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A New Theory of Substance

A seminar by Graham Harman from the American University in Cairo

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Apr 17, 2009
from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM


Q201, Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield.

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The Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO), in association with the MIS Subject Area and the UCD School of Philosophy, will host a seminar on Friday 17th of April at 2pm in Room Q201 in UCD's Quinn School of Business (see illustration below).

The seminar is entitled A New Theory of Substance, and the speaker is Professor Graham Harman from the American University in Cairo. Professor Dermot Moran from the UCD School of Philosophy will be the discussant.

Recent years have seen the emergence of a body of interdisciplinary research which attempts to address perceived limitations in how we conceptualise information and communication technologies (ICT) and their role in the (re)configuration of social/organisational life. This eclectic scholarship directs attention to the material nature of technology as it is experienced by embodied actors, thus offering the promise of more sophisticated analyses of how technologies mediate human action in organisational settings.

It is within this context, that Professor Harman’s work has gained widespread attention and acclaim for its attempts to develop an ‘object-orientated philosophy’. Much of Professor Harman’s focus is on an interpretation of the tool-analysis of Heidegger's Being and Time, developed in his book Guerrilla Metaphysics—Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things. In reviewing this book, Bruno Latour observes: “This book fully deserves the title of guerrilla warfare, though Harman, instead of brandishing Che Guevara’s Kalashnikov, in another futile enterprise of deconstruction, has adopted William James’s splendid style to bring us back to the buzzing, blooming world”.

Professor Harman has engaged, with Bruno Latour, in a number of recent management debates at the London School of Economics on the subject of Actor-Network Theory (, and he co-edits, with Latour, the ‘New Metaphysics’ series. In May of this year Professor Harman will publish his latest book, Prince of Networks—Bruno Latour and Metaphysics.

Please Note

We would be obliged if those interested in attending could signal their intention by emailing Peadar O Scolai.

See Graham Harman's page at AUC Egypt.

Q201.jpg Room Q201, the Quinn Building, UCD Belfield campus.

On entering the foyer of the Quinn Building, look up. Room Q201 is the orange room suspended in the atrium above.

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