Keynotes speakers


Maurizio Lazzarato (Matisse/CNRS,
University Paris I) 

The “Technical Machine” and the “Social Machine” (or “War Machine”)

Maurizio Lazzarato is an Italian sociologist and philosopher, a researcher at Matisse/CNRS, Pantheon-Sorbonne University (University Paris I), and a member of the International College of Philosophy in Paris. Over the last decade, Lazzarato has published a series of books that, taken together, constitute one of the most insightful and provocative analyses of the ways in which capital shapes social life.

In The Making of the Indebted Man (2012), Signs and Machines (2014), and Governing by Debt (2015), Lazzarato shows the way in which late capitalism shapes subjectivity from both within and without, using debt as a tool to form and discipline individuals and social formations.  Building on the work of Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari, Lazzarato creates a Marxist theoretical framework that cuts to the heart of contemporary economic and social life. Lazzarato is one of the major figures of Italian post-workerist thought and of contemporary Marxist theory. His 1996 essay “Immaterial Labor” is a foundational text for thinking value and labor in the digital age. Lazzarato’s work crosses the boundaries between social theory, aesthetics, political science, and philosophy.


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Manuel Portela (Universidade de Coimbra)

Are You Listening to Me? Voices Echoing in the Clouds

Manuel Portela directs the FCT PhD Programme in Materialities of Literature at the University of Coimbra. He is the author of Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-Reflexive Machines (MIT Press, 2013), the general editor of LdoD Archive: Collaborative Digital Archive of the Book of Disquiet (CLP, 2017), and one of the contributors to The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature (2017). He has published widely on digital literature and digital media, including articles in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and electronic book review. He is cofounder and current general editor of the journal MATLIT: Materialities of Literature.


carla ganitoCarla Ganito (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

To Unplug: How Digital Culture Shapes Privacy, Memory, and Death

Carla Ganito is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies and Advanced Training at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal, were she teaches in the fields of cyberculture, digital communication, digital transformation and marketing. She holds a PhD  in Communication Sciences that tackled the gendering of the mobile phone. A main researcher at CECC, currently coordinates the research group on ” Digital Literacy & Cultural Change”. She was an invited researcher at CIES-IUL where she co-coordinated with Gustavo Cardoso the research project “Digital Reading” (2011-2013) that received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Her main research and teaching interest are: new media, mobile communications, gender and technology, education and technology, digital reading. She is a MC member of the OST Action IS1404 – Evolution of reading in the age of digitization (E-READ, and a member of the H2020 project “Compact: Social Media and Convergence”.


tigstrupFrederik Tygstrup (University of Copenhagen)

Information and the Vicissitudes of Representation

Frederik Tygstrup is Professor of comparative literature at the University of Copenhagen and founding director of the Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies. His primary specialization is in the history and theory of the European novel. His present research interests include representations of time and space, literature and finance, literature and geography, literature and politics. Recent articles (in non-Scandinavian languages) include: “The Work of Art: From Fetish to Forum”, in Academic Quarter 16, 2017; “De te fabula narratur!”, in Charles Armstrong (eds): Terrorizing Images in the Literature of Trauma, Brill 2018 (i.p.); “Figura”, in Kristin Veel (eds.): Uncertain Archives. Critical Terms for Big Data, MIT Press 2018 (i.p); “Representational Assemblages: Forms, Concerns, Affects”, in Pepita Hesselberth (eds.): Legibility in the Age of Signs and Machines, Leiden University Press 2018 (i.p.)


gustavo cardosoGustavo Cardoso (ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

Networked Media and the Limits of Communication: Apocalypse Now or Postponed?

Gustavo Cardoso is an associate researcher at CIES, ISCTE-IUL and Professor of Technology and Society at ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute. He also works with the Department of Communications and Performance Studies of the University of Milan and with the Portuguese Catholic University. His international cooperation in European research networks brought him to work with IN3 (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute) in Barcelona, WIP (World Internet Project) at USC Annenberg, COST A20 “The Impact of the Internet in Mass Media” and COST 298 “Broadband Society”. Between 1996 and 2006 he was adviser on Information Society and telecommunications policies to the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic and In 2008 was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He is co-editor, with Manuel Castells, of the book Network Society: from Knowledge to Policy and Associate Editor at the peer-reviewed journals IJOC at USC Annenberg and IC&S at Routledge. He is a member of the evaluation panels of the European Research Council (ERC) and of the ESF (European Science Foundation).


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Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick)

Cri-ti-que 20/18

Paulo de Medeiros is Professor of Modern and Contemporary World Literatures, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. He was Associate Professor at Bryant College (USA) and Professor at Utrecht University (Netherlands) before moving to Warwick. In 2011-2012 he was Keeley Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford and in 2013 and 2014 President of the American Portuguese Studies Association. Current projects include a study on Postimperial Europe. His research interests include World Literatures, Modernism and Postcolonial Studies, and Lusophone Literatures. Amongst his most recent publications are: “Future’s Past: Reading Vergílio Ferreira’s Carta ao Futuro Today” (2017); “Post-imperial Nostalgia and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu” (2016); O Silêncio das Sereias. Ensaio sobre o Livro do Desassossego (2015); Pessoa’s Geometry of the Abyss. Modernity and the Book of Disquiet (2013); Blindness, Invisibility, and the Negative Inheritance of World Literature” (2013); “A Failure of the Imagination? Questions for a Post-Imperial Europe” (2011); and “Shifting Borders” (2011).

stefan kaegi.pngStefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)

On Transplanted Performers and Remote Controlled Audiences

Stefan Kaegi is based in Berlin, produces documentary theatre plays and works in public space in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Kaegi has toured across Europe and Asia with two Bulgarian lorry drivers and a truck which was converted into a mobile audience room (“Cargo Sofia”). He developed “Radio Muezzin” in Cairo – a project about the call to prayer in this age of technical reproduction.  At the moment he adapts “Remote X” an audiotour for 50 headphones to Cities like Taipei and Tunis, and he tours the interactive installation “Nachlass” that portrays people who have not much time to live. Kaegi co-produces works with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel, under the label “Rimini Protokoll”. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, they give voice to ‘experts’ who are not trained actors but have something to tell. Recent works include  the multi-player-video-piece “Situation Rooms”, 100% Marseille with 100 local citizens on stage and the “World Climate Conference” – a simulation of the UN-conference for 650 spectators in Schauspielhaus Hamburg.  Currently they perform “Homevisit Europe” as an intaractive performance game in hundereds of households across the globe and work on their tetralogy „Staat 1-4“ on phenomena of post-democracy. The MAAT-Museum currently shows their bio-installation „Win < > win“ in Lisbon.


marie laure ryanMarie-Laure Ryan (independent scholar)

Narrative in Virtual Reality? Anatomy of a Dream Reborn

A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Marie-Laure Ryan is an independent scholars based in Colorado, working in the areas of narrative theory, media theory, and representations of space. She is the author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence and Narrative Theory (1991), Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (2001, 2nd edition 2015),  Avatars of Story (2006) and the co-author of  Narrating Space/Spatializing Narrative (2016), as well as the editor of several books. She has been Scholar in residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Johannes Gutenberg Fellow at the University of Mainz, Germany, and she is the recipient of the 2017 lifetime achievement award from the International Society for the Study of Narrative. Her web site is at