SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – „Dances with Categories: Towards the anthropology of ‚Technology‘, Technicity and Technodiversity“ – Vortrag von Ludovic Coupaye
Wednesday, 01. February 2023, 18:00 - 19:30 Uhr

This lecture explores how “Technology” is a category vernacular (emic) to modernity which, when used, inscribes the phenomena it refers to within an utilitarian, rationalist and Eurocentric frame. Building on the works of the Francophone Technologie Culturelle, the paper suggests going back to Marcel Mauss’s definition of “technical acts”, focalising on the issue of “efficacy”. The paper claims that it is by taking seriously the efficacy according to the actors themselves, whether computer engineers, long yam growers or shamans, that one can built a methodological frame able to empirically analyse technical (or ritual or aesthetic) phenomena, and their profound axiological import, without sacrificing their material or conceptual diversity, or their spatial or temporal complexity. It opens up with a call for an anthropology of technicity and technodiversity which analyse the different modalities of actions and relations between humans and their milieus.

See also:

15|11|22 The normative order of sensing – Lecture with Lorenza Mondada
24|1|23 ‚One last round!‘ Towards a Critical Ethnomethodology of Climate Change – Lecture with Thomas Scheffer


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