Philosophy of Art & Technology

My research focuses on the philosophy of technique, the foundations of digital technology and its impact on society. I am interested in the application of philosophical knowledge to understanding governance in the digital age.

Anaïs Nony
Anaïs Nony - PhD

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Nootechnics refers to the psycho-cultural practices of care and empowerment.

Anaïs Nony, PhD

My work questions the impact of technologies on psychic and social life. Over the last decade, I have given talks in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Ireland, England, South Africa and widely published articles in journals such as Philosophy Today, Cultural Critique, and Parallax as well as book chapters in edited volumes.

Taken together, this body of work addresses debates about how technology and science shape and affect societies. It engages cybernetics, artificial intelligence, and governmental technologies of behavioral surveillance and control to address critical changes in the structure and formation of contemporary societies.

My current preoccupations are fueled by the relationship between art and innovation, culture and nature, and science and technology.

You can download my curriculum vitae.

The following information are some highlights from my academic career:

High school Diploma, Literature and Theater, public Lycée des Tarterets, Corbeil-Essonne

After graduating from the public Université Sorbonne Nouvelle with a BA and a Master of Research in Theater Studies, I was awarded a visiting scholarship at the New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts in 2009. It is at Paris Sorbonne-Nouvelle, New York University and later at the public University of Minnesota that I developed a research agenda invested in representational practices that merge performance and technology to further question the social ramifications that are shaping the ground of contemporary experiences.

I meet French philosopher Bernard Stiegler (1952-2020) in 2005. From 2010 until 2018, I worked with Stiegler who served as a mentor and a committee member on my dissertation. I took part in the bi-monthly seminars and engaged in regular dialogues on questions of aesthetics and technology. In 2013, I organized Stiegler’s visit at the University of Minnesota and in 2014, I co-organized a 3-day international conference on General Organology celebrating the 20th anniversary of Stiegler’s landmark book La Technique et le Temps. You can read one of my homages to Bernard in “Tout Contre. Tombeau de Bernard Stiegler” on Ars Industrialis.

PhD in Philosophy and Critical Media Studies, University of Minnesota.

Winthrop-King Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University.

In December 20, 2017, as editorial board member of La Deleuziana, I organized a public debate at the Centre Georges Pompidou to celebrate the publication of a special issue I co-edited with Jeanne Etelain on the Milieux of Desire. During this public debate, leading scholars in cultural theory such as Emily Apter, Sara Baranzoni, Anne Sauvagnargues, Bernard Stiegler, Paolo Vignola, and Francesco Vitale gathered to discuss the relationships between art, technology, and politics.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Humanities Research, Flagship for Critical Thought in African Humanities, University of the Western Cape. Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Research Foundation, South African Research Chair Initiatives in Social Change, University of Fort Hare.

These two research positions gave me a unique opportunity to learn from scholars, students, and fellows about the history and politics of the anti-apartheid movement, freedom fighter collectives and situate knowledge production from within the southern hemisphere.

Phokeng Setai and I have edited a bilingual anthology of visual art, video performance and anti-colonial curatorial practices titled Creativity under Confinement. Creativity sous Confinement. The book showcases multi-media artists and cultural activists from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, South Asia, and Europe. As first-time editors on such a scale (geographic, artistic, and cultural), we saw in each contribution fluid categories that address differently the notions of self-invention, curation, politics of space, and representational practices of bodies and borders.

Lecturer in Media Arts and Politics, Department of French, School of Languages, Literature and Culture, University College Cork

In 2021, I co-curated Data Streams: Art, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence at the Glucksman Gallery in Cork. The exhibition looks at how artists are engaging with the increasing advancement of data collection and digital surveillance, and how these technologies are silently transforming our surroundings.

In 2022, I founded The Write Technique, an academic writing consultancy to help scholars reclaim focus and publish their first book.

Research associate, Center for the Study of Race, Gender and Class at the University of Johannesburg.

Featured Publications

Anaïs Nony publication digital critique

Article: Dividual Revolution: What Can Philosophy Do in the Digital Present?

Anaïs Nony publication l'interface et le vivant

Article: L'interface et le vivant