»About the Normativity of the Digital« – evening lecture and workshop with Bauhaus visiting professor Prof. Dr. Judith Simon

As part of her Bauhaus visiting professorship for the winter semester 2019/20, the philosopher Prof. Dr. Judith Simon will give an evening lecture at 6 pm on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 in the Oberlichtsaal in the Main Building on the topic of »Do the Algorithms Decide Now? About the Normativity of the Digital«. On Thursday, 30 January 2020, a workshop will then be held on the subject from 10 am to 1 pm. This will take place in the IKKM Lounge of the University Library at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Steubenstraße 6, Weimar). All interested parties are warmly invited to attend.

Values are often subconsciously inscribed into the design process during the development of technologies. In order to develop more value-sensitive research technologies responsibly, Prof. Simon among others advocates greater integration of the humanities, social sciences and technical disciplines throughout the entire research and innovation process. 

In her research, she considers the relationships between ethical, epistemological and political questions in the digital context. A growing number of decisions are based on data and algorithms. It therefore follows that the resulting actions as well as values and standards are delegated to digital technologies. Prof. Dr. Simon will discuss these and other topics with researchers and students from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar during her evening lecture on 29 January entitled »Digitisation, Ethics, Politics« and the workshop on 30 January »About the Normativity of the Digital«. 

Evening lecture: »Do the Algorithms Decide Now? About the Normativity of the Digital«
Time: Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 6 pm
Venue: Oberlichtsaal in the Main Building, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 8, 99423 Weimar

Workshop: »About the Normativity of the Digital«
Time: Thursday, 30 January 2020, 10 am–1 pm
Venue: IKKM-Lounge, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Steubenstraße 6, 99423 Weimar

Prof. Dr. Judith Simon majored in psychology with minors in philosophy, English and German literature and linguistics as well as media studies in Marburg, Waterloo (Canada) and Berlin. She received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Vienna (2010). As a postdoc, she worked at the Institut Jean Nicod of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. She was subsequently appointed as an associate professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. She has held the professorship for ethics in information technology at Universität Hamburg since 2017. She has also been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Trento, the University of Ljubljana, and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (CSIC-IIIA) in Barcelona. Prof. Dr. Judith Simon is a member of the Data Ethics Commission and the German Ethics Council.

In case of general questions, please contact Viola Baser (MA, Advisor for Academic Affairs and Appointments) by telephone (+49 (0) 36 43 / 58 11 17) or email (viola.baser[at]uni-weimar.de).

In case of questions regarding the workshop, please contact Franziska Klemstein (MA, Research Associate for the Professorship for the Theory of Media Worlds) by telephone (+49 (0) 36 43 / 58 38 40) or email (franziska.klemstein[at]uni-weimar.de).