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Lecture Series: AI Area Studies and the Global South (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.

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, artificial intelligence, 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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