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LOPEZ Amaranta

An intersectional feminist political epistemology of artificial intelligence


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Gloria Origgi and Karine Gentelet






This thesis is prepared in partnership with the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA).



From 2015 to 2020, I was a recipient of the Excellence-Major scholarship from the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE). I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a minor in Socio-anthropology, from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. I obtained a research Master’s degree in Social and Political Philosophy from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon -Sorbonne. My dissertation, under the supervision of Magali Bessone, was about epistemic injustices and the decolonization of knowledge. I also obtained a professional-oriented Master’s degree in Applied Ethics and Social and Environmental Responsibility, from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. During this degree, I worked with non-profits and companies on ethical issues concerning artificial intelligence, in the medical sector and in the social-inclusion-through-work sector. I was also able to consolidate an interdisciplinary approach of field philosophy, combining methods of qualitative research in social sciences and philosophical reflection.

Currently, I am in the early stages of a PhD in Philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, under the supervision of Gloria Origgi and Karine Gentelet. My research focuses on intersectional feminist approaches to artificial intelligence, and on the emerging analytical framework of data colonialism. I am also interested in diversity and inclusion discourses in the French technological industry.

I am a recipient of a CIFRE funding from OCTO Technology. I am affiliated to the International Observatory on the Societal and Environmental Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technology (OBVIA). I am also part of the 2022 - 2023 cohort of the Latin America and Caribbean Hub of the feminist research network on Artificial Intelligence f<A+i>r.



I am broadly interested in social justice-oriented theoretical approaches and forms of political organizing. I seek to understand the impacts of datafication and algorithmic technologies on gender and racial inequalities and domination, as well as the forms of resistance that are articulated around and through digital technologies. I am particularly interested in the &quot ;epistemic side&quot ; of oppression and resistance : epistemic injustices, epistemologies of ignorance, non-hegemonic epistemologies (feminist, decolonial), and South(s) epistemologies.

I am also interested in the disciplinary and methodological contours and specific canons of the philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, decolonial philosophy and Latin American philosophy.