Publications

The birth of the digital interactive screen. Diagram of the SAGE defense system from Mitre Corporation advertisement, 1962.

Monographs

·Geoghegan, BD. The Cybernetic Apparatus: Cybernetics, Liberalism, and the Reform of the Human Sciences. Via Monoskop (open access), 2012 (revised multimedia and interactive iteration forthcoming in 2021).

·Geoghegan, BD. Code: From Information Theory to French Theory. Duke University Press, 2022.  

 

Book Chapters 

·Geoghegan, BD. “Catch the Vapors: Getting Steamrolled by Environing Media.” In Environing Media, edited by Adam Wickberg and Johan Gärdebo. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

·Geoghegan, BD. “The Statistical Order of Discourse: How Information Theory Encoded Industrial and Political Discipline.” In Articulating Media, edited by Nathaniel Zetter. London: Open Humanities Press, forthcoming.

·“Screen” (second author with Francesco Casetti, equal parts in composition). In Information Keywords, edited by Jonathan E. Abel, Samuel Frederick, Michele Kennerly, general editor Eric Hayot. New York: Columbia University Press, 2021. ISBN 0231198779 [peer-reviewed].

· Åkervall, L, and BD Geoghegan. “I’ll Be Your Screen.” In La galassia Casetti: Lettere di amicizia, stima, provocazione, edited by Eugeni Ruggero and Mariagrazia Fanchi, 3-5. Milan: Vita e Pensiero, 2017. ISBN 8834333276. (Second author equally 50% for conception and writing).

·Geoghegan, BD. “Architectures of Information: A Comparison of Wiener’s and Shannon’s Theories of Information.” Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground, ed. by T. Vardouli and O. Touloumi, Routledge, 2019, pp. 135–59. ISBN 081539652X.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Claude Lévi-Strauss et les communications.” In Les résonances des structuralismes, edited by Jean-François Bert and Jérôme Lamy, 113–19. Paris: éditions des archives contemporaines, 2016. ISBN 9782813002433.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Information.” In Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society & Culture, edited by Benjamin Peters, 173–83. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780691167336. [peer reviewed].

·Geoghegan, BD and B Peters. “Cybernetics” (first author with Benjamin Peters). In The Johns Hopkins Guide to the Digital Humanities, edited by Lori Emerson, Benjamin Robertson, and Ryan Marie-Laure, 109–12. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. (First author responsible for approximately 60% of composition). ISBN 978-1-4214-1223-8. [peer reviewed].

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 

·Geoghegan, BD.  作为机器的家庭:美国郊区的电影,基础设施和控制论亲属关系, Cultural Studies [Chinese], under review [translation of “The Family as Machine”].

·Geoghegan, BD. “The Bitmap is the Territory: How Digital Formats Render Global Positions.” MLN 136, December 2021, 1093-1113. 

·Geoghegan, BD. “Nine Pails of Ashes: Social Networks, Genocide, and the Structuralists’ Database of Language,” History of Anthropology Review 45August 2021.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Orientalism and Informatics: Alterity from the Chess-Playing Turk to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.” Ex-Position 43, June 2020, pp. 45–90. DOI: 10.6153/EXP.202006_(43).0004. 

·Geoghegan, BD. “Textocracy, or, the Cybernetic Logic of French Theory.” History of the Human Sciences 33, no. 1, 2020, pp. 52–79.

·Geoghegan, BD. “An Ecology of Operations: Vigilance, Radar, and the Birth of the Computer Screen.” Representations 147, no. 1, Aug. 2019, pp. 59–95. DOI: 10.1177/0952695119864241.

·Geoghegan, BD. 키틀러 이후: 최근 독일 미디어 이론으로서 문화기술학에 관하여정찬철문화과학 94, 2018, pp. 236-260. [Translation of “After Kittler”]

·Halpern, O, R Mitchell, and BD Geoghegan. “The Smartness Mandate: Notes Towards a Critique.” Grey Room 68 (Summer 2017), 106–129. DOI: 10.1162/GREY_a_00221. (Third author responsible for brainstorming and co-authoring first draft based on research concept from Halpern; Mitchell and Halpern revised final text.)

·Geoghegan, BD. “The Family as Machine: Film, Infrastructure, and Cybernetic Kinship in Suburban America.” Grey Room 66 (Winter 2017), 70-101. DOI: 10.1162/GREY_a_00212.

·Geoghegan, BD. “What Bound the Double-Bind?” Grey Room 66 (Winter 2017), 102-109. DOI: 10.1162/GREY_a_00213.

·Geoghegan, BD. “The Spirit of Media: An Introduction.” Critical Inquiry 42, no. 4 (Summer 2016): 809–14. DOI: 00093-1896/16/4204-0003.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Mind the Gap: Spiritualism and the Infrastructural Uncanny.” Critical Inquiry 42, no. 4 (Summer 2016): 899–922. DOI: 00093-1896/16/4204-0004.

·Geoghegan, BD and C. Kassung. “Friedrich A. Kittler, Professor” (first author with Christian Kassung). Critical Inquiry 42, no. 4 (Summer 2016): 963–77. DOI: 00093-1896/16/4204-0005. First author responsible for about 90% of composition and conceptualisation. 

·Geoghegan, BD. “Ecologies of Disclosure: On Aesthetic Compositions of Technics and Life.” Spheres 2 (December 2015). DOI: https://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/3829.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Occult Communications: On Instrumentation, Esotericism, and Epistemology.” Communication +1 4, no. 1 (2015). DOI: 10.5072/FK27S7PH9B.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Visionäre Informatik: Notizen über Vorführungen von Automaten und Computern, 1769-1962,” tr. Lisa Åkervall. Jahrbuch für Historische Bildungsforschung20, 2015, 177–98. ISBN 978-3-7815-2022-6.

·Geoghegan, BD. “In Memoriam: Friedrich A. Kittler, 1943-2011.” Critical Inquiry 41, no. 2 (Winter 2015): 484–88. DOI: 0093-1896/15/4102-0009.

·Geoghegan, BD. “After Kittler: On the Cultural Techniques of Recent German Media Theory.” Theory, Culture & Society 30, no. 6 (November 2013): 66–82. DOI: 10.1177/0263276413488962.

·Hayward, M and BD Geoghegan. “Catching up with Simondon.” SubStance 41, no. 3 (2012): 3–15. DOI: 10.2307/41818934. (Second author, responsible for 25% of text)

·Geoghegan, BD. “La Cybernétique « américaine » au sein du Structuralisme « français ».” La Revue d’Anthropologie Des Connaissances 6, no. 3 (2012): 335–51.

·Geoghegan, BD. “From Information Theory to French Theory: Jakobson, Lévi-Strauss, and the Cybernetic Apparatus.” Critical Inquiry 38, no. 1 (2011): 96–126. DOI: 0093-1896/11/3801-0007.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Agents of History: Autonomous Agents and Crypto-Intelligence.” Interaction Studies 9, no. 3 (2008): 403–14.

·Geoghegan, BD. “The Historiographic Conception of Information: A Critical Survey.” The IEEE Annals on the History of Computing 30, no. 1 (2008): 66–81. ISSN: 1058-6180.

 

Non-peer Reviewed Encyclopedia Entries and Brief Texts

·Galloway, AR and BD Geoghegan. “Shaky Distinctions: A Dialogue on the Analog and the Digital.” E-Flux Journal 121, October 2021. (Co-author, responsible for 50% of composition and conceptualization.)

·Geoghegan, BD. “The Radar-Type.” In Dispatches: From the Institute of Incoherent Geography, Vol. 1. Pittsburgh: Flugschriften, 2019, pp. 113-119. ISBN-10: 1-7335365-3-1

·Geoghegan, BD. “The Dura-Europos Roman shields.” In Artwork as Screen, edited by Francesco Casetti, Bernard Geoghegan and Karl Regina. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016.

·Geoghegan, BD and E. Schüttpelz. “Claude Lévi-Strauss.” In The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy, edited by Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Jefferson D. Pooley, Robert T. Craig, and Eric W. Rothenbuhler. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/9781118766804.wbiect173. (First author responsible for 75% of composition and conceptualization.)

·Geoghegan, BD and B Peters. “Cybernetics.” In The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy, edited by Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Jefferson D. Pooley, Robert T. Craig, and Eric W. Rothenbuhler. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/9781118766804.wbiect041. (First author, responsible for 60% of conceptualization and writing.) 

 

White Papers

·Klingan, K, B Geoghegan, and C. Rosol. “The Technosphere: Signal/Noise Ratios.” Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015. (Second of three authors, responsible for 40% conceptualization and 70% of writing.) 

·Gobé, M and B Geoghegan. “Brand America and the New Model of Leadership” (second author with Marc Gobé). New York: d/g*, 2005.

 

Book Reviews

·Geoghegan, BD. “Toward Liberal Histories of Computing: Fred Turner, The Democratic Surround.” Technology and Culture 56, no. 3 (July 2015): 745–48. DOI: 10.1353/tech.2015.0090.

·Geoghegan, BD. “Untimely Mediations: On Two Recent Contributions to ‘German Media Theory.’” Paragraph 37, no. 3 (2014): 419–25. DOI: 10.3366/para.2014.0138.

 

Translations

·Kittler, Friedrich. “Farewell to Sophienstraße.” Tr. Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan and Christian Kassung. Critical Inquiry 42, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 959-62. DOI: 10.1086/686946. (First of two translators, responsible for 90% of translating.)

·Stiegler, Bernard. “The Tongue of the Eye: What ‘Art History’ Means.” In Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media, edited by Jacques Khalip and Robert Mitchell, tr. T. Ravindranathan with B Geoghegan, 222–35. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-o-8047-6r37-6. (Second translator, responsible for first rough draft given final definitive translation by first translator.)

 

Popular Media and Interviews

·“The Chess-Playing Turk,” appearance on public-facing YouTube and podcast channel Following Mechanical Turks, December 2021. 

·“Shaky Distinctions: An Epistolary Exchange on Digital Philosophy,” co-authored with  Alexander Galloway (in the form of a correspondence).

·“Dennis McNulty and Bernard Geoghegan, in conversation.” Interview in TTopology. Carlow: Carlow Visual Arts Center, forthcoming. 

·"Bernard Geoghegan on the History of Radar.” Podcast for Field Day, September 2019, https://fieldday.ie/media-theory-and-the-history-of-radar/

·“The Medium is the Message.” BBC Radio documentary on Marshall McLuhan. December 2018.

·“0/1 oder wie die Code in der Welt Kam.” Kulturwelle radio documentary on the rise of coding and software. September 2015.

·“On Kulturtechniken.” Interview and commentary for Oklahoma Public Radio, April 2012.

 

Edited Collections

·Bateson Dossier. Grey Room 66, ed. B Geoghegan (Winter 2017). (Sole editor)

·The Spirit of MediaCritical Inquiry 42, no. 4, ed. B Geoghegan (Summer 2016). (Sole editor)

·Friedrich Kittler. Special Critical Inquiry 42, no. 4, ed. B Geoghegan (Summer 2016). (Sole editor)

·Occult Communications: Instrumentation, Esotericism, and Epistemology in the Nineteenth-Century. Special Issue of Communication +1 14, no. 1, ed. B Geoghegan(2015). (Sole editor)

·On Gilbert Simondon: Individuation and Technics. Special Issue of SubStance 41, no. 3, Eds. M. Hayward and B Geoghegan. (Co-editor responsible for 50% of editorial work.)

 

Curation

·Forms of Life / Life Forms, cur. K Klingan, N Hood, and BD Geoghegan. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2019. (Third of three curators, responsible for initial conception and plan.)

·1948, cur. K Klingan, N Hood, and BD Geoghegan. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2017. (Third of three curators, responsible for initial conception and plan.)

·Artwork as Screen, ed/cur. F Casetti, B Geoghegan, R Karl. Yale University Art Gallery, 2016. (One of three curators equally responsible for conception w. Casetti focusing on initial concept and Geoghegan and Karl organizing and realizing plan.)

·The Technosphere: Signal-Noise Ratios, cur. K. Klingan, C. Rosol and BD Geoghegan.Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2015-2019. (Responsible for approximately a quarter of overall three-year plan.)

 

Audio-Visual Media

·2012-2014Cultural Technologies: Dialogues on Media, Art and Science. Podcast. Host, producer, editor.

·2007, “La modernité sans la modernisation.” Digital video for Ligne de temps DH platform. Directed by Bernard Stiegler and produced by the Institute for Research and Innovation (Pompidou Center). Produced and edited interviews featuring N. Katherine Hayles, Bernard Stiegler, André Green, Jean-Luc Nancy, Kevin McLaughlin, Dominique Lecourt and others for online distribution.

Abstract: World War II research into cryptography and computing produced methods, instruments and research communities that informed early research into artificial intelligence (AI) and semi-autonomous computing. Alan Turing and Claude Shannon in particular adapted this research into early theories and demonstrations of AI based on computers’ abilities to track, predict and compete with opponents. This formed a loosely bound collection of techniques, paradigms, and practices I call crypto-intelligence. Subsequent researchers such as Joseph Weizenbaum adapted crypto-intelligence but also reproduced aspects of its antagonistic precepts. This was particularly true in the design and testing of chat bots. Here the ability to trick, fool, and deceive human and machine opponents was a premium, and practices of agent abuse were admired and rewarded. Recognizing the historical genesis of this particular variety of abuse can help researchers develop less antagonistic methodologies.

Commentary: This essay was an early attempt to consider how cultural, historical, technical, and linguistic fields intersect within the history of computing, and an early attempt to think through the development of concepts of "code" within computer science. As with the Historiographic essay, it was also an attempt to enter into dialogue with practitioners in computer science. It's based on another paper I presented and published in connection to an international conference on human-computer interaction. In the intervening years I've been intermittently working on a short book monograph entitled "Human-Computer Iteration," and this paper is an early ancestor of that project.

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Abstract: The historical pedigree and meaning of ‘‘information’’ has been hotly contested since its scientific definition in the 1940s. Scientists have authored very different explanations for the origins of informational research, the scope of information theory, and the historical significance of its findings. This survey classifies the historical literature into genres, offering a view into the changing environment of computer research.

 

Commentary: This essay is a few years old now, and in retrospect I realize that much of its agenda is implicit, so perhaps a few marginal comments are helpful. The main goal of this essay was to prepare a literature review of the historiographical literature on scientific definitions of information, mostly in relationship to information theory and cybernetics. In this regard, the essay is a critical, historiographical, and somewhat reflexive update (homage, even) to William Aspray’s 1985 essay "The Scientific Conceptualization of Information." In particular, I was interested in some of the ways research in the science studies, literary studies, and media studies had, in the intervening years, began to develop broader accounts of the cultural and political dimensions of scientific conceptions of information.  At the time I was also quite taken with essays by the philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, and Michel Foucault, which argued that historiography -- the writing of history -- plays a role in constituting power and shaping history, and that part of the task of historiography is to strategically position the writing of history in relationship to the present. With that in mind, I was interested in trying to examine how an ever-shifting historical present organized and re-organized historiographic accounts of "information." In particular, I wanted to see how even "scientific" accounts of "information" had a certain politics of knowledge inscribed within them. Finally, the IEEE Annals is one of the few academic journals with contributions from historians and practitioners of computing, so I tried to present this research and questions in a style that didn't scream "poststructural theorist" or "constructionism," and which could engage readers audiences who, under other circumstances, might have been skeptical of critical or cultural historiography.

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