Technical Individuation Interest Group

Meeting time: Thursdays (biweekly) 3:30-5:00pm Central time
Meeting place: online via Zoom

Organized by Megan Moore (Anthropology), Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

This reading group draws on work from both the philosophy of technology and political history in order to explore an urgent anthropological question: how do understandings of technical individuation, or how certain philosophies define the relationship between individuals and technology, come to color how we understand the power of 21st century mass surveillance and social media experiments to change human behavior or govern?

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Spring 2021

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February 4: Lemmens, P. and Hui, Y.  2017. Reframing the Technosphere: Peter Sloterdijk and Bernard Stiegler’s Anthropotechnological Diagnoses of the Anthropocene Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 25-41. (pdf)

February 18: Koopman, Colin. 2019. How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person Chicago:University of Chicago Press. Intro & Chapter 1, pp1-65. (pdf)

March 4: Koopman, Colin. 2019. How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person Chicago:University of Chicago Press. Chapters 3 and 5.

March 18: Simondon, Gilbert. 2017. On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects Minneapolis: Univocal Publishing. Introduction & Chapter 1, pp 15-51. (pdf)

April 1: Simondon, Gilbert. 2017. On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects Minneapolis: Univocal Publishing. Selected chapters tba

April 15: Beer, David. 2018.The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power, and Perception. London: Sage Publications Selected chapters tba

April 29: Hui, Yuk. 2016. On the Existence of Digital Objects Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. Selected chapters tba

May 13: Hui, Yuk. 2016. On the Existence of Digital Objects Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. Selected chapters tba

May 27: Hui, Yuk. 2016. On the Existence of Digital Objects Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. Selected chapters tba