This book has been nurtured by many dialogues and discussions with
friends and colleagues. It would be impossible to make an exhaustive list
here, but I would particularly like to thank Avi Alpert, Roei Amit, Alice
Canabate, Eric Carlson, Pierre- Antoine Chardel, Andrès Claro, Andrew
Feenberg, Marie Goupy, Emily Rockhill, Julian Sempill, Ádám Takács,
Yannik Thiem, and all of the participants in the Critical Theory Work-
shop/Atelier de Théorie Critique 2014. I would also like to express my
gratitude to the activist circles in Philadelphia and the surrounding area
(including at Graterford Prison).
I wish to thank as well all of the organ izations and institutions that
invited me to pres ent some of the research that led to this book: lasco—
Monde Contemporain (Université Paris Descartes), Penn Humanities
Forum (University of Pennsylvania), Eszterhazy Karoly College (Eger,
Hungary), Atelier— Centre Franco- hongrois en Sciences Sociales, Eöt vös
Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary), American Comparative Lit er a-
ture Association, New York University in France, and Tekst, Bilde, Lyd,
Rom, or tblr (Norway). I am also grateful to Villanova University, and
in par tic u lar to the Office of Research and Sponsored Proj ects and the
Publications Board for the grants that facilitated the completion of this
work. Previous versions of two chapters were published in collections,
whose editors and publishers I would like to thank: “Un spectre hante
le concept de mondialisation,” in Technologies de contrôle dans la mon-
dialisation: Enjeux politiques, éthiques et esthétiques, ed. Pierre- Antoine
Chardel and Gabriel Rockhill, 81–105 (Paris: Éditions Kimé, 2009), and
“Contre- histoire de la technologie: Vers une écologie des pratiques tech-
nologiques,” in Écologies sociales: Le Souci du commun, ed. Pierre- Antoine
acknowl edgments
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