[SIGCIS-Members] conference in Paris on Gilbert Simondon

Bernard Geoghegan bernardgeoghegan2010 at u.northwestern.edu
Fri Jan 8 09:59:26 PST 2010

hi members,
   CFP for a conference on the French philosophher Gilbert Simondon, a
sort of French philosopher of informatics, as well as a commentator
upon, and participant in, the cybernetics movement in France.  Please
contact me if you have any questions about the event.

gilbert simondon: transduction, translation, transformation

A Two-Day International Conference at the American University of Paris
May 27-28, 2010
Paris, France

In recent years, the work of Gilbert Simondon has received greater
attention both in France and internationally following the
re-publication of his work over the past decade. The importance of
Simondon’s thought to the work of French philosophers including Gilles
Deleuze and Bernard Stiegler has become increasingly discussed and
analysed both in France and in the English-speaking world. At the same
time, Simondon’s work has been taken up on its own terms, recognized
for the unique contributions that he made to the philosophy of
technology, phenomenology and social philosophy. Forthcoming
translations of his major works into English will surely instigate a
long-overdue introduction of his work within a much broader
international community of scholars.

We are currently accepting submissions that examine how Simondon’s
work has intersected with other projects in critical theory, cultural
studies, contemporary social theory and beyond. Thus, in keeping with
the theme of “transduction, translation and transformation,” we are
not looking for papers that merely rehearse the writings of Simondon,
but projects that transform and translate his concepts and thoughts
into new areas of work and new forms of engagement. We equally invite
participation from experts on Simondon's work, as well as those
interested in discovering it for the first time.

Confirmed Keynote: Mark Hansen (Duke University), Jean-Hugues Barthelemy (Brest)

Possible presentations could engage with Simondon's work connected
with various themes including:

- Media, technology and technics;
- Information, its history and futures;
- Theories and practices of individuation and affect;
- Bio-social ontologies;
- Post-representational philosophy;
- Phenomenology and materialism;
- Systems Theory;
- Simondon and other thinkers (Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty, Baudrillard,
Stielger, Stengers...)

The conference format will primarily consist of paper presentations,
roundtable discussions and keynotes, but interested participants are
welcome to propose alternative forms of involvement. Those interested
in participating are asked to submit at 300 word abstract, outlining
the subject of their contribution. Please send these abstracts to the
attention of the conference organizers by January 30th, 2010 via email
to the address, simondon.conference at gmail.com. Accepted proposals will
be considered for inclusion in a future publication drawn from the
conference proceedings.

Conference Organizers: Bernard Geoghegan (Northwestern University,
USA), Mark Hayward (American University of Paris, France), and Robert
Mitchell (Duke University, USA)

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