Workshop – Thinking with algorithms,
February 26th-27th 2015

‘Thinking with Algorithms:
Cognition and Computation in the Work of N. Katherine Hayles’
26-27 February 2015
Gala Theatre & Cinema
Durham, UK

Organisers: Prof. Louise Amoore and Dr Volha Piotukh
Geography Department, Durham University

Provisional Porgramme

Thursday 26 February 2015

9.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.15 Opening address (Screen 2): Prof. Louise Amoore (Durham University)

10.15 – 11.15 Plenary address I (Screen 2)
Chair: Prof. Louise Amoore (Durham University)
Prof. Katherine Hayles (Duke University) ‘Future anterior, derivative writing, and the cognitive technosphere’

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.50 Panel I (Studio) ‘Algorithmic thought’
Chair: Dr Volha Piotukh (Durham University)
Dr Tobias Matzner (University of Tübingen) ‘Algorithms: like humans, yet completely different’
Robert Jackson (Lancaster University) ‘Interpreting the undecidable: Turing’s weird machines in an ecology of distrust’
Stephen L. Roberts (Sussex University) ‘Catching the flu: the role of syndromic surveillance systems in transforming global health security, 1994-present’

12.50 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 Plenary address II (Screen 2)
Chair: Dr Volha Piotukh (Durham University)
Prof. Donald MacKenzie (Edinburgh University) ‘What’s inscribed within algorithms? The case of “futures lag” in high-frequency trading’

14.30 – 16.10 Panel II (Studio) ‘Cognition, interface, trading’
Chair: Prof. Donald MacKenzie (Edinburgh University)
Dr Ann-Christina Lange (Copenhagen Business School)
Dr Michael Dieter (Warwick University) ‘On capturing attention: technogenesis and the materialities of interface design patterns’
Ami Clarke (Banner Repeater) ‘Low animal spirits’

16.10 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30 Plenary address III (Studio)
Chair: Prof. Louise Amoore (Durham University)
Dr Luciana Parisi (Goldsmith, University of London) ‘Critical computation: digital philosophy and GAI (General Artificial Intelligence)’

17.30 – 18.30 Drinks reception (Gala theatre & cinema)

20.00 Dinner (Finbarr’s restaurant)

Friday 27 February 2015 (all day in Studio)

8.30 – 9.00 Registration and coffee

9.00 – 10.00 Plenary address IV
Chair: Prof. Louise Amoore (Durham University)
Dr David Berry (Sussex University) ‘Thinking without algorithms’

10.00 – 11.20 Panel III ‘Algorithm and decision’
Chair: Dr Volha Piotukh (Durham University)
Silvia Mollicchi (Warwick University) ‘US4CES – Algorithm-generated military camouflage: a case study’
Jacob Burns (Goldsmith, University of London) ‘Everyone can see the fate of spies’
Dr Nathaniel O’Grady (Southampton University) ‘The post-human performativity of security technologies: digital infrastructures, humans and risk governance’

11.20 – 12.20 Plenary address V
Chair: Prof. Louise Amoore (Durham University)
Prof. Celia Lury (Warwick University) ‘This time it’s personal: individuation, numbers and the default social’

12.20 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.40 Panel IV ‘Human/machinic assemblages’
Chair: Prof. Celia Lury (Warwick University)
Luca Cinquemani & Eleonora de Majo (Università degli Studi di Palermo) ‘Machinic capitalism and multipotentiality of body-space’
Dr Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (University of Copenhagen) ‘Algorithmic archival assemblages’
Dr Kristene Unsworth & Dr Kelly Joyce (Drexel University) ‘Elegance, speed and collaboration: working with algorithms in the 21st century’

14.40 – 16.00 Panel V ‘Feeling with algorithms: language, learning and love’
Chair: Dr David Berry (Sussex University)
Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Language in the age of algorithmic reproduction’
Lukasz Mirocha (University of Warsaw) ‘Cognitive computing – a revolution in HCI or merely a marketing buzzword? An IBM Watson supercomputer analysis’
Lee Mackinnon (Goldsmith, University of London) ‘For the love of Her’

16.00 – 17.00 Coffee and closing remarks
Prof. N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University), Prof. Michael Dillon (Lancaster University) and Prof. Louise Amoore (Durham University)