Wednesday 1st April 2015

Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4HN

  • How enabling or disabling are concepts such as ‘the network’, ‘feedback’ and ‘information’ for contemporary forms of life?
  • Is the Internet one or many things?
  • Is the advent of the ‘Information Age’ something to be welcomed or feared?
  • What role can philosophy play in thinking about information and communication technologies and forms of subjectivity emerging in relation to them?

These questions and other related ones will be tackled in this intensive one-day workshop at the University of Dundee.

The event is a collaborative initiative between the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy at Dundee, and the LABEX-sponsored 'Sujet Digital' research network centred on the University of Paris VIII.  It has been made possible by the generous support of the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, and the Scots Philosophical Association.

In the spirit of Humanities research at Dundee, our aim is to bring together voices from diverse disciplines (e.g. philosophy, cultural and literary studies, media studies, film, and contemporary art practice), and to inaugurate a ‘Digital Subject UK’ research network, capable of building upon and widening the established research successes of ‘Le Sujet Digital’.

The workshop will take place Wednesday April 1st 2015, 10 am – 6 pm, Room 2S15 in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee (Building 14 on Campus Map).

The workshop is free to attend and open to all, but places are limited.  Please book your place via Eventbrite.


The Scots Philosophical Association Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy



  • 10:00-10:30 Welcome and Coffee. 
  • 10:30-11:00 Dominic Smith (University of Dundee): Workshop Introduction; ‘Does the Digital Subject Sleep?’ 
  • 11:00-11:30 Ashley Woodward (University of Dundee): ‘Is the Digital Subject the Übermensch?’ 
  • 11:30-12:00 Alan Bell (University of Dundee): ‘Paranoia, fictions and realities; technological change and the record’.
  • 12:00-12:30 Joris Vlieghe (University of Edinburgh): ‘How learning to read and write shapes humanity: A technosomatic perspective on digitization’.
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch.  
  • 1:30-2:00 Erika Fulop (University of Hamburg): ‘Weave Your Own Web: Authorial Self-representation on the Internet
  • 2:00-2:30 Arnauld Regnauld (University of Paris VIII): ‘Aura is Interface: Translation and Subjectivity in the Digital Era’.
  • 2:30-3:00 Claire Larsonneur (University of Paris VIII): ‘Interface me? Living 3.0’.
  • 3:00-3:15 Break. 
  • 3:15-3:45 Pierre Cassou Noguès (University of Paris VIII): ‘Body as Money’.  
  • 3:45-4:15 Galit Wellner (Ben Gurion University): ‘Codes of Subjectivity’.   
  • 4:15-4:45 Tim Barker (University of Glasgow): ‘On Being Con-Temporary: What Technical Media Studies Might Offer to Theories of Contemporaneity’.
  • 4:45-5:00 Break.
  • 5:00-6:00 Archive Visit: Caroline Brown (University of Dundee): Archives, Tower Building [*Limited Places*].