lecture series 2020 - 2021


The lecture series during the winter semester 2020/21take place at 16h (CEST) via ZOOM. All welcome, but registration is required (registration link, current program and link to our Google Calendar below). You can find more details about the Lecture Series as well as the past events by clicking here.


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_tuesday / 10.11.20

Annette Zimmermann,
The Algorithmic Is

_thursday / 26.11.20

Katarina Peixoto,
Private virtues, public virtues: on the détournement of Mandeville's Fable of Bees by Du Châtelet.

_thursday / 10.12.20

Macarena Marey,
Dislocating liberal secularism from its own margins

_Tuesday / 21.01

Juliana de Albuquerque,
Goethe’s notion of Bildung in relation to the Feminine

_thursday / 11.02

Krushil Watene,

open attendance.

lecture recordings.

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The Algorithmic Is Political, Dr. Annette Zimmermann,

Algorithmic decision-making and machine learning systems are increasingly being used in a wide range of domains, from criminal justice and law enforcement to credit scoring, welfare benefits allocation, transport, and language generation. Recent interdisciplinary work has shown that algorithmic systems often reflect and exacerbate structures of social injustice, including (but not limited to) racial, gender, and class injustice. This lecture explore why the question of if and how we should attempt to optimize a given algorithmic system, and the question of how we should evaluate its impact on society, is a political one. In particular, the lecture focuses on cases in which the political critique and contestation of end-state ideals in the context of AI is insufficient: in addition to asking what justice would ultimately require with respect to algorithmic systems, we need to start focusing more on the moral and political stakes of AI optimization in light of ongoing transformation and social change.

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