Office: Fine Arts 229
Phone: (607) 777-3012
Specialization: Media theory and history, history of science and technology, psychoanalysis, cinema, new media
Jeffrey West Kirkwood's research concentrates on histories of media technology in art, science, and philosophy. Professor Kirkwood received his PhD and MA from Princeton University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and his BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a Harold W. Dodds Fellowship. In the 2016-2017 academic year he was a fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM) at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. His writing has appeared in October, Grey Room, Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (ZMK), Jacobin, and OSMOS. He has also co-authored the introduction to and is the co-editor of the first English translation of Ernst Kapp's Elements of a Philosophy of Technology for the University of Minnesota Press's Posthumanities series (2018). His current book project explores the cultural and philosophical impacts of mechanical image making technologies on ideas of contingency, possibility, and counterfactuality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Jeffrey West Kirkwood and Leif Weatherby, "Introduction," Elements of a Philosophy of Technology: On the Evolutionary History of Culture, by Ernst Kapp, trans. Lauren K. Wolf. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Posthumanities Series, volume 47), 2018, ix-xliii.
Jeffrey West Kirkwood and Leif Weatherby, Eds. Elements of a Philosophy of Technology: On the Evolutionary History of Culture, by Ernst Kapp, trans. Lauren K. Wolf. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Posthumanities Series, volume 47), 2018.
"Vertiginous Systems of the Soul." Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism, eds. Edgar Landgraf, Leif Weatherby, and Gabriel Trop. London: Bloomsbury, 2018, 17-36.
Jeffrey West Kirkwood and Leif Weatherby, "Operations of Culture: Ernst Kapp's Philosophy of Technology," Grey Room 72 (Summer 2018).
"The Technological Fact of Counterfactuals," Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (ZMK), 9 (2018): 13-32.
"Carey Young, Still Moving Still," OSMOS, 14 (Winter 2018).
"The Cinema of Afflictions," October, 159 (Winter 2017): 37-54.
"Klaus Lutz, Still Moving Still," OSMOS, 11 (March 2017).
"Jimmy Roberts, Standards." OSMOS, 8 (March 2016).
"Tesla-Transformator," in Wörterbuch kinematographischer Objekte, eds. Marius Böttcher et al. Berlin: August Verlag, 2014.
Erich Hörl, "A Thousand Ecologies: The Process of Cyberneticization and General Ecology," trans. Jeffrey Kirkwood, James Burton, and Maria Vlotides, in The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside, eds. Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2013, 121–30.
"Good Future, Bad Future: On the Unauthenticated Avant-Garde," Jacobin, 3-4 (2011).
Undergraduate Lecture Courses
Introduction to Visual Culture (100 level)
The History of the Digital (200 level)
Media Theory (200 level)
Subjects of Mediation (200 level)
Art, Image, Psychoanalysis (300 level)
Graduate and Undergraduate Seminars
Technologies of Orientation
The Persistence of Vision