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A Lexicon of Onticology. I’ll add to this as terms occur to me, but hopefully it’s a good start.

A Lexicon of Onticology

Act: Local manifestations, qualities, or properties of objects. Qualities or local manifestations are not possessions of objects, but rather acts of objects. Actant: (Bruno Latour) Synonym for any object. Designed to emphasize the manner in which objects are active and not merely passive recipients of action. Actualism: (Roy Bhaskar) Any philosophical doctrine that holds that only the actual is real.

Asymmetrical Qualities: Local manifestations of an object that are irreversible in the order of time or through a shift in exo-relations. Social Networks and Social Capital: Rethinking Theory in Community Informatics. Kate Williams1 & Joan C.

Social Networks and Social Capital: Rethinking Theory in Community Informatics

Durrance2 Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, USA. Email:katewill@uiuc.edu Professor of Information, University of Michigan, USA The emergence of community informatics as a research community was a response to the practical experience of communities adapting to the rapid changes brought on by new information technologies, known outside the United States as information and communications technologies. Based on a growing empirical literature we can begin to find patterns consistent with fundamental theoretical formulations.

Theory in community informatics is necessary in order to give coherence to what we know about technology in communities, as well as to help to relate this knowledge to all other aspects of our social experience. No hay poder capaz de fundar el orden por la sola represión de los cuerpos por los cuerpos. Se necesitan fuerzas ficticias. Ranciere, Politics, Aesthetics, and OOO. Over at Intra-Being and Algorithm and Contingency, both Andre and Robert have written some interesting posts responding to the recent discussion of OOO and politics.

Ranciere, Politics, Aesthetics, and OOO

In his post, Robert rightly worries that Ranciere’s politics is too human centered. As Robert writes: Chomsky: Thinking Like Corporations is Harming American Universities. The following is an edited transcript (prepared by Robin J.

Chomsky: Thinking Like Corporations is Harming American Universities

Sowards) of remarks given by Noam Chomsky last month to a gathering of members and allies of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Penn. On hiring faculty off the tenure track That’s part of the business model. It’s the same as hiring temps in industry or what they call “associates” at Walmart, employees that aren’t owed benefits. It’s a part of a corporate business model designed to reduce labor costs and to increase labor servility. The battle for neoliberal hegemony: an interview with Nancy Fraser. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed a permanent global crisis in our political systems, from an increasingly precarious labour market to mass media monopolisation.

The battle for neoliberal hegemony: an interview with Nancy Fraser

On a recent visit to Paris, we sat down with the post-socialist philosopher Nancy Fraser, author of Fortunes of feminism: from state-managed capitalism to neoliberal crisis (Verso, 2013) to discuss the historical context of the economic crisis, global mobilisations, and transnational autonomy. How do these three political perspectives interact, in an ever-evolving, critical economic scenario that makes visible the differences between the global north and south? Roque Urbieta Hernandez and Fabiola Navarro: How can we explain the actions of reclamation that are happening across Europe, from your experience as a feminist activist? Nancy Fraser: After the oil crisis in Latin America in the late 1970s, social mobilizations created solidarity networks that announced organizational autonomy. We need to look at two things. Live Blog: Saskia Sassen, "Immigrants and Citizens in the Global City"

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Live Blog: Saskia Sassen, "Immigrants and Citizens in the Global City"

The sultry r&b is playing, and Saskia Sassen is in front of the gold curtain this Friday night for the keynote lecture of the conference, "Ethics of the Urban: the City and the Spaces of the Political. " This is the third in a series of conferences organized by Dean Mostafavi, including Ecological Urbanism (2009) and In the Life of Cities (2011). [View the talk at the GSD's YouTube Channel.] Entrevista con Jacques Rancière: potencias y problemas de una política del 99% // Amador Fernández-Savater. Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and the Importance of the Interior. Quote of the Week By Hans Teerds “The French have become masters in the art of being happy among ‘small things,’ within the space of their own four walls, between chest and bed, table and chair, dog and cat and flowerpot, extending to these things a care and tenderness which, in a world where rapid industrialization constantly kills off the things of yesterday to produce today’s objects, may even appear to be the world’s last, purely humane corner.” -- Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition During my first reading of Arendt’s The Human Condition, this particular quote attracted my attention, probably since I’m trained as an architect and sensible to these kind of imaginable, tangible examples.

Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and the Importance of the Interior

(I must also mention the very nice and almost poetic rhythm in the ‘construction’ of the sentences quoted above). U.S. family enjoying a musical evening at home - late 19th century (Source: ipernity) But there is more to it. "Austin texas homeless" (Source: MLF.org) (Featured Image: "Cinders concept art. Is There a Politics of OOO? As an ontological framework OOO prescribes no particular politics.

Is There a Politics of OOO?

Nonetheless, it’s difficult to escape the impression that there are political implications to this ontology. Who killed Walter Benjamin… / Quién mató a Walter Benjamin… - Milagros producciones. Dérive: Situationist International Architecture & the Modern City – SONDER MAGAZINE. Image: Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle (1967).

Dérive: Situationist International Architecture & the Modern City – SONDER MAGAZINE

Debord (1931 – 1994) was an influential French marxist theorist, writer, film-maker, and founding member of the Situationist International. Dérive: Situationist International Architecture & the Modern City by Matilda Roberts, Contribtuor ‘We are bored in the city!’ Who the Fuck is Jacques Ranciere? Who is Jacques Ranciere?

Who the Fuck is Jacques Ranciere?

A French critical theorist and philosophical troll in a world of ivory tower intellectualism, bourgeois academics, and Jean Baudrillard, Ranciere stands out as a kind of anti-philosopher. A University of Paris professor and former student of Louis Althusser, Ranciere has committed his intellectual project to destroying its foundations. While that may sound a lot like Baudrillard, who wants to remind everyone that everything is simulation and nothing matters, or Nietzsche who attacks the foundations of Western metaphysics, Ranciere takes a different approach.

Namely, by accusing every other philosopher of being a shitty Platonist and hating democracy. While other philosophers deconstruct the metaphysical tradition and replace it with their own project, Ranciere’s philosophy can be summed up by “meh, people will figure it out. . ” #1 “Fuck the Police” is Pretty Much his Definition of Politics This counts.

In his “Ten Theses on Politics”, Ranciere makes a simple claim. Introduction to Object Oriented Ontology. This introductory guide to Object Oriented Ontology is an on-going collection of central theses and surrounding debates. If you’d like to submit a text, blog, or discussion thread that you think is particularly useful to the would-be OOO scholar you can post a link in the comments or email me at steve[at]thedewlab.com If you’re interested in OOO then there are few scholars better equipped to guide you than Levi Bryant, Ian Bogost and Timothy Morton. The evolution of Walter Benjamin's masterpiece. The setting is the Franco-Spanish border, the time 1940. Walter Benjamin, fleeing occupied France, presents himself to the wife of a certain Fittko he has met at an internment camp.

He understands, he says, that Frau Fittko will guide him and his companions across the Pyrenees to neutral Spain. Frau Fittko takes him on a trip to scout out the best routes; he brings along a heavy briefcase.