Understanding the Politics of Contemporary Technologies

Start time: 10:00 / End time: 16:00 / Date: 27 Oct 2022 / Venue: School of Law and Social Justice, Chatham Street, Liverpool, L69 7ZR

Open to: Any UOL students / Any UOL staff / General Public

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free Admission

Contact: For more information contact SLSJ Marketing, Recruitment and Events Team at slsjmret@liverpool.ac.uk

Booking: https://icru-politics-contemp-tech.eventbrite.co.uk

About the event

The rapid development of new technologies has raised important issues regarding their social, cultural and political power. From not only the economic and ideological, but also environmental consequences of cryptocurrencies, over questions of responsibility and race and gender bias when it comes to the many uses of artificial intelligence, to the problematic impact of deepfakes and filters: understanding both the sociological importance but as well technological workings of contemporary technologies becomes increasingly important.

This event is organised by the International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU), a research cluster within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology at the University of Liverpool. It provides a platform for experts – both academic and those working in the tech industry – to share critical reflections and knowledge with a curious and interested audience of how new technologies ‘work’ and of their wider political impact and social and political consequences. The event is designed to engage members of the public, students, practitioners and academics with an interest in the area.

This is a free hybrid event. It can be attended at the SLSJ Building Event Space at the University of Liverpool campus, or online via Zoom.


Dr Bob Askwith (Liverpool John Moores University)

Dr Phil Brooker (University of Liverpool)

Dipanjan Saha (University of Liverpool)

Dr David Golumbia (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Dr Mareile Kaufmann (University of Oslo)

Dr Sarah Esther Lageson (Rutgers Univeristy Newark)

Gemma Lough (University of Liverpool)

Dr Matthew David (University of Durham)

Dr Michael Mair (University of Liverpool)

Dr Altman Peng (University of Warwick)

Professor Ursula Rao (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

Gareth Renaud (Senior Information Security Officer at Link Group Ltd.)

Joseph Savirimuthu (University of Liverpool)

Dr Laura Schelenz (Universität Tübingen)

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