The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.
The new Max-Planck research group “AIming Toward the Future: Policing, Governance, and Artificial Intelligence”
is looking for highly qualified and motivated candidates for
Postdoctoral positions (3 years)
starting 1 April 2020
“AIming Toward the Future” is a project led by Dr. Maria Sapignoli that will examine the rapidly increasing use of big data, digital technologies, and artificial intelligence technologies in policing and governance, present and future. The research team will investigate how these technologies are being developed and applied in the context of law enforcement, extending to the involvement of the private sector in criminal justice. The study will have two interconnected research foci, both ethnographically-founded and comparative in scope. The first will look at how the machine-learning technologies employed by law enforcement officials play out on the ground, the second at the conceptualization, creation, and implementation of those technologies. The research group seeks to shed light, both empirical and theoretical, on the effects of digital policing on social inequality, law, and the future of criminal justice.