NEGATE-workshop on ignorance and transparency


Tampere University, Finland

Time: at 13-17.30

Venue: Lecture room Pinni A1081 (attendance via Zoom

The Neoliberal economic regime and market-based knowledge production, combined with digitalization and the rise of social media have shaken the former authority of institutional knowledge and expertise in various professions. One of the epistemological paradoxes related to data driven societies is that knowledge and non-knowing as well as information and disinformation increase in equal amounts. For instance, algorithms and machine learning make people and democratic public discussion vulnerable to various filter bubbles in social media and automated inequality created by the predictive analytics of automated decision-making.

The interdisciplinary workshop presentations address various aspects of expertise, professions and institutional knowledge related to issues of non-knowledge, ignorance and disinformation.

The workshop will open with a keynote lecture “Ignorance and Transparency: How are they Related?” by professor and sociologist Matthias Gross (Helmholtz Centre in Leipzig and University of Jena, Germany). Professor Gross is a leading expert in the sociology of ignorance, and he has published the book Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies (2015).


13.15-13.30 Introduction to the seminar. Jaana Parviainen (Tampere University, director of Negate project): Welcome words & short introduction

13.30-14.30 Keynote lecture. Matthias Gross (Helmholtz Centre in Leipzig and University of Jena, Germany): Ignorance and Transparency: How are they Related?

14.30-15.00 Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen (University of Jyväskylä): Post-truth and disinformation: a critique of the EU response

15.00-15.30 Pia Vuolanto (Tampere University): Critiques of the medical establishment within ‘everyday fringe medicine’: Ignorance or co-production of knowledge?

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-16.30 Tapio Reinekoski & Mikko J. Virtanen (Tampere University): The mixrange of algorithms. Guiding Science and Technology Studies towards scales and contexts

16.30-17 Anne Koski & Jaana Parviainen & Lauri Lahikainen (Tampere University): ‘That is how giants fall’:

Organizational Ignorance, Arrogance and Non-knowledge in the Technology Leap

17.00 Discussion

17.30 End of seminar