Date & Time: April 18–20, 2023 9:30am – 12:30am
Location: Manhattan Center

This three-day working conference provides a forum for collaborative and applied philosophical inquiry, exploring the ways that contingency, control and creativity are at work under algorithmic conditions.

Conference Focus

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together different perspectives from across the humanities and sciences to discuss the nature of learning under algorithmic conditions.

This alliterative cluster of three key concepts is meant to keep us focused on:

  1. The play of contingency at the heart of speculative-mathematical models
  2. The practices of control in digital governance and bodily subjection, and
  3. The force of creativity and art in resisting and repurposing data and digital media.

This conference invites critical and creative approaches to the following questions:

  • How are theories of learning and cognition reconfigured through computational practices?
  • How are doubt, uncertainty and abstraction recast in machine learning?
  • What kinds of artful algorithmic experiments shed light on digital life?
  • In what ways is expertise newly linked to neuro-symbolic imaginaries?
  • How are environment, body, affect, and sensation designed by various digital pedagogies?
  • How does education policy mobilize algorithmic self-regulation?
  • How should we make sense of the incomputable in digital learning environments?
  • How might algorithmic plausible reasoning shed light on posthuman eco-cognition?

Conference Schedule

  • Tuesday, April 18 • 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 19 • 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 20 • 9:30am – 12:30pm


  • Patricia Clough, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Felicity Colman, University of the Arts, London
  • Matthew X. Curinga, Adelphi University
  • Elizabeth de Freitas, Adelphi University
  • Ezekiel Dixon-Romàn, Columbia University
  • Henry Osman, Brown University
  • Reuben Feinman, New York University
  • Alexander Galloway, New York University
  • Chieh Lü, University of British Columbia
  • Raphaël Milliére, Columbia University
  • Luciana Parisi, Duke University
  • Arkady Plotnitsky, Purdue University
  • Goda Klumbytė, University of Kassel
  • Warren Sack, University of California
  • Sam Sellar, University of South Australia
  • Dave Wagner, University of New Brunswick
  • Taylor Webb, University of British Columbia
  • Ben Williamson, University of Edinburgh


Registration is required for this conference. There is no fee, but this active conference requires registrants to have a commitment to the conference themes and to be available for most or all of the conference events.

For more information or to register, please contact Elizabeth de Freitas at

This conference is co-sponsored by Adelphi University, Columbia University, the University of South Australia, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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