The Yale-Düsseldorf Working Group on Philosophy and Media juxtaposes thought figures from the history of philosophy with concrete media-technical ensembles under the rubric ‘Artificial Experience’. More specifically, it studies the artificiality of human and non-human experience as media. The hypothesis is that historical philosophical figures offer different perspectives on traditional as well as current media-technical objects. Following Gilbert Simondon’s theory, the group also hopes to uncover specific modes of experience embedded in certain media-technical ensembles, modes which have remained hidden because the better thought figure has not yet been tested.

This workshop will juxtapose Leibniz’s ‘monad’ — understood as an atomistic and highly perspectival account of experience — with current media technologies (for example, social media).

The workshop is divided into two sessions.

  1. The first is a collaborative, in-depth reading of the Monadology and related texts and letters, asking questions such as: what forms of human and non-human experience can be observed there? Can this be understood as a mode of media or artificial experience? What roles do historical media play in Leibniz, the window, the mirror, the city, etc.?
  2. The second session will connect the figure of the monad with concrete media technologies proposed by participants themselves. What dimension of experience can be brought to light in the chosen media technology, if it is linked with Leibniz’s monadic thinking?

Two further workshops organized by Martin Doll and Paul North on thought figures from Kant and Husserl will follow in 2023.

In English
With

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum)
Katerina Krtilova (Zürich)
Tobias Matzner (Paderborn)
Mirjam Schaub (Hamburg)
Matthew Shafer (Florida International)

Organized by

Martin Doll (Düsseldorf) and Paul North (Yale)

How to Attend

The number of participants is limited. If you would like to register, please send a short expression of interest to:
martin.doll@hhu.de and paul.a.north@yale.edu

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