Darryl Cressman (D.M.)
Darryl Cressman is a philosopher of technology whose work intersects with history, Science & Technology Studies (STS) and the history and philosophy of science. He received his PhD in 2012 from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where he was a member of Andrew Feenberg's Applied Communication and Technology Lab. Interested in the relationship between technology, science, and musical culture, he wrote his dissertation on how ideas about aesthetic philosophy, patronage, and architectural acoustics shaped the design and meaning of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, a concert hall opened in 1888. While completing his PhD, Darryl was also involved in studying the relationship between technology and education.
Darryl has published articles on Herbert Marcuse's philosophy of technology, Harold Innis's media theory, actor-network theory, the philosophy of technology, the conceptual history of disruptive innovation, sound studies, and acoustic architecture. His book, "Building Musical Culture in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam," was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2016 and he is currently editing a book titled "The Necessity of Critique: Andrew Feenberg & the Philosophy of Technology," which is forthcoming from Springer Press.
Darryl organized the symposium "Critical Theory of Technology & STS" with Andrew Feenberg, Sally Wyatt, Wiebe Bijker, and others and has been invited to present his research at a number of universities, including the Universite Catholique de Lille, the Institute for Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Science in Prague, the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, TU Delft, the University of Amsterdam, and Utrecht University.
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 (SPT), The Society for Social Studies of Science, The European Association for the Study of Science & Technology (EASST) and The Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC).
Darryl's teaching at Maastricht is focused on the the philosophy of technology, STS, the philosophy and history of science, the history of philosophy, and media philosophy. He was awarded the "Education Award" for top teacher (as voted by students) in the Arts & Culture progam in 2014 and 2018. He is currently the Program Director for the Undergraduate Program in Arts & Culture in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Maastricht University and sits on the Curriculum Committee at the University College Maastricht.
Darryl's current research explores how the history and philosophy of technology intersect through studies of how different social groups have conceptualized the idea of technology over the course of the twentieth century.
Philosophy of Technology; Science & Technology Studies (STS); Philosophy & History of Science; History of Technology; Media Theory; Sound Studies
Professional career history
- Assistant Professor/Tenured (2017-Present) - Philosophy Department, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Maastricht University
- Assistant Professor/Tenure-Track (2015-2017) - 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
Undergraduate Program Director, Arts & Culture, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences