Patrick Crogan is an Australian researcher who has worked in what has become the Department of Creative Industries at UWE since 2008. His 2011 book critically examines what videogames can tell us about the relations between war and technoculture. With Professor Jon Dovey he organised a conference in 2010 for the DCRC called Paying Attention: Digital Media Cultures and Generational Responsibility with funding from the European Science Foundation. A special issue of Culture Machine based on the conference, co-edited by Patrick and Sam Kinsley, is in preparation.
Patrick is an expert on the work of media and technology philosopher and activist, Bernard Stiegler, having written several pieces on his work's relevance to media and cultural theory and translated some of his writings into English. He guest edited a special issue of Cultural Politics on Stiegler, and is currently writing a book for Routledge on post-cinematic media applying and extending Stiegler’s insights on the contemporary mediatic milieu's challenges and potentials. In August 2010 he was an invited contributor to the inaugural summer school of the Ecole de philosophie d'Epineiul le Fleuriel organised by the organisation Steigler co-founded, Ars Industrialis. A video of his presentation can be accessed there.
Patrick is involved in DCRC seminars and symposia concerned with digital technoculture, videogames and critical approaches to technology. He runs a reading group on Stiegler’s work (blogged here). Patrick has also been looking at projects connecting the DCRC with other organisations, working to renew a sustainable cultural future through the enormous potential of the digital to foster creativity, collaboration, critical engagement, and new kinds of collective futures.