I am Sun-ha Hong, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT (Comparative Media Studies / Writing).
My work examines how new media and its data become invested with ideals of precision, objectivity and truth – especially through aesthetic, speculative, and otherwise apparently non-rational means. I attempt critical, historically informed diagnoses of the contemporary faith in “raw” data, sensing machines, and algorithmic decision-making, and of their public promotion as the next great leap towards objective knowledge.
The current book project, Fabrications: Knowledge and uncertainty in a data-driven society (NYU Press, 2019), asks what counts as knowledge in the age of big data, and how bodies are made into facts through the growing ubiquity of surveillance and tracking technologies.
My research has been published in journals such as Surveillance & Society, First Monday and European Journal of Cultural Studies, and presented in invited lectures at academic and art institutions including MIT, Copenhagen Business School, Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts, and IKKM Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. For media interviews and other inquiries, write me at sunha [at] mit.edu.