30. März 23 -
31. März 23
Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Workshop: „AI-Technology as Interactional Human Culture. Language, Data Practice and Social Struggle“
Please note that the Call for Papers (PDF) is currently open. We look forward to receiving your submissions by 31 December 2022.
AI-Technology as human interaction
Given that human living beings construct and use AI technologies, we may understand such technologies as a complex type of interactional culture whose human participants are distributed in space and time. In this interactional ecology, language data are central as they ground many constructions and employments. And yet, languages are themselves an outcome of socio-technological histories and histories of inequality and not ‘raw data’. In this sense, data “do not offer access to the social world ‘as it is’ but an access to the procedures whereby powerful organizations attempt to construct a world on which they act” (Couldry and Hepp 2017: 163).
In this interdisciplinary workshop, we discuss AI culture from a critical anthropological, sociological and linguistic perspective. We treat AI-culture as human and interactional practice and investigate it as embedded in wider social structures as well as linguistic conditions. Within this view, users and programmers of AI are no autonomous individuals but part of communities based on social affiliation, language, shared cultural practice and economic intentions. Together with scholars and practitioners, we seek to give attention to the people behind the systems and to their societal and linguistic embeddings and critically engage with the role of living human and ‘enlanguaged’ beings within AI systems.
For now, we are pleased to announce following keynote speakers:
Emily Bender, University of Washington
Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi, University of Warsaw
Andreas Hepp, University of Bremen
Nicolas Flores-Herr, Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems
As soon as we receive other confirmations, these will be added to the list.
Marie-Theres Fester-Seeger, PhD
Prof. Dr. Britta Schneider
International Workshop at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, co-funded by the ZeM – Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies within the annual focus 2022/2023 „Digital Realities“