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ENS Research Seminar

Summer Term 2024


Transdisciplinary discourse about topics that matter for the digital transformation of European society is an important part of the ENS community. In the research seminar, researchers from ENS and beyond will present contemporary work.

The ENS Research Seminar is a forum where ideas are presented, discussed and challenged. Together, we want to advance the papers that will be presented. Therefore, in line with ENS’ general philosophy, ideas matter – not hierarchies. Everybody is invited to ask questions, discuss, and offer suggestions.

The research seminar is organized in a hybrid format.

Join us on Tuesdays 4:15-5:45 PM at the ENS Coworking Space or online via Zoom!


23 April 2024

Siarhei Liubimau (EHU Vilnius)
  • Topic: Platformization of Politics in Non-Democracies: Comparative Perspective on Claim-Making, Repressions, and Social Media Public in Belarus

Siarhei Liubimau's project studies the relations between repressions in authoritarian states and the usage of digital platforms, with the focus on the case of the Instagram usage in Belarus and in Venezuela. During the seminar, he will talk about the role of digital platforms in Belarus' unfinished revolution of 2020 and the digitalization of state repressions. He will further discuss how analysis of ‘big data’ helps us to understand the resulting social media public in Belarus in comparative perspective (with emphasis on Venezuela among other comparable cases).

30 April 2024

Jan-Hendrik Passoth (ENS) & Migle Bareikyte (ENS)
  • Topic: Inaugural Lectures (6 PM, on-site only)
  • Location: European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Große Scharrnstraße 59, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Room: Senate Hall of the University, Main Building, Room 109 
  • Agenda:
    • Welcome address by President Prof. Dr. Eduard Mühle
    • Introduction by the Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt
    • Contribution by the Deputy Head of the European New School of Digital Studies Prof. Dr. Philipp Hacker
    • Inaugural Lecture Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth: Technological Politics: Infrastructures, Transformations, Publics (45 Min)
    • Inaugural Lecture Prof. Dr. Miglė Bareikytė: War Sensing: Datafication, Politics of Attention, Cooperation (45 Min)

After the presentations, we would like to round off the evening with drinks and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere. 

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7 May 2024

Kourosh Dadgar (University of San Francisco)
  • Topic: Values-sensitive design of information systems 

14 May 2024

Lauri Wessel (ENS)
  • Topic: Guided Discussion about a joint concept for evaluating courses in the Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE)

21 May 2024 - cancelled!

28 May 2024

Domingos Soares Farinho (University of Lisbon School of Law)
  • Topic: Automated decisions on online platforms: the interplay between the GDPR, the DSA, and the AI Act

4 June 2024

danah boyd; Jeremias Adams-Prassl; Nóra Ní Loideáin; Philipp Hacker
  • Topic: ENS Fellows and Friends Paper Workshop

On 4 June 2024, we will host the first ever ENS Fellows and Friends Paper Workshop at the ENS Coworking Space. This event will feature an interdisciplinary lineup of top international scholars presenting their latest research on AI and data processing. Each 60-minute paper session will follow a format where the author sets the scene for 5-10 minutes, followed by a 10-minute commentary, and concluding with a discussion and Q&A session. The schedule includes notable speakers from Georgetown, LSE, and Oxford, such as danah boyd, Orla Lynskey, Jeremias Adams-Prassl, Nora Ni Loideain, Philipp Hacker, and Joanna Bryson.

The day will commence at 10:45 AM with arrival and welcome remarks. The morning sessions will feature danah boyd, followed by Orla Lynskey discussing "The Regulation of Inferences." After lunch at the CP Cafeteria, the afternoon will include presentations by Jeremias Adams-Prassl on his latest Book Proposal on “Technology Law," Philipp Hacker on "Generative Discrimination," and Nora Ni Loideain on "AI and Facial Recognition Regulation – Divergences in EU and UK Law." The workshop will conclude with Joanna Bryson's presentation on “An AI Cold War” and a networking session with drinks on the CP rooftop terrace from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

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18 June 2024

Paula Bialski (University of St. Gallen)
  • Topic: Good Enoughness: Middle Tech companies and the culture of software work

Paula Bialski is an Associate Professor for Digital Sociology at the University of St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She is an ethnographer of digital technologies, looking at contexts of usage as well as production, and she frames her research within science and technology studies in particular.

Her new book “Middle Tech: software work and the culture of ‘good enough’ is an ethnography about how a collective group of people working at a run-of-the-mill corporate tech company collaborate, communicate, care, and compromise in order to make software work.

25 June 2024

Jean-Christophe Boucher (University of Calgary)
  • Topic: Transnationalism and populist networks in a digital era: Canada and the Freedom Convoy

The growth and success of right-wing populist movements globally has been remarkable since the early 2010s. Indeed, populist parties in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America have received tremendous electoral success, shaping a movement for the people and by the people within the political sphere. To what extent do populist movements influence other such programs across national borders? Research has suggested that globalization has facilitated the spread of populist ideology. Referred to as transnational populism, authors suggest that emphasis on the ‘people’ as a ‘horizontal, membership-based collective with membership premised on an in/out logic between nations allows populist national movements to engage and share a global ideological program. This paper seeks to understand and measure to what extent populism has become a transnational movement and identify how populism moves across national borders through online political participation. To explore this question, we collected over 6,7 million digital trace data on X/Twitter during Canada's January- February 2022 Freedom Convoy movement. Receiving support from thousands of citizens, the Freedom Convoy revealed the ability of populist ideology to move aimlessly across international borders. We used a deep-learning model applied to text analysis (Fine-tuned BERT-base-Uncased) to implement a classification task to measure populist narratives during the movement.

2 July 2024

9 July 2024

Seth Masket (University of Denver)
  • Topic: Still Trump’s Party: How Local Republican Leaders Made Up their Minds in the 2024 Presidential Nomination

16 July 2024