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Ilirjan Shehu

PhD candidate

Ilirjan is a PhD candidate with fields in political theory and comparative politics. He completed his BA Hon. and MA at York University under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Nitzan. Ilirjan’s research interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of technology and questions of power and distribution in political economy. His dissertation is supervised by Dr. Randall Germain.

Ilirjan’s research examines the relation between technological automation and power. As technological automation becomes ubiquitous our understanding of the transformative effects resulting from it is in need of much research. As a result, Ilirjan’s dissertation tries to answer the question, why automate? Most liberal and Marxist derived accounts of technological automation are based on a bifurcation of machine and human processes. Such separation is related to a larger bifurcation of economics and politics. Differently from main stream approaches that focus on market imperatives and view technological automation as progress only or critical frameworks that center their attention around issues of ownership and productivity, Ilirjan’s analyses uses a power perspective where power is defined as the ability to control efficiency and creativity in society, a notion pioneered by Thorstein Veblen. He hopes to make a timely contribution to debates about the role and implications of technological automation in society that can influence both the academia and policy makers.

Outside of his research, Ilirjan spends most of his time with his family. When not in their company (and probably as a result of his Mediterranean origin) he enjoys sipping cappuccino and discussing (yes, you guessed it) politics with his friends. He also has an on and off relationship with the gym.