Media Ecology and Cognition: The Humanities and the Digital

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The long history of human biological and cultural co-evolution has been, in its entirety, a history of the composition between the human and the non-human, a history of interactions and media- tions between the physical, biological, technological and symbolic dimensions of existence.The full recognition of this reality dictates the need for an extended ecological thinking that also imposes on the humanities. Their contribution to a general ecology is, in fact, crucial, as the latter cannot do without a critique of the Anthropos’s spiritual and cognitive primordiality and his exter- nalization in modes of perceiving, thinking and acting upon the world. Media studies have been central to this critique and to the post-human epistemology that emerged, in particular, through digital culture. Ecological thinking thus requires a cognitive ecol- ogy which, in turn, constitutes itself as a critique of mediation, increasingly necessary, as both cognition and existence are now permeated by informationalization, computation and algorithmic governance, forming a planetary scale digital environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the European Humanities Conference, 5-7 May 2021
EditorsLuiz Oosterbeek, Braidotti Rosi, Henrique Leitão, Rosário Costa
Place of PublicationMação
PublisherInstituto Terra e Memória
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-989-35056-0-1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventEuropean Humanities Conference 2021 - F.C.Gulbenkian, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 5 May 20217 May 2021

Publication series

NameARKEOS – Perspetivas em Diálogo


ConferenceEuropean Humanities Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleEHC 2021
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  • Digital Ecology
  • Cognition
  • Humanities


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