An “Oh, Yes!” for Continental Philosophy

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Last month saw the opening of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee. At their inaugural workshop, James Williams (Dundee) delivered a brief address entitled “ Continental Philosophy? Oh, Yes! ” In it, he describes the areas and topics he thinks are especially fertile ground for future work in continental philosophy, including economic fairness, new ways of understanding matter and mind alongside specific sciences, the immanent value of the arts, existential guidance, transforming power in and between groups, and what he calls “real theory.”

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#Announcement – Immediations Workshop in Zurich

My colleague at the Zurich University of the Arts, Christoph Brunner, has announced that he is a part of a group (who are listed below) conducting a research-creation workshop in Zurich from April 26 to 29, 2014. You can find a copy of the invitation here.

There is a public component on April 28 from 18:00 to 22:00 and, as he states on his blog:

will include presentations of our preliminary thoughts and insights together with a public discussion and apéro at Corner College.

Here is the list of participants:

Jamie Allen, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

Amélie Brisson-Darveau, IFCAR, ZHdK

Christoph Brunner, IFCAR, ZHdK

Nicole deBrabandere, IFCAR, ZHdK

Sher Doruff, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam School of the Arts

Gerko Egert, Freie Universität Berlin

Jonas Fritsch, CAVI, PIT, Aarhus University

Victoria Gray, Chelsea College of Art

Thomas Markussen, Danish Centre for Design Research, Kolding School of Design

Stamatia Portanova, independent scholar

Bodil-Marie Stavning-Thomsen, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University

Annette Svaneklink Jakobsen, Aarhus School of Architecture

Evelyn Wan, Utrecht University

Verena Ziegler, IAD, ZHdK

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stan douglas’ panopticon


An excellent interview with artist Stan Douglas on CBC Radio’s show Ideas.


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#Announcement – “Reassessing Modernism in the 21st-Century” Conference Apr. 24-25

My colleagues in Denmark at Aarhus Univeristy are hosting a conference titled “Reassessing Modernism in the 21st Century: Towards a Multifaceted Understanding.” It will take place on April 24 and 25 with keynote speakers W.J.T. Mitchell, Thierry de Duve, Morten Kyndrup and Jonathan Harris.

You can find a link for the detailed invitation here.


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#CFP – Fibreculture Journal 23 – Creative Robotics: Rethinking Human–Machine Configurations

Below is a call for papers from the Fibreculture Journal’s 23rd issue on “Creative Robotics.”


Call For Papers 2014: Creative Robotics (PDF)


Please note that for this issue, initial submissions should be abstracts only

Editors: Petra Gemeinboeck, Jill Bennett and Elena Knox

abstract deadline: April 25, 2014
article deadline: July 31, 2014
publication aimed for: November, 2014

all contributors and editors must read the guidelines at:
before working with the Fibreculture Journal

email correspondence for this issue:

 “If one thinks of a classic ‘upstairs/downstairs’ scenario, it is no longer clear where the robots will be lodging” (Turkle, 2010)

We are on the verge of a robotic revolution, a revolution that has long been foreshadowed by science fiction such as Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots) in 1920 and Isaac Asimov’s first collection of stories I, Robot in 1950. Today, robots are infiltrating our everyday lives, in the form of complex toys, household appliances, and assistants in therapy, eldercare and education. Billions of dollars are being spent every year to turn machines into co-inhabitants, co-workers, assistants, carers, and entertainers. Together with autonomous, self-driving cars and Amazon’s delivery drones, robots promise to radically change our lives in the very near future.

Looked at from this perspective, one could view this ‘robotic revolution’ as simply a matter of investment and technological advancement, in the service of society’s needs. But the next phase in the ongoing human–machine coevolution brings with it an abundance of pressing questions to explore. Fast growing robotics areas such as Social Robotics and Human–Robot Interaction enlist the expertise of researchers in psychology, biology, cognitive science and social science to contribute their views to dilemmas such as how social robots should look, or how they can interact ‘naturally’ with people. So far the most popular response has been to make the social robot as human-like as possible, neatly closing the loop on science fiction imaginaries such as Asimov’s Bicentennial Man. Yet, before considering the pragmatics of form, function and behaviour, it is worth asking whether we as a culture understand these fundamental questions yet. And who asks the questions? Robots and human–robot configurations are historically and culturally constructed socio-material assemblages, materially enacting provocative political, social and aesthetic relations. Currently, our visions seem to be arrested along the boundary of the human–machine binary; we are either invested in blurring this boundary or reaffirming it.

The Creative Robotics issue of the Fibreculture Journal deliberately positions itself at the uneasy nexus out of which these sociomaterial assemblages emerge, while subscribing to a fundamentally experimental, embodied and performative approach. It addresses an emerging research area that brings concepts and methods from experimental arts and performance, and critical perspectives from social anthropology to the interdisciplinary research of human–robot interaction. The Creative Robotics issue wants to manifest a sense of the scope and diversity of questions and issues raised by present visions of human–robot configurations. At the same time, it wants to unhinge, open up and expand these visions.

To produce this transdisciplinary discourse, this issue of the Fibreculture Journal invites contributions from a wide range of fields and practices, including experimental arts; performance and dramaturgy; science, technology and society; social anthropology; human–robot interaction (HRI); robotics, embodied cognitive science; and artificial intelligence/philosophy. Contributions could explore:

  • representation vs. ontology
  • embodiment and performativity
  • aesthetics and affect
  • machines and performance
  • thinking with the machine body
  • cultural and historical practices
  • differentiated entry points for human–machine configurations
  • human–robot kinesics and communication
  • new practices in human–robot interaction

To shape the discursive landscape of this special issue our editorial process aims for a meshwork of perspectives and a mix of theoretical and experimental practices that explore sociomaterial relations and the ways in which they are historically, culturally and technologically constituted.

The Fibreculture Journal ( is a peer reviewed international journal, associated with Open Humanities Press (, that explores critical and speculative interventions in the debate and discussions concerning information and communication technologies and their policy frameworks, network cultures and their informational logic, new media forms and their deployment, and the possibilities of socio-technical invention and sustainability.

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Erin Manning @ Counterpath


Erin Manning reading her paper “Choreographing the Political” at the Counterpath Gallery in Denver, Co on March 19, 2014.

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VersoBooks is having a 50% off sale


Verso Books is having a huge spring sale!

Originally posted on PHILOSOPHY IN A TIME OF ERROR:

Apparently with free shipping worldwide, too   and its bundled with the e-book, if available. That last one is pretty handy, since a lot of books I’ve had recently to work through, I’ve had both (by getting it quickly on Kindle, say, and then the hardcopy if I knew I’d be writing on it at some point).

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Missing in Action

I have been missing in action for over a month. I have not posted since the middle of February. Home and work were just getting to be too much, so this blog (and my other one) fell silent. But now that I have gotten what I needed finished, I am happy to be back writing.

There are going to be a few changes to this blog over the next month. I am looking to find a new design format. I will also be adding some more information on the projects I am currently working on and keeping you updated on their status. I will also be looking to be doing two or more posts per day: one written by me and one or more sharing the writing of others or passing on call for papers and announcements.

I am back. Enjoy!

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#Voice – What a Body Can Do? – Manning and Lambert Talk

Almost a month ago I heard this excellent podcast conversation between Erin Manning and Léopold Lambert, who writes the blog The Funambulist.

You can find the podcast here and a summary below.


The multiplicity of mediums used by Erin Manning to address the Spinozist question of “what can a body do” certainly influences this conversation and its “start from the middle,” a Deleuzian notion of which she is particularly fond. Through fashion design, literature, dance and philosophy, we repeatedly explores how little we know of the body. This ignorance is however balanced by our certitude that all design/politics that consider the body in a normative manner rather than in its singularity will indubitably hurt it rather than work with it.

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#Acwri – Beating Writing Blocks

I came across this good post on the Gradhacker blog getting past writing blocks from an academic perspective.

The post offers six points to follow. One of them, “Do a writing warm-up,” echos a point I made about writing in one of my previous posts.


H/T to @PhD2Published

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