Speaker Series

Upcoming Speakers

Want to drop in and attend?  Get the link from our meeting administrator, Katie Pine khpine@gmail.com

Find some of the publications from these speakers in our Zotero bibliography here.

2023

Jan. 20: Marcin Zarod on Snowden to EU Data Protection Laws: How Hackers and Hacktivists Participated in the Change of EU policy, and How it Changed the Culture and Profession of Information Security. 

Feb. 3: Andrea Alarcon on Identity as Safety Net: Re-creating Global Supply Chains in Independent Online Work

Feb. 16:  Amrita Pande, University of Cape Town, Author of Birth Controlled: Selective Reproduction and Neoliberal Eugenics in South Africa and India

March 3:  Lana Swartz. TDB

March 17:  Janaki Srinivasan on her book The Political Lives of Information

March 28:  Valerio De Stefano and Antonio Aloisi on their book Your Boss is an Algorithm

April 14:  Allison Pugh on What is a Human for? Interpersonal Workers Face the Automation Frontier

April 28, Friday:   Melissa Villa Nicholas on her book Latinas on the Line 

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Archive of Past Speakers

2022

January 14: Hannah Zeavin on The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy

January 28: Tom Boellstorff and Braxton Soderman on Second-Generation Labor and Videogame Design: Making Games for Intellivision, 1979–1983

February 11: Bhumika Chauhan on Offshoring, Deskilling and Global Unevenness in a Transnational Software Firm 

February 25:  DigitalSTS Contributors, Laura Forlano, Luke Stark, Christina Dunbar-Hester, Winnie Poster, Juan Salamanca, Daniel Cardoso

March 11:  Karina Rider, on ‘Can Tech Still Save the World?’ Working through Disillusionment with Big Tech via Civic Technology

March 24:  Rutvica Andrijasevic, Julie Yujie Chen, and Marc Steinberg on Media and Management 

April 8 (Cancelled): Curtis Marez on Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance

April 22:  Hee Rin Lee, on Human Robot Symbiosis in Manufacturing Settings

May 6: Elizabeth (Liz) Chiarello on Trojan Horse Technologies: How Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Help Healthcare Providers Police Patients

May 20: Gavin Mueller on Breaking Things at Work

June 3: Sofya Aptekar, Bhumika Chauhan, Becca Roskill, and Nora Weber on Labor Organizing On and Through Campus  

July 22:  Mara Mills on Overload: Switchboard Operators and Disability in the History of Automation

August 17: Joy Ming on Designing for Worker In/Visibility in Two Frontline Health Contexts

Sept 2: Robert Dorschel on The Subjectivity of Tech Workers

Sept 13: Albert Fox Cahn, Executive Director, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project

Sept 30: Sarah Gram, Repairing Relationships: Navigating Technology and Surveillance at the Genius Bar

Oct. 14: Kelly Bronson on Immaculate Conception of Data: Agribusiness, Activists and Their Shared Politics of the Future 

Oct. 28:  Inauguration of our Global Asia Regional Hub, with a spotlight on Rolien Hoyng and Gladys Pak Lei Chong’s new book Critiquing Communication Innovation:  New Media in a Multipolar World

Nov. 11:  Murali Shanmugavelan on Critical Caste and Technology Studies Syllabus 

Dec. 9:  Launch of Labor Tech Research Network at 4S
We are thrilled to invite you to the launch of Labor Tech Research Network at the 2022 Annual Meeting for the Society of Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference in Cholula, Mexico!   In this  session, we will introduce our initiatives, including our Book Series with MIT Press. We will also announce winners of our inaugural Book Award and Graduate Student Paper Awards.  This will be followed by an inauguration of our Transnational Hub for Latin America, with a panel discussion on our core themes of labor, technology, feminism, decolonialism, and anti-racism in the context of Latin America.  This will be led by:

  • Paola Ricaurte, Department of Media and Digital Culture, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City
  • Liliana Gil, Department of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
  • Verónica Uribe del Aguila, Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego

***Want to attend this event virtually?  Register in advance as an Attendee on the 4S website (fee of $15-20)

2021

  • Jan 15 – Rafa Grohmann – Platform Labor in Brazil
  • Jan 28 – Darren Byler – Digital Enclosure of Turkic Muslims
  • Feb 12 – Katie Pine and Claus Bossen on The Data Work of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists
  • Feb 26 – Silvia Lindtner – Prototype Nation
  • March 12 – Precarity Lab – Technoprecarious
  • March 26 – Cait McKinney – Information Activism
  • April 8 – Heather Berg – Porn Work / Sex, Labor, and Late Capitalism
  • May 7 – Anne Jonas on Chasing Data Tensions of Teaching in Virtual Schools
  • May 21 – Michael Siciliano on The Platformed Alienation of Judgment in Digital Content Production
  • June 4 – Ben Shestakofsky and Shreeharsh Kelkar on Making Platforms Work
  • June 18 – Dan Greene – The Promise of Access / Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope
  • July 2 – Claire Ma and Tanika Raychaudhuri, Political Socialization at Work / Asian Americans in the Tech Sector Workplace
  • July 16 – Yovanna Pineda, Diana Montano, and Sonia Robles – History of Technology in Africa and the Americas
  • Aug 13 – Katie Helke and Winnie Poster – MIT Book Series on Labor and Tech
  • Aug 27 – Dylan Mulvin on his book Proxies: The Cultural Work of Standing In
  • Sept 10 – Katie Wells on Low Expectations: The Rise of Uber and the Fall of the City
  • Sept 24 – Erin Hatton on her book Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment
  • Oct 15 – Anna Lauren Hoffman, Mariam Asad, Pat Garcia, Stefanie Dunning, and Natalia Smirnov with Steph Jordan in a Conversation on Engaging Refusal
  • Oct 29 – Rida Qadri on Platform Labor in Indonesia
  • Nov 12 – Jovan Lewis on Criminal Repair in the Jamaican Lotto Scam
  • Dec 10 – Lindsey Cameron and Hatim Rahman on Expanding the Locus of Resistance: Understanding the Co-Constitution of Control and Resistance in the Gig Economy

2020

  • Jan 3 – Tarangini Sriraman on Refugees and Their Displaced Documents of Identity
  • Jan 17 –  Linnet Taylor on What does data justice have to say about social justice
  • Jan 31 – Brainstorm Session – Labor Tech Next Stage?
  • Feb 14 – Noopur Raval and colleagues on the Gig Economy in India
  • Feb 28 – Morgan Ames on The Charisma Machine
  • March 20 – Peer Support Discussion – Tech, Gig, and Teaching Work Under Coronavirus
  • March 24 – Seda Gurses and colleagues on Protective Optimization Technologies
  • April 17 – Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya and JS Tan on their Public Repository of Collective Actions in Tech
  • May 1 – Christina Dunbar-Hester on Hacking Diversity
  • June 5 – Tammy Katsabian on Labor, Technology and the Liquid Modernity
  • June 19 – Sayak Valencia on Gore Capitalism
  • July 16 – Thao Phan on Siri’s Gendered Labor
  • July 28 – Alexandrea Ravenelle on Hustle and Gig
  • Aug 17 – Eileen Buckholtz – Queens of Code
  • Sept 4 – Angele Christin and Melissa Valentine – Algorithms at Work
  • Sept 25 – Simanti Dasgupta on Sex Work, HIV/AIDs, Anti-Trafficking in India
  • Oct 23 – Liz Chiarello on Policing Patients
  • Oct 9 – Leah Horgan on Smart Cities and Surveillance
  • Nov 9 – Noura Howell on Biosensing, Biopolitics, Design
  • Nov 16 – Cecilia Aragon on her book Flying Free
  • Dec 17 – Freeform Discussion – Researching and Coping in a Pandemic
  • Dec 4 – Debora Leal – Lessons from the Edge of Capitalism

2019

  • Jan 11 – T.L. Taylor on Watch Me Play
  • Jan 25 – Virgina Eubanks on Automating Inequality
  • Feb 8 – Ellie Harmon and Janine Berg from the ILO on “Digital Labour Platforms and The Future of Work”
  • Feb 22 – Megan Finn on Heroic Repair
  • March 8 – Mel Gregg on Counterproductive
  • March 22 – D’Ignazio and Klein on Data Feminism
  • April 5 – Freeform Discussion – Ethical Dilemmas of Writing about Resistance
  • April 19 – Seyram Avle on Technology #MadeInAfrica
  • May 3 – Jenny Rhee on The Robotic Imaginary
  • June 7 – Sai Englert on the Fairwork Project
  • August 2 – Michael Palm on The New Economy and Ecology of Music on Vinyl
  • August 16 – Soumyo Das on Datafying Antipoverty Programs
  • Sept 20 – Niels van Doorn on Varieties of Platform Labor 
  • Oct 4 – Zsuzsa Gille on Waste Labor
  • Oct 18 – Danny Spitzberg on Tech Workers Coalition
  • Nov 8 – Sarah Fox on Interrogating the Smart Washroom
  • Nov 22 – Mira Wallis, Manuela Bojadzijev, and Moritz Altenried on Platform Mobilities
  • Dec 6 – Lilly Irani on Chasing Innovation
  • Dec 16 – Smarika Lulz on Interrogating the Politics of Data Governance

2018

  • Jan 12 – Chris Benner on Inequality in the Labor Market of Silicon Valley
  • Jan 26 – Sarah Roberts on Commercial Content Moderation
  • Feb 16 – Luke Stark on Emotion and Race in Digital Animate
  • Feb 26 – Michelle Ruiz – Towards a ‘Smart Citizenry’?
  • March 16 – Virtual Ability – Meet on Second Life
  • March 30 – Diana Montano on Electro-domesticas
  • April 13 – Carolina Bank Munoz on her book Building Power from Below
  • April 27 – Ilana Gershon on her book Down and Out in the New Economy
  • May 11 – Jen Kagen and Yana Calou on Coworker.org
  • May 25 – Eleanor Marchant on Kenyan IT entrepreneurs
  • June 8 – Leon Morenas on Demonetization and eMoney
  • June 22 – Maggie Jack on Ridehailing apps for drivers in Cambodia
  • July 15 – Write Comments on Mary Gray’s book manuscript – Post on Google Doc
  • July 20 – Hamid Ekbia and Bonnie Nardi on Heteromation
  • Aug 3 – Jack Qiu on China’s Digital Working Class
  • Sept 7 – Nick Seaver on his book The Making of Algorithmic Music Recommendation
  • Sept 27 – Julia, Alexandra, and Alex on Carework Gig Economy
  • Oct 19 – Freeform Discussion – Open Science, Abolish Peer Review
  • Nov 9 – Madison Van Oort – The Emotional Labor of Surveillance
  • Nov 30 – Kate Miltner on Learn to Code Discourse 
  • Dec 14 – Asli Telli Aydemir on P2P Platforms for solidarity

2017

  • Jan 27 – Sareeta Amrute on Encoding Race
  • Feb 24 – Julie Chen on Laboring for Big Data Production
  • March 24 – Lilly Nguyen on Ethnic Platforms
  • April 14 – Marie Hicks on Programmed Inequality
  • April 28 – Luke Stark on Animated GIFs
  • May 12 – Aneesh on System Identities
  • June 9 – David Golumbia on The Politics of Bitcoin
  • June 23 – Zeynep Gursel on Image Brokers
  • Aug 23 – Frank Pasquale on Platform Capitalism
  • Sept 8 – Steph Jordan on Sexual Harassment in the Scientific Workplace
  • Sept 21 – Tom Boellstorff on Disability and the Digital Entrepreneur
  • Oct 6 – Sreela Sarkar on Passionate Producers
  • Oct 27 – Michael Palm on The New Old, Vinyl Records in a Digital Age
  • Nov 17 – Brooke Erin Duffy on her book Not Getting Paid to do What You Love 
  • Dec 6 – Geeta Patel on Risky Bodies & Techno-Intimacy

2016

  • Feb 5 – Discussion – Border as Method
  • April 15 – Discussion – Digital Housewife
  • May 5 – Discussion – LA Times Series on Digital Humanities
  • June 2 – Rolien Hoyng on “From Infrastructural Breakdown to Data Vandalism”, and others
  • June 15 – Aouragh and Chakravartty join us for “Infrastructures of Empire”
  • July 6 – Discussion – Lilly Nguyen and colleagues’ Feminist Hacking / Making
  • August 11 – Tom Boellstorff joins us for “Theorizing the Digital Real”
  • August 24 – Discussion – Precarious Creativity
  • Sept 15 – Ned Rossiter joins us for Software, Infrastructure, Labor
  • Oct 6 – Discussion – Labors of Maintenance
  • Oct 28 – Ergin Bulut presents on Video Game Development as Labor of Love
  • Nov 10 – Noopur Ravel presents on Ridesharing in India
  • Dec 15 – Cathy O’Neil discusses her book Weapons of Math Destruction

2015

  • January 26 – Lilly Nguyen presents on Ethnic Platforms in Vietnam
  • February 12 – Discussion Part 1 – Productive Body
  • February 23 – Discussion Part 1 – Seizing the Means of Production – Part 1 – Intro
  • March 12 – Discussion Part 2 – Productive Body
  • April 20 – Discussion Part 2 – Seizing the Means of Production – Ch. 4 and others
  • April 30 – Discussion on Bodily Labor, Feminist Theory and Infrastructure
  • May 11 – Itty Abraham presents on Technology Czars in India
  • May 28 – Meeting Hosted at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul – Why How Collaborate
  • June 8 – Discussion – Zachariah on postcolonial theory
  • July 9 – Discussion – Gillian Hart, Anna Tsing, and others
  • July 20 – Lilly Irani presents the Intro chapter of her book Chasing Innovation
  • Sept 3 – Discussion – Vibrant Matter – recommended chapters 2 and 7
  • Sept 17 – Mel Gregg tells us about her article “Circuits of Labor”
  • Oct 2 – Discussion – Digital Resistance – The Exploit, and Terranova chapter
  • Oct 13 – Luke Stark and Alex Rosenblat present on their research on Uber work
  • Nov 13 – Meetup at 4S – info here on presentations and party
  • Dec 4 – Michael Palm presents on The History of Dialing as Consumer Labor

2014

  • Feb 6 – Discussion – Surveillance, resistance, regulation
  • Feb 27 – Marisa Cohn Presents on “Success is Holding On”
  • March 13 – Winnie Poster presents on Multi-surveillance
  • March 27 – Discussion – Affect
  • April 25 – Discussion – Race and Labor
  • May 9 – Luke Stark presents on Emotional Context of Information Privacy
  • June 6 – Discussion – Gender, Sexuality, Tech
  • June 20 – Discussion – Late 20th Century Political Economy – Brand, Ferguson, White
  • August 1 – Discussion – Digital Dead End
  • August 18 – Discussion Part 1 – Arendt – Labor and Work
  • August 29 – Discussion Part 2 – Arendt – Action
  • Sept 12 – Lilly Irani presents on Hackathon Coding Politics
  • Oct 6 – Karl Mendonca on “New Media, Old Networks”
  • Oct 31 – Steph Jordan presents on Anticipation Work
  • Nov 20 – Discussion – Speculate This

2013

  • Oct 25 – Discussion – What is work and labor – Sanyal, Starr, Suchman
  • Oct 29 – Kavita Philip presents on Postcolonial Piracy, Nima Yolmo presents on Money, Technology and Society
  • Nov 8 – Discussion – Care and reproduction
  • Nov 15 – Lilly squared! Nguyen on Evangelism and Translation in Open Software; Irani on Microwork
  • Nov 19 – Discussion – Capital and political economy
  • Nov 26 – Alberto Morales on Situating Capital; Norma Mollers on Research in the Context of Video Surveillance
  • Dec 3 – Eclectic Discussion – Elyachar, Huws, Jackson, Traweek