Workshop "Postphenomenology, Technoscience and Hermeneutics"
May 4-7, 2020, workshop "Postphenomenology, Technoscience and Hermeneutics", teacher: Robert Rosenberger, Associate Professor of Georgia Institute of Technology
The workshop is postponed. The new time will be announced
This workshop will serve as a deep introduction to the “postphenomenological” school of thought, connecting it to issues of hermeneutics and technoscience. We’ll explore postphenomenological theory, and consider the ways that human-technology relations are conceived under this perspective. With its specialization in the deep description of how technologies are experienced, this workshop will explore the nature of human bodily perception, habituation, and experiential space. In its connection to pragmatist philosophy, the postphenomenological perspective strives to build theory through concrete case studies. In this spirit, this workshop will include the analysis of many specific aspects of our contemporary technological situation, from image interpretation in the laboratory, to the nature of reading text onscreen, to the use of simulations in educational settings, to the politics of public spaces, to the phenomenon of “phantom vibrations” (i.e., the hallucination that your phone had vibrated in your pocket).
Seminars take place every day at 10:00-13:30, public lectures on
May 4, 5 and 6 at 16-18. On 6 May, the seminars are replaced by practical work in Tartu Observatory in Tõravere, co-guided by the astronomer Laurits Leedjärv.
Schedule of the public lectures:
The Philosophy of Smartphones and Driver Distraction
Philosophy of Technology and the Control of Public Space
The Technological Mediation of the Mars Global Surveyor
Readings for the workshop, to be read through beforehand:
Rosenberger, R. & P.-P. Verbeek. (2015). “A Field Guide to Postphenomenology.” In R. Rosenberger & P.-P. Verbeek (eds.), Postphenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations. Lanham: Lexington Books, pp. 9-41.
Rosenberger, R. (2017). Callous Objects: Designs Against the Homeless. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, ch. 1-3.
Ihde, D. (1998). Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, Part 4: pp. 134-198.
Ihde, D. (2009). Postphenomenology & Technoscience: The Peking University Lectures. Albany: SUNY Press, ch. 2.
Hasse, C. (2013). “Artifacts That Talk: Mediating Technologies as Multistable Signs and Tools.” Subjectivity. 6(1): 79-100.
Warfield, K. (2017). “MirrorCameraRoom: The Gendered Multi-(In)Stabilities of the Selfie.” Feminist Media Studies. 17(1): 77-92.
Aagaard, J. (2015). “Drawn to Distraction: A Qualitative Study of Off-Task Use of Educational Technology.” Computers & Education. 87: 90-97.
Rosenberger, R. (2013). “Mediating Mars: Perceptual Experience and Scientific Imaging Technologies.” Foundations of Science. 18: 75-91.
The workshop is appropriate for students of all levels, beginning from advanced bachelor level, and also all other interested people are welcome. It is necessary to register beforehand. Participation is free. It is necessary to register beforehand until 9 February 2020 on the registration form (see below). Announcement of the selection process: 13 February 2020. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for students from abroad. Students can obtain 3 ECTS for the workshop (code of course in SIS: FLFI.03.107).
Robert Rosenberger is an associate professor of philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work advances the postphenomenological theoretical perspective. These investigations include studies on the driving impairment of smartphones, frog dissection simulations in the classroom, and the use of imaging technologies in neurobiology and space science. His 2017 book Callous Objects, uses ideas from the philosophy of technology to criticize the ways that public spaces are built to discriminate against the homeless.
Contact: Ave Mets (avemets [ät] ut.ee)
The event is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA) and UT projects PHVFI and PHVFI20930.