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Cultural Techniques: A Roundtable Review, Part 1

Cultural Techniques: A Roundtable Review, Part 1

(Jump ahead to our roundtable conversation in Part 2 here)

Siegert, Bernhard. 2015. Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real. Translated by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young. New York: Fordham University Press. xix, 265 pp.

Since the turn of the 21st century, the idea of Kulturtechniken, or cultural techniques, has flourished, spreading well beyond Germany and German-language media and cultural studies. Already in Passage des Digitalen, Bernhard Siegert frames his arguments of the digital within a notion of cultural techniques “of writing, reading, drawing and counting” (Passage des Digitalen, 14). Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real, serves a dual function of introducing Siegert’s recent work to a wider audience, but also articulating a vision of what this (study of) cultural techniques is or might be. Continue reading Cultural Techniques: A Roundtable Review, Part 1

Cultural Techniques: A Roundtable Review, Part 2

Cultural Techniques: A Roundtable Review, Part 2 

(Read our brief introduction in Part 1 here)

Participants: Maren Koehler, Melle Kromhout, Peter McMurray and Nina Westzaan

Peter McMurray: There’s a ton we might dig into with Cultural Techniques, but let me start with one observation and string of questions about “difference.” To the credit, I think, of Siegert and the cultural techniques crowd, there’s a recurring thread here of difference, much of which happens at a cultural level. Continue reading Cultural Techniques: A Roundtable Review, Part 2