Discussion of media philosophy since the 1990s has focused on opening up media studies for philosophical questions and reciprocally on opening philosophy for thought of media. Today, it has become essential to give new shape to the established concepts and figures in the context of the narrowing entanglement of the philosophy of media and technology on the one hand, and of the ongoing focus on media reflection of aesthetic practices on the other hand. Considering this desideratum, the International Network for Media Philosophy, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), suggests as a common point of origin that what can be regarded as either a medium or as medial depends on the respective case – as it transpires in the medial practices which can be described in their historical and aesthetic contexts.
The first public conference of the Network, titled Thinking the Medial. Reflexivity, Performativity, Responsivity, is held at Literaturwerkstatt Berlin on 26 and 27 October 2018. Admission is free. Registration is not required.