#TFOC (The Faces Of Connectedness, August 19, 2017):

Are you very well known? Do you live in a ‘small world’? Can connectedness be measured? How did/do books, knowledge, money, voice, & commodities circulate? What is the topological structure of the internet? Is everything connected a network? Do we try to stabilize networks via protocols? Does internet have more ‘filters’ than ‘doors’? What are the effects of media? Is most economic value created via affective infrastructures by measuring & tapping the senses? Are there limits to how large networks can be? Are all large networks hierarchical? Is your memory layered? Does the human brain have hubs? Must local rules always be simple? Why can networks be made to crash (only?) by overloading? Do networks always depend on how they have grown? Do different kinds of networks transform different kinds of information? Is energy management at the heart of network management? What causes climate change? Does everything influence everything? What if the sensational is ‘valuable’ but harmful? How would an ethic of network participation emerge? What is human life supposed to be? Will all our (redundant) bodies be networked? Will the networks become intelligent? How? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from mathematics (Prof. Frank den Hollander, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands), & media studies (Prof. Ravi Sundaram, CSDS, New Delhi).

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SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TFOC show.

Prof. Frank den Hollander (mathematics) is Professor & Chair of Probability at Mathematical Institute, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. His research interests are probability theory, statistical physics, ergodic theory, population genetics, & complex networks. Prof. den Hollander completed his M.Sc. (1980) in Theoretical Physics & received a Ph.D. (1985) in Mathematical Physics from Leiden University. He subsequently held positions in the mathematics departments of the Universities of Delft, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Eindhoven. During the period 2000-2005 he was scientific director of EURANDOM (a European institute for research in probability & stochastic operations research ) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Prof. den Hollander has co-authored three monographs and has published nearly 150 research papers. In 2010 he was awarded an Advanced Grant by European Research Council, for research on Interacting Stochastic Systems. In 2013 he was co-awarded a consortium grant by the Dutch Ministry of Education, called NETWORKS, for research on complex networks. He has given numerous invited lectures, including: Levy Lecture of the Bernoulli Society (2003), European Congress of Mathematics (2004), Saint-Flour Probability Lectures (2007), International Congress of Mathematicians (2010), Mahalanobis Lectures of the Indian Statistical Institute (2016), Medallion Lecture of the Bernoulli Society (2016). In 2005 has was elected into the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected Inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society & in 2013 Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. In 2016 he became Knight in the Order of Dutch Lion.

Prof. Ravi Sundaram (media studies) is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. He is also the Co-Director at Sarai, CSDS. His research interests include information, media cultures, & contemporary urbanism. His current research deals with urban fear after media modernity, where he looks at the worlds of image circulation after the mobile phone, ideas of transparency and secrecy, and the media event. Prof. Sundaram completed his B.A. (1984) & M.A. (1987) in Political Science from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He then went to Binghamton University, New York, USA, where he received a M.A. (1991) & Ph.D. (1995) in Sociology. In 2000 he founded the Sarai programme at the CSDS along with Prof. Ravi Vasudevan and the Raqs Media Collective. Since then, Sarai has grown to become one of India’s leading experimental and critical research sites on media, spanning local and global sites. Prof. Sundaram is the author of ‘Pirate Modernity: Media Urbanism in Delhi’ (Routledge, London/New York, 2009) and ‘No Limits: Media Studies from India’ (Oxford University Press, 2013 & 2015 (2e)). Prof. Sundaram has co-edited the Sarai Reader series, The Public Domain (2001), The Cities of Everyday Life (2002), Shaping Technologies (2003), Crisis Media (2004), Turbulence (2006), & Frontiers (2007). His essays have been translated into various languages in India, Asia, and Europe. He is currently finishing his next book project, ‘Events and Affections: post-public media circulation’. He has also published extensively in academic publications such as Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), Seminar, Electronic Media & Technoculture (Rutgers University Press), Current Anthropology, & Noir Urbanism (Princeton University Press). Prof. Sundaram has also been a visiting Professor at the Universities of Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Michigan Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Oxford.

Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.

#TFOC mentionsJoseph Schumpeter, Marshal McLuhan, Claude Shannon, & Benjamin H. Bratton, among others.