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Petra Molnar: AI Ethnography Masterclass

June 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Led by Petra Molnar and chaired by Morgan Currie, this Masterclass will set out Petra’s approach to doing ethnography in this important domain of AI studies, and invite questions and discussion from attendees.

Attendance can be either in person or online. It is open to researchers at any stage of their career, but especially PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from any institution.

The event will take place from 11 am to 12.30 pm BST on Thursday 26 June, at the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Speaker biographies:

A White woman with brown curly hair, blue eyes, and a blue top smiles to the right of the camera. She is Petra Molnar.

Petra Molnar is a lawyer and anthropologist specializing in migration and human rights. She has been working in migrant justice since 2008, first as a settlement worker and community organizer, and now as a researcher and lawyer. She writes about digital border technologies, immigration detention, health and human rights, gender-based violence, as well as the politics of refugee, immigration, and international law. Petra co-runs the Refugee Law Lab at York University and is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Petra’s recently-released first book, The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in The Age of Artificial Intelligence, weaves together anthropological, legal and political scholarship to understand how technology is being deployed by governments on the world’s most vulnerable with little regulation.

A White woman in a blue top with brown hair and a fringe smiles at the camera. She is Dr Morgan Currie.

Morgan Currie (chair) is Senior Lecturer in Data and Society in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the datafication and automation of government services and civil society oversight of these systems, and she co-leads the Critical Data Studies Cluster at the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

This Masterclass is a collaboration between the BRAID (Bridging Responsible AI Divides) Programme, the Edinburgh Futures Institute’s Centre for Technomoral Futures, and the Law School at the University of Edinburgh.

Please note limited seats are available for in-person attendees, so please book tickets in advance. For those joining online please register for online attendance and joining instructions will be sent to you ahead of the event.


Edinburgh Futures Institute
1 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh, EH3 9EF United Kingdom
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