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Dr Bernard Geoghegan

18 04 Geoghegan Head ShotSenior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Digital Media

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 4750
Address Department of Digital Humanities
Room S3.08, Strand Campus
King's College 
London WC2R 2LS




Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan is a media theorist and historian of science researching how digital technologies shape science, culture, and the environment. He also curates for the Technosphere Project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Bernard earned a binational Ph.D. from Northwestern University and Bauhaus University Weimar. He has written on cybernetics and the human sciences, the rise of networked interactive media, German media theory, the media infrastructures of spiritualism, the Anthropocene, and the history of human-computer interaction for journals such as Critical Inquiry, Grey Room, and Theory, Culture & Society. Bernard taught at Yale University, Coventry University, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the American University of Paris and held fellowships at institutions including the IKKM (Weimar), the DCRL (Leuphana University), the Institute for Research and Innovation (Pompidou Center), and the Whitney Humanities Center (Yale University).

Bernard may be reached at and on Twitter at @bernardionysius. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • History and theory of digital media
  • Media, infrastructures, and the environment
  • Epistemology and ontology of digital media
  • History of digital interactivity
  • Media and the Cold War

Bernard welcomes inquiries from students working on the history and theory of digital media. He is particularly interested in projects examining media and the environment, the origins of digital media, the interrelations among science and digital artifacts, the rise of interactive and networked environments, and media philosophy (particularly in connection with French and German thought). 

Selected publications
  • “The Smartness Mandate: Notes Towards a Critique” (third author with Orit Halpern and Robert Mitchell). Grey Room 68 (Summer 2017), 106–129.
  • “The Family as Machine: Film, Infrastructure, and Cybernetic Kinship in Suburban America.” Grey Room 66 (Winter 2017), 70-101. [Chinese translation forthcoming]
  • “Mind the Gap: Spiritualism and the Infrastructural Uncanny.” Critical Inquiry 42, no. 4 (Summer 2016): 899–922.
  • “After Kittler: On the Cultural Techniques of Recent German Media Theory.” Theory, Culture & Society 30, no. 6 (November 2013): 66–82. [Korean translation forthcoming]
  • “From Information Theory to French Theory: Jakobson, Lévi-Strauss, and the Cybernetic Apparatus.” Critical Inquiry 38, no. 1 (2011): 96–126. [Chinese translation forthcoming]

Bernard teaches courses on the history of media networks, media and the environment, science studies, theories of digital media, and critical media practice (e.g. podcasting, video essays).

Expertise and public engagement

Bernard applies the lessons of media history and media theory to contemporary environmental questions. He is a co-curator for the Technosphere Project, a four-year public research project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) featuring lectures, performances and exhibitions on the “entanglement between human culture, natural environments, and global technologies.” Working with the HKW and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, he developed programmes and coursework for the Anthropocene Curriculum, a semi-annual educational experiment bringing together researchers, academics, artists, civil actors, and students from around the world to develop interdisciplinary pedagogies that meet the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Before entering academia, Bernard worked in branding, video production, and theatre, including as a research and writing assistant for Marc Gobé’s books Emotional Branding and Brandjam. He occasionally discusses media on the BBC, NPR and other news outlets. 




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