Brian Massumi (born 1956) is a Canadian social theorist. Massumi's research spans the fields of art, architecture, political theory, cultural studies and philosophy. He received his Ph.D in French Literature from Yale University in 1987. He is also known for English-language translations of recent French philosophy, including Jean-François Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition (with Geoffrey Bennington), Jacques Attali's Noise and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus.
Massumi collaborates with Erin Manning, director of the Sense Lab, a research-creation laboratory affiliated with Hexagram: Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technology in Montreal. They co-edit a book series at MIT Press entitled Technologies of Lived Abstraction and are founding members of the editorial collective of the Sense Lab journal Inflexions: A Journal for Research-Creation.
Massumi is currently teaching at Université de Montréal, in the Communication Sciences Department. Brian Massumi has taught and lectured internationally at Cornell University (2010), European Graduate School (2010), University of Helsinki/Turku (2009), Goldsmiths', University of London (2008) and University of California, Los Angeles (2000). In 2009 / 2010 Brian Massumi was a Senior Scholar in Residence at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.
- A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press, 1992) (ISBN 0262631431)
- First and Last Emperors: The Absolute State and the Body of the Despot (with Kenneth Dean ; Autonomedia, 1993) (ISBN 0936756772)
- Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (Duke University Press, 2002) (ISBN 0822328976)
- Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts (MIT Press, 2011) (ISBN 0262134918)
Work as editor 
- ^ a b Brian Massumi Faculty page at European Graduate School. With biography, bibliography and links to web resources. Retrieved: May 13, 2010.
- ^ Erin Manning. Retrieved: May 13, 2010
- ^ Sense Lab. Retrieved: May 13, 2010.
- ^ Hexagram Retrieved December 11, 2010
- ^ Inflexions: A Journal for Research-Creation. Retrieved: May 13, 2010
- ^ Thought into Motion: The Energetics of Abstraction. Cornell University. April 29, 2010. Plenary lecture for the Society for the Humanities public workshop, "Critical Mobilities: Thought, Culture, and Performance." Retrieved: September 26, 2010.
- ^ Negotiating freedom in art, culture and media. Regulated Liberties. 1st Rethinking Art Studies (REARS) Conference. University of Turku, Finland, August 20–22, 2009. Retrieved: September 26, 2010.
- ^ Technologies of lived abstraction. Workshop with Franco Berardi, Bracha Ettinger, Erin Manning and Brian Massumi. Helsinki / Turku. August 22-20, 2009. The workshop series is part of the Guattari Master Class. Retrieved: September 26, 2010.
- ^ The Society of Molecules: Massumi and Manning on Guattari. Goldsmiths', University of London. April 25, 2008. Prof. Brian Massumi and Dr. Erin Manning, chaired by Dr Luciana Parisi. Retrieved: September 26, 2010.
- ^ The Parable of the Cave. Talk by Brian Massumi at UCLA. April 17, 2000
- ^ Senior Scholar in Residence at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. Retrieved: September 26, 2010.
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