The course explores the mythologies of the future in the age of digital identities, posthumanism and the rise of artificial intelligence. Episodes from the Black Mirror TV series are taken as a starting point and as fictional or semi fictional examples of interpretation. The famous series tackles key issues of contemporary society shaped by the rise of new technologies, media and extensions of man. The main topics dealt by the course revolve around the problems of anthropotechincs, biopolitics and posthumanism. Focusing on different, mostly dystopian anxieties of the contemporary Western world, the course also tries to track the possible social and political consequences of the new techniques of producing, breeding and controlling people (anthropotechnics).
Some of the key authors discussed in the course include: Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, Marshall McLuhan, Ray Kurzweil, Peter Sloterdijk.
The course will also be available via our online platform (both livestreaming and video), where you will be able to access the material until the end of July.
1. The roots of Black Mirror: Television culture and the angst of an epoch. The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. The end of postmodernity.2. Anthropotechnics: the making of man. Ideology versus technology.3. The metaphor of Black Mirror. Imagining identity: the self from the screen.4. The society of the spectacle. Postpolitics in the digital culture of screens and mobile gadgets.5. Glimpses of postsociety: survival strategies in the age of narcissism.6. Surveillance culture and (post)privacy.7. Mediated reason: hyperreality and simulation.8. Technology and the human condition.9. Artificial intelligence and memory. The posthuman extensions of man.10. Biopolitics and the society of control.11. Mythologies of the future: between dystopia, utopia and retrotopia. The future as a past.12. In the age of porn enlightenment.
Lecturer (short bio):
Todor Todorov is a Bulgarian philosopher and fiction writer. He is a doctor of philosophy and associate professor at the Department of Philosophy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. His main fields of study include: History of Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Media and Politics, Media Critique, Ideology and Contemporary Mechanisms of Control. He is currently a lecturer at the Philosophy Department, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Cultural Studies at Sofia University.
Course language: English
Fee: 100 euro
26.6.2019 Wednesday - 09.45 - 13.45 / The roots of Black Mirror: Television culture and the angst of an epoch. The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. The end of postmodernity. Stories and Series. Technology and anthropotechnics: Marx, Heidegger, Sloterdijk, Kurzweil.27.6.2019 Thursday - 09.45 - 13.45 / "Fifteen Million Merits": Society of the spectacle, capitalist realism28.6.2019 Friday - 09.45 - 13.45 / "The Waldo Moment": Postpolitics, society of the spectacle, artificial intelligence 1.7.2019 Monday - 09.45 - 13.45 / "Nosedive", "Arkangel": Imaginary identities, simulation, society of control, surveillance and (post)privacy, survival strategies in the age of narcissism 2.7.2019 Tuesday - 09.45 - 13.45 / "San Junipero", "The Entire History of You": Artificial intelligence and memory, the posthuman extensions of man, hyperreality and simulation, technology and the human condition.3.7.2019 Wednesday 09.45 - 13.45 / "Men Against Fire": Biopolitics, racism, anthropotechnics, technology and ideology. 5.7.2019 Friday - 09.45 - 13.45 / Mythologies of the future: between dystopia, utopia and retrotopia. The future as a past. In the age of porn enlightenment. Presentations and some concluding remarks.
• Peter Sloterdijk, You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics, trans. WielandHoban, Polity 2012• Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulations, in: Jean Baudrillard, SelectedWritings, ed. Mark Poster, Stanford 1988• Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, London 1992• Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age ofDiminishing Expectations, New York 1979, 1991• Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, Cambridge,MIT Press 1994• Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines, New York 1999• Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, New York2005
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