Professor of Literature
- Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670
101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
- Phone: (919) 668-4896
Over the past decade I have sought in my research, writing and teaching to theorize the role played by technology in human agency and social life. In work that ranges across a host of disciplines, including literary studies, film and media, philosophy (particularly phenomenology), science studies, and cognitive neuroscience, I have explored the meaning of the relentless technological exteriorization that characterizes the human as a form of life and have paid particular attention to the key role played by visual art and literature in brokering cultural adaptation to technology from the industrial revolution to the digital revolution.
My recent work has focused on the experiential significance of the revolution in computation that has transformed the architecture of knowledge in academe and in culture more broadly. As I understand it, the computational revolution is altering the infrastructure of our lifeworld profoundly and thereby changing what it means to be human and also what is involved in practicing the humanities today. I believe that the humanities must embrace technology and that humanists must enter full-scale into the informatics revolution by, for example, contesting the meaning and value of information and rethinking what it means to be human in a realtime, digitally-networked, global world in which we often cognize in concert with intelligent machines.
My first book, Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing, set the agenda for my research by asking what is left out when literary and cultural theorists turn their attention to technology. My answer, to put it schematically, is experience: by variously taking technology as a formalizable object - as, say, a figure for the operation of language, for the structure of the text, or for the vicissitudes of the psyche - theorists simply overlook the non-representational, experiential, and massively diffuse impact of technologies on social and cultural life. My effort to grapple with this diffuse impact has led me to focus on media technologies and, in particular, on the contemporary digital media revolution. I have done this in two books, New Philosophy for New Media and Bodies in Code, both devoted methodologically to a practice of experiencing the theoretical and technical significance of the digital revolution through the work of practicing new media artists, architects, and literary authors. In both of these studies, and in my work generally, I proceed from actual engagements with cultural artifacts and processes to theorization that draws together 20th century phenomenology, recent cognitive (neuro)science, and (neo-) cybernetic discourses.
My current work expands the scope of my research by focusing directly on the coupling of the human and the technical that has characterized the human since its inception. In a study of time and media, I seek to update German philosopher Edmund Husserl's model of time-consciousness in order to address the massive technical inscription of time in our world today. If our experience of selfhood is a function of self-affection by time (as Husserl argues), how is this experience impacted when time becomes mediated by computational processes that occur at scales far beneath what our senses can experience? I explore this critical nexus of self-affection and technical time across various registers, ranging from the intensive times of textual processing in 20th-21st century experimental writing and digital poetics to the evolutionary dynamics of human technogenesis. Having recently spent a year in Beijing, China, I have also become interested in expanding my work to address the very different experience and tradition of time in the East, especially as it impacts practices involving media, art, and the internet, in the context of contemporary globalization.
Ph.D., University of California at Irvine 1994
M.A., University of California at Irvine 1989
B.A., New York University 1987
Awards and Honors
IKKM. Unknown., 2013
Senior Scholar, Visiting Lecturer. Fulbright Commission, Senior Specialist Program., 2012
Arts Council Funding. Duke University-Arts Council., 2009
FHI Faculty Fellowship. Duke University, FHI., 2009
Traditional Fulbright Scholarship. Council for International Exchange of Scholars., 2006
- Sound's Futurity. November 28, 2013
- Feed-Forward. November 8, 2013
- Media Futures: Mediatheoretical Mathematics in Action. November 7, 2013
- Value and Imitation, or Towards a Post-Tardean Theory of Media. July 5, 2013
- Always Totalize! Whitehead's Imperative and the Speculative Phenomenology of Media". June 26, 2013
- Issues in 21st Century Media. June 25, 2013
- From Embodiment to Environment: The Challenge of 21st Century Media. June 24, 2013
- The Artifactuality of Affect. May 31, 2013
- The Ecological Pharmacology of Media. February 28, 2013
- Ecologies of Imitation and Experience. January 13, 2013
- The Politics of Sensibility. December 14, 2012
- The Operational Present of Sensibility. December 13, 2012
- The Imperceptible Image. November 2, 2012
- Sensibility’s Present, or Can Consciousness Think 21st Century Media?. October 23, 2012
- The Operational Present of Sensibility, Part I. September 28, 2012
- Can Consciousness Think 21st Century Media?. July 28, 2012
- Workshop on "Ubiquitous Sensibility". July 6, 2012
- The End of Pharmacology?: Historicizing 21st Century Media. July 3, 2012
- Feed-Forward, or, The Future of 21st Century Media. July 2, 2012
- Against Clairvoyance: The Future of 21st Century Media. May 4, 2012
- Worldly Sensibility and the Vibratory Continuum: Thinking 21st Century Media with A. N. Whitehead. April 9, 2012
- The Biometric Selection Engine. February 7, 2012
- Feed Forward: The Future of 21st Century Media. November 10, 2011
- Real Potentiality, Predictive Analytics, and the Environmental Turn in 21st Century Media. November 9, 2011
- Data and Experience in 21st Century Media. April 20, 2011
- 21st Century Media. April 15, 2011
- Speculative Phenomenology, or 21st Century Media from a Radically Environmental Perspective. March 5, 2011
- Common Sense. February 11, 2011
- Delimination of Life - Affective Bodies and Biomedia. February 5, 2011
- Speculative Phenomenology (Whitehead and 21st Century Media). November 8, 2010
- Data and Experience in 21st Century Media. October 29, 2010
- Embodiment and the Real. October 1, 2010
- On the Problem of Creativity in a Mediated World. September 25, 2010
- Recording (for) the Emergent Future, or Data and Experience in 21st Century Media. September 24, 2010
- Originary Environmental Sensibility, or Technical Invention and the Operational Blindness of Psychic Individualization. May 28, 2010
- Media and Sensation. April 15, 2010
- Ubiquitous Sensation. March 30, 2010
- Workshop Discussion of my paper, “System-Environment Hybrids”. March 26, 2010
- Ubiquitous Computing as Environmental Agency, or Towards a Post-Phenomenology of Microtemporal Sensation. March 25, 2010
- Microtemporality of Embodiment. March 19, 2010
- Roundtable on the Material and the Code. February 27, 2010
- Individuation, Disindividuation, Resistance, Refusal. February 26, 2010
- Digitizing the Human. February 10, 2010
- Seminar Discussion of my work (focus on cybernetics and biopolitics). February 10, 2010
- Frampton Between Media and Technics. February 6, 2010
- Seminar Discussion of my work (focus on Neocybernetic Emergence). January 28, 2010
- Ubiquitous Sensorium. January 27, 2010
- A Space-Time of Ubiquitous Computation. December 12, 2009
- When is the Subject?: Micro-temporal Networks and Asubjective Fluxes. November 7, 2009
- Behavioral Evolution: How Language and Technologies Make Us Human. November 5, 2009
- Ubiquitous Sensation. October 9, 2009
- Guest Scholar Colloquium. September 18, 2009
- The Autonomy of the Peripheral. September 17, 2009
- Time and Materiality. September 9, 2009
- Time and Image. May 22, 2009
- Digital Media and Transcendental Sensibility. April 1, 2009
- Guest Scholar Colloquium. April 1, 2009
- Digital Media, Transcendental Sensibility and the Problem of Protention. March 24, 2009
- New Media Across Images, Body and Time. March 6, 2009
- Expanding Consciousness of Cognition?. March 4, 2009
- Mind Time, Machine Time: Toward a Postphenomenological Media. November 14, 2008
- Asubjective Retention. November 12, 2008
- Fleshing (out) the Brain. November 7, 2008
- New Media Between Body and Image. September 9, 2008
- Retention Beyond the ‘Temporal Object,’ or What Happens to Time Embodiment in the Age of Digital Technics. September 6, 2008
- Digital Technics Beyond the ‘Last Machine’: Thinking Digital Media with Hollis Frampton. September 4, 2008
- For the time being, or the being and time of today. July 6, 2008
- Is the ‘Digital’ in Digital Cinema the Same as the ‘Digital’ in Digital Media. April 26, 2008
- Living Cosmic Time in the Present. April 4, 2008
- Living (with) Technical Time: From Media Surrogacy to Distributed Cognition. February 28, 2008
Service to the Profession
- Polity Press. 2012
- University of Minnesota Press. 2012
- Manuscript Reviews for Polity Press. January 3, 2011
- Modern Language Association of America. 2010
- Reviewed articles for Theory, Culture and Society. 2010
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies. 2010
- Society for Science, Literature and the Arts. 2010
- University of Minnesota Press. December 18, 2009
- Digital Arts and Culture Conference. December 12, 2009
- Hansen, MBN. (2017, February). Bernard Stiegler, Philosopher of Desire?. boundary 2, 44 (1), 167-190.
- Hansen, MBN. (2014, January 1). The operational present of sensibility. Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, 24 (47), 38-53. (Review)
- Hansen, MBN, & Hörl, E. (2013). Medienästhetik: Einleitung in den Schwerpunkt. Zeitschrift fuer Medienwissenschaft, 8, 10-17.
- Hansen, MBN. (2012). Technics Beyond the Temporal Object. New Formations, 44-62.
- Hansen, MBN. (2012). Foucault and Media: A Missed Encounter?. SAQ: The South Atlantic Quarterly.
- Hansen, MBN. (2012). Engineering Preindividual Potentiality: Technics, Transindividuation, and 21st Century Media. SubStance, 41 (3), 32-59.
- Hansen, MBN, & Clarke, B. (2009). Neocybernetic Emergence: Retuning the Posthuman. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 16 (1-2), 83-99.
- Hansen, MBN, & Hansen, M. (2009). Living (with) Technical Time: From Media Surrogacy to Distributed CognitionLiving (with) Technical Time: From Media Surrogacy to Distributed Cognition. Theory, Culture & Society, 26, 294-315.
- Hansen, MBN. (2009). Time/Shi Jian. Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular.
- Hansen, MBN, Gane, N, & Sale, S. (2007, December). Interview with Friedrich Kittler and Mark Hansen. Theory, Culture & Society, 24 (7-8), 323-329. (Interview)
- Hansen, MBN. (2006, March 1). Media theory. Theory, Culture and Society, 23 (2-3), 291-306.
- Hansen, MBN. (2006). Media Theory. Theory, Culture & Society, 23 (2-3), 297-306.
- Hansen, MBN. (2005). Movement and Memory: Intuition as Virtualization in GPS Art. MLN, 120, 1206-1225.
- Hansen, MBN. (2004, January 1). Digitizing the Racialized Body or The Politics of Universal Address. SubStance, 33 (2), 107-133.
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). The Arche-Technics of Life (Arakawa and Gins). Interfaces, 21/22, 1, 69-85.
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). The Digital Topography of Mark Z. Danielewski’s "House of Leaves". Comporary Literature XLV, 4, 597-636.
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). Communication as Interface or Information Exchange?: A Reply to Richard Rushton. Journal of Visual Culture, 3 (3), 359-366.
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). The Time of Affect, or Bearing Witness to Life. Critical Inquiry, 30, 584-626.
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). 'Real-Time Synthesis' and the Différance of the Body: Technocultural Studies in the Wake of Deconstruction. Culture Machine, 6.
- Hansen, MBN. (2003, August). Affect as Medium, or the `Digital-Facial-Image'. Journal of Visual Culture, 2 (2), 205-228.
- Hansen, MBN. (2003, August). Affect as Interface: Confronting the Digital-Facial Image. Journal of Visual Culture, 2 (2), 205-228.
- Hansen, MBN. (2002). Cinema Beyond Cybernetics, or How to Frame the Digital-Image. Configurations, 10 (1), 51-90.
- Hansen, MBN. (2002). Wearable Space. Configurations, 10 (2), 321-370.
- Hansen, MBN. (2002). The Affective Topology of New Media Art. Spectator, 40-70.
- Hansen, MBN. (2001, March). Internal Resonance, or Three Steps Towards a Non-Viral Becoming. Culture Machine, 3. (Academic Article)
- Hansen, MBN. (2001). Foucault Beyond Deleuze?. In-between, 27-43.
- Hansen, MBN. (2001). The Automation of Vision and the Affective Basis of the Digital-Image. Diacritics, 31 (4), 54-84.
- Hansen, MBN. (2001). Embodying Virtual Reality: Touch and Self-Movement in the Work of Char Davies. Critical Matrix, 112-147.
- Hansen, MBN. (2000, September). Becoming Other as Creative Involution?: Contextualizing Deleuze and Guattari’s Biophilosophy. Postmodern Culture, 11 (1).
- Hansen, MBN. (1997). 'Not thus, after all, would life be given': Technesis, Technology, and the Parody of Romantic Poetics in Frankenstein. Studies in Romanticism, 36 (4), 575-609.
- Hansen, MBN. (2015, December 22). Topology of sensibility. In Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture (pp. 33-47).
- Szabo, V. (2015, July 31). Introduction. (pp. 328-329).
- Hansen, MBN. (2015, April 10). Performance as media affect: The phenomenology of human implication in jordan crandall's gatherings. In Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations (pp. 222-243).
- Griffin, SM, Jameson, F, & James, H. (2015, January 1). Introduction. (pp. 197-198).
- Hansen, MBN. (2015). Our Predictive Condition, or, Prediction in the Wild. In The Non-Human Turn University of Minnesota. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2015). Algorithmic Sensibility. In S Denson and S Leyda (Eds.), Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film Routledge. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2015). Ecologies of Imitation and Experience. In E Hoerl (Ed.), General Ecology of Media Diaphanes. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2014). Technical Repetition and Digital Art, or Why the ‘Digital’ in Digital Cinema is not the ‘Digital’ in Digital Technics. In R Gaafar and M Schulz (Eds.), Technology and Desire: the Transgressive Art of Moving Images Intellect. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2014). The Primacy of Sensation. In D Stout and J Potts (Eds.), Theory Aside Duke. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2014). The Artifactuality of Affect. In M Anderer (Ed.), The Timing of Affect Duke University Press. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2014). The Aesthetics of the Superject. In F Di'an and Z Ga (Eds.), Thingworld: International Triennial of New Media Art 2014 National Art Museum of China/Liverpool University Press. (Essay)
- Sullivan, DC. (2013, June 1). Foreword. (pp. vii-viii).
- Hansen, MBN. (2013). Symbolizing Time: Kittler and 21st Century Media. In S Sale and L Salisbury (Eds.), Kittler Mediated: New Essays on Culture and Technology Stanford University Press. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2012). Digital Technics Beyond the “Last Machine”: Thinking Digital Media with Hollis Frampton. In E Rossaak (Ed.), Between Stillness and Motion Amsterdam University Press. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2012). Ubiquitous Sensation or the Autonomy of the Peripheral: Towards an Atmospheric, Impersonal and Microtemporal Media. In U Ekman (Ed.), Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging With Ubiquitous Computing MIT Press. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2012). Microsensation and Materiality. In J Packer and S Wiley (Eds.), Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Networks, and Mobility Routledge. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2011). Print Interface to Time: Only Revolutions at the Crossroads of Narrative and History. In J Bray and A Gibbon (Eds.), Mark Z. Danielewski Manchester University Press. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2011). Medien des 21. Jahrhunderts, technisches Empfinden und unsere originäre Umweltbedingung. In E Hörl (Ed.), Die technologische Bedingung: Beitraege zur Beschreibung der technischen Welt Suhrkamp. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2011). Sensing Images or Imaging Sensation: Microsensibility between Neural Synchronization and Computational Mediation. In J Khalip and R Mitchell (Eds.), The Philosophy of the Image Stanford University Press. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN, & Mitchell, WJT. (2010, January). Space/Time. In M Hansen and WJT Mitchell (Eds.), Critical Terms for Media Studies University of Chicago Press.
- Hansen, M. (2010, January). New Media. In MBN Hansen and WJT Mitchell (Eds.), Critical Terms for Media Studies University of Chicago Press.
- Hansen, MBN. (2009). System-Environment Hybrids. In Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory Duke University Press. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2006, May 1). Media Theory. (pp. 297-306).
- Hansen, MBN. (2005). Entries on "Cybernetics," "Niklas Luhmann," and "Gilbert Simondon". In J Protevi (Ed.), Edinburgh Dictonary of Continental Philosophy Edinburgh University Press.
- Hansen, MBN. (2005). Embodiment. In J Brouwer (Ed.), aRt&D V_2 Organization.
- Carman, T, & Hansen, MBN. (2004, January 1). Introduction. (pp. 1-25).
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). Deforming Rock: Radiohead’s Plunge into the Sonic Continuum. In J Tate (Ed.), Strobe-lights and Blown Speakers: The Music and Art of Radiohead Ashgate Publishers. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). The Embryology of the (In)Visible. In M Hansen and T Carman (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty. (Essay)
- Hansen, MBN. Logics of Transition (Foreword to Shane Denson). In Postnaturalism: Frankenstein, Film and the Anthropotechnical Interface. (Foreword)
- Hansen, MBN. (2014). Feed Forward: On the Future of 21st Century Media. University of Chicago Press. (Monograph)
- (2010). Critical Terms for New Media. MBN Hansen and WTJ Mitchell (Eds.). University of Chicago Press. (Edited Book)
- Herrnstein Smith, B, & Weintraub, ER. (2009). Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory. B Clarke and MBN Hansen (Eds.). Duke University Press. (Edited Book)
- Hansen, MBN. (2006, September 20). Bodies in code: Interfaces with digital media.
- Hansen, MBN. (2006). Bodies in Code: Interfaces with New Media. Routledge. (Monograph)
- Carman, T, & Hansen, MBN. (2004, January 1). The Cambridge companion to: Merleau-ponty.
- Hansen, MBN. (2004). New Philosophy for New Media. MIT Press. (Monograph)
- Hansen, MBN. (2000). Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing. University of Michigan. (Monograph)
- Hansen, MBN. (2007, September). The Time of Bare Life. R Brand (Ed.). Bare Life (Exhibition Catalogue). (Essay)