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WSA Professor Publishes Book on Cultural Theorist Paul Virilio

Published: 16 May 2013

Professor John Armitage, recently appointed Professor of Media Arts at Winchester School of Art, has published a book on the cultural and media theory of Paul Virilio, the French contemporary philosopher and ‘critic of the art of technology’.

Virilio and the Media , published by Polity, is part of its Theory and Media series which concentrates on key theorists' approaches to understanding media. The book, which focuses particularly on Virilio's innovative studies of the aesthetics of disappearance, seeks to present the theorist's complex ideas in a format that is accessible, while retaining the rigour of his thought.

As Armitage explains, the value of Virilio's ideas for understanding media processes has given the cultural theorist's work huge influence within the arts and humanities, social sciences and philosophy. Associated with various conceptions related to architecture, aesthetics, and new information and communications technologies in particular, Virilio is influenced by the continental philosophy or phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and numerous other critical theorists. Reviewing the work for online culture and media site M/C Reviews , Hazel Menehira comments, "Armitage has captured the essence of Virilio’s intellectual media related ideas in a user-friendly fashion."

Virilio and the Media is the sixth book Armitage has published on this important thinker.  A leading interpreter of Virilio’s theoretical texts on the art of technology, Armitage's edited book, Virilio Now: current perspectives in Virilio studies , is also published by Polity and his recent edited book The Virilio Dictionary is now available from Edinburgh University Press.

For further information on Professor Armitage's work and contact details see his University profile page .

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