working groups

 

Critical Algorithm Studies

 June 2018 – ongoing

(with graduate students and faculty of the School of Communication, SFU)

next meeting: Thursday, July 19, 2018

  1. (10 pp) Hooker, J.N. 1994. “Needed: An Empirical Science of Algorithms.” Operations Research 42(2): 201-212. http://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/pdf/10.1287/opre.42.2.201
  2. (9 pp) Bullynck, Maarten. 2016. “Histories of algorithms: Past, present and future.” Historia Mathematica, 43(3), 332–341. http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1TNB117f6j-t2L
  3. (10 pp) Seaver, Nick. 2013. “Knowing Algorithms.” In Media in Transition 8. Cambridge, MA. http://nickseaver.net/s/seaverMiT8.pdf
  4. (13 pp) Mahnke, Martina and Emma Uprichard. 2014 “Algorithming the Algorithm.” In Society of the Query Reader: Reflections on Web Search. René König and Miriam Rasch, eds. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. http://networkcultures.org/query/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/06/19.Mahnke_Uprichard.pdf
  5. Gillespie, Tarleton. 2016. “Algorithm.” In Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture, edited by Ben Peters. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. http://culturedigitally.org/2016/08/keyword-algorithm/
  6. (10 pp) Ziewitz, Malte. 2016. “Governing Algorithms: Myth, Mess, and Methods.” Science, Technology & Human Values. 41(1): 3-16. http://sth.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/09/30/0162243915608948.abstract
  7. (15 pp) Kitchin, Rob. 2017. “Thinking Critically about and Researching Algorithms.” Information, Communication and Society, 20(1). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1154087#abstract
  8. (11pp) Beer, David. 2017. “The Social Power of Algorithms.” Information, Communication & Society, 20(1).

past meetings:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

  1. Safiya Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018). Chapters 1-2.

future readings will include:

  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, Anti-Social Network: How Facebook Has Disconnected Citizens and Undermined Democracy (Oxford UP, 2018);
  • Taina Bucher, IF…THEN: Algorithmic Power and Politics (Oxford UP, 2018);
  • Tarleton Gillespie, Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media (Yale UP, 2018);
  • Meredith Broussard, Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (MIT Press, 2018).



archive

Psychoanalysis, AI, and Cybernetics

February 2014 – May 2014

(with Atle Kjosen at University of Western Ontario)

Readings:

Toronto Lacan Study Group

October 2011 – November 2013 | once in 3 weeks- with Ines de Anderson, Judith Hamilton, Reine-Marie Bergeron

Readings:

  • Lacan, Jacques. Seminar XX: Encore. On Feminine Sexuality, The Limits of Love and Knowledge (1972-1973)

Lacan / Media / Capitalism 

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 – Summer 2013 (bi-weekly) – with Allan Pero, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Kjosen, Vince Manzerolle, and Bernd Frohmann

Primary reading:

Jacques Lacan, Seminar II, The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis (1954-1955)

Readings:

Fall 2012

Winter 2013

  • Luca Bosetti, “Three Questions on Prosthetic Technology and A-(d)iction,” Paragraph: The Journal of Modern Critical Theory Group 33 (2010)
  • Fredric Jameson, “Imaginary and Symbolic in Lacan: Marxism, Psychoanalytic Criticism and the Problem of the Subject”
  • Steffen Bohm, Aanka Batta, “Just doing it: enjoying commodity fetishism with Lacan,” Organization 17 (2010)
  • Veronique Voruz, “Psychoanalysis at the Time of the Posthuman: Insisting on the Outside-Sense,” Paragraph: The Journal of Modern Critical Theory Group 33 (2010)
  • Louis Armand, “Language and the Cybernetic Mind,” Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 25.2 (2008): 127–152
  • Louis Armand, “Symptom in the Machine: Lacan, Joyce, Sollers”
  • Ellie Ragland, “Counting from 0 to 6: Lacan and the Imaginary Order” – A lecture delivered at the Center for 20th Century Studies

Summer 2013

Speculative Realism 

with Ben Woodard, Karen DM, Matthew Toth

Spring-Summer 2013

Gilles Chatelet – a selection  from Les Enjeux du mobile and from De Visione Stellarum


Fall 2012 (weekly)

A. Prehistory: The CCRU and Non-philosophy

  • Week 1 – “Cyber Positive” – Nick Land and Sadie Plant (5 pp)
  • Week 2 – “What can Non-Philosophy Do?” – Francois Laruelle (22 pp)
  • Week 3 – “Introduction,” – Bryant, Harman, Srnicek in The Speculative Turn (18 pp)

B. Speculative Realism: The Four Original Thinkers

  • Week 4 – “Potentiality and Virtuality,” by Quentin Meillassoux in The Speculative Turn (13 pp)
  • Week 5 – “The Revival of Metaphysics in Continental Philosophy” by Graham Harman” in Towards Speculative Realism (16 pp)
  • Week 6 – “Concepts and Objects” by Ray Brassier in The Speculative Turn (19 pp)
  • Week 7 – “Does Nature Stay What it Is?” by Iain Hamilton Grant in The Speculative Turn (18 pp)

C. Satellite Thinkers and The Future of Speculative Realism

  • Week 8 – “X, Welcome!” – Michael O’Rourke and Stanimir Panayotov in Identities v8 n2 (34 pp)
  • Week 9 – “Contingency and Complicity”- Reza Negarestani in The Medium of Contingency (8 pp); “Solar Inferno and the Earthbound Abyss (4 pp)
  • Week 10 – “Objects and Systems,” – Jane Bennett at The Nonhuman Turn Conference – (35 Minutes); “A Response to Graham Harman’s ‘Marginalia and Radical Thinking’,” – Alexander Galloway (5 pp)
  • Week 11 – “The Project of Non-Marxism,” – Katerina Kolozova (20 pp)

 

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