Urs Gasser in conversation with Andreas Reckwitz
Beginn 12:00 Uhr, Ende 13:00 Uhr
Join us for a featured author series hosted by Berkman Klein Center Executive Director Urs Gasser and Andreas Reckwitz for an in-depth conversation about big topics and issues from his book, The Society of Singularities (Die Gesellschaft der Singularitäten). This event is being hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and Thomas Mann House, Los Angeles.
The culture of Western late-modernity is not that of industrial modernity any more: To a high degree it is centered around the fabrication of singularities, i.e. of entities like objects, subjects, places, events and collectivities which are grasped as unique and particular. Attention, valorization and affect is given to the apparently unique, not to the standardized. There is a paradoxical social logic of singularization taking place embracing cultural capitalism, media technologies, life-styles and politics. What are the causes, patterns and consequences of this society of singularities? It turns out that as soon as singularizations are the focus of wide-ranging social patterns they tend to asymmetries and polarizations which are characteristic of the late-modern present.