Dr. Arthur Kroker

Dr. Arthur Kroker
Position
Professor
Political Science
Credentials

PhD (1975) (McMaster)

Contact
Office: DTB A333

Spring term office hours:

Thursdays 1:30-3 pm or by appointment

Recent publications:

  • Contemporary French and German political theory
  • Canadian political and social thought
  • Technology, culture and theory
  • Ethics and biotechnology

The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC) is a unique interdisciplinary institute for research focussed on the impact of technological change on culture, politics and society.

Linking together researchers in the Faculties of Social Science, Engineering, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Indigenous Governance, and Human and Social Development, the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture provides a collaborative interdisciplinary site for advanced research on information technology, new media, and digital communication as well as for rethinking issues related to ethics and biotechnology.

Supported by a networked computing platform and thematically organized by means of an annual research seminar on a key topic area in technology and culture, PACTAC sponsors research conferences, streamed seminars and new media publications.

Simultaneously a global centre of intellectual exchange and an innovative and collaborative interdisciplinary site for researching the future of technology, the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture is situated in the Technology Enterprise Facilitiy (TEF170) at the University of Victoria--Canada's University of the Future.

Infrastructure support for the development of PACTAC has beenprovided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation [CFI] and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund [BCKDF].

Dr. Kroker teaches courses on communications and media.

Teaching 2019-20

Fall 2019: On leave

Spring 2020:

Courses taught:
  • POLI 380: Communication and Politics
  • CSPT 500/600/POLI 533/633: CSPT seminar: "Bodies and Power"
  • POLI 430: Media, Technology and Politics
  • POLI 533 A06/633 A01: Themes in Contemporary Politics: Nietzsche for Our Times

Books:

  • Exits to the Posthuman Future, London and New York: Polity Press, 2014.
  • Critical Digital Studies: A Reader (Second Edition), introduced and co-edited with Marilouise Kroker. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • Body Drift: Butler, Hayles, Haraway, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  • Code Drift: Essays in Critical Digital Studies, introduced and co-edited with Marilouise Kroker. NWP New Media Books, 2010.
  • Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, introduced and co-edited with Marilouise Kroker. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
  • Born Again Ideology: Religion, Technology and Terrorism / Left Behind: Religion, Technology and Flight from the Flesh (with Stephen Pfohl, Boston College) Victoria: New World Perspectives, 2007.
  • The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism: Heidegger, Nietzsche & Marx, Toronto: University of Toronto press, 2004
  • Digital Delirium, co-edited with Marilouise Kroker, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997; and Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1997
  • Hacking the Future, (with Marilouise Kroker and cd with Steve Gibson and David Kristian), New York: St Martin's Press, 1996; and Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1996
  • Data Trash: the Theory of the Virtual Class (with Michael A. Weinstein, Purdue University), New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994
  • Spasm: Virtual Reality, Android Music and Electric Flesh (with cd by digital music composer Steve Gibson), New York : St Martin's Press, 1993
  • The Last Sex : Feminism and Outlaw Bodies, co-edited with Marilouise Kroker, London: Macmillan, 1993; and New York: St Martin's Press, 1993
  • The Possessed Individual: Technology and the French Postmodern, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992; and Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1992
  • The Possessed Individual: Technology and New French Theory, London Macmillan, 1992
  • Ideology and Power in the Age of Lenin in Ruins, co-edited with Marilouise Kroker, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991; and Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1991
  • The Hysterical Male: New Feminist Theory, co-edited with Marilouise Kroker, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991; London; Macmillan, 1991 and Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1991.
  • The Post Modern Scene: Excremental Culture & Hyper-Aesthetics (with David Cook, University of Toronto), (2nd Edition), New York: St. Martin's press, 1987; London: Macmillian, 1987.
  • The Post Modern Scene: Excremental Culture & Hyper-Aesthetics, (with David Cook, University of Toronto), (1st Edition), New York: St. Martin's press, 1986; London: Macmillian, 1986
  • Technology and the Canadian Mind: Innis/McLuhan/Grant, New York St. Martin's Press, 1985; Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1987
  • Body Invaders: Panic Sex in America edited and introduced by Marilouise Kroker, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987; London; Macmillian, 1987; Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1987
  • Panic Encyclopedia with Marilouise Kroker and david Cook, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989; London; Macmillian, 1989; Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1989
  • Feminism Now: Theory and Practice, co-edited with Marilouise Kroker, Mair Verthuy and Pamela McCallum, Montreal: New World Perspectives, 1985 (distributed by McClelland and Stewart, Canada)

Chapters in books:

  • "History Drift," The Ends of History: Questioning the Stakes of Historical Reason, eds. Amy Swiffen, Joshua Nichols, London: Routledge, 2012.
  • "Three Theses on Virilio Now," Virilio Now, Polity Press, 2010. (English and Chinese)
  • "The Mohawk Refusal," This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockade,", Arbeiter Ring Publishing, Winnipeg, 2010.
  • "Digital Cosmologies," in Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, Arthur & Marilouise Kroker, eds., Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
  • "Soft Technology," in TEXT Technology, K. Kuchey, ed., Hamilton: McMaster University, 2008.
  • "When Data Slams into the Human Condition, What Results is Here, There and Everywhere," in Synthetic Times - Media Art China. Z. Ga, ed., Cambridge: MIT Press and Beijing: National Art Museum of China, 2008. (bilingual English and Mandarin)
  • "Peter Sloterdijk's Art of Conjuration," in Festschrift für Peter Sloterdijk zum 26. Juni 2007, M. Jongen & C. Werntgen, eds., Privatdruck: Sigfried Unself Stiftung, 2007.
  • "Suspicion of Thought," with Marilouise Kroker, in Postmodernism. What Moment? P. Goulimari, ed., Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007, pp. 154-175.
  • "Enhanced Data Bodies," with Marilouise Kroker, in L'Image Ramifié: Le Photographique du Web / Photographic Images on the Web, E. Tremblay, ed., Québec: Éditions J'ai Vu, 2007.
  • "Viral Power," an interview with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker in Culture, Power and History: Studies in Critical Sociology, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2006, pp. 309-322.
  • "We Are All Stelarcs Now," with Marilouise Kroker, in Stelarc: The Monograph, Marquard Smith, ed., Cambridge (MA): MIT University Press, 2005, pp. 63-86.
  • "Destino Tecnologico," in Digital Medina: Conversazioni Sul Progetto 2002-2005, Mirko Tattarini, ed., Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2005, pp. 86-92.
  • "Prefazione: Manifesto per un'utopia della Medina Digitale," in Digital Medina: Conversazioni Sul Progetto 2002-2005, Mirko Tattarini, ed., Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2005, pp. 9-11.
  • "Cloner," with Marilouise Kroker, in Mind Factory, Louis Armand, ed., Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2005, pp. 299-302.
  • "Cyberwar," in Massive Change, Bruce Mau and Jennifer Leonard, eds., London: Phaidon, 2004.
  • "I Was Seduced by 48 Robots in a Metallic Arena," with Marilouise Kroker, in /Es - Das Wesen Der Machine, Louis-Philippe Demers and Bill Vorn, eds., Osnabruck: Publications of the European Media Art Festival, 2004.
  • "Technology and Design," in Design Today and Tomorrow, Kunst-und Aussstellugnshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn: 2000.
  • "Code Warriors," in The Cybercultures Reader, edited by David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy, London: Routledge, 2000.
  • "The Theory of the Virtual Class," in Technoscience and Cyberculture, Stanley Aronowitz, Barbara Martinsons and Michael Menser, eds. New York: Routledge, 1996.
  • "The Mohawk Refusal," Semiotext(e) Canada, New York, September 1994, pp 165-169.
  • "Cynical Aesthetics: The Games of Foucault," in Representing Foucault: Essays in the Wake of the ‘80s, edited by Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso and Silvia Caporale-Bizzini, Postmodern Studies: Amsterdam, 1994, pp. 269-275.
  • "Panic Cinema: Sex in the Age of the Hyperreal," in Crisis Cinema: The Apocalyptic Idea in Postmodern Narrative Film, edited by Christopher Sharret, Washington, D.C.: Maisonneuve Press, 1993.
  • "Technology and Culture," in The Fifth House Reader: Rethinking the Future, Saskatoon, Sask, 1993.
  • "Sacrificial Sex," in Fluid Exchanges, edited by James Miller, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992, pp. 321-328.
  • "Music Rules," in What a Wonderful World: Music Videos in Architecture, Groninger, Netherlands: Groninger Museum, 1991
  • "Panic USA," in Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Art and Politics, edited and introduced by William Sterns and William Chaloupka, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991.
  • "The Moose Jaw Postmodern," in Richard Hancox, Toronto: The Art Gallery of Ontario, 1990.
  • "Life Against History," in Sojourns in the New World, edited and introduced by Tom Darby, Ottawa: Carleton Library Series, 1986.
  • "Electronic Art and Postmodern Technology: Tony Brown's Sculptural Simulacra," in Tony Brown Day Dreams, edited by Bruce Ferguson and Shirley Madill, Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery Exhibition Series, 1986.
  • "Panic Science: Francis Bacon/Alex Colville," in Life After Postmodernism, edited and Introduced by John Fekete, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986.
  • "Canadian Political Theory," in The New Practical Guide to Canadian Political Economy, edited by Daniel Drache and Wally Clement, Toronto: Lorimer, 1985.
  • "Modern Power in Reverse Image: Michel Foucault/Talcott Parsons," in The Structural Allegory: Reconstructive Encounters with the New French Thought, edited and introduced by John Fekete, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.

Articles in refereed journals:

  • "The Future of Digital Archives", Revue Intermedialites, Université de Montréal, 2011.
  • "The Arab Spring: The Contradictions of Obama's Charismatic Liberalism", CTHEORY, January, 2011.
  • "Event Scene: The Obama Avatar," CTHEORY, June, 2010.
  • "Code Drift," with M. Kroker, CTHEORY, April, 2010.
  • "Code Drift: Preface," With M. Kroker, CTHEORY, April, 2010.
  • "City of Transformation: Paul Virilio in Obama’s America," with M. Kroker, CTHEORY, October, 2008.
  • "Born Again Ideology," CTHEORY, April, 2005.
  • "The Nihilism of War," with M. Kroker, CTHEORY, April, 2003.
  • "El Nihilismo de la Guerra," Spanish translation by Carlos Silva, CTHEORY, April, 2003.
  • Hyper-Heidegger," CTHEORY, October 2002.
  • "The Image Matrix," CTHEORY, March 2002
  • Teknologi Med:K@pitalismens Hastighet, Samtiden 2/3, Oslo: 2000, CTHEORY pp. 85-92.
  • "Fast War/Slow Motion," CTHEORY, Event-Scene, 76, March, 1999.
  • "Digital Ideology: E-Theory (1), CTHEORY, September, 1999.
  • "Global Algorithm 1.4: The Theory of the Virtual Class", CTHEORY, May,1996.
  • "Deleuze and Guattari: Two Meditations," CTHEORY, November 1995
  • "Digital Humanism: the Processed World of Marshall McLuhan," CTHEORY, June 1995
  • "The Political Ecomomy of Virtual Reality: Pan Capitalism", CTHEORY, March 1994
  • "The Political Economy of Virtual Reality: Pan-Capitalism" Works of the Laboratory of Virtualistics, Russia, Vol. 3, 1997. pp. 70-78.(Russian translation)
  • "Digital Humanism: The Processed World of Marshall McLuhan," form diskurs, Journal of Design and Design Theory, 2, 1, 1997. pp. 62-94. (German translation).
  • "The Will to Virtuality," 10+1, Tokyo, No.7, Autumn 1996. pp.109-124. (Japanese translation).
  • "Looping," Chloroform, Fall, 1994, pp. 125-131.
  • "Reality Media." Mediamatic World Issue (Amsterdam, Holland),Winter, 1993.
  • "Excremental TV," Mediamatic, Winter, 1993.
  • "The Recline of Western Civilization," NOX special issue, Amsterdam, Holland, Spring, 1993.
  • "The Virtual World," Mediamatic, No Panic issue, Summer 1991.
  • "Panic Meditations on Technology," Public 2, 2, 1, Public Access Project, Toronto, 1989.
  • "Panic Baudrillard," Communication, 10, (1988).
  • "Technology and Canadian Art," Australian-New Zealand Journal of Canadian Studies, 1, 1 (1986).
  • "Technologie et art emancipatoire: la vision manitobaine," with K. J. Hughes, Sociologie et societé, Presses de L'Université de Montréal, Hiver (1986).
  • "Baudrillard's Marx," Theory, Culture and Society, 2, 3 (1985) England.
  • "Television and the Triumph of Culture," Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory, 9, 3 (1985).
  • "Au délà du postmodernisme: Nietzsche/Chirico," CJPST, 9, 3 (1985).
  • "Technology and Culture: The Processed World of Marshall McLuhan," Philosophy of the Social Sciences, December (1984).
  • "The Arc of a Dead Power: Magritte/Baudrillard/Augustine," CJPST, 8, 1-2 (1984).
  • "Baudrillard's Challenge," with Charles Levin, CJPST, 8, 1-2 (1983),
  • "The Labyrinth of Dependency," with Daniel Drache, CJPST, 8, 3 (1983).
  • "The Disembodied Eye: Ideology and Power in the Age of Nihilism," CJPST, 7, 1-2 (1983).
  • "Augustine as the Founder of Modern Experience: The Legacy of Charles Norris Cochrane," CJPST, 6, 3 (1982).
  • "An Ideology in Waiting," CJPST, 5, 2 (1981).
  • "Migrating from the Disciplines," Journal of Canadian Studies, 15, 3 (1980).
  • "Hollywood, Hollywood," CJPST, 4, 1(1980).
  • "Capital of Hell," CJPST, 4, 1 (1980).
  • "On Moral Economy," CJPST, 1, 1 (1978).

Articles in art journals:

  • "Swimmer and Sun: 1993," in Six Paintings by Alex Colville: A Symposium, Canadian Art, Winter, 1994, pp. 28-29.
  • "Szenen aus dem letzten Geschlecht: Der Wille Zur Reinheit," with M. Kroker, Artic (Bonn, Germany), Winter, 1994, pp. 60-69.
  • The Third Right : Hacking the American Way - 3/22/1995
  • The Digital Prince and the Last Chess Player - w/David Cook -5/20/1997
  • The Hyper-Texted Body, Or Nietzsche Gets a Modem - 11/24/1994
  • The Mohawk Refusal - 10/25/1995
  • Taiwan Data Heaven - 7/12/1994
  • Michael Jordan Mogadishu - 12/12/1993