CCSR (UEL) presents: Posthuman, all too Human? A Cultural Political Cartography
Picked up this conference archive on the wonderful Rhizomatika blog.
A bit late in the day (took place end of last year), but links to some nice videos of the proceedings. Just sat through William Connolly, Thomas Nail and Daniel Smith.
Between Deleuze and Foucault
Conference at Purdue University
November 30 – December 1, 2012
List of Presentations (20 min presentation + 20min Q&A per paper)
All regular sessions will be held at the West Faculty Lounge in the Purdue Memorial Union.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The plenary address on Friday afternoon will take place in Krannert Auditorium in Krannert Hall.
[Click on links below to view video recordings of proceedings].
We would like to thank Andrew J. Iliadis for his help in recording the presentations at the conference.
Friday – Nov 30th
8:45 am – 9:15 am: Continental Breakfast (provided)
9:15 am – 9:30 am Opening Remarks: Daniel Smith
9:30 am – 10:50 am Session 1 – Method and Critique
Moderator: Nicolae Morar
9:30 am – 10:10 am Colin Koopman – Critical Problematization in F & D: The Force of Critique w/out Judgment
10:10 am – 10:50 am Alain Beaulieu – Foucault and Deleuze as Symptomatologists
10:50 am -11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am – 12:30 pm Session 2 – Philosophy as an Activity: From Difference to the Present
Moderator: Ladelle McWhorter
11:10 am – 11:50 am L. Lawlor & J. Scholtz – Speaking Out For Others: Philosophy’s Activity in D&F (& H)
11:50 am – 12:30 pm Dianna Taylor – Ontology of Difference, Ontology of the Present
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm Session 3 – Archeology, Genealogy, and Politics
Moderator: Thomas Nail
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm Kevin Thompson – Foucault & The Image of Thought
2:40 pm – 3:20 pm Chris Penfield – D & F’s Block of Becoming: toward a Theory of Transversal Politics
3:20 pm – 3:40 pm Coffee Break
3:40 pm – 5:00 pm Session 4 – Desire, Pleasure, and Power
Moderator: Daniel Smith
3:40 pm – 4:20 pm Thomas Nail – Biopower and Control Societies
4:20 pm – 5:00 pm Nicolae Morar – The Pleasure-Desire Problem
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Break
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Dinner at Bistro 501 restaurant
Saturday (Dec 1st)
8:45 am – 9:30 pm: Continental Breakfast (provided)
9:30 am – 10:50 pm Session 5 – The Legacy of Hegel and Marx
Moderator: Todd May
9:30 am – 10:10 am Tom Flynn – Specialized Reasoning versus the French Hegel: Foucault and Deleuze
10:10 am – 10:50 am Roberto Nigro – Marx’ Legacy in Foucault and Deleuze.
10:50 am -11:10 am Coffee Break
11:10 am – 12:30 pm Session 6 – Method and Critique
Moderator: Alan Schrift
11:10 am – 11:50 am Anne Sauvagnargues – Conditions, Diagrams, and Forms
11:50 am – 12:30 pm John Protevi – Foucault’s Deleuzean Methodology of the Late 1970s
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm Session 7 – Time, Technology, and Resistance
Moderator: William McBride
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm Marco Altamirano –Deleuze and Foucault on Time and Technology
2:40 pm – 3:20 pm Daniel Smith – Two Concepts of Resistance
3:20 pm – 3:45 pm Coffee Break
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Roundtable
Speakers: Todd May, Ladelle McWhorter, Alan Schrift; Chair (and participant): Alan Rosenberg (Part 1)
Roundtable Part 2
Closing Remarks: William McBride
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Dinner/Reception at Dan Smith’s House
Tardean Somnambulist Media Theory
It was interesting to see this Danny Boyle video on the Guardian, which makes some references to hypnotic media. Of course, film theorists have been referring to these kinds of states for a while now, but virality endeavours to develop a Tardean somnambulist media theory. What I’ve tried to do in the book is grasp how this concept resonates with network culture rather than film or television. This is a point I made in a recent interview with Jussi Parikka on the TCS blog. There seems to be tendency toward hypnotic contagion in network interactions that might be related to implicit brain functions. Tarde describes this as unconscious associations – through which he contends that the social assembles itself – becomes whole. This relation between virality and nonconscious association could be grasped as the spreading of a capricious state of false conscious, if you like, wherein, on one hand, the social is infected at the infra level of brain function by imitation-suggestibility, and on the other hand, we find that everyone is just kept too busy, and too distracted, to really grasp that their shared feelings are being steered toward this goal or that goal.
The idea of sleepwalking media, or media hypnosis, is similar in many ways to Jonathan Crary’s work on attentive technologies. Crary in fact provides a wonderful repositioning of the attention economy thesis. Unlike the account given by business school gurus who see attention as a precious resource to be fought over, he grasps the controlling and disciplinary nature of attention. Fuller and Goffey have similarly referred to this as the inattention economy, which like Crary does not distinguish between attention and inattention. They are not polar opposites.
For this reason I wanted to like Trance as an example of media hypnosis, but I’m afraid it made me more sleepy than hypnotized.
This effort (below) by MA students from the University of Amsterdam provides a fairly nice summary of what Virality argues.
Well, I didn’t think a 12 minute TED-like presentation of Virality would be possible, but a friend emailed me this link from the wonderful Masters of Media website (University of Amsterdam). It does a very nice job of summing up the book using over 370 drawings. Certainly saves me the task of lecturing on contagion theory when I can just sit back and play this on YouTube! Thanks for that Jaimy Quadekker, Ferdy Looijen, Bozhan Chipev and Geoff Kim! Perhaps the TED format might raise as many questions as it answers (good thing that, of course), so please keep reading the book, and attending the slightly longer lectures 😉
See the Masters of Media webpage
Below text by Bozhan Chipev
At the Wildcard Symposium 2012, I presented an RSA Animate-styled video rendition of Tony D. Sampson’s new book Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks. The project was carried out by me and three of my New Media colleagues at the University of Amsterdam – Geoff Kim, Ferdy Looijen and Jaimy Quadekker.
The content of the video presents the ideas of Sampson in a condensed fashion – we attempted to fit in just over twelve minutes most of the Tardean theoretical framework that the author uses to base his arguments on, along with the newly developed concepts of societal control through the viral distribution of fear and love.
We went about producing the video the way we thought RSA Animate approach their projects. After reading the book, we wrote a “script” styled as a lecture in front of an audience (similar to a TED talk or university class). We then recorded the audio voice-over and started with the drawing process. The final version of the video is produced with just over 370 still photos of drawings on white board that are arranged in sync with the audio.
See the Masters of Media webpage.
There’s also an interesting interview with Andy Goffey about Evil Media.