About Me

yvonne foerster phd

I am a trained philosopher with expertise in Philosophy of Technology and Culture, Fashion Theory, Theories of Embodiment and Aesthetics. I am passionate about contemporary advances in technology and their impact on human self-understanding, art and society. Being convinced that philosophical knowledge matters not only within academia, but also to a wider public I engage in co-operations with tech firms and speak at public events. Given the accelerated speed of technological invention that is changing our bodies, minds and life-worlds I propose the necessity of a public and interdisciplinary discourse.

I propose a phenomenological perspective on technological lifeworlds that does not lose sight of the experiential and ethical aspects of new technologies. This is the reason why I take fashion, cinema and art to be important topics within the larger scope of philosophy of technology. I discuss these cultural practices against the backdrop of theories of embodiment in order to understand how perception and movement are engineered through technology and how artistic practices can shed light on this process.

I am not only crazy about technology, but also about food and dining culture. Culinary cultures are intellectual challenging and give bodily pleasures. Follow me on instagram (culinarypillowbook) and on my blog (culinarypillowbook.com) for stories, recipes and inspirations.

I am currently Foreign Expert at Shanxi University Taiyuan, China and I regularly teach Philosophy at Leuphana University Lueneburg. I have received my PhD from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in 2009 with a thesis on Zeiterfahrung und Ontologie. Perspektiven moderner Zeitphilosophie (Experience and Ontology of Time. Perspectives of Modern Philosophy of Time).

Recently I have been invited for visiting positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2022), University of Kassel (2020/21) and GCAS Dublin. My latest research has been awarded two prestigious fellowships at University of Konstanz and at MECS, Leuphana University, both financed by the German Research Association (DFG). Follow me on Academia and find me on Orcid.In 2009 I was invited as a guest professor to teach aesthetics at the Bauhaus University Weimar and in 2010 appointed as Juniorprofessor at Leuphana University.

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