Suzana Alpsancar studied Philosophy, Linguistics and History in Chemnitz and Alicante. From 2007 to 2010, she served as a member of the DFG-funded interdisciplinary Research Training Group ‘Topology of Technology’ on a doctoral-stipend in TU Darmstadt. In 2010, she completed her PhD there. Alpsancar's dissertation critically reconstructed the technical visions of Vilém Flusser and Mark Weiser (Ubicomp). After her dissertation, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Darmstadt.
During her postdoc, Alpsancar served as a Visiting Fellow at Yale University under Prof. Dr. Seyla Benhabib und Prof. Dr. Karsten Harries. Alpsancar also, during this period, worked on a BMBF-funded Cooperated Research Project ‘The Language of Biofacts’ („Die Sprache der Biofakte“) at TU Braunschweig in Brunswick, and a BMBF Project ‘Developing the Interdisciplinary’ („KIVA VI: Entwicklung Interdisziplinarität“) at Darmstadt.
From October 2016 to September 2018, Alpsancar led courses as a Visiting Professor for ‘Philosophy of Technology’ at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. In October 2018, Alpsancar joined the Team of Technoscience Studies as an Assistant Professor.
Since 2008, Alpsancar has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy for students from various disciplines. She has taught in Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Witten/Herdecke, Brunswick and Cottbus. In addition to basic courses, she focuses on the normative reflection of technical, and especially digital, challenges. Her research interests include the history and theory of technological determinism, ethics of technology and the history and theory of technology assessment.
Jun. Prof. Dr. Suzana Alpsancar
Applied Ethics, Philosophy and Ethics of Technology, particularly of digital worlds, Technology Assessment
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Tel.: +49 5251 602432
Technology as Epistemic Culture
- Computerization of Cultures of Knowledge
- History and Theory of Technological Determinism
- Ethics and Politics of Technoscientific Developments
(e.g. Ubiquitous Computing, Ambient-Assisted-Living, Self-Driving-Cars)
- Theory and History of Technology Assesment
- Computing-Visions (esp. Vilém Flusser, Mark Weiser)
Dr. phil. Baruch Gottlieb, trained as a filmmaker at Concordia University Montreal, has a doctorate in digital aesthetics from the University of Arts Berlin. From 2005-2008 he was professor of Media Art at Yonsei University Graduate School for Communication and Arts in Seoul, Korea. He is active member of the Telekommunisten artist collective and author of ‘Gratitude for Technology’ (Atropos 2009), ‘A Political Economy of the Smallest Things’ (Atropos 2016), and ‘Digital Materialism’ (Emerald 2018) he currently lectures in philosophy of digital art at the University of Arts Berlin.
He is curator of the touring exhibition series ‘Flusser and the Arts’ based on the philosophical writings of Vilém Flusser, which has been presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe, AdK Berlin, West den Haag and GAMU Prague and ‘FEEDBACK: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts’ which has been presented at West den Haag and 34th Chaos Communication Congress, Leipzig, Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Detroit/Windsor, with further instances in Paris, and Toronto. He writes extensively on digital media, digital archiving, generative and interactive processes, digital media for public space and on social and political aspects of networked media. Beside his work in Cottbus he lectures in digital aesthetics at UdK Berlin and at HfG Karlsruhe and is artistic researcher at West Den Haag.
Dr. phil. Baruch Gottlieb
University of Art (UdK), Berlin
curator | special projects
West Den Haag
c: +49 176 6682 8195
Only by appointment
Dr. Chunglin Kwa worked as a lecturer and researcher of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam. He was faculty fellow at Harvard University, 1999–2000. Being part of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, his work has focused on the history of ecology and on the general history of science. During his PhD studies, he researched and published about the history of US systems ecology.
Chunglin Kwa’s research activities deal with vizualizing landscapes, as well as global change, inderdisciplinarity and postmodernity from a scientific perspective. He is the author of “Styles of Knowing: A History of Science from Ancient Times to the Present” (Pittsburgh 2011), “What is truth?” (Amsterdam 2018), and several other scientific papers, publications and journal articles about epistemology and history of landscapes.
Cheryce von Xylander is an American scientist who has worked worked in the USA, England, France, Australia and Russia. She studied ‘Symbolic Systems’ at Stanford University, an internationally renowned and transdisciplinary programme with a focus on artificial intelligence. The Bachelor of Science programme also included Logic, Software Engineering, Cognitive Linguistics and ‘Philosophy of Mind’.
Von Xylander thereafter studied History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Chicago, where she earned her Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. respectively. Cheryce von Xylander subsequently worked in Munich as a research associate at the Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik and at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences, as well as for the History of Science and Educational Research in Berlin. Before she began her work at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in the field of General Technology Research, she taught philosophy at TU Darmstadt and held the ‘Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professorship’ at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Institute for Art and Image History.
Her interdisciplinary research interests include Immanuel Kant, or particularly how he is received globally and his contemporary relevance as an Enlightenment philosopher. In addition, she sees herself as an Internet philosopher dedicated to the transformation of culture and society on the basis of its comprehensive digitalization.
Cheryce von Xylander is currently a visiting professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg in the Faculty of Cultural Sciences of the Institute for Philosophy and Art Studies.
Dr. Cheryce von Xylander
Universitätsallee 1, C5.402
- Kant’s Cognitive Paradigm and its Digital Realisation
- Heuristical Techniques
- Cultural Dispositions and Anthropomorphic Education according to Kant
- Digital Anthropology and Digital Curating
- Modern and Contemporary Art