This subproject interrogates the processes of locating and materializing data through the emergence of the data center industry in Denmark. With a focus on the relations between local government, state actors, and Big-Tech corporations, the project analyses transformations in cultural imaginaries of the future in and beyond the sites where data centers are being located. This includes an attentiveness to questions of energy and infrastructures, as well as the shifting political geographies of data as both stuff in the world and a way of thinking about the world; that is, as both material form and analytic.

Project members: Associate Professor Brit Ross Winthereik, Post Doc James Maguire

Research question: How is collaboration between regions and large tech corporations impacting on center-periphery divides?

Theme: Data geographies

Partners: Municipality of Viborg, Denmark, Municipality of Athenry, Ireland