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Lecture Series: KI Area Studies und der Globale Süden (Andreas Sudmann)

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Andreas Sudmann (Regensburg) explores how a fruitful exchange between area studies and artificial intelligence (AI) could emerge, in particular in the context of the Global South.

KI Area Studies und der Globale Süden

Künstliche Intelligenz als ein Gebiet der Area Studies stand im Zentrum mehrerer akademischer Debatten der letzten Zeit, allerdings hat dieses Thema, trotz seiner transregionalen Bedeutung, bislang keine signifikante Rolle im Feld der Area Studies gespielt. Diese Feststellung ist dahingehend bemerkenswert, da, zumindest aus einer historischen Perspektive betrachtet, eine Reihe von Verbindungen zwischen KI-Forschung und Area Studies bestehen, die entsprechend angesprochen werden sollten. In meiner Präsentation möchte ich daher die Vergangenheit und Zukunft von KI in den Area Studies diskutieren. Weiterhin möchte ich über die generelle sozio-epistemologische Signifikanz von Kategorien wie Regionen und Raum reflektieren und KI als globales Phänomen, mit Focus auf den Globalen Süden, darstellen.

AI Area Studies and the Global South

AI, as an area of knowledge, is at the center of many recent academic debates, but despite its transregional impact it has not yet played any significant role in the field of area studies. This diagnosis is noteworthy because, from a historical perspective at least, there are some relevant entanglements and interrelations between AI studies and area studies that need to be addressed accordingly. In my presentation, therefore, I would like to discuss the past and future role of AI in area studies, but also to reflect more generally on the socio-epistemic significance of categories like areas and space for reflecting on AI as a global phenomenon, with a particular focus on perspectives related to the Global South.

Andreas Sudmann is Acting Professor (Vertretungsprofessor) for Spaces of Virtual Communication at the University of Regensburg. His research interests include Area Studies, media theory and media history of artificial intelligence, and media ethnography and digital methods.

When?  Thursday, 8 July 2021, 18:15 CET

Where?  Online via Zoom, https://uni-regensburg.zoom.us/j/69616083914, Meeting ID: 696 1608 3914

The lecture series "Rethinking Area Studies and Space from the 'Global South'? Post/Colonial Perspectives and Glocal Challenges" offers a multiperspectival reconceptualization of area studies and relevant concepts of space in dialog with the 'Global South'. It is organized together with CITAS. Find the full programm here.

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