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Collectivity and the Digital in French Thought and Culture


Edited By Susie Cronin, Sofia Ropek Hewson and Cillian Ó Fathaigh

The relation between the digital and the collective has become an urgent contemporary question. These collected essays explore the implications of this relation, around the theme of #NousSommes. This hashtag marks the point where the «personal» modalities of social media have become embroiled in collective expressions of unity, solidarity and resistance. As this volume demonstrates, the impact of this cannot be isolated to the internet, but affect philosophy, literature, cinema, politics and the public space itself. The contributors approach the issue of #NousSommes from a diverse range of disciplines and methodologies, bringing out both the continuity and discontinuity with other forms of collective expression. Important contemporary philosophers such as Nancy, Derrida and Deleuze are engaged here, as are issues of ecology, community, automation, postcolonial identity and addiction. Featuring eight academic essays and an interview, this volume testifies to the importance of French philosophy and culture in understanding the digital and the collective today.

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benoît le bouteiller a été éducateur, chef de service et directeur de plusieurs établissements sociaux et médicaux sociaux en France. Il est aujourd’hui psychanalyste au Brésil.

marie chabbert is an AHRC doctoral candidate and stipendiary lecturer at the University of Oxford. Her thesis, which focuses on the work of Georges Bataille, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze and Jean-Luc Nancy, is entitled ‘Faithful Deicides: Contemporary French Thought and Religion After the Death of God’. Her recent publications include chapters in monographs published by Routledge, Peter Lang and Les Presses Universitaires de Nanterre. She is also co-editing a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities and a Routledge monograph on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy.

jack coopey is a PhD German candidate at Durham University. His doctoral work concerns the concept of totality from Kant to Derrida (2016–2019) in Fredric Jameson, supervised by Gerald Moore. He read English Literature and History at the University of Leicester (2012–2015). While there, he worked with Ian Harris on a dissertation on Locke and the State of Nature, which consolidated his interest in the philosophy of history and literature. After his bachelor’s degree, he undertook a Master’s of Letters in Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews (2015–2016), working with Caroline Humfress on essays concerning Derrida, Badiou’s and Nietzsche’s Saint Paul, and a master’s thesis on Foucault in the Collège de France lectures.

martin crowley is Reader in Modern...

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