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Davide Panagia is Associate Professor of Political Science at UCLA. He is a cultural and political theorist with multidisciplinary interests across the humanities and social sciences including contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, aesthetics, media studies, interpretive methodologies, cultural theory, literary studies, and cinema. His work specializes on the relationship between aesthetics and politics. His most recent book publications include the forthcoming Rancière’s Sentiments (Duke UP, 2018), Ten Theses for an Aesthetics of Politics (Minnesota UP, Forerunners, 2016) and Impressions of Hume: Cinematic Thinking and the Politics of Discontinuity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). His current research project, #datapolitik, is a study of police powers in the age of cybernetics. In 2017-2018 he will be the Clark Professor at UCLA’s Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies co-directing a series of conferences on the theme of “Becoming Media.”

Çağlar Köseoğlu interviews political theorist Davide Panagia about his concept of #datapolitik, the evolving relationship between humans and their algorithms, and the possibilities of resistance.

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