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Mr. Marco Pavanini, BA (Federico II University of Naples), MA (University of Milan)

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I am a PhD student and teaching assistant at Durham University, UK, alongside its Centre for Culture and Ecology. My research concerns the relationship between technology and human existence, with a particular focus on the role played by technologies in both shaping the process of human evolution and structuring scientific knowledge about this process. Following insights developed by contemporary philosophers such as Bernard Stiegler and Peter Sloterdijk, my research is carried out starting from the assumption that our understanding of technology should be radically reconceived in order to face up against the ongoing climatic, economic and social crises. I am a member of the transdisciplinary scientific collective Internation and part of the editorial board of the journal Kaiak. A Philosophical Journey. My research has been published as journal articles and book chapters.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Genealogy
  • Anthropocene Studies
  • Digital Studies
  • Contemporary French and German Philosophy


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  • Pavanini, Marco (2021), Four Conflating Paradigms on Human Technicity, The Society for Philosophy and Technology Conference. Catholic University of Lille.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2021), Postumanismo e tecnicità costitutiva umana, Il postumanismo contemporaneo tra filosofia, cinema e letteratura. Collegio Ghislieri.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2020), Anthropogenesis as a Technical Process, Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations. University of Twente.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2020), La filosofia della tecnica di Bernard Stiegler, Seminari di filosofia contemporanea. University of Milano.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2020), Stereotipia e frammentazione nell'individuazione digitale, Seminario Realismo Digitale. Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2019), Can Inner Individuation Be Acquired Only through Outer Deindividuation? An Immunological Approach to the Question of Locality, Internal Seminar on Locality, Real Smart Cities Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE Action Programme. Universidad de las Artes Guayaquil.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2019), Contaminazioni e ibridazioni tra umanità e animalità, Dizionario #Frontiera. MACRO.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2019), Occlusione del sistema protenzionale e cortocircuito motivazionale, Summer School di Filosofia Teoretica 'Pensare il Futuro/Pensare al Futuro'. Aldo Moro University of Bari.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2019), The Occlusion of the Protentional System and the Stake of Digital Technologies, Cyberpolitics: Political Philosophy of the Future. University of Coimbra.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2018), Welt- und Menschwerdung durch prototechnische Schaffung von Innenräumen: Ein bio-ontologischer Versuch ausgehend vom Denken Dieter Claessens, dia:logos – 3. Studentische Tagung für Philosophie. Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.
  • Pavanini, Marco (2017), Co-immunologia: La declinazione ecologica del pensiero di Peter Sloterdijk, Le parole del Novecento - XI Edizione 'Ecologia'. Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici.

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
  • 2019: Borsa di Formazione Seminari di Filosofia Contemporanea, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, February-September (€ 600)
  • 2019: Borsa di Studio Festival Filosofia 2019 - persona, Modena, Carpi, Sassuolo, 13-15 September (€ 400)
  • 2019: Northern Bridge Small Grant Scheme, conference presentation at Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, 4-5 December (£ 358)
  • 2019: Northern Bridge Small Grant Scheme, conference presentation at University of Coimbra, 14-15 September (£ 320)
  • 2019: Real Smart Cities Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE Action Programme
  • 2018: Erasmus+ Scholarship, Philipps-Universität Marburg, September 2017-May 2018 (€ 2070)
  • 2015: Erasmus+ Scholarship, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, September 2014-June 2015 (€ 2300)