Samuel Weber – The Calculable and the Incalculable: Hölderlin after Kittler

Event Date: 9 October 2013

Bolivar Hall
Venezuelan Embassy
54 Grafton Way, London WC1

The London Graduate School presents:

Media After Kittler


Media determine our situation.

F. A. Kittler (1999), Gramophone, Film, Typewriter

Professor Samuel Weber (Northwestern University) – The Calculable and the Incalculable: Hölderlin after Kittler

One of the hallmarks of the digital age, also insisted on by Friedrich Kittler, is the extension of calculability to all walks of life and beyond. This raises the question of the limits of such extension, if there are any. What of the incalculable? A backwards glance at Hölderlin’s Remarks on Oedipus and Antigone, written in connection with his translation of those plays, allows us to explore the question, if not come up with definitive answers.

Samuel Weber teaches literature and critical theory at Northwestern University, whose Paris Program in Critical Theory he also directs. He studied with Paul de Man and Theodor Adorno, taught first in Germany, then in the US, France and the UK. He is currently completing a book-length project tentatively titled “Toward A Politics and Poetics of Singularity”. A French volume of his essays will appear in November under the title, “Inquiétantes singularités” (Editions Hermann).




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