OBJECT
ORIENTED
ONTOLOGY
a SYMPOSIUM
Ian Bogost (website, blog) is Associate Professor in the School of Literature Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has explored objects before in his books on videogame theory and criticism, including Unit Operations and Racing the Beam (with Nick Montfort). Bogost is currently completing a book of "applied" speculative realism, to be titled Alien Phenomenology.

Levi Bryant (blog) is a Professor of Philosophy at Collin College. In addition to his book on Deleuze's Philosophy, Difference and Givenness: Deleuze’s Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence, Bryant is co-editor of The Speculative Turn, a forthcoming collection on speculative realism. Bryant is currently completing a book on object-oriented ontology titled The Democracy of Objects.

Hugh Crawford is Associate Professor in the School of Literature Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to interests in the history of medicine, Bruno Latour, and A.N. Whitehead, Crawford is currently studying trees, huts, and dwellings.

Carl DiSalvo (website, blog) is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work explores design in communities, particularly the unseen social and political underpinnings of designed systems. In addition to work on robotics and sustainability in design, DiSalvo is completing a book on "speculative interaction design," titled Adversarial by Design.

Graham Harman (website, blog) is Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo. Harman coined the term "object-oriented philosophy," and has developed it extensively in his many books, among them Tool Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects and Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics.

John Johnston is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Emory University. The author of Carnival of Repetition, Information Multiplicity, and The Allure of Machinic Life, as well as the editor of literature, media, information systems, a collection of essays by media theorist Friedrich Kittler. He is currently working on a book about technics, networks, and new vitalisms.

Steven Shaviro (website, blog) is DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. In addition to his widely-read books on postmodernism and film theory, Shaviro is the author of Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics, which proposes a Whiteheadian view of theory and culture in place of a Heideggerian one. He is currently at work on a book about consumer culture, The Age of Aesthetics.

Barbara Maria Stafford (website) is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, Emerita, at the University of Chicago. Her work explors the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era. Her current research charts the revolutionary ways the neurosciences are changing our views of the human and animal sensorium, shaping our fundamental assumptions about perception, sensation, emotion, mental imagery, and subjectivity. Her most recent book is Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images.

Eugene Thacker (website) is Associate Professor in the School of Literature Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His forthcoming book is entitled After Life, and he is the author of two books on the life sciences, Biomedia and The Global Genome, as well as co-author of a book of network theory, The Exploit (with Alex Galloway). Thacker is currently visiting scholar at Miskatonic University's Colloquy for Inexistent Cryptobiology.
at Georgia Tech
April 23, 2010
FEATURING
Ian Bogost
Levi Bryant
Graham Harman
Steven Shaviro
with RESPONDENTS
Hugh Crawford
Carl DiSalvo
John Johnston
Barbara Stafford
Eugene Thacker