Mark B. N. Hansen

Durham , NC
United States
North Carolina US
United States
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Short biography: 

Mark B. N. Hansen is a Professor and Director of undergraduate studies at the Duke University program of literature. His areas of research are Cultural Theory and Media Studies, Philosophy of New Media, Phenomenology and Cognitive Science.

Author research statement:

"Over the past decade I have sought in my research, writing and teaching to theorize the role played by technology in human agency and social life. In work that ranges across a host of disciplines, including literary studies, film and media, philosophy (particularly phenomenology), science studies, and cognitive neuroscience, I have explored the meaning of the relentless technological exteriorization that characterizes the human as a form of life and have paid particular attention to the key role played by visual art and literature in brokering cultural adaptation to technology from the industrial revolution to the digital revolution.

 My recent work has focused on the experiential significance of the revolution in computation that has transformed the architecture of knowledge in academe and in culture more broadly. As I understand it, the computational revolution is altering the infrastructure of our lifeworld profoundly and thereby changing what it means to be human and also what is involved in practicing the humanities today. I believe that the humanities must embrace technology and that humanists must enter full-scale into the informatics revolution by, for example, contesting the meaning and value of information and rethinking what it means to be human in a realtime, digitally-networked, global world in which we often cognize in concert with intelligent machines"

(Source: author webpage)

Critical writing by this author:

Title Publication Type Publisher Year
Bodies in Code Book (monograph) - print Routledge 2006

Editorial work:

Title Year Publisher
Memory 2010
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