Reading Group

Join us for the PHuN Reading Group!

Time: (mostly) every other Friday, 2:00-3:30

Location: ASU Center for Philosophical Technologies, Digital Arts Ranch (entrance on south side)


Meeting 30 / February 8, 2019

Maturana, Humberto and Francisco Varela. The Tree of Knowledge (1987). Selections TBA.

Meeting 29 / January 25, 2019

Bateson, Gregory. Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972). Part VI: Crisis in the Ecology of Mind.

Meeting 28 / December 7, 2018

Mead, Margaret. "Cybernetics of Cybernetics," in Purposive Systems (1969).

Van Foerster, Heinz. Understanding Understanding: Essays on Cybernetics and Cognition (2003). Chapter 8: On Constructing a Reality; Chapter 12: Disorder/Order: Discovery or Invention?; Chapter 13: Cybernetics of Cybernetics.


Meeting 27 / November 9, 2018

McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964). Introduction; Chapters 1: The Medium is the Message; Chapter 2: Media Hot and Cold; Chapter 4: The Gadget Lover: Narcissus as Narcosis; Chapter 11: Number: Profile of the Crowd; Chapter 24: Games: The Extension of Man; Chapter 25: Telegraph: The Social Hormone; Chapter 33: Automation: Learning a Living.


Meeting 26 / October 12, 2018

Marx, Karl. Grundrisse (1973). The Fragment on Machines. (continued from previous session)


Meeting 24 / September 28, 2018

Marx, Karl. Grundrisse (1973). The Fragment on Machines.

Wiener, Norbert. God and Golem, Inc. (1964). Chapter 2; Chapter 5.

Wiener, Norbert. The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society (1950). Preface: The Idea of a Contingent Universe; Chapters 5: Organization as the Message; Chapter 9: The First and Second Industrial Revolutions, pp. 153-162; Chapter 10: Some Communication Machines and Their Future, pp. 175-186; Chapter 11: Language, Confusion, and Jam.

Sha, Xin Wei. "Golem 2.0: Automation vs. Augmentation." Talk, European Graduate School (2018).


Meeting 23 / September 14, 2018

Shannon, Claude. "A Mathematical Theory of Communication." The Bell System Technical Journal 27 (1948). Pp. 1–2.

Shannon, Claude. "The Bandwagon." IRE Transactions on Information Theory 2 (1956).

Wiener, Norbert. Cybernetics: or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (1948). Chapter 1: Newtonian and Bergsonian Time; Chapter 5: Computing Machines and the Nervous System; Chapter 8: Information, Language, and Society. (Skim for concepts: Introduction, pp. 4–15; Chapter 4: Feedback and Oscillation, pp. 95–98, 106–115)


Meeting 22 / April 6, 2018

Shaviro, Steven. The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism (2014). Introduction: Whitehead and Speculative Realism.

Debaise, Didier. Nature as Event: The Lure of the Possible (2017). Introduction; Chapter 3: The Intensification of Experience.


Meeting 21 / March 23, 2018

Alliez, Eric, and Maurizio Lazzarato. Wars and Capital (2017). Introduction: To Our Enemies.


Meeting 20 / February 9, 2018

Watts, Michael. "1968 and All That..." Progress in Human Geography 25 (2001).

Tiqqun. This is Not a Program (2011). This is Not a Program (Chapter 1).


Meeting 19 / January 26, 2018

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. "Can the Subaltern Speak?," in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture (1988).

Robinson, Andrew and Simon Tormey. "Living in Smooth Space: Deleuze, Postcolonialism and the Subaltern," in Deleuze and the Postcolonial (2010).


Meeting 18 / January 12, 2018

Philip, Kavita. "Producing Transnational Knowledge, Neoliberal Identities, and Technoscientific Practice in India," in Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience (2008).


Meeting 17 / October 20, 2017

Wark, Makenzie, Eugene Thacker, and Alexander Galloway. Excommunications: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediations (2013). Introduction: Execrable Media; Furious Media: A Queer History of Heresy.

Meeting 16 / October 6, 2017

Sha, Xin Wei. "The Atelier-Lab as Transversal Machine." Revue Française D'Êtudes Américaines 128 (2011).

Sha, Xin Wei. "Recherche-Création." Talk from SECT VII University of California Humanities Research Institute.

Sha, Xin Wei. Poeisis and Enchantment in Topological Matter (2015). Chapter 1: Why This Book? (1-18); Chapter 3: Event (69-72), TGarden (73-84); Chapter 4: Substrate (89-122); Chapter 8: Refrain (249-267); Epilogue: Tactics (269-270).


Meeting 15 / September 22, 2017

Wark, McKenzie. Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene (2015). Chapter 3: Cyborg Donna Haraway: Techno-Science Worlds and Beings.


Meeting 14 / September 8, 2017

Guattari, Felix. Chaosmosis (1996). Chapter 1: On the Production of Subjectivity.

Lazarrato, Mauricio. Signs and Machines (2010). Chapter 1: On Production and Subjectivity.


Meeting 13 / August 25, 2017

Haraway, Donna. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucence (2016). Introduction; Chapter 3: Sympoeisis.

Meeting 12 / April 21, 2017

Haraway, Donna. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucence (2016). Introduction; Chapter 1: Playing String Figures with Companion Species.

Meeting 11 / March 17, 2017

O'Gorman, Marcel. Necromedia (2015). Chapter 9: Digital Care, Curation, and Curriculum: On Applied Media Theory; Chapter 10: Roach Lab; Chapter 11: From Dust to Data: On Existential Terror and Horror Philosophy.

Wolfe, Cary. What is Posthumanism? (2010). Introduction: What is Posthumanism?

Meeting 10 / March 3, 2017

O'Gorman, Marcel. Necromedia (2015). Introduction; Chapter 1: Necromedia Theory and Posthumanism.

Thurtle, Phillip and Adam Nocek. "Introduction: Vitalizing Thought." Inflexions No. 7: Animating Biophilosophy.

Thurtle, Phillip. "Animation and Vitality." Inflexions No. 7: Animating Biophilosophy.

Meeting 9 / February 17, 2017

Galloway, Alexander. Laruelle: Against the Digital (2014). Chapter 3: The Digital; Chapter 4: Events.

Lennard, Natasha and Cary Wolfe. "Is Humanism Really Humane?" The New York Times, January 9, 2017.

Meeting 8 / February 3, 2017

Galloway, Alexander. Laruelle: Against the Digital (2014). Chapter 1: The One Divides in Two; Chapter 2: The Standard Model.

Meeting 7 / January 20, 2017

Galloway, Alexander. Laruelle: Against the Digital (2014). Introduction: The Oldest Prejudice

Chun, Wendy. “Crisis, Crisis, Crisis; or, The Temporality of Networks,” in The Nonhuman Turn (2015).

Meeting 6 / November 18, 2016

Bogost, Ian. Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing (2012). Chapter 1: Alien Phenomenology.

Bogost, Ian. “The Aesthetics of Philosophical Carpentry,” in The Nonhuman Turn (2015).


Meeting 5 / October 21, 2016

Grusin, Richard. "Introduction," in The Nonhuman Turn (2015).

Shaviro, Steven. "Consequences of Panpsychism," in The Nonhuman Turn (2015).

Meeting 4 / October 7, 2016

Massumi, Brian. Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (2002). Chapter 9: Too Blue: Color Patch for an Expanded Empiricism.


Meeting 3 / September 23, 2016

Massumi, Brian. Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (2002). Introduction: Concrete Is as Concrete Doesn't; Chapter 1: The Autonomy of Affect.

Meeting 2 / September 7, 2016

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1987). Chapter 10: 1730: Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming Imperceptible.

Meeting 1 / August 25, 2016

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1987). Translator’s Foreword; Chapter 1: Introduction: Rhizome.


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