Tung-Hui Hu of the University of Michigan, Colin Koopman of the University of Oregon, and Natasha Schüll of New York University will all be speaking. This event will take place at Columbia University.
How are contemporary practices of surveillance, social media, digital-ness, and data transforming the contours of subjectivity? What modes of power and knowledge are operating on our networked selves? How do these powers and rationalities work on a minute technical level to reshape our identities and our identity categories? These questions have enormous stakes in our contemporary age of big data and mass surveillance. Their investigation can be a site of productive critique today, both interrogating the conditions of possibility of subjectivity and also reinvigorating the terms of critical scholarship. Following the lead of Michel Foucault’s “history of the present” this workshop is focused on the possibilities for critical philosophy today in the midst of emergent forms of power, knowledge, and subjectivity.