The Meaning of Life: A Journey to the Origins of WorldsDavor Löffler
School of Materialist Research (Online Promotional Seminars, June)—All lectures will take place at 18:30 CET
- Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Skopje
- Center for Philosophical Technologies at Arizona State University
- Critical Inquiry Lab at the Design Academy Eindhoven
- Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics at TU Wien
The School of Materialist Research is proud to present its (free) promotional seminars for the month of June, 2021. Davor Löffler will present his lecture: “The Meaning of Life: A Journey to the Origins of Worlds” on June 29, 2021 at 18:30 CET, as part of a cluster entitled “Mathematics, Complexity, and the Limits of Algorithmic Ontologies.” This talk will investigate the potentials of a re-embedding of the present within the larger process of the evolution of life, culture, technology, and mind. By radicalizing the material perspective on existence and becoming, we will find, Löffler argues, that the past phase of metaphysical void and contingency was itself a meaningful, logical period in history, which then may be understood as a transition period between two worlds.
Davor Löffler is a lecturer in History of Knowledge at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany, and lecturer for theory of Globalization and Futurology at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Basel. He studied Sociology and Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin where he earned his PhD in Sociology with an interdisciplinary thesis on the history of abstraction and the current shift of social structures, cognition and cosmology in the transition to the Planetary Civilization. Previously he worked as lecturer in Sociology and Philosophy at the BTK University of Art and Design, Berlin, and at The New Centre for Research and Practice. He collaborated in various interdisciplinary settings such as in AI-research at the Mind Machine Project at the MIT in Cambridge, the “Interacting Minds Center”, Aarhus, Denmark, and the “Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans” Group at the Institute of Prehistory, Tübingen, Germany. His main research interest is on how to accelerate a system transition towards a more sustainable and just form of civilization.
The School of Materialist Research (SMR) is an informal graduate and post-doc level program that offers seminars and workshops that address the materialisms running through contemporary science, philosophy, art, mathematics, design, architecture, and politics. SMR is an international platform, founded by the Center for Philosophical Technologies at Arizona State University, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje, Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics at TU Wien and the Critical Inquiry Lab at the Design Academy Eindhoven that functions as a global online school combining education, research, and mentorship to advance academic study at the intersection the Social Sciences and Humanities and the STEM sciences. Two more institutions from Europe are expected to join the platform in the upcoming months. The Spring and Summer Sessions are offered for free and open to the public serving as promotional events that illustrate the programmatic commitment and style of work offered by the School for Materialist Research. Some of the confirmed speakers in the Spring/Summer series of seminars include: Paul Cockshott, Greg Michaelson, Ray Brassier, Anne-Françoise Schmid, John Ó Maoilearca, Giuseppe Longo, Agon Hamza, Adam Nocek, Katerina Kolozova, Vera Buhlman, Iris van der Tuin and many many more.
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