Archive for April, 2013

Donna Haraway:Cosmopolitical Critters: Companion Species, SF, and Staying with the Trouble

30 April 2013
John Coffin Memorial Lecture by Donna Haraway: ‘Cosmopolitical Critters: Companion Species, SF, and Staying with the Trouble’
This lecture will be hosted by the Institute of English Studies in association with the IES conference “Cosmpolitan Animals” (26-27 October 2012),

On the Sources of Normativity: A Deleuzean Account-Daniel W. Smith

28 April 2013

Daniel W. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and one of the world’s leading commentators on Deleuze. He is the translator of Deleuze’s Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation and Essays Critical And Clinical, as well as Isabelle Stengers’ The Invention of Modern Science and Pierre Klossowski’s Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle. Dr. Smith is the author of Essays on Deleuze and, most recently, the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze.
Dr. Smith presented the following lecture, “On the Sources of Normativity: A Deleuzean Account”, at Purdue University as part of the Illuminations Lecture Series on Thursday April 4th, 2013.

Jaron Lanier: The rise of post-human machine intelligence?

26 April 2013

Learning Technologies 2012, Jaron Lanier sounds both an alarm and a rallying cry. The author of the widely acclaimed ‘You are not a Gadget’ will discuss the insidious effects of technology, information and networks and will explore the impact of today’s digital technologies and how they are not all they appear to be. Wealth and power now accrue to those who own the computers that can collect the most information over networks, whether they are running hedge funds, search engines, social networks, or spy agencies. This new order doesn’t create middle class jobs, so the whole world is devolving into a plutocracy, courtesy of digital networks. If the phenomenon is to be understood as a rise of machine intelligence, then we are entering into the fabled obsolescence of human labour foreseen by a century of science fiction and Marxist writers. Or, maybe what’s happened is that we’ve tricked ourselves into not noticing that there is actually a new kind of precious human labour that makes the new wealth possible. If people were paid for their role in feeding data into the networks, then a middle class could exist even in a future in which machines get better and better.

Making Public Things, Bonnie Honig

22 April 2013

Making Public Things, Bonnie Honig

What happens to a democratic world when the things we own in common disappear? We contest with vigor the terms of democracy: who is allowed to vote, how often, how long in between. Meanwhile, the objects of democratic life quietly exit the public stage. Should it worry us? Professor Bonnie Honig argues that democracy is rooted in the common love for, and contestation of, shared objects. Without that citizenship is reduced to private pursuits or public emergencies.                                                                                                      

The Political Life of Things

19 April 2013

The Political Life of Things

This one-day workshop brings together scholars engaged in thinking about materiality to explore the nature, role and power of things in the assemblages of politics. In the context of the material culture collected and displayed by the Imperial War Museum, the workshop will explore how we can understand the role of things in war, conflict, violence and everyday practices of resistance.

The London Perambulator (full length documentary)

19 April 2013

John Rogers’ film looks at the city we deny and the future city that awaits us. Leading London writers and cultural commentators Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Russell Brand explore the importance of the liminal spaces at the city’s fringe, its Edgelands, through the work of enigmatic and downright eccentric writer and researcher Nick Papadimitriou – a man whose life is dedicated to exploring and archiving areas beyond the permitted territories of the high street, the retail park, the suburban walkways.
The ideas of psychogeography and Nick’s own deep topography are also explored.

Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats, Kathleen M. Vogel

17 April 2013

Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats, Kathleen M. Vogel

Kathleen M. Vogel’s new book is Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) uses an approach grounded in deep ethnographic analysis of exemplary case studies to explore the recent and contemporary practices performed by US governmental and non-governmental analysts when considering bioweapons threats. It ultimately uses this foundation to suggest a new way to approach the analysis of bioweapons technology and the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

Shifting Epistemology from Complexity to Reflexivity- K.Krippendorff

15 April 2013

Klaus Krippendorff Emeritus Professor of Communication and Gregory Bateson Professor for Cybernetics, Language and Culture
“Shifting Epistemology from Complexity to Reflexivity”
WCSA 2012 Medal for Systemic Science
Speech at the 2nd WCSA Conference

BRUNO LATOUR ON UFOS: Attachments vs Possessions

13 April 2013

BRUNO LATOUR ON UFOS: Attachments vs Possessions

Terence Blake (AgentSwarm) points us to this video interview where we find:

BRUNO LATOUR, anthropologist – philosopher of science : “UFO FOLLIES” (2011, 19’00”)

“The mythology of these beings we were travelling towards and who were coming to us will change or disappear completely. The cosmos is in full transformation at the moment.”

Dominiq Jenvrey talks with Bruno Latour about the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods. UFOs and extra-terrestrials, aliens and alienation, ufologist obsession and acheiropoieta are the themes of this video, which is funny, serious and sidereal at the same time.


Another Turn After ANT: An Interview with Bruno Latour:

12 April 2013

Another Turn After ANT: An Interview with Bruno Latour:

Latour Interviewed About His New Book

by Adam Robbert

Another Turn After ANT: An Interview with Bruno Latour: ”This is a review, or preview, in the form of an interview, of Bruno Latour’s forthcoming book, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence. We discuss his intellectual trajectory leading up to actor–network theory and the pluralistic philosophy underlying his new, ‘positive’ anthropology of modernity.”