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)


2019 meetings, times TBD

(selections TBD)

Bateson, Gregory. Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972). Part 5: Epistemology and Ecology.

Bateson, Nora. An Ecology of Mind. Film (2010).

CCRU, collected writings.

Galloway, Alexander. "The Cybernetic Hypothesis."

Calvino, Italo. "Cybernetics and Ghosts."

Borges, Jorge Luis. "Garden of Forking Paths."

Meeting 28 / November 30, 2018

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

Van Foerster, Heinz. Understanding Understanding: Essays on Cybernetics and Cognition (2003). Selections TBA.


Meeting 27 / November 9, 2018

McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964). Selections TBA.

Kittler, Friedrich. "Towards an Ontology of Media." Theory, Culture & Society 26 (2017).


Meeting 26 / October 12, 2018

Continued from previous session:

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


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 (p153–162) The First and Second Industrial Revolutions; Chapter 10 (p175–186) Some Communication Machines and Their Future; 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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