December 26, 2015

Ganaele Langlois
Semiocapitalism and the Care of the Self

*25 December 2015, Friday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@Bilgi University

#communication & media studies, cultural studies

This presentation will examine the question of the care of the self (Foucault, 1988; Stiegler, 2010) in relation to the proliferation of digital technologies and semiocapitalism (Berardi, 2009). Digital technologies have been turned into technologies of the self (Foucault, 1988), aiming to manage, direct and shape subjectivities. From social media corporations to credit rating companies and government agencies all over the world, there has been an intense focus over the past few years in figuring out how lives can be governed, from population control through continuous surveillance to psychological manipulations. These many forms of mining of bodies and minds have led to the rise of a range of psycho-pathologies (Warren, 2014). Exploding rates of depression, anxiety, panic, suicide, and desensitization (Berardi, 2015) all demonstrate a crisis of the care of the self. This presentation will explore potential avenues to re-discover and reinvent techniques for the care of the self, in particular through the reconfiguration of our relationship with digital media.

Talk will be in English.

Ganaele Langlois is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University, and Associate Director of the Infoscape Centre for Research into Social Media. She has recently published a book entitled Meaning in the Age of Social Media (Palgrave, 2014) as well as a co-edited volume entitled Compromised Data – From Social Media to Big Data (Bloomsbury, 2015). Her research interests lie in critical theory, media and new media theory and software studies.



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