The Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture, organized by the Lisbon Consortium, is now on its 8th edition! It takes place at several cultural institutions in Lisbon and gathers outstanding doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from around the world. In the morning there will be lectures and master classes by invited keynote speakers. In the afternoon there will be paper presentations by doctoral students.
The yearly seminar for doctoral students in the critical humanities and cultural analysis will in 2018 inspect the contentious realm of cyber, as it performs the fluid and the solid, the evanescence of the cloud and the heavy materiality of technology, the fear of war and the brave world of global information, surveillance and security, the right of inspection and the obfuscation of knowledge. Under the conditions of modernity 4.0, the prefix cyber seems to have become the point of entry for a new narrative of experience. One that draws on a technological unconscious to reboot modes of conviviality, modes of knowledge production, the organization of society, the very definition of democracy, the idea of the human. Coined by mathematician Norbert Wiener, the term cybernetics referred to the science of autonomous machines, that could both adapt their behavior and learn. Cybernetics developed out of a system structured upon coding models. The infrastructure of the new autonomous machines was helpless without the incision, the graphing of the software that would effectively bring them to life.
The Summer School brings together cyber with cipher in order to discuss the manifold incisions that write the machine into life and the strategies that users need to read them back. As Jacques Derrida famously claimed, writing always connotes an element of fracture, of removal from ‘the real’ context. Writing bears the signature of a physical absence – of the subject and of the context – and articulates a moment of rupture, enacted as a counter act or as a mode of dissent under the very act of writing. As our social and cultural experience is being increasingly shaped, written over and redone by the cyber world, it is also here in the utopian drive for perfectioning the human that the hope of resistance before the oblique powers of modernity may lie.
Amongst other theme-related presentations, we will reflect on the following topics:
- Cyberculture and creativity;
- Cyber mediation and the future of cultural media;
- Citizenship, the public space and the right to privacy;
- Writing cybernetics: Net literature and the literary network;
- The transformation of the face of war;
- Surveillance and critique;
- Cyberterrorism/cybersecurity and the artistic conviviality;
- Critical thinking in the age of drones;
- Representing cyber