continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 5.2 / 2016
Letter from the Editors & Issue Index
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The technosphere is an emergent weft of our geo-systemic fabric. The Technosphere project team of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the para-academic collective and publication group continent. have collaborated here on an unwinding of technospheric matters, ideas and experiences, that we hope you, dear reader, will trace out with us.
Arno Rosemarin
a continent. inter-view
Arno Rosemarin is Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute. His specialities include ecological sanitation, nutrient flows, eutrophication of freshwater and marine systems and aquatic eco-toxicology. He has carried out diverse projects including “Governance Surrounding Global Phosphorus Limitation”, and participated in the 2nd European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference 2015 in Berlin. 
Birgit Schneider
a continent. inter-view
Birgit Schneider is professor of Media Ecology at the University of Potsdam. She worked as a graphic designer from 1998 to 2003 and was research associate in the project “Das Technische Bild” at Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik at Humboldt University from 2000 to 2007. Her dissertation “Textile Processing: A Media History of Punched-Card Weaving” presents a historiography of punched-card weaving as a mediatic precursor to digital computing.
Bronislaw Szerszynski
a continent. inter-view
Bronislaw Szerszynski is a Reader in Sociology at Lancaster University in the UK. Szerszynski’s work has developed across several themes, including the role of Western religious history in shaping contemporary understandings of technology and the environment. He has also developed a significant body of research about the role played by public participation and science in the regulation of agricultural biotechnology.
Donald MacKenzie
a continent. inter-view
Donald MacKenzie is Professor of Sociology. He works at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. He has contributed greatly to discourses in Science and Technology Studies, his early career having evolved research into the sociology of science. His recent research emphasis concerns the origins, development and behavior of relations between social systems and financial markets. 
Erich Hörl
a continent. inter-view
Erich Hörl is professor of Media Culture at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM) at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and senior researcher at Leuphana’s Digital Culture Research Lab (DRCL). He studied philosophy and theory of communication with Hans-Diether Bahr in Vienna, with Jacques Derrida in Paris, and received his PhD in cultural studies from Humboldt-University Berlin where he studied with Thomas Macho and Friedrich Kittler.
Jennifer Gabrys
a continent. inter-view
Jennifer Gabrys is Reader at the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Principal Investigator on the European Research Council funded project, Citizen Sense. Gabrys has developed a remarkable body of research that runs from Benjaminian elaborations of rubbish heaps to self-critical and DIY/DIT (do-it-yourself/do-it-together) engagements with IoT (‘Internet of Things’) technologies.
Lino Camprubí
a continent. inter-view
Lino Camprubí’s thinking, writings and projects give us a better understanding of the significance of the history of science and technology, and links these to more accurate understandings of political economies. He is a Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Camprubí’s current projects continue to look at geopolitics of the global environment, and will increasingly focus on oceanography, acoustics and the aqueous earth.
Lucy A. Suchman
a continent. inter-view
Lucy A. Suchman is Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology at the Department of Sociology, at the University of Lancaster. Suchman’s early work on corporate ethnography was influential in the identification of the nuances of human technological expectations, toward an understanding of the responses of machines to touch. More specifically, with her Man Against Machine, she worked on the now legendary struggle between office workers and the big green button on copy machines. 
Mark Hansen
a continent. inter-view
Mark Hansen is professor of Literature and Visual Studies at Duke University. His work is fundamentally and quintessentially interdisciplinary, traversing interests in literary studies, film, media, sensing systems, classical and continental philosophy, science studies, and cognitive neuroscience. His primary concern in invoking these interdisciplinary perspectives is to look at the effects of technology, human agency and social life on one another. 
Masahiro Terada
a continent. inter-view
Masahiro TERADA 寺田匡宏 is a visiting associate professor at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (Kyoto, Japan) and a research fellow at the National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, Japan). Initially a socio-economic historian of the 18th and 19th centuries, his research interests shifted to the problem of historical representation, museum anthropology, and narratives of history. 
Mushon Zer-Aviv
a continent. inter-view
Mushon Zer-Aviv works as a designer, an activist and father in Tel Aviv. He works in politically oriented, activist media and Internet projects but also pragmatically designs solutions and technological systems for for organisations and partnerships in ways that energise and express critical thinking. Zer-Aviv’s work is oriented toward the ways in which education, media activism, art and design can help more and more people abandon subscribed, imposed (self or otherwise) or ill-informed ludditism. 
Oliver Sann
a continent. inter-view
Oliver Sann is a photographer. He is also Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Since 1996 he has been in active collaboration with fellow German artist Beatte Geissler. Geissler and Sann’s work concentrates on inner alliances of knowledge and power, their deep links in Western culture and the escalation in and transformation of human beings through technology.
Peter K. Haff
a continent. inter-view
Peter K. Haff is a scientist. He was not trained as a philosopher, of the nonhuman or otherwise. He points out frequently enough that his work comes out of an interest in creating useful terms and concepts within the sciences, amongst scientists. In Geology, the necessity of terminological inventiveness comes at the momentary attempt to grapple with shifting conditions and the increasingly collusive forces of nature, culture and technology.
S. Løchlann Jain
a continent. inter-view
S. Løchlann Jain is Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University, where they teach medical and legal anthropology. Their research is primarily concerned with the meaning-making activities and narratives deployed to discuss injuries, maladies, and living and dying in North America. Their exploration of these stories led them to the study of medicine, law, product design, as well as histories of engineering, regulation, corporations, and advertising. 
Scott Gabriel Knowles
a continent. inter-view
Scott Knowles is Associate Professor of History at Drexel University, a U.S. private research institute with three campuses in Pennsylvania. His work focuses on risk and disaster, with particular interests in modern cities, technology, and public policy. His most recent book is The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America, and he is series co-editor of “Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster.”