LCCP Symposium Memory for the Future: Thinking with Bernard Stiegler

Bernard Stiegler’s unexpected passing away in August 2020 left many things unfinished. His philosophical work, that had started by a seminal theory of technics as memory and evolved towards an interrogation of the automatic society, now examined from the perspective of anthropic and neganthropic tendencies of the world marked by pervasive AI, ultraliberalism and climate catastrophe.

In order to commemorate the span of this multifaceted work, but above all in order to probe its future, the Leiden University Center for Continental Philosophy (LCCP) and the Institute for Science in Society of the Radboud University of Nijmegen summon a meeting of both academics and actors from civil society.

Due to Covid restrictions the symposium will take place online.


Thursday 3 December, 2020: Stiegler’s Engagements

14:00-14:15 Susanna Lindberg: Opening of Symposium

14:15 – 15:15

  • Pieter Lemmens: “Bernard Stiegler in memoriam / eulogy / tribute”
  • Gerald Moore: “Covid-19 and the Intermittent Society”

15:30 – 16:30

  • Dan Ross: “From the market of information to the pharmacology of the gift”
  • Anaïs Nony “Scenes of disruption: future’s power and the technological rules of law”

16:45 – 17:45

  • Mischa Twitchin: “Mnemotechnics and the Discrete Voice”
  • Harry Halpin & Geert Lovink: “Stiegler’s Technical Legacy: Another Social Network Is Possible. A Dialogue between Harry Halpin & Geert Lovink”

18:00 – 19:30

  • Judith Wambacq & Bart Buseyne: discussion with Anne Alombert (Internation), Victor Chaix (Les amis de la génération de Greta Thunberg) and Maël Montévil (Project Plaine Commune)

Friday 4 December, 2020: Thinking Through Bernard Stiegler


  • Jean-Luc Nancy: “Stiegler, mélancolie et négativité”
  • Erich Hörl: “A Thinking of Suspension”


  • Antoinette Rouvroy: “Postscript on Automatic Society”
  • Erik Bordeleau: “The Cosmo-Financial Pharmakon: Tending techniques for (non)scalable localities”


  • Jan Masschelein: “School as ‘otium of the people’: the letter… and the voice?”
  • Paul Willemarck: “Necessary default and tertiary retention”


  • Jean-Hugues Barthélémy: Jean-Hugues Barthélémy: “Ontological Difference, Technological Differance and Semantic Difference. The Problem of decentered Reconstruction of Philosophy after ‘Deconstruction’”
  • Georgios Tsagdis: “Negentropy after Stiegler”


  • Susanna Lindberg: Closing Remarks


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