Darryl Cressman works at the intersection of the philosophy of technology and Science & Technology Studies (STS). He received his PhD from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2012 where he was a member of Andrew Feenberg's Applied Communication and Technology Lab. Fascinated by the relationship between technology and musical culture, he wrote his dissertation on how ideas about aesthetics, patronage, and acoustics shaped the design and meaning of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. While completing his PhD, Darryl was also involved in studying the relationship between technology and education.
Since arriving at Maastricht in 2012, Darryl has published articles on Herbert Marcuse's philosophy of technology, Harold Innis's media theory, sound studies, and acoustic architecture. His book, "Building Musical Culture in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam," was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2016. In April 2016, Darryl organized the symposium "Critical Theory of Technology & STS" with Andrew Feenberg, Sally Wyatt, Wiebe Bijker, and others. Darryl is an editor of the Springer book Series Philosophy of Engineering and Technology and is a member of The Society for the Philosophy of Technology, The Society for Social Studies of Science, and The Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC).
Darryl's teaching at Maastricht is focused on the the philosophy and history of technology, STS, the philosophy and history of science, the history of philosophy, and media theory. He was awared the "Education Award" for top teacher in the Arts & Culture progam in 2014 and 2018.
Darryl's current research examines how the concept of "disruptive innovation" is translated into concrete sociotechnical initiatives and ideas about technology.
Philosophy of Technology; Science & Technology Studies (STS); Philosophy & History of Science; History of Technology; Media Theory; Sound Studies
Professional career history
- Assistant Professor (2015-Current) - Philosophy Department, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Maastricht University
- Lecturer in the Philosophy of Technology (2012-2015) - Philosophy Department, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Maastricht University
- Sessional Instructor (2006-2012) - School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
- Teaching Assistant (2004-2012) - School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
- Teaching Assistant (2002-2004) - Department of Communication Studies, University of Windsor