Humans, Machines, World: The Politics and Philosophy of Technology
Technology and human society have been intertwined since the dawn of history. It is impossible to separate human development from the tools and practices created to domesticate the environment, solve problems or improve performance and lifestyles. The aim of the seminar will be to follow the complex relationships between man, technology and society, with an emphasis on questions of politics, citizenship, surveillance and resistance. The seminar will discuss different approaches to the relationship between technology, society and politics - and their contexts to questions of visual and material culture. We will explore issues of action, knowledge, power and resistance, and analyze specific research cases: from the production of borders and territories, through "smart cities" and surveillance cameras in public space to cell phones, "deep learning", "wearable computers" and more.