THE UNCANNY SWIPE DRIVE: THE RETURN OF A RACIST MODE OF ALGORITHMIC THOUGHT ON DATING APPS

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Type: 
Seminar
Date: 
August 12, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Race / Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences, Psychology, Communication

FREE ONLINE SEMINAR 

As scholars decry algorithmic oppression with increasing alarm, they also describe it as colonizing every last bit of sociality where it could be resisted. Swipe apps constitute a prototypical example of this development. By employing protocols that foster absent-minded engagement, they allow unconscious racial preferences to be expressed without troubling users’ perceptions of themselves as non-racist.

In this free on-line seminar, Dr Gregory Narr will discuss his recent research on the transition from dating websites to dating apps as an effect of today’s increasingly affective mode of capitalism.

The seminar will run from 14.00 to 16.00 GMT and is open to all. Online registration is required.

Contact Info: 

Dr William G. Feighery 

The Cambridge Institute for Visual Research

Email: william.feighery@camvisres.org

@CamVisRes