History & Theory

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

History & Theory
14 Oct, 2016

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


Video of this event is available here.

HTNM Revisited of this event is available here.

Video of the Symposium panel (featuring Bernard Stiegler, Paul Edwards, and Jenna Burrell, moderated by David Bates) is available 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.

Paul Edwards continues the symposium with a keynote on Friday. Edwards is a professor at the School of Information and Department of History at the University of Michigan. His research explores the history, politics, and cultural aspects of computers, information infrastructures, and global climate science. The symposium will highlight how to build better knowledge infrastructures for the Anthropocene epoch. Edwards is the co-editor (with Geoffrey C. Bowker) of the Infrastructures book series (MIT Press), and serves on the editorial boards of Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries, Information & Culture: A Journal of History, and Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture, and Society. His most recent book is A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010).

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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