Update: Algorithm Studies Summer School

The response to our summer school has been incredible. We have already received applications from many corners of the globe, with applicants from the US, the UK, Australia, Israel, Denmark, the Netherlands and of course Sweden.

The deadline for applications: Friday, 18 March 2016. Participants will be notified no later than March 31.

Updated info on the summer school here: http://algorithmnetwork.org/summerschool/

The summer school will be held at Skeppsholmens Folkhögskola overlooking the sea in the very center of Stockholm. You can find it on Google Maps.


Apply to our Summer School

Call for Applicants: Summer School of the International Algorithm Studies Network

Date: 4-8 July, 2106
Place: Stockholm, Sweden

Algorithms are everywhere! This international summer school explores the increasing importance of algorithms in society and the socio-cultural transformations that this tendency implies. The point of departure is that algorithms become implicated in society and culture: for example in media narratives, in mundane artefacts, or in organizations. Through their output and functioning, algorithms come to classify, hierarchize, value and shape different social phenomena, often well beyond their initial purpose.

The aim of this summer school is to address algorithms through a number of themes that shine light on different aspects of algorithms in society and culture: in big data, music, law, surveillance and medicine. The summer school takes place at a few thematically chosen venues in Stockholm: at some government agencies and private organizations. How do these organisations work with algorithms and how can we as scholars understand their omnipresence?

More info here.

Algorithms in the archipelago

On May 10 to 12th 2015 the academic network Algorithms as Devices of Power and Valuation gathered 20 scholars from Sweden, Denmark, U.K., Holland, and the U.S. We worked intensely at the rim of the Stockholm archipelago with presentations on, discussions about and attempts to start theorizing on algorithms in society.

The discussion was organized in four themes aimed at different aspects of algorithms as valuation devices:

  • Sorting and valuing things with algorithms
  • Objectivity vs value-ladedness
  • Inclusions/exclusions and algorithms
  • Valuing algorithms (How do people grapple with what is a good/bad algorithm?)

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