Speaker Series

The Egg Speaker Series

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Artificial Intelligence: For Whose Social Good? (PDF)
Speaker: Dr. Luke Stark, Assistant Professor, FIMS, Western University
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM EST
Location: Zoom (Meeting ID: 985 8301 4395)

"Limitation and Governance as Legitimacy in Public Health Technology"
Speaker: Sean McDonald (Sean McDonald designs technology for governance and governance for technology. He is the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning technology company, and the cofounder of Digital Public, a public interest digital governance firm. Sean is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation, a lawyer barred in New York, and a digital rights activist. He holds a JD/MA from American University.
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2020
Time: 3:00PM - 4:00PM EST
Location: Join via Zoom: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/94953865550 (Meeting ID: 949 5386 5550 / Passcode: 470510)
Open to all! If there's one thing that the COVID pandemic response should have taught us, it' s the role of leadership in the effectiveness of the response. The successes and failures of institutional public health response largely come down to the roles of limitation and governance - not just of a public health response, but specifically in the failed rollout of contact tracing (and exposure notification) apps. 


“Misinformation and Self-interest: Evidence from Brazil”
Speaker: Dr. Mathieu Turgeon, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Western
Friday, January 24, 2020
11:00 AM
Social Science Center, Room 6210 (6th floor) 


There's no such thing as the internet: Some thoughts on research methodology and the politics of technological language."
Dr. Thomas Streeter, Professor, Faculty of Information and Medis Studies, Western
Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:00 PM
Social Science Center, Room 6210 (6th floor) 

New Tools For Old Problems: Tracking Misinformation on Twitter” & “The Politics of Financial Inclusion in Humanitarian Governance” 
Michelle Caplan, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Political Science, Western & Tyler Girard, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Political Science, Western
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 1 - 3:00 PM
Location: Social Science Center, Room 6210 (6th floor) 

"Data, New Technologies and the Prospects for Social Science and Learning"
Speaker: Dave Armstrong, Canada Research Chair, Director, Centre for Computational and Quantitative Social Science, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Western
Date: Friday March 22, 2019
Time: 1 - 2:30 PM
Location: Social Science Center, Room 6210 (6th floor) 

 "Tracing the American State of Exception in the ‘War on Terror’ from Bush, Obama, to Trump
Speaker: A. Percy Sherwood
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location: Social Science Center, Room 6210 (6th floor) 

Abstract: In times of war, the rule of law is traditionally suspended and executive power is temporarily given to a strong authority that attempts to resolve the crisis. The state of exception is the legal instrument that allows for a leader to transcend the rule of law for a short time under a personal discretion to do justice for the public good. This talk led by Percy Sherwood argues that the post-9/11 state of exception (or of emergency or martial law) is increasingly used as the basis of contemporary American governance. Drawing from Giorgio Agamben, he traces the state of exception in the Bush, Obama, and Trump presidencies to show that self-reinforcing processes end up prolonging states of emergency that are supposed to be temporary.

Biography: Percy Sherwood is a PhD student in media studies at Western University. His academic work has appeared in the Western Journal of Legal Studies and his news stories created for The Canadian Press have been widely published across major news outlets. Percy holds master’s degrees in political science and journalism & communication.


Saving Face at a Faceless Border: Computer Attribution as Policing Practice
Dr. Ian Kalman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Western University
Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 6210


Biometric Emotions: Affect for the Purposes of Security
Speaker: Dr. Shoshana Magnet, Associate Professor at The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and The Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 5220


Title: Not Your Mother's Terrorism
Speaker: Dr. Laura Huey, Department of Sociology, Western University
Date:  Thursday October 20, 2016
Time:  2:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Dean's Boardroom, Social Science Center, room 9420, Western University

Title: Bitcoin for Dummies, or: The Rise of Crypto-Capitalism
Speaker: Jean-Philippe Vergne (Ivey Business School)
Date: Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 5220 (Social Science Centre Conference Room)

Title: Drone Vision: Æsthetics, Politics, Biometrics
Panelist-Keynotes: Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (Western), Benjamin Muller (Kings), and Claudette Lauzon (OCAD)
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: The Tonda Room of the London Public Library (Central Branch), 251 Dundas Street, downtown London Ontario (Canada)

Title: You Might Not Be Interested in War: Complicity and the Return of Military Cybernetics
Keynote Speaker: Nick Dyer-Withford (FIMS) and Svitlana Matviyenko (FIMS)
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 9420 (Social Science Dean’s Boardroom)