Italy, Acquapendente

The Political Anthropology of Artificial Creation: Technology in Politics, in Economics and in Art

when 27 June 2015 - 4 July 2015
duration 1 week

The theme of our 2015 Summer School is technology, understood as a modality of ‘artificial creation’. The central aim is to problematize the taken for granted character of technology, most of the time considered as merely the main engine of economic growth and social progress. Indeed, in modern times, many social issues are merely considered 'technical issues', that is, matters of utility or functionality, devoid of any moral or political content, which indicates the extent to which technological thinking predominates in our world. The Summer School will rather turn attention to the problem that ‘artificial creation’ represents for the integrity of beings, as the precondition of artificial change and technological growth is the prior destruction of the authentic integrity of entities, whether inorganic or living, vegetative, animal or human.

Course leader

Dr. Agnes Horvath

Target group

Postgraduate Students of anthropologically-related disciplines or where relevance to post-graduate, phd research is evident.

Course aim

The central aim is to problematize the taken for granted character of technology, most of the time considered as merely the main engine of economic growth and social progress.

Fee info

EUR 0: There is no summer school fee only to ensure you can sustain yourself financially for the duration including transport, food and sundries with a suggested donation of 10 euro per night for accommodation.
EUR 0: Bring a sleeping bag.