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Andrew Feenberg: 2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture

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February 1, 2012
Marshall McLuhan Salon / Embassy of Canada
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Leipziger Platz 17, Berlin, Germany, 10117
Andrew Feenberg: 2012 Marshall McLuhan Lecture

Andrew Feenberg: 2012 Marshall McLuhan Lecture

With the annual Marshall McLuhan Lecture, the transmediale invites a figure in the Canadian cultural landscape, whose work expands on McLuhan’s media theories in the context of contemporary culture and society.

The 2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture will be held by Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology at the School of Communication of Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC). He received his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied under Herbert Marcuse. Among his research interests are philosophy of technology, Critical Theory, the Internet, and Japanese intellectual history. His work combines an approach based on Critical Theory with concepts and methods drawn from the field of Science and Technology Studies. He is the author of Transforming Technology, Questioning Technology, Alternative Modernity, Heidegger and Marcuse, and Between Reason and Experience, co-author of When Poetry Ruled the Streets, and co-editor of Technology and the Politics of Knowledge, Modernity and Technology, and The Essential Marcuse. He has taught at Duke University, San Diego State University, the University of Paris, the University of Brasilia, and the University of Tokyo.

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Ten Paradoxes of Technology

This lecture presents a philosophy of technology. It draws on what we have learnt in the last 30 years as we abandoned old Heideggerian and positivist notions and faced the real world of technology. It turns out that most of our common sense ideas about technology are wrong. This is why I have put my ten propositions in the form of paradoxes, although I use the word loosely here to refer to the counter-intuitive nature of much of what we know about technology. The story is one of reconciling the incompatibilities between whole and part, lay and expert, means and ends, authority and democracy, reason and experience.


Kristoffer Gansing (se/de)


2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture
Marshall McLuhan Salon
Embassy of Canada, Berlin

Wednesday Feb 01, 2012
Lecture begins at 18.30, doors open at 18.00. Please allow adequate time for embassy security!

This is a free event and the lecture will take place in English. To RSVP please email  with the subject heading ‘McLuhan Lecture’. Please be prepared to present valid photo-ID at the door.

The 2012 transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture is a cooperation between transmediale and the Embassy of Canada. Image of Andrew Feenberg courtesy of Neal Rockwell.


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