The Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS), UCPH, is pleased to announce the third lecture in its Spring Lecture Series 2018. The theme of the series is SOCIAL DATA SCIENCES.

Speaking across domains as diverse as computational privacy, legal systems, international finance and big data infrastructures, our speakers will highlight the challenges that we face with these new social data configurations, and the methodological innovations that we need to foster in order to understand and intervene in them.

Our next speaker on Friday May 18th is professor Christian Borch.

Professor Christian Borch

Professor Christian Borch

Christian Borch is Professor of Economic Sociology and Social Theory at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School. He is the PI of an ERC-funded project on Algorithmic Finance (

Please see below for the title and abstract of his lecture.

Read more about Christian Borch here.

When Algorithms Interact:
On the sociality of financial markets

The vast majority of orders being placed in financial markets today are placed by fully automated computer algorithms. These algorithms are designed by humans but when they submit orders to markets, they do so independently and without human intervention. The hectic algorithmic activity of financial markets, in which algorithms are effectively competing with one another, begs the question of how these algorithms might be interacting. In this talk, I will present an ongoing research project tasked with finding answers to that question through a unique combination of qualitative sociological and anthropological work, on the one hand, and a computer simulation of financial markets, on the other. I will outline the backdrop to the project, sketch its basic research design, and finally present some initial findings.
The lecture will take place in Building 35, Floor 3, Room 20 (35.3.20) of the CSS Campus, Copenhagen University, from 11.00am - 12.30pm.
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