Critical Theory in the Digital Context: Search Engine Labour and Creative Production

WIAS Seminar with International Research Fellows Paško Bilić and Ergin Bulut

How are major search algorithms produced? How is their globalrelevance sustained and promoted? What is the role of creativityin digital games production? How do creative producers copewith contradictions in their precarious workplaces?

Focusing on search engines and the digital games industry, thespeakers will explore various angles of critical theory. Conceptssuch as technological rationality, alienation, bio-politicalproduction and exploitation will be evoked to understand thespecifics of labour processes in digital contexts.

Paško Bilić is Research Associate at the Department for Cultureand Communication, Institute for Development andInternational Relations in Zagreb, Croatia. Paško is based atWIAS from 2 May to 31 July 2017. During his fellowship, he willbe focusing on algorithms, their role in sustaining and shapingcapitalist social relations, and global digital economy. He iscurrently co-editing a book for Palgrave Macmillan entitled “Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction”.

Ergin Bulut is Assistant Professor at the Department of Mediaand Visual Arts at Koc University, Istanbul. His researchinterests cover political economy of media and media labour, critical/cultural studies, game studies, and philosophy oftechnology. He is based at WIAS in June and July 2017. His is currently working on an ethnography of labour practices in thegame industry, which will be published by MIT Press in 2018.

Date and Time

Wed 28 June 2017

18:00 – 20:00


University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2HW