History & Theory

Technology, Space, Reason: Infrastructures of Knowledge in the Anthropocene

History & Theory
13 Oct, 2016

Technology, Space, Reason: Infrastructures of Knowledge in the Anthropocene


Read Miyoko Conley's recap of the event here.

Watch the video online here.

Original Post

The digital epoch has destroyed many traditional institutional knowledge practices while transforming and inventing a plethora of others. What is at stake in the current reconfiguration of knowledge in the 21st century? That question must be posed in planetary terms. The digital infrastructure of knowledge is a new spatial, political, and cultural form of reason that must be grasped in its broadest form. The planet itself — fully entangled in the Anthropocene with human technologies, human reason - appears throughout the topologies and topographies of these new infrastructures of knowledge.

On October 13th, we launch the discussion with a keynote from Bernard Stiegler. Stiegler is a philosopher and social activist. He has published some thirty books on philosophy, aesthetics, technology and economy, among other subjects. His most well-known work, Technics and Time, dwells on the social, political and psychological mutations brought about by new technologies. He has taught at the Collège International de Philosophie and directs the Institut de Recherche et Innovation at the Centre Georges Pompidou. He is president of the Ars Industrialis association, which researches the role of technology for proposing a political economy beyond capitalism.

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 13, 5 pm. Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities
Bernard Stiegler, Centre de recherche et d'innovation, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Friday, Oct. 14, 1.30 pm. Banatao Auditorium, Sudartja Dai Hall
Paul N. Edwards, University of Michigan

Friday, Oct. 14, 3.30 pm. Banatao Auditorium, Sudartja Dai Hall
Speaker Panel with Bernard Stiegler, Paul Edwards, Jenna Burrell, and David Bates

Sponsored by the Townsend Center, the Dean of Humanities, the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Department of Rhetoric.

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