About

Ekin Erkan is a Turkish post-continental philosopher and media theorist living in New York City, notable for developing Bernard Stiegler’s work on “anti-entropy” and “psychopolitics,” as well as their long-term research on François Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy.

Background

Erkan’s work examines the collective closure between neural networks, predictive processing, and perceptual faculties as they relate to machine intelligence and algorithmic governmentality. Erkan studied Film and Media studies as a graduate student and has a background in both analytic and continental philosophy. Despite originally working within the continental tradition of philosophy of art, aesthetics and media, Erkan’s more recent work has been associated with the post-continental school of thinkers, influenced by philosophers such as Ray Brassier, Alexander Wilson, Reza Negarestani and Thomas Moynihan. Erkan is currently pursuing post-graduate study in Critical Philosophy at The New Centre for Research & Practice, researching under the tutelage of Iranian theory fiction pioneer Reza Negarestani while working on Bayesian neuro-inference and AGI. Erkan also is a columnist and critic at the art and literature journal AEQAI, publishing monthly contributions on contemporary art and intermedia. In addition to Erkan’s work on Stiegler and Rouvroy, Erkan has published writing on François Laruelle’s non-ethics and non-aesthetics, AI and creative non-calculation, Negarestani’s neo-rationalist turn, Catherine Malabou’s “neuroplasticity” and “creative non-calculation,” and post-Deleuzian film philosophy in publications including Cosmos & HistoryAlphavilleCultural StudiesNew Review of Film and Television StudiesChiasmaRhizomesLabyrinthCultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & PracticeMedia TheoryIdentities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture and The Cincinnati Romance Review.

Research

Erkan is also currently working with Giacomo Gilmozzi on Bernard Stiegler’s United Nations 2020 World Summit initiative “Internation.World.” Erkan will be publishing a book on the collective closure between net.art, early digital utopianism, and the Marxist-Leninist Turkish hacktivist group Redhack in February 2019.

Education

Spring 2019 – Current

Post-Graduate study, Critical Philosophy, The New Centre for Research & Practice + Researcher for Reza Negarestani

 

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 MA, Major in Film and Media Studies, Columbia University (New York City, NY)

+ Teaching Assistant Fellowship + Rapporteur for Sites of Cinema (#735)

+ Researcher for Prof. Jane Gaines

 

Fall 2016 – Spring 2018

B.A., Major in :Art History (with concentration on new media theory), Philosophy, and Video Art, University of Cincinnati, DAAP (Cincinnati, OH)

+Dean’s List, 4.0 GPA (for all semesters)

+ Summa Cum Laude with Highest Distinctions

 

Fall 2013 – Spring 2015

Dual Major in Political Science and Philosophy University of Rochester.

+Dean’s List

Other Publications

Winter 2019. Author, “European Cinema and Continental Philosophy: Film as Thought Experiment”, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media 18 (2019), pp 232–238. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33178/alpha.18.22

Fall 2019. Author, “On Laruelle and the Radical Dyad: Katerina Kolozova’s Materialist Non-Humanism”, Cultural Logic: Marxist Theory & Practice 23 (2019), pp 72-82.

Fall 2019. Author, “Technology as the God-Command”, Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics 21:1 (2019), pp 201-206. “David Lapoujade’s Powers of Time”, Media Theory (2019)

Fall 2019. Author, “Psychopower and Ordinary Madness: Reticulated Dividuals in Cognitive Capitalism”; Journal: Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 15, no. 1, 2019

Fall 2019. Author, “Unveiling Thomas Moynihan’s Spinal Catastrophism: The Spine Considered as a Chronogenetic Media Artifact”; Journal: Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 15, no. 1, 2019

Fall 2019. Author, “Control societies and machine ecology”; Journal: Cultural Studies (publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group), Vol. 33, no. 6, DOI:10.1080/09502386.2019.1665694

Fall 2019. Author, Review of Hye Jean Chung’s Media Heterotopias: Digital Effects and Material Labor in Global Film Production; Journal: New Review of Film and Television Studies (publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group), DOI:10.1080/17400309.2019.1663603

Fall 2019. Author (forthcoming), “Contemporary Musings on Jean-Louis Schefer’s Resolve”; Journal: Mise-en-scène: the Journal of Film & Visual Narration (publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University), Vol. 4, issue no. 2

Fall 2019. Author (forthcoming), Review of Catherine Malabou’s “Morphing Intelligence: From IQ Measurement to Artificial Brains”; Journal: Chiasma (publisher: Western University), issue no. 6

Summer 2019. Author, “Societies of Disindividuated Hyper-Control: On the Question of a New Pharmakon”; Journal: Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (publisher: Bowling Green University), Vol. 35, 2019, DOI:10.20415/rhiz/035.r02

Spring 2019. Author, Book review of François Laruelle’s “Biography of an Ordinary Man”; Journal: Cincinnati Romance Review (publisher: University of Cincinnati), Vol. 46

Projects

“Internation.World” by Ars Industrialis and Institut de recherche et d’innovation (spearheaded by Bernard Stiegler & Giacomo Gilmozzi)

“The centenary of the League of Nations is on Friday 10th January 2020. In response, we are launching an international critical discussion to send a memorandum to the United Nations with the aim of creating an internation. An internation is an agreement between different localities working together in order to invent and to experiment with a new macro-economic model more likely to address the urgent challenges of the Anthropocene.”

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Rutgers University, Italian Voices Graduate Conference (November 2019):

On Giorgio Agamben’s Anarchy and Creation and the God Command

Memberships

Ars Industrialis

Pharmakon.fr

The New Centre for Research & Practice

Internation.World

Institut de recherche et d’innovation

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