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Journal Cover   Theory, Culture & Society
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   ISSN (Print) 0263-2764 - ISSN (Online) 1460-3616
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  • On Friedrich Kittler's 'Authorship and Love'
    • Authors: Winthrop-Young; G.
      Pages: 3 - 13
      Abstract: This article provides a short introduction to Friedrich Kittler’s 1980 essay ‘
      Authors hip and Love’ by showing how it fits into the development of Kittler’s thought. The stark contrast between superficially similar scenes in Goethe’s Werther and Dante’s Divine Comedy, each of which is said to represent fundamentally different conceptualizations of authorship and love, is a revealing instance of Kittler's distinctive and polemical appropriation of French post-structuralism as well as of his subsequent switch from discourse analysis to media theory. Ultimately, ‘
      Authors hip and Love’ even points ahead to Kittler’s final work on music and mimesis in ancient Greece.
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276415571942
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
  • Authorship and Love
    • Authors: Kittler; F.
      Pages: 15 - 47
      Abstract: This early essay from German media theorist Friedrich Kittler examines a number of epistemic shifts occurring in late 18th-century Germany, anticipating in both methodology and content his groundbreaking 1985 work Aufschreibesysteme [Discourse Networks]. Of primary concern to Kittler here is the invention of what he calls (drawing upon Foucault) the ‘authorship-function’, product of a new constellation of medial, pedagogical and juridical forces. Alongside broader societal transformations (the transition from societies of the law to societies of the norm, the appearance of new sexualities), Kittler documents the emergence of the author in the late 18th century through analyses of new pedagogical practices (including the invention of hermeneutics), changes in childhood alphabetization, and new erotic relationships between authors and their readers.
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276414558127
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
  • Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine
    • Authors: Pasquinelli; M.
      Pages: 49 - 68
      Abstract: The political economy of the information machine is discussed within the Marxist tradition of Italian operaismo by posing the hypothesis of an informational turn already at work in the age of the industrial revolution. The idea of valorizing information introduced by Alquati (1963) in a pioneering Marxist approach to cybernetics is used to examine the paradigms of mass intellectuality, immaterial labour and cognitive capitalism developed by Lazzarato, Marazzi, Negri, Vercellone and Virno since the 1990s. The concept of machinic by Deleuze and Guattari (1972, 1980) is then adopted to extend Marx’s analysis of the industrial machine to the algorithms of digital machines. If the industrial machine can be described as a bifurcation of the domains of energy and information, this essay proposes to conceive the information machine itself as a further bifurcation between information and metadata. In conclusion, the hypothesis of the society of metadata is outlined as the current evolution of that society of control pictured by Deleuze (1990) in relation to the power embodied in databases.
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276413514117
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
  • Urban Debt, Neoliberalism and the Politics of the Commons
    • Authors: Parr; A.
      Pages: 69 - 91
      Abstract: The rural/metropolitan/wilderness hybrid central to urban shrinkage directly challenges a commonly held belief that a city consists of a dense concentration of people living in a limited geographical area, one where the primary means of production is non-agricultural. In addition, the urban condition of shrinkage tests the dominant current of growth management that has guided urban design, development, and land use. In this essay we will explore how this hybrid presents an alternative to the production and realization of surplus value that predominates throughout the contemporary landscape of neoliberal planetary urbanization. It will be argued that this process of urbanization is premised upon modalities of urban commoning, or practices that bring a variety of social and environmental struggles into relationship with each other, dismantling the apparatuses of capture that bring land-use and the collective energies animating available land under the control of capital.
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276414536234
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
  • Embedding Agamben's Critique of Foucault: The Theological and Pastoral
           Origins of Governmentality
    • Authors: Leshem; D.
      Pages: 93 - 113
      Abstract: This article tackles Giorgio Agamben's critique of Michel Foucault's genealogy of governmentality in two ways: first, by presenting an alternative model of the relations between pastoral and theological economy and, second, by conducting a genealogy of the former as revealed in the state of exception, when canon law is suspended. Following the author's genealogy of oikonomia in the state of exception, he argues that politics and economy are distinct from one another by virtue of the fact that the primary relation of the latter is one of inclusion while that of the former is one of exclusion. Finally, the author traces three of oikonomia's prolific qualities in the operation of governmentality in civil society and of market economy: (i) its inclusiveness; (ii) the constant representation of the irreconcilability of law and authority; and (iii) its operation by accommodating to the ways of the governed.
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276414537315
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
  • Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation
    • Authors: Fraser, M. M; Zaker, F.
      Pages: 115 - 134
      Abstract: The authors explore how the multi-media artist Farniyaz Zaker uses words to establish connections between different kinds of materials in her work, and how her work makes words material. Zaker’s conception of dress as ‘microcosmic dwelling places’ enables the authors to think about veiling practices, Islams and gender not only in relation to the familiar domains of state, piety, subjectivity, consumption, capitalism, public and private (for instance), but also with regard to some less self-evidently relevant contexts. Light, architecture and cinema, as well as walls, windows, curtains, coffins, tents and screens, are among them. It is by way of these multiple refractions that the authors are able to return to those debates that conceive of Islamic veiling in terms of embodied, material practices and to support and develop further reasons for an understanding of that most exceptionally charged piece of material, the veil, as more than a sign of ...
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276414531051
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
  • Performativity or Discourse? An Interview with John Searle
    • Authors: Lash; S.
      Pages: 135 - 147
      Abstract: Scott Lash interviews John Searle, one of the foremost contemporary philosophers. Over the course of the conversation, Searle discusses his research into performativity, language and intentionality, the question of information and his account of social ontology. The conversation initially deals with the early influence of John Austin and Ludwig Wittgenstein as well as Searle's relationship to phenomenology and the rest of the philosophical tradition. This offers a conceptual reconstruction of Searle’s work from multiple perspectives. Crucial concepts are highlighted such as performativity, speech acts, intentionality and natural language. The discussion also touches on Searle’s recent debates around the questions of information and consciousness. The conversation ends with an overview of Searle’s social ontology, his theory of institutions and his relationship with post-structuralism.
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276415571940
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
  • Curiosity: Care, Virtue and Pleasure in Uncovering the New
    • Authors: Phillips; R.
      Pages: 149 - 161
      Abstract: It is no longer controversial or suspicious to be curious. But, until recently, there has been little curiosity about curiosity itself. This has begun to change, with the publication of a series of books asking what curiosity is and why it matters. Though an eclectic and slippery subject, taking different forms in different times and places, curiosity has two common threads. The first is ‘care’, comprising commitment or interest (committed rather than ‘mere’ curiosity) and a quality of attention (carefulness). The second is concerned with ‘questions’, and this highlights the drivers and parameters of enquiry: the mixture of virtue, pleasure and passion that drives explorers (in all their forms) to uncover the new. Critical attention to curiosity – examining relations of care that drive curiosity, and drawing attention to the origin and form of questions – speaks to fundamental questions about knowledge: how we come to know the things we know.
      PubDate: 2015-04-30T02:07:53-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0263276414565718
      Issue No: Vol. 32, No. 3 (2015)
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