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Craig Gent

My research investigates the politics of algorithmically-managed workplaces, primarily scrutinizing the managerial techniques and technologies found in logistics work. In particular, I am interested in the effects of algorithmic management on the social and political dimensions of the work process and the capacity for workers to organize, struggle or otherwise maximize their interests in algorithmically-dependent forms of work.

I am supervised by Nate Tkacz and Celia Lury, and I am a member of the Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW) network.

Background

I hold an MA in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. Since coming to Warwick I have also gained a PGCert in Social Sciences Research.

My PhD research takes a political approach to issues arising from media theory, critical management studies (particularly organization studies) and the philosophy of technology. My wider research interests include critical social theory (particularly in relation to work), political economy, phenomenology and operaismo.

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Gent, C. (2015) 'Is the autonomists' notion of the 'social factory' still relevant?', Studies in Social and Political Thought, 24: 65-78.

Gent, C. (2015) 'With our Backs to the Future', Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 11 (1-2): 49-60.

Other

Interview with Costas Lapavitsas for Studies in Social and Political Thought, 23 with Mareike Beck (2014).

Conferences and Talks

2017, 'Slaves to the algorithm? Class (de/re)composition in computationally-dependent workplaces' at Historical Materialism 14th Annual Conference, SOAS, 11 November.

2017, 'Examining management technologies as a site of conflict: political interests and class composition in distribution warehouses' at 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association: '(Un)Making Europe', Harokopio University, Greece, 30 August.

2016, 'The future of new media' at Real Media National Tour, The Island, Bristol, 16 October. (Invited)

2016, 'What do cybernetic technologies mean for workplaces?' at BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference, University of Leeds, 7 September.

2016, 'What do dashboard interfaces reveal?' at Contemporary Philosophy of Technology Research Seminar, University of Birmingham, 15 March. (Invited)

2015, 'New media, old problems? Technologies of management and control at work, from time and motion studies to dashboard interfaces' at Manchester Centre for Political Theory Annual Workshops, University of Manchester, 2 September.

2015, 'A commons of the digital at work' at Global Center for Advanced Studies World Conference: 'Democracy Rising', University of Athens, Greece, 16 July.

2015, 'Dashboard interfaces: the workers' self-management we never wanted?' at London Conference in Critical Thought, University College London, 27 June.

2015, 'What does the dashboard mean for workers?' at Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick, 26 June.

2015, 'What is not to be done? Towards a politics of autonomy' at CSE Midlands Launch: 'What is to be done in the age of austerity and autonomy?', University of Birmgham, 17 April. (Invited)

2014, 'Digital technology and post-Fordism: the social factory and the margins of work' at London Conference in Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London, 28 June.

2014, 'Internet censorship and the ideology of moderation' at Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference: 'Extremes and Extremism', University of Sussex, 5 June.

2014, 'Is a Promethean politics possible?' at Accelerationism: A workshop and lecture, University of Westminster, 23 May. (Invited)

Teaching

2017, IM902 Approaches to the Digital (convened by Nathaniel Tkacz)

2017, 358DEL Journalism, Ethics and Society, Coventry University (convened by Jim Clarke)

2016, SO118 Life of Media: Past, Present and Future (convened by Steve Fuller)

Funding

2014-2018, Economic and Social Research Council studentship

2013, Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (University of Sussex)

Memberships

Royal Institute of Philosophy

Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association

European Sociological Association

Sam Martin

Contact

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL

Email: C.Gent@warwick.ac.uk