The course provides an introduction to the parallel history of warfare and digital technologies from the cybernetics of World War II to recent applications of AI in conflict zones and the humanitarian sector. Above all, it covers how philosophy, (German) media theory and the humanities have challenged the issue of military technologies and responded to past and current conflicts.

We will read authors such as: Antoine Bousquet, Grégoire Chamayou, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Manuel Delanda, Paul Edwards, Michel Foucault, Peter Galison, Adam Harvey, Friedrich Kittler, Éric Alliez and Maurizio Lazzarato, Dan McQuillan, Susan Schuppli, Jutta Weber, Eyal Weizman, among others.

A certificate (Schein) is possible with credit in Media Philosophy. Students can a) make a project or deliver a presentation in class and write a short essay of ca. 10 pages, or b) write an extensive essay of ca. 20 pages. All materials will be shared via Dropbox.

Prof. Dr. Matteo Pasquinelli
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Consultation hours: on appointment

Enrolment: via email or Moodle
Tuesday – Wednesday, 10:00 – 13:00. Bi-weekly
Course start: 26 April 2022
Language: English
Room: 115 and 112