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Gern geben wir die Einladung des Max Planck Instituts für Social Antropology zu einem Vortrag von Hanna Knox weiter:
ALGORITHMS AND GOVERNANCE IN THE REALM OF MATTER

Hanna Knox | University College London
ALGORITHMS AND
GOVERNANCE IN THE
REALM OF MATTER

Recent concerns about how to govern the appearance and
use of algorithms, have largely focused on the problem of
using algorithms to classify and categorise people – raising
issues around ethics, bias and trust of algorithmic systems.
However, algorithms are also being used as methods for the
control and management of materials – from soil to carbon,
cars to electricity. Drawing on long running discussions in
material culture and infrastructure studies, this talk seeks to
open up a language and approach for exploring the algorithmic
governance of matter. Specifically, I turn to the use of algorithms
and data in the governance of energy in the UK, in the context
of climate change and associated energy crises. Through a
study of the use of digital technologies and algorithmic forms of analysis and display informing energy projects underway in a town in the North of England, I explore what algorithmic practices do to the practices of engaging and thinking energetic relations. Tracing energy through dashboards, maps and monitors, I interrogate, in particular, how
data produces energy as a problem of scale. Scaling energy is explored as a political technique which distributes and frames people and practices in ways that have tangible effects on understandings of political efficacy, and the distribution of political agency.

LECTURE
Organiser: Department ‘Anthropology of Politics and
Governance’ | Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
24 May 2022 | 16:15–17:45 (CET)
Location: Online & Main Seminar Room
https://mpi-eth.webex.com/mpi-eth/j.php?MTID=me9ff62e0f4d286570418574c4307ec2a
Please register with Viktoria Giehler-Zeng (giehler-zeng@
eth.mpg.de), if you would like to attend on site.