Geoffrey Winthrop-Young teaches in the German and Scandinavian programs at the University of British Columbia. Among his most recent publications are Kittler and the Media (2011), a Theory, Culture, and Society special issue on cultural techniques (2013; coedited with Jussi Parikka and Ilinca Iurascu), and the translation of Bernhard Siegert’s Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real (2014).
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young; The Kultur of Cultural Techniques: Conceptual Inertia and the Parasitic Materialities of Ontologization. Cultural Politics 1 November 2014; 10 (3): 376–388. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-2795741
This article offers an introduction to the German concept of Kulturtechniken (cultural techniques), with a special focus on the term’s multilayered semantic career, as well as on the way old notions of Kultur are at play in the concept.