The State of Cybernetics. The digitization of cities, bodies and communities. Seminar. Amsterdam. March 22-23


On March 22 and 23, Justus Uitermark and Dorien Zandbergen, based at the University of Amsterdam, organize a seminar entitled “The State of Cybernetics. The digitization of cities, bodies and communities.”

The purpose of the seminar is to revisit the legacy of cybernetics to shed light on contemporary digital politics. Many of the fundamental questions asked by cyberneticians regain salience today. What remains of liberal individualism when the boundaries between humans, machines and nature are blurred? What are the systemic properties and operating routines of democracy in a world in which machines and humans are increasingly entangled?

Scholars from fields as diverse as Philosophy, Anthropology, and Artificial Intelligence will give presentations. The speakers include Simon Marvin, Noortje Marres, Andrew Pickering, Willem Schinkel, Linnet Taylor and Tsjalling Swierstra. 

To allow for an in-depth discussion, there is a limit to the number of participants. Are you interested in taking part? Please inquire with Anne Hovingh: anne.hovingh@student.uva.nl

After you register you will receive a more detailed program with abstracts, locations and times.

The overarching vision for this seminar is to build and strengthen a network of thinkers and practitioners interested in developing critical perspectives regarding digital politics and digital urbanism in particular. This network stretches beyond academia and crosses over to multiple disciplines and fields of practice. Starting September 2018, the aim is to work towards joint research proposals, publications, and events.

The seminar will be concluded by a public event on Friday March 23 at 4PM with lectures by Luc Steels and Katherine Hayles, a theatrical performance prepared by Ricarda Franzen and a discussion between the speakers joined by Andrew Pickering. Here, you can find more information about this event.

The seminar is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the research project “Safeguarding long-term stakeholdership in Smart Cities” and by the Center for Urban Studies of the University of Amsterdam as part of a collaboration with the Sheffield Urban Automation Institute.

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