Karin Knorr Cetina was already a well established figure in the Sociology of Science and Technology when, in the mid-1990s, she changed the focus of her ethnographic investigations to financial markets. What followed was a series of edited books and journal articles that made significant contributions to the Sociology of Finance. In this interview, Karin, who is the Otto Borchert Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, reflects on the intellectual drivers of her research interests in financial markets, on the evolution and challenges of the field since the 1990s.
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KCC: Yes, now the next project is actually already a finance project. It is in collaboration with the University of Siegen and financed by the German National Science Foundation. We have an SFB there, and my part is really looking at algorithms as agentic media generally, and to also try and bring into the picture some of the producers of these algorithms and what they are doing. We are looking at three different kinds of what we call agentic media. The one is bots, communication media. We want to look at drones and autonomous flying machines too, how they are engaged by the worlds that receive their images, by the public who see them, how they are engineered on some level, and what role algorithms play in these things. We are really interested in semi-autonomy as a social form and what it implies. ?gentic media and semi-autonomy are the top notions in that project.
© 2021 Alex Preda, Karin Knorr Cetina
- economic sociology
- Sociology of finance
- sociology of science and technology