The Department of Art History and Communication Studies (AHCS) was pleased to host Dr. Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology at Simon Fraser University, on 29 March 2007, as part of the departmental speaker series. Dr. Feenberg delivered a lecture entitled “From critical theory of technology to the rational critique of rationality” and also directed a graduate student seminar.
In addition , Dr. Feenberg graciously participated in an interview with Dr. Darin Barney, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Citizenship, during which time he elaborated on various aspects of his lecture including the philosophy of technology, democracy, media and the public sphere, and renowned theorist Herbert Marcuse.
Media@McGill is pleased to present the following clips from this interview (Windows Media Player required):
On the philosophy of technology
On Herbert Marcuse
On political posture and technology
On the Internet
Professor Andrew Feenberg has had a long and celebrated career at various academic institutions including San Diego State University, Duke University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Universities of California, San Diego and Irvine, the Sorbonne, the University of Paris-Dauphine, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, and the University of Tokyo. Amongst others, he is the author of Questioning Technology (Routledge, 1999), Modernity and Technology (MIT Press, 2003), and Community in the Digital Age (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004). His co-authored book on the French May Events of 1968 appeared in 2001 with SUNY Press under the title When Poetry Ruled the Streets.