Graduate Seminars on Artificial Intelligence and Social Justice

The Abeona-ENS-OBVIA Chair, held by Karine Gentelet, is organizing a series of three graduate seminars on artificial intelligence and social justice.

With the proliferation of artificial intelligence in our daily lives, the objective of these seminars is to bring together multidisciplinary graduate students and foster a dialogue surrounding the societal challenges we face.

Registration for all seminars before 30 March

Themes and calendar

The seminars will take place online via Zoom and will last 1h30. We’ve chosen a format which we hope will be as interactive and participatory as possible.

We are pleased to announce that the three themes that were voted for by the students who expressed interest, and their corresponding dates, are as follows:

  1. Human rights by, in and for design (English) – 11th March 2021
  2. Sovereignty, empowerment and technological activism (French) – 8 April 2021
  3. Technologies and marginalized groups: bias and social injustices (French) – 27 May 2021 (tbc)

The seminars will take place at 11am (Quebec) or 5pm (France).

Pedagogical formula

Approximately 10 days before the event, we will send you 2 to 3 relevant texts that you will need to read in order to be able to contribute to the reflections and discussions on the chosen theme.

Here is some information on the chronological sequence of the seminars:

  • presentation of the Abeona-ENS-OBVIA Chair (5 min)
  • presentation of the issues at stake (10 min)
  • discussion on selected and distinct questions in 3 sub-groups (30 min)
  • reassemble to pool the ideas and issues raised by each group (3 x 5 min)
  • debates and final plenary discussion (15 min)

Important: your registration for all seminars must be confirmed before 30 March via this Google form:

Those already registered will be contacted to confirm their interest and availability on the chosen date.

We look forward to meeting you again and hearing your contributions on these fundamental issues that are shaking up our present and beginning to shape our future.


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