Open Invitation

Inviting all London-based postgraduates with an interest in the philosophy of Bernard Stiegler to register their interest in a Technics and Time reading group.

Dates, times, and venue to be confirmed – but most likely to meet one evening a week at King’s College, London, starting in early July. Please get in contact with Toby Bennett by 15th June 2013 to state your interest or preference of day.

The group

We are a group of PhDs interested in the close reading of Bernard Stiegler’s work. We will start with Technics & Time vol.1 and, if the will is there to continue, move on either to other works by Stiegler or to related texts and topics. The group is motivated by a suspicion that this is a project best embarked on collaboratively, through the meeting of multiple minds and perspectives. It has been initiated by a PhD student in King’s College, London’s dept of Culture, Media, and Creative Industries, but welcomes participants from other institutions and disciplines; indeed, part of its rationale is to forge new relationships amongst scholars from divergent fields who share similar interests.

The Reading Technics group should be of note to anyone with an investment in the philosophies of technology/film/music/art, literary and media theory, the culture industry/creative industries, and (recent directions in) post-structuralism. Anyone with expertise on Plato, Heidegger, André Leroi-Gourhan, or Gilbert Simondon will be especially welcome!

The aim

To read through the first volume of Technics and Time over the summer (July-September) of 2013. The book is conceptually weighty but, breaking it into bitesize chunks of roughly 25 pages/week, it should be reasonable to get through it in just over two months. From there, the obvious next step will be volumes two and three; alternative options could include other Stiegler texts, works by other authors that respond to similar ideas, or even a broadening out of the group’s aim entirely (e.g. the idea of ‘technology and contemporary aesthetics’ has been mooted). Suggestions are welcome!

Context

Bernard Stiegler is a philosopher of technology, theorist of media and politics, pupil of Derrida, ex-convict, and educator. Though having made something of a name for himself as a prolific writer, it is generally acknowledged that the bedrock of Stiegler’s vast output is the first volume of his Technics and Time series. Technology is prosthetic, for Stiegler, insofar as it both constitutes and crystallises human memory. The book is thus an attempt both to reinstate the question of technics in the history of philosophy, and to work through its relation to human consciousness in detail.

To get involved, email Toby Bennett.