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Juni 2022

On Robot Colleagues and Software Stories

For this Leibniz Media Lunch Talk, we welcome Prof. Dr. Anne Kaun. She will talk about cultural techniques of knowing and unknowing the algorithm. 

Dr. Sascha Hölig will provide the introduction. The event will be held in German. 


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CEST


If you would like to attend, please register in this form. We will send you the registration data for Zoom shortly before the event.

About the Talk

Algorithms and systems for automated decision making are often presented as complex and difficult to understand. However, lay users are developing mundane ways of relating to complex technologies. These ways of developing relationships with technologies can be considered as cultural techniques of knowing and unknowing algorithms. Cultural techniques capture both practices and technologies. Drawing on different projects, Anne Kaun will outline a rough typology of cultural techniques of knowing and unknowing algorithms that includes narrative, visual and political practices. The aim is to integrate analyses of technological artefacts with the analysis of cultural practices that emerge in relation to these artefacts.

About Anne Kaun

Anne Kaun is Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research is concerned with media and political activism and the role of technology for political participation in the current media ecology and from a historical perspective. She is currently studying the consequences of automation in welfare institutions. Her research has appeared in among others International Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, Convergence and Culture Machine. In 2016, she published her book Crisis and Critique with Zed Books and is currently finalizing her co-authored monography Prison Media (with Fredrik Stiernstedt).

Leibniz Media Lunch Talks 

At the Leibniz Media Lunch Talks, researchers present current topics, interim results from their research projects or doctoral projects in a relaxed atmosphere. You are welcome to enjoy your lunch alongside the talk.


Infos zur Veranstaltung


via Zoom

Contact person

Dr. Wiebke Schoon
Research Transfer and Events

Dr. Wiebke Schoon

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg
Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 50
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 77

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