Ana Ilievska received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Chicago in 2020 and holds BA and MA degrees from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Her teaching and research focus on Italian and Lusophone literatures with particular attention to the relationship between literature and technology from a philosophical and Southern European perspective. Ilievska is currently finishing work on a co-edited bilingual anthology of contemporary poetry from Sicily, forthcoming with Italica Press.
Deep Tech: Literature, Southern Thought, and the Question Concerning Technology
Ilievska’s project brings to life neglected perspectives on industrialization and technology from within southern European regions (southern Italy, Portugal, the Balkans) dubbed “regressive” or “primitive” by hegemonic thinkers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her project challenges the prevailing scholarly consensus that southern European writers exhibited negative, reactionary attitudes towards modernization and technological innovations. As an alternative, Ilievska shows how temperance, slowness, experience, socialization, and care played a crucial role in their articulations of human-machine interactions thus outlining the contours of what we can dub today an affirmative (but not naïve) ethics of technology.
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