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Professional Datascapes

King's Building, Strand Campus, London

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Much public attention has recently been devoted to how algorithms and data work in influencer economies, or to the sudden, disruptive arrival of tools like ChatGPT. Less glamorous and more hidden from public sight are professional activities in which data and AI play a role of comparable if not greater significance, subtly transforming how experts observe and make sense of their work domains and apply professional judgement, which is core to the functioning of the so-called knowledge economy.

Medicine, law, finance, journalism, policing, human resource management—to name but a few—are key professional fields and expert domains that rely more and more on data and on algorithms using these data.

This two-day interdisciplinary conference, organised by the FinWork Futures Centre, brings together an international group of social science scholars and practitioners who will generate insights into how algorithmic technologies are produced, enacted and problematised in different professional domains and epistemic cultures, configuring new, emergent ‘professional datascapes’.  

Keynote Speakers

Luciana D'Adderio - University of Edinburgh

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra - University of California San Diego

Susan Scott - London School of Economics and Political Science

Kindly be advised that the schedule for these sessions is subject to potential adjustments.

Day 1 Agenda: 24 June 2024

9.00 - 9.30

Registration and refreshments

9.30 - 9.45

Welcome by Directors of FinWork Futures Research Centre: Alex Preda, Rita Samiolo and Crawford Spence

9.45 - 10.45

Money Rules: Governance, Accounting and Knowledge-Making in an Algorithmic Age

Keynote speech by Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (UCSD)

10.45 - 11.30

Material Models, Synthetic Markets: How Virtual Data is Reshaping Calculative Practices in Quantitative Finance

Kristian Bondo Hansen (Copenhagen Business School)

11.30 - 11.45

Coffee break

11.45 - 12.30

Constructing Compliance: Epistemic Struggles and Techno-Bureaucratic Visions in 'RegTech' Markets for Financial Surveillance software

Jack Kvaerno-Jones (King’s College London)

12.30 - 13.15

Governing Technological Zones: Scales, Scopes And Scapes In The Field Of Cyber Security

Matt Spencer (University of Warwick)

13.15 - 14.15


14.15 - 15.15

The Visual Cultures Of AI: Professions, Practices And Performances

Keynote speech by Luciana D’Adderio (University of Edinburgh)

15.15 - 16.00

Teamwork in the Robotic Operating Theatre: Experience-Authority Asymmetry and the (Re)configuration of Professions

Paul Luff and Sylvaine Tuncer (King's College London)

16.00 - 16.15

Coffee break

16.15 - 17.00

Computational Genomics Inside Out: Certify, Standardize, Accredit

Florian Janton (Geneva Graduate Institute)

17.00 - 17.45

Growing Despite Friction: How An Agtech Startup Manages Difficulties In The Collection Of Agricultural Data

Cornelius Heimstaedt (Humboldt University Berlin)

18.00 - 19.00



Day 2 Agenda: 25 June 2024

9.00 – 9.30

Registration and refreshments

9.30 – 10.30

Configuring Digital Responsibility: Examining the Implications of Algorithmic Confidentiality Washing

Keynote speech by Susan Scott (London School of Economics and Political Science)

10.30 – 11.15

Elena Raviola (University of Gothenburg)

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.15

Platformized Policing. How Data Integration and Analysis Performs Shape Police Work

Simon Egbert (University of Bielefeld)

12.15 – 13.00

Unravelling the Discretionary Datascapes of Algorithmic Policing: What Role for Human Rights?

Adam Harkens (Strathclyde University)

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.15

Practitioner roundtable discussion

15.15 – 15.30

Concluding remarks by Directors of FinWork Futures


At this event

Rita Samiolo

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management

Crawford Spence

Professor of Accounting


Professor, Lingan University

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