After Kittler: On the Cultural Techniques of Recent German Media Theory

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This paper offers a brief introduction and interpretation of recent research on cultural techniques (or Kulturtechnikforschung) in German media studies. The analysis considers three sites of conceptual dislocations that have shaped the development and legacy of media research often associated with theorist Friedrich Kittler: first,the displacement of 1980s and 1990s Kittlerian media theory towards a more praxeological style of analysis in the early 2000s; second, the philological background that allowed the antiquated German appellation for agricultural engineering,Kulturtechniken, to migrate into media and cultural studies; and third, the role of these conceptual dislocations in enriching media-genealogical inquiries into topics such as life, biopolitics, and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-82
JournalTheory, Culture & Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • media theory
  • German media theory
  • media archaeology
  • Friedrich Kittler
  • cultural techniques
  • Kulturtechniken


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