My first take on cryptocurrency cultures

After the AAA, I was busy with other stuff and I could not write about how our conference took place.

I was meaning to start my presentation with an anectode and I did it:

I owe a lot to my flatmate back in Istanbul, who was an ardent cryptocurrency trader.

As usual, our panel did not get much of an audience but participants were responsive and I got my feedback. Hopefully, a proper draft will be ready by mid-January. It is still early to make a claim (but I am eagerly reading about the field) and I am still working on topics I am more knowledgeable like political trolling (and now finishing up a brief report on fake news on Turkey). I am on my way to attend the Munich workshop as I have previously noted. But I am keen on developing new fields of study for myself. We are working on a book proposal on cryptocurrencies with Anıl (Sayan) that may emerge in a year or so.

Reviewed by: Society for Cultural Anthropology

(6-0415) Technofutures and Cryptofutures

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM



  • Smiljana Antonijevic

    Roskilde University

  • Seung Hee Cho

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Erkan Saka

Associate Professor/ Research Scholar
Istanbul Bilgi University/ UC Irvine


  • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
    Value creation in cryptocurrencies. A first look at the cryptocurrency circles in Turkey
    Erkan Saka – Istanbul Bilgi University/ UC Irvine
  • 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
  • 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
    Rituals of Security and Trust Among Internet Engineers
    Smiljana Antonijevic – Roskilde University
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Legacies and Futures of Energy Infrastructure
Seung Hee Cho – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

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