible on Zoom at


The event will be in French.


  • Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3
  • Lerass, Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches Appliquées en Sciences Sociales (Axe Santé – Axe MOCEN)


  • Laurent Collet, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, LERASS
  • Lucie Delias, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, LERASS
  • Sarah Labelle, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, LERASS

Contact email

paulvalery         lerass

Sciences po Lyon          IAMCR

in partnership with:

Congres Lyon 1     Only Lyon


with the support of:

Universite Lumiere      Jean Moulin      Elico logo