March 26, 2018, 5:00pm 5:00 pm
“Black Feminist Interventions in Children’s Fantasy: Recovered Histories, Literary Representation, and New Publishing Technologies,” with Zetta Elliot
How do we move children’s fantasy beyond the racialized and imperialist norms of the genre? In this interactive presentation, author/educator Zetta Elliott will discuss “the trouble with magic.” After spending her childhood consuming British fantasy fiction, Elliott began to decolonize her imagination and has dedicated her writing life to reconstituting “Black magic” as a powerful...
March 27, 2018, 5:00pm 5:00 pm
In Defense of Error and Spectacle: New Genealogies for Experimental Humanities, a Lecture by Mitsos Bilalis & Penelope Papailias
When the humanities emerge as a field in early modernity, experimentation is a core practice. Could we possibly not describe Galileo as a ‘humanist’? Spinoza as a ‘scientist’? Disciplinary specialization and the ascendance of the historicist paradigm as a regime of truth, however, cut the humanities off from the tradition of experimentation and, by extension,...
April 9, 2018, 5:00pm 5:00 pm
Post-Automation Poetics, a Lecture by Avery Slater
The purpose of this talk is to think about the future of artificial intelligence with respect to literary form. One long-standing threshold of achievement pursued by computer scientists in the field of NLP (natural language processing) is the automatic generation of poetic texts comparable to human-generated poetry. Are we ready for the AI poet? This...
April 16, 2018, 4:30pm 4:30 pm
“From ‘We Are All Astronauts’ to ‘We Are All Aliens’: Contemporary Art and the Privatization of Space,” a Lecture by Eva Díaz
To Buckminster Fuller the interdependence of human technologies and natural ecologies was exemplified in the notion of “Spaceship Earth,” and his metaphor subsequently became one the most powerful and enduring of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is also one of the most eccentric, conceiving of our planet as a monumental vehicle cum technologically reliant...
May 3, 2018, 5:15pm 5:15 pm
Spring 2018 Mellon Lecture, Ether/Ore: An Atlas of Urban Media by Shannon Mattern
Studded with sensors, optimized by algorithms, interfaced via dashboards and apps, cities are imagined as computers writ large, planned “from the Internet up.” Yet this new age of sentient urbanism — in which place-based intelligence is reduced to “smartness” — has a long and deep lineage. This talk, drawing on her new book, Code and...