Dr Luciana Parisi

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PositionReader/Convenor of PhD Cultural Studies
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Dr Luciana Parisi

Luciana Parisi is Reader in Cultural Theory, Chair of the PhD programme at the Centre for Cultural Studies, and co-director of the Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths University of London. Her research draws on continental philosophy to investigate  ontological and epistemological transformations driven by the function of technology in culture, aesthetics and politics. Her writing aims to develop a naturalistic approach to thinking and technology. She is interested in cybernetics, information theory and computation, complexity and evolutionary theories. Her writing addresses the technocapitalist investment in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology. She has written extensively within the field of Media Philosophy and Computational Design. In 2004, she published 'Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire' (Continuum Press). In 2013, she published 'Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space' (MIT Press). She is currently researching the history of automation and the philosophical consequences of logical thinking in machines.

She holds a Ph.D (Philosophy) from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK


Critical Theory: Digital Culture, Media Philosophy, Aesthetics, Cultural Theory. 

Area of Supervision

Continental Philosophy (especially Leibniz, Spinoza, Whitehead, Peirce, Deleuze) Philosophy of Technology (including cybernetics, computational logic, complexity theory, AI, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology)
Feminist Philosophy (philosophy of difference and philosophy of gender), Digital Media and Computational Culture, Political Theory. 

Recent publications

2016 Parisi L. Philosophy and General Automation (manuscript in preparation)
2016 Parisi, L. “Philosophy and Computation” in Special Issue on Posthumanities, Theory, Culture and Society, eds. Fuller M., and Braidotti R. (in preparation)
2015 “After Nature: the Dynamic Automation of Technical Objects”, in Inhuman Rites and Posthumous Life, ‪Jami Weinstein and Claire Colebrook eds, Columbia University Press (forthcoming)
2015 “Computational Logic and Ecological Rationality”, in On General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm in the Neocybernetic Era, Erich Horl eds, Fordham University Press (forthcoming).
2015 Parisi, L. “Critical Computation: Digital Automata and General Artificial Intelligence” in Special Issue on Algorithms and Security, Amoore L. (eds) Theory, Culture and Society.



2015 “Mediation and Technological Abstraction.” The Terms of Media, Department of Modern Culture and Media, cosponsored by Brown and the Digital Cultures Research Lab (Leuphana University, Germany), Brown University, US.

2015 “Critical Theory and Automation” Algorithmic Cultures and Security Symposium, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht, NL

2015 “ The Automated Logic of Sexual Difference”, two-days Symposium Hacking Feminism, organized by the Centre for Transformative Media (Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology) and co-sponsored by CTM, The Graduate Center  (CUNY) and Punctum Books, New York, US. 

2015 “Critical Computation: digital philosophy and General Artificial Intelligence” Thinking with Algorithms, two-days ESRC project workshop Securing Against Future Events (SaFE): Pre-emption, Protocols and Publics, Department of Geography, 
Durham University.

2015 “Data Logic in Computational Design” Axiomatics / Problematics Seminar SeriesBartlett School of Architecture, London.

2014 “Automated Cognition and Capital” The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism, organized by Visual Cultures Goldsmiths College, Fri May 23 and Sat 24, 2014

2014 "Mereotopology of Events" keynote at the two-day conference The Hydra Project. Morphology, topology, and artifice: cartographical aesthetics and sustainability, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2014 "Artificial Intelligence and High Frequency Trading”, Seminar Lectures Series on Crowd Dynamics and Financial Markets Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

2013 "Beyond the Horizon: Complex Dynamics in Technical Objects" workshop on Simondon and Digital Culture, Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, Lüneburg, Germany.

2013 "Materialism in Computational Architecture" Architectural Symposium Proto/e/co/logics 003SUPER-SEEDING, Istria-Croatia.

2013 "Abstract Form: Gender and Design" Seminar Series on Gender and Technologies, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany . 2013 "Digital Automation and Affect" International Symposium The Timing of Affect, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany.

2012 “Algorithmic Matrix and Automated Thought”, New Media Lecture Series, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

2012 “Algorithmic Architecture and the Aesthetics of Control”, keynote speaker at The Life of Things Seminar, Center for Humanities and The Center for Women and Society, CUNY, NewYork, U.S.

2012 “The Speculative Reason of Algorithmic Objects”, keynote speaker at Signal: Noise II, The Showroom Gallery, London

2011 “Algorithmic Architecture and Computational Aesthetics”, keynote speaker at Lost in Space, Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, UCL and Centre for Evolutionary Computing, UEL, London

2010 “Soft Thought in Architecture and Choreography”, keynote speaker (with S. Portanova) at 'A Billion Gadget Minds: Thinking Widgets, Data and Workflow'. Computational Culture Journal conference, The Swedenborg Society, London

2009 “Algorithmic Sex and Evolution”, keynote speaker at 'The Sexes of Evolution: Continental Philosophy, Feminist Theory, and Evolutionary Theory', The Spiendel Philosophy Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis, U.S.

2009 “Abstract Spatium: Deleuze and Whitehead via Algorithmic Architecture”, keynote speaker at 'Connect-Deleuze International Conference', University of Cologne, Germany




Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics and Space
Parisi, Luciana. 2013. Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics and Space. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262018630

Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire
Parisi, Luciana. 2004. Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire. Continuum Press. ISBN 9780826469892

Edited Journal

“Introduction: The Becoming Topological of Culture”
Parisi, Luciana; Lury, Celia and Terranova, Tiziana, eds. 2012. “Introduction: The Becoming Topological of Culture”.

Book Section

Do Algorithms have fun?
Parisi, Luciana and Fazi, Maria-Beatrice. 2016. Do Algorithms have fun? In: Olga Goriunova, ed. Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Paradox and Pain in Computing. USA: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1501318283

Cutting Away from Smooth Space Alfred North Whitehead's Extensive Continuum in Parametric Software
Parisi, Luciana. 2014. Cutting Away from Smooth Space Alfred North Whitehead's Extensive Continuum in Parametric Software. In: A J Nocek and Nicholas Gaskill, eds. The Lure of Whitehead. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0816679966

Affect and Automation
Parisi, Luciana. 2014. Affect and Automation. In: Marie-luise Angerer; Bernd Bosel and Michaela Ott, eds. Timing of Affect - Epistemologies of Affection. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-3037346693

Speculation: a Method for the Unattainable
Parisi, Luciana. 2013. Speculation: a Method for the Unattainable. In: Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford, eds. Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social. London: Routledge, pp. 232-244. ISBN 978-0415721103

Nanoarchitectures: the Arrival of Synthetic Extensions and Thoughts
Parisi, Luciana. 2012. Nanoarchitectures: the Arrival of Synthetic Extensions and Thoughts. In: Athina Karatzogianni and Adi Kuntsman, eds. Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 33-51. ISBN 978-0230296589

Algorithmic Architecture
Parisi, Luciana. 2012. Algorithmic Architecture. In: C Wiedemann and S Zehle, eds. in Depletion Design: a Glossary of Network Technologies. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, pp. 7-10.

Mnemonic Control
Parisi, Luciana and Goodman, Steve. 2011. Mnemonic Control. In: Patricia Ticineto Clough and Craig Willse, eds. Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death. Durham. NC: Duke University Press, pp. 163-176. ISBN 978-0-8223-5017-0

Machines of Memory
Parisi, Luciana. 2010. Machines of Memory. In: Erica Apfelbaum; Sally A. Alexander; Amanda Barnier; Felicity Callard; Howard Caygill; Mary Carruthers; Annie Coombes; Stephan Feuchtwang; Susannah Radstone and Bill Schwarz, eds. Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. Fordham University Press, pp. 343-363. ISBN 978-0823232604

The Adventures of A Sex
Parisi, Luciana. 2009. The Adventures of A Sex. In: Chrysanthi Nigianni; Merl Storr; Claire Colebrook and Ian Buchanan, eds. Deleuze and Queer Theory. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 72-91. ISBN 978-0748634057

Technoecologies of Sensation
Parisi, Luciana. 2009. Technoecologies of Sensation. In: Bernd Herzogenrath, ed. Deleuze/Guattari & Ecology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Schol, pp. 182-1999. ISBN 978-0230527447

The Nanoengineering of Desire
Parisi, Luciana. 2008. The Nanoengineering of Desire. In: Noreen Giffney and Myra J Hird, eds. Queering the Non/Human. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 283-311. ISBN 978-0754671282

Die Nanogestaltung des Begehrens
Parisi, Luciana. 2008. Die Nanogestaltung des Begehrens. In: Marie-Luise Angerer and Christiane König, eds. Gender Goes Life. Die Lebenswissenschaften Als Herausforderung Für Die Gender Studies. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, pp. 63-92. ISBN 978-3899428322

Virtual matter in bioinformatic capitalism
Parisi, Luciana. 2005. Virtual matter in bioinformatic capitalism. In: Corinna Bath; Yvonne Bauer; Bettina Bock von Wuelfingen; Angelika Saupe and Jutta Weber, eds. Materialität denken: Studien zur technologischen Verkörperung – Hybride Artefakte, posthumane Körper. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 117-140. ISBN 3899423364


Digital Design and Topological Control
Parisi, Luciana. 2012. Digital Design and Topological Control. Theory, Culture & Society, 29(4-5), pp. 165-192. ISSN 0263-2764

Soft Thought in Architecture and Choreography
Parisi, Luciana and Portanova, Stamatia. 2012. Soft Thought in Architecture and Choreography. Computational Culture. A Journal of Software Studies, 1,

Event and Evolution
Parisi, Luciana. 2010. Event and Evolution. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 48(s1), pp. 147-164.

An archigenesis of experience
Parisi, Luciana. 2009. An archigenesis of experience. Australian Feminist Studies ISSN online 1465-3303, 24(59), pp. 39-51. ISSN 0816-4649

Symbiotic Architecture: Prehending Digitality
Parisi, Luciana. 2009. Symbiotic Architecture: Prehending Digitality. Theory, Culture & Society, 26(2-3), pp. 346-374. ISSN 0263-2764

Extensive Continuum Towards a Rhythmic Anarchitecture
Parisi, Luciana and Goodman, Steve. 2009. Extensive Continuum Towards a Rhythmic Anarchitecture. Inflexions, 2,

Biotech: life by contagion
Parisi, Luciana. 2007. Biotech: life by contagion. Theory Culture & Society, 24(6), pp. 29-52. ISSN 02632764

The Affect of Nanoterror
Parisi, Luciana and Goodman, Steve. 2005. The Affect of Nanoterror. Culture Machine, 7,

Information trading and symbiotic micropolitics
Parisi, Luciana. 2004. Information trading and symbiotic micropolitics. Social Text, 22(3 80), pp. 25-51. ISSN 01642472

For a Schizogenesis of Sexual Difference
Parisi, Luciana. 2004. For a Schizogenesis of Sexual Difference. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 3(1), pp. 67-93.

A Matter of Affect: Videogames and the Cybernetic Rewiring of Vision
Parisi, Luciana and Terranova, Tiziana. 2001. A Matter of Affect: Videogames and the Cybernetic Rewiring of Vision. Parallax, 7(4), pp. 122-127. ISSN 1353-4645