Archaeologies of Media and Film – Programme now Available


<a href="http://blog.benroberts .org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/swamptv.jpg”>"Swamp TV" by James Good is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Swamp TV” by James Good is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Archaeologies of Media and Film

Confirmed Keynotes: Thomas Elsaesser (Amsterdam), Jussi Parikka (Southampton), Peter Buse (Kingston)

3-5 September 2014, Bradford

Programme is now available here:



Archaeologies of Media and Film


"Swamp TV" by James Good is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Swamp TV” by James Good is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2 .0

Archaeologies of Media and Film

Confirmed Keynotes: Thomas Elsaesser (Columbia), Jussi Parikka (Southampton)

3-5 September 2014, Bradford

An international conference on media archaeology organised and hosted by the University of Bradford and the National Media Museum.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers, archivists, curators and artists working in the field that has become known as “media archaeology”: an approach that examines or reconsiders historical media in order to illuminate, disrupt and challenge our understanding of the present and future.

We are particularly interested in what media museums and their archives can contribute to media archaeology.

Topics may include (but are not restricted to):

– theories of media archaeology
– media museums and media archives
– new film history and its impact on film studies
– radiophonics
– remediation
– photography and the archive
– archaeologies of recorded sound
– vintage computing
– software studies
– archaeology of computer and video games
– media ecology
– German media theory
– media art and archaeology
– variantology

The conference invites proposals for individual papers or panels; individual papers should be twenty minutes in length. Proposals of 300 – 500 words should be submitted on the conference website:

The deadline for proposals is 6 June 2014.

Stiegler and Technics

stiegler_and_technicsI have an essay in Stiegler and Technics, a new(ish) collection of essays on Stiegler’s work edited by Christina Howells and Gerald Moore.

My piece is about Stiegler’s critique of Boltanski and Chiapello’s The New Spirit of Capitalism and is called ‘Memories of Inauthenticity: Stiegler and the lost spirit of capitalism’.

You can find out more about the book at the Edinburgh University Press site.

Bernard Stiegler: technics, politics, individuation

nfThe issue of New Formations which I have been editing with Jeremy Gilbert has come out. It includes a new interview with Stiegler. This is the table of contents: Table of contents:

Editorial pp. 5-7(3)
Gilbert, Jeremy; Roberts, Ben

Technics, Individuation and Tertiary Memory: Bernard Stiegler’s Challenge to Media Theory pp. 8-20(13)
Author: Roberts, Ben

Enchantment, Disenchantment, Re-Enchantment: Toward a Critical Politics of Re-Individuation pp. 21-43(23)
Author: Barker, Stephen

Technics Beyond the Temporal Object pp. 44-62(19)
Author: Hansen, Mark B.N.

The Reality of Real Time pp. 63-75(13)
Authors: Wambacq, Judith; Buseyne, Bart

The Forgetting of Aesthetics: Individuation, Technology, and Aesthetics in the Work of Bernard Stiegler pp. 76-96(21)
Author: Ieven, Bram

Editing (and) Individuation pp . 97-110(14)
Author: Crogan, Patrick

Life and Thought in the Rushes: Mnemotechnics and Orthographic Temporal Objects in the Philosophy of Bernard Stiegler pp. 111-126(16)
Author: Swiboda, Marcel

Proletarianisation pp. 127-149(23)
Author: Hutnyk, John

Antagonism and Technicity: Bernard Stiegler on Eris, Stasis and Polemos pp. 150-163(14)
Author: Marchart, Oliver

Bernard Stiegler: ‘A Rational Theory of Miracles: on Pharmacology and Transindividuation’ pp. 164-184(21)
Authors: Stiegler, Bernard; Roberts, Ben; Gilbert, Jeremy; Hayward, Mark

Glossary pp. 185-186(2)

War at the Membrane pp. 187-191(5)
Author: Thoburn, Nicholas

Unconsoled pp. 192-195(4)
Author: Graham, James

Beyond the Everyday pp. 196-200(5)
Author: Ganguly, Keya

Post-Cinematic Effects pp. 201-203(3)
Author: Bowman, Paul

Baldwin’s Atlantics pp. 204-208(5)
Author: M’Baye, Babacar

Resisting Deconstruction pp. 209-213(5)
Author: Macdonald, Molly

Paying Attention

The Fifties in 3D, from the National Archives UK

A new special issue of Culture Machine, in which I have an article, has been published. It is a special issue on the topic of ‘Paying Attention’ collecting papers given at the ESF conference of the same name in Sweden in 2010. As the editors of the issue, Patrick Crogan and Samuel Kinsey, put it:

How are the ways we understand subjective experience – not least cognitively – being modulated by political economic rationales? And how might artists, cultural theorists, social scientists and radical philosophers learn to respond – analytically, creatively, methodologically and politically – to the commodification of human capacities of attention?

My own article is called ‘Attention-seeking: Technics, Publics and Software Individuation’ and is basically concerned with arguing against the usefulness of the concept of ‘attention economy’ as a way of understanding free software communities. It also looks critically at Christopher Kelty’s concept of the recursive public, as articulated in Two Bits: the Cultural Significance of Free Software .

Beyond the ‘Networked Public Sphere’: Politics, Participation and Technics in Web 2.0

Tangled Network, by Bruno Girin, used under CC-BY-SA

Tangled Network, used under CC-BY-SA

I’ve just published an article in the new issue of the open access journal Fibreculture. This is the abstract:

This paper argues for a sceptical approach to the political promise of Web 2.0. In particular it examines critically the claims made about participation and the ‘network public sphere’ in Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks. Moreover it argues that the work of Bernard Stiegler and that of others in the Ars Industrialis group cofounded by Stiegler can help inform a more nuanced account of the relationship between politics, participation and technics. It looks specifically at the arguments in Marc Crépon and Bernard Stiegler’s recent book De la démocratie participative, written during the recent French presidential campaign, and examines how the idea of participation articulates with key themes in Stiegler’s philosophy of technics. Finally it suggests some ways in which this debate on participation might be moved on.