Om Netværket

Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier er et nordisk forskningsnetværk støttet af Nordforsk 2004-2007. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgarde Studier vil styrke og koordinere mindre og spredte nationale forskningsmiljøer, bidrage til at fremme udveksling af viden om forskelle og ligheder mellem de nordiske lande og gøre nordisk avantgardeforskning internationalt synlig. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier afholder en årlig konference. Netværket danner også ramme for udarbejdelsen af De nordiske avantgarders kulturhistorie i 4 bind og et elektronisk arkiv for dokumenter fra de nordiske avantgarder. Det nordiske forskningsnetværk er en videreudvikling af det danske forskningsnetværk ”Avantgardernes genkomst og aktualitet” støttet af Det humanistiske Forskningsråd 2001-2004. Under forberedelse er et Europæisk Netværk for Avantgarde og Modernisme Studier, EAM, hvis første konference afholdes i Ghent, Belgien, maj 2008.

About the Network

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2007. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies aims to support and coordinate small and dispersed national centres of research, help promote the exchange of knowledge about differences and similarities among the avant-garde currents and research in the Nordic countries, and make Nordic avant-garde research visible in a European and international context. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has a yearly conference. Within the Network an editorial group is preparing a four-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes and an electronic archive of documents from the Nordic avant-gardes. The Nordic network is an extension of the Danish research network ”The Return and Actuality of the Avant-Gardes” supported by the Danish Research Council 2001-2004. A European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, is under preparation and will have its first conference in Ghent in May 2008.
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by Louis Armand
ISBN 80-7308-138-5 (paperback). 250pp.
Publication date: October 2006

Price: Euro 12.00 (not including postage)

Why is there consciousness and not nothing?
What is the meaning of discourse?
What would it mean if machines could think?

It is a basic contention of the present volume that only on such a basis of generalised technology can we begin to approach the phenomenon of literacy in its broadest sense--as concerning any system of sign operations in which an event of transmission or transcription can be said to take place. This universalising of literacy bridges the entire field of discourse--from atomic and molecular structures to the transcriptive coding and decoding processes of DNA; from the evolving neural structures of the human brain to computing programmatics and artificial intelligence; from simple binary procedures to the most complex topologies. Consciousness, mind and cognition are in this way seen to be formal aspects of a signifying system, describing a LITERATE TECHNOLOGY.

This volume treats the work of Walter Ong, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Norbert Wiener, Jacques Lacan, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nicholas Rescher, Roman Jakobson, Alan Turing, Claude Levi-Strauss, Thomas Sebeok, Juri Lotman, Sigmund Freud and Claude Shannon.

Louis Armand is director of the Intercultural Studies programme in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague. His books include Solicitations: Essays on Criticism & Culture;
Techne: James Joyce, Hypertext & Technology; and Incendiary
Devices: Discourses of the Other.

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