iMinds-SMIT Lecture Series – The Art of Living with ICT : Exploring the Range of Options from « Adoption » to « Rejection », 25/03

24 mars 2014
Andrew Feenberg, Pieter Lemmens, Søren Riis, Ike Kamphof, Mark Coeckelbergh, Yoni Van Den Eede
Our lives are nowadays impregnated with information and communication technologies and digital media, to the extent that it is all but impossible to distinguish between who “we” are and what those “media” are. We define ourselves, even give meaning to life, by way of technology.   This process of meaning-making can be framed as a project, a work that one must carry out on an everyday, personal-existential basis. But the process comes in different sizes and shapes. First, not all of it is done in an equally conscious way. Second, the larger frameworks – or worldviews – within which meaning is sought after, can differ: functionalist, consumerist, ethical, … Depending on where the emphasis lies, another form of “living with ICT” gets instantiated. Third, exactly the degree to which one understands oneself as either intertwined with or independent from his or her media, may influence implicit or explicit decision-making processes concerning the place and meaning of ICT in one’s life.   In this colloquium, we explore these issues, in general through the prism of philosophy of technology, and in particular by way of the guiding notion, significant in the recent history of philosophy, of “the art of living.”   More precisely, we apply the idea of life conceptualized as an artistic, creative undertaking – exemplified in the work of, to name a few, Nietzsche and Foucault – to the study of everyday interaction with ICT. In the philosophy of technology, concepts potentially convergent with this notion have been developed by amongst others Andrew Feenberg, who with his theory of “technical micropolitics” has outlined a comprehensive program of user appropriation or modification of technology. That very denomination serves to illustrate that even in everyday projects of living and dealing with technology, “the political” is never far off.   Living with ICT, indeed, never takes place in a vacuum. Thus, over and above personal choices ranging from “adoption” to “rejection,” there are of course larger overarching social, cultural, and political frameworks in which people partake and that may be said to vary on a scale from “left,” i.e., (neo)marxist to “right,” i.e., (neo)liberal. In the lectures at hand, we aim to probe the interfaces between personal conduct and larger cultural contexts, in function of the question as to how a personal, existential “art of living with ICT” can be creatively conceived nowadays.
Location: iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 9 – 1st floor, 1050 Brussels
Admittance is free, but registration is required at
Digital Cultures & Arts cluster of iMinds-SMIT – Studies on Media, Information & Telecommunication, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
In collaboration with ETHU – Centre for Ethics and Humanism, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & CDO – Centre for Sustainable Development, Universiteit Gent
More information:
Dr. Yoni Van Den Eede –

Rencontre interreligieuse : « Voix, souffle, esprit. Bouddhisme, Islam, Orthodoxie », 27/03

24 mars 2014
 La rencontre aura lieu de 9h30 à 17h00 (Bd du Jardin botanique, 43 – Salle des examens), avec la participation d’Alexis Lavis, Eric Geoffroy et Christophe D’Aloisio.

Vous trouverez ci-joint l’argumentaire et le programme de la journée.

Séminaire des doctorants, FUNDP, 28/03

24 mars 2014

L’école doctorale de philosophie (ED1) a le plaisir de vous annoncer que la prochaine séance de son « Séminaire des doctorants » se tiendra à l’Université de Namur ce vendredi 28 mars (voir programme ci-dessous).
Les infos utiles ainsi que les textes ou résumés des exposés sont disponibles sur le site web de l’ED1 à l’adresse suivante:

Lieu : Université de Namur rue J. Grafé 1, B-5000 Namur Salle du Conseil – 6e étage

Programme :

9h : accueil des participants

9h30 : Camille Prost (Lille 3) : « L’ontologie du quatuor à cordes » Répondant : Edoardo Lamedica (ULg)

10h30 : Matthieu Guillermin (UCL), : ‘When pragmatism meets realism: a Putmanian attempt at scientific grounding’ Répondant : Philippe Kitenge (UCL)

11h30 : Loris Notturni (ULg), « Illusion de l’objectivité, subjectivité de l’illusion : perspective anthropologique depuis Kant et Winnicott »

Répondant : Benjamin Descotes-Genon (Lille 3)


13h30 : Svetlana Sholokhova (UCL), « La crise psychotique et la crise de la subjectivité : l’approche phénoménologique » Répondant : Stéphane Zygart (Lille 3)

14h30 : Tim Meijers (UCL), ‘Liberal Theories of Justice and the Creation of new Lives’

Répondant : Camille Prost (Lille 3)

15h30 : Miriam Barrera Contreras (UCL), « Reconnaissance et interculturalité. Penser la reconnaissance autrement » Répondant : Justine Balibar (Lille 3)


Françoise Dastur (Archives Husserl), FUSL, 17-18 mars

13 mars 2014

L’Ecole des sciences philosophiques et religieuses aura l’honneur de recevoir, la semaine prochaine, Mme Françoise Dastur (Archives Husserl, Paris) pour la chaire de philosophie qu’elle a intitulée « Figures du néant et de la négation ». L’horaire de cette chaire est le suivant : lundi 17 mars, de 9h30 à 12h30 et de 14 h à 17 h ; mardi 18 mars de 9h30 à 12h30 et de 14 h à 17 h.

Programme complet des chaires de philosophie de l’année 2013-2014, où figure notamment la présentation détaillée de la chaire de Mme Dastur : Chaires de philosophie 2013_2014
La participation à cette chaire est libre et gratuite.

Conférence SBP : Didier Franck, « Le fil conducteur », ULB, 17/03

13 mars 2014

La prochaine conférence de la Société belge de philosophie pour l’année académique 2013-2014, en partenariat avec l’Institut des Hautes Études de Belgique, aura lieu le lundi 17 mars prochain à 19h à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, salle Baugniet (44 av. Jeanne, 1050 Bruxelles). Didier Franck (Université de Paris X-Nanterre) y fera un exposé intitulé : « Le fil conducteur ».

Séminaire Sextant, Genre et sexualité à l’ULB

13 mars 2014

Prochain séminaire : Sophie Van der Dussen (Metices), « La situation des femmes politiques en Belgique » : le 24/03, de 12h30 à 14h, Salle Doucy (Bât. S, 12ème étage). Avenue Jeanne, 44

Toutes les dates :  Séminaire Sextant

Open invitation: first meeting of Collective Concerns

13 mars 2014

Part and parcel of the depoliticization that has spread across the globe with the rise of neoliberalism, is the growing isolation within which both activists and academics are forced to think, work and act. The global protests between 2011 and 2013 demonstrated that activists and an all-too-often marginalized group on academics share many of the expressed collective concerns (e.g. attack on public spaces and the right to protest, injustice of austerity policies etc.). It is for this reason that we feel it is necessary to bridge this growing gap between activists, policy makers and academics in Belgium as a means to articulate our collective criticism, concerns and to consider what possibility there is for coordinated actions. We would like to propose to bring all those interested together, meeting approximately once a month in different Belgian cities (based on where we can find free and suitable spaces to gather), in an informal setting, and to discuss some of these collective concerns using both the resources of activists and academics, praxis and theory. A first list of proposed topics includes: feminism, queer theory, commons, neo-liberalism, data mining, racism etc. (topics to be selected by participants at previous gatherings). In order to include non-Dutch or non-French speaking academics and activists, we propose to speak in English but are open to other possibilities of being inclusive and accommodating.


Our first meeting will take place next Friday (March 21st) in Brussels. Point of departure will be a text written and introduced by Thomas Decreus, Markt versus democratie. Among the possible topics to be discussed are: Does it still make sense to analyze politics in terms of left versus right? On top of that, can these concepts still be used to mobilize ‘the masses’? Remarkably, some of the recent protest movements (Indignados, Occupy) refuse to call themselves left or right. Rather, they identify with the people or the multitude as such. In this discussion, we will explore the possibilities of an emancipatory (leftist) project in the 21st century.


We warmly invite you to join the discussion. We will meet start the discussion at  8.30pm, feel free to join our pot luck dinner before, starting at 7pm. We highly appreciate it if you let us know if you will attend, either by RSVP-ing to the facebook event or by email at  The reading will be provided in Dutch, contact us if this is any hindrance to you. The language of the evening will depend on the attendants, aiming to provide a safe environment in which all feel free to express themselves.


Practical information

Where: Henri Marichalstraat 14 (bus 95, stop ‘Delporte’  or 5 minutes by feet from Etterbeek station)
When: Friday 21st of March
What time: 7.00pm pot luck dinner (bring your own food)

8.30pm start discussion

Reading: Thomas Decreus, ‘Markt versus democratie’
RSVP: facebook email via



Liesbeth Schoonheim I PhD fellow I RIPPLE – KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy

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