Alexander Samuel Popowich

popowich-samuelFrom General Intellect to Artificial Intelligence: The Dialectic of Technology and Finance in ‘Italian Theory’. 

Supervisors: Dr. Huw Macartney and Dr. David Bailey

Sam Popowich is investigating the role of artificial intelligence in the financial sector through the lens of ‘Italian Theory’. He is specifically looking at the ways in which symbolic AI, Big Data, and machine learning are being deployed to manage operational risk, and the way in which this process can be described using concepts from Italian Theory such as the cycle of struggle, crisis, and biopolitics.


Master of Arts (Music and Culture) (Carleton University), Master of Library and Information Studies (Dalhousie University)


  • “Libraries, Labour, Capital: On Formal and Real Subsumption”, Journal of Radical Librarianship 4 (2018).
  • "Ruthless Criticism of All that Exists": Marxism, Technology, and Library Work”, in Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale (eds.) The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship (Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2018). 


Sam Popowich is a research librarian in Canada. He has a Master of Arts degree in cultural musicology, having written a thesis on Galina Ustvolskaya. He currently works at the University of Alberta, and his research interests include Marxism, Technology, Politics, and Information.

Other activities

Sam Popowich is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians, and is the Chair of the Programme Committee for the 2019 Annual Conference.


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