Sept 2020 to Present Catholic University of Lille, ETHICS EA 7446 Lille, France Post-doctoral researcher investigating human-technology relations. Contributor to organizing SPT 2021 conference.
Sept 2016 to Aug 2020
Doctoral Researcher Vrije Universiteit Brussel Brussels, Belgium Completed PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy and Moral Sciences
& Media and Communication Studies. I created a new framework to situate technology within a broader frame involving the complex interrelations of sociocultural, time, space, mind, and body. The research is based on the fields of postphenomenology, media literacy, complexity, and philosophical posthumanism. My dissertation title is: Relating Through Our Selves: Situating Media Literacy with Intrasubjective Mediation.
May 2018 to Dec 2018
Freelance Copy Editor
Edited 45 chapters for the content editors of the Sage Handbook of Media & Migration Brussels, Belgium
Jan 2009 to June 2016
Library Director Prescott College Prescott, AZ Responsible for overseeing personnel and budgetary issues of the Library. Negotiated with database vendors and ensured database and electronic resources were accessible for all students. Main collaborator involved with college’s strategic planning. Elected to Yavapai Library Network’s executive committee. Implemented both Summon and Ebsco’s EDS. Member of President’s Circle. Faculty member.
June 2014 to June 2016
ADA Coordinator Prescott College Prescott, AZ Responsible for working with all students with physical, learning, or emotional disabilities, ensuring that appropriate accommodations were given to them.
Oct 2011 to Oct 2012
Associate Dean For Student Success & Library Services Prescott College Prescott, AZ Continued role as library director and added oversight of student life (housing, judiciary issues, counseling, budget, and advising). Member of Provost’s Circle and Administrative Council. Involved with strategic budgetary decisions for the College.
Nov 2005 to Aug 2010
Instruction/Reference Librarian: Faculty Prescott College Prescott, AZ Created and taught information literacy classes to low-residency BA, MA, and PhD students. Created web-based screen-cast videos. Created and taught research & information literacy courses. Helped to restart the diversity committee. Worked with several committees in the Yavapai Library Network.
Aug 2007 to Dec 2008
Program Director: Adult Degree Program Prescott College Prescott, AZ Responsible for communicating between the dean and faculty. Oversaw faculty workloads and chaired faculty meetings. Coordinated the change from a quarter to a semester system. Helped implement various policy and procedural changes to increase student retention.
Mar 2004 to Nov 2005
Reference/Acquisitions Librarian Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, AZ Worked reference desk and taught information literacy classes. Created an Access database to track book budget expenditures and encumbrances by department. Responsible for acquisitions budget and Special Collections.
Aug 2002 to Dec 2003
Adjunct instructor Yavapai College Prescott, AZ Taught Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) courses. Created a web-based curriculum. Taught students computer networking principals and how to troubleshoot network issues.
Doctor of Interdisciplinary Studies—Philosophy & Moral Sciences and Media & Communications
Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Brussels, Belgium. Graduated 2020
Master’s of Information Resources and Library Science
University of Arizona (Social & Behavioral Sciences),Tucson, Arizona, USA. Graduated 2003
Bachelor’s of Art in English Literature
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA . Graduated 1988
Lewis, R. S. (2020). Technological gaze: Understanding how technologies transform perception. In A. Daly, F. Cummins, J. Jardine, & D. Moran (Eds.) Perception and the inhuman gaze: Perspectives from philosophy, phenomenology and the sciences, 128-142. Routledge.
Lewis, R. S. (2018). Wisdom practices for living with technology (Book Review). Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 22(2), 283-286.
Lewis, R. S. (2018). Hello Anthropocene, Goodbye Humanity: Reassessing Transhumanism Through Postphenomenology.Glimpse, 19, 79-87.
Lewis, R. S. (2017). Turning Our Back on Art: A Postphenomenological Study of Museum Selfies. Kunstlicht, 38(4), 92-99.
Recent conference prestations
Technology and Temporality Workshop – 25 Oct 2019
Vienna, Austria Enhancing Postphenomenology with Time: Instrumentalizing the Temporal Impact
Beyond Humanism – 9-12 July 2019 Lille, France Enhancing Transhumanism’s Foundation with the Complex Posthuman Subject
Society for Philosophy and Technology – 20-22 May 2019 College Station, USA It’s About Time: Developing a Temporal Relation with Postphenomenology College Station, USA
Workshop with Mark Coeckelbergh – 12 Dec 2018 Lille, France
Lessons from Human Being @ Risk: Bringing Normativity to Postphenomenology
Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology & PhilTech – 11-13 July 2018 Enschede, Netherlands Moving Beyond the Artifact to Intra-subjective Technological Mediation
The Inhuman Gaze and Perceiving Otherwise – 6-9 June 2018
Paris, France Technological Gaze: A Mediated Posthumanist Sense of Technology
Investigating Transhumanisms and their Narratives – 20-22 June 2018
Lille, France Divorcing Humanism: Introducing Transhumanism to Mediated Posthumanism
PhotoMedia: Reconsidering the “Post-truth Condition” – 26-28 March 2018 Helsinki, Finland Appropriating Selfies on Facebook
Society for Phenomenology and Media – 14-16 March 2018 Akureyri, Iceland Reterritorializing Photography in Social Media: Enhancing Media Literacy
Beyond Humanism – 19-22 July 2017 Rome, Italy Embracing Complexity: Moving the Human Enhancement Debate Beyond Humanism
Society for Philosophy and Technology –14-17 June 2017 Darmstadt, Germany Augmenting Museums with the Self(ie): A Postphenomenological Inquiry
Society for Phenomenology and Media – 15-17 March 2017 Brussels, Belgium Hello Anthropocene, Goodbye Humanity: Reassessing Transhumanism
Invited Speaking Engagements
Posthuman Ethics, Pain and Endurance Course (Rosi Braidotti) – 21 Aug 2018 Utrecht, Netherlands Title: Philosophical Tools for Understanding Posthuman-Tech Relations
Human – Technology Colloquium (Peter-Paul Verbeek) – 31 May 2018 Enschede, Netherlands Title: Technological Gaze: Relation Beyond the Artifact
VUB Artificial Intelligence Lab – 20 June 2018 Brussels, Belgium Title: Grounding Transhumanism with Philosophy of Technology
Course: Philosophy & Ethics of Technological Culture – 20 March 2018 Brussels, Belgium Title: Situating Transhumanism & Critical Posthumanism
Courses and Research Sessions Taught
Information Literacy & Library Skills Workshops (2006-2016). 30-50/year.
Advanced Research Techniques: 2-4 times/year (2006-2016). For Graduate students.