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Nov 14 | Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics | hosted by MCC and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing

Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics
/// Friday, November 14, 2014, New York University, 1-5 PM
Through the relational production and circulation of personal narratives about experiences with pain and loss, new publics are created while networked subjects are negotiated. This colloquium addresses the productive capacities of illness, disability, death, and dying, asking how individuals use online platforms or other forms of new technology to both reproduce and contest popular discourses surrounding these everyday phenomena.
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October 16 | Derrida and the Hauntology of Media | New York University

Artifactualities: Derrida and the Hauntology of Media

Thursday October 16, 2014 | 4:00-8:00 PM

239 Greene Street, NY 10003, 8th floor | New York University 

Hosted by the NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication; and the NYU Department of English


Everything Burns (Tout Brûle)

Gil Anidjar, Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University

What kind of an event, what kind of machine, is the Holocaust? What figure, what medium is ash or before it fire? What are these for Derrida? Among the “controversies” surrounding Derrida and deconstruction (“media”), and for overdetermined reasons, few have matched the contradictory intensity of Nazism and the Holocaust. Is deconstruction a “Jewish science” emerging out of post-Holocaust concerns (ashes), or is it a “left Heideggerianism” all too forgiving of Nazi proclivities (“Spirit in Flame”)? What kinds of questions are these? What archive burns through them? What remains? What remains of Derrida’s Holocaust?

Shibboleth:  Policing by Ear and Forensic Listening in Projects by Laurence Abu Hamdan

Emily, Apter, Professor, Professor, Department of French, Comparative Literature, NYU

The Jordanian artist Laurence Abu Hamdan engages the politics of the broken “oral contract.”  In projects that investigate the juridical uses of “forensic listening,” he activates the concept of “shibboleth” so important to Derrida in his analysis of the poetry of Paul Celan. Shibboleths are select words whose pronunciation gives away the identity of a person or group. Consisting of inflections, catchwords, expressions, or marks of dialect, they become serviceable as aural biopolitical signatures as well as examples of what the French philosopher Grégoire Chamayou refers to as predatory, “cynegetic” power. Drawing on Derrida’s writings on shibboleth and technologies of the ear, this paper will consider cases in which targeted populations – migrants, the unemployed, political suspects, the racially profiled – have their language subjected to forensic analysis to authenticate their claims to asylum or the right to safe passage across checkpoints.



Geoffrey Bennington, Professor of Modern French Thought, Emory University

“Archivio” explores the relationship between what Derrida calls “archiviolence” in Of Grammatology and what he calls the “archiviolithic” in Archive Fever. With particular attention to the proper names Freud and Foucault, I suggest that Derrida’s thinking in this respect calls for a quite radical revision of dominant ways of thinking about archives, libraries, and the discipline of intellectual history.


Juliet Fleming, Associate Professor, Department of English, NYU

Late in his career Derrida began to worry an issue that does not appear as such in Grammatology, but without which there could be no complete theory of writing. The issue can be phrased as a question: when it comes to writing where is (and what is meant by) on? This talk will track Derrida’s unresolved pursuit of this question and demonstrate its consequence within a field — bibliography – that has largely forgotten that biblion originally meant not ‘book’ or ‘work’ but a support for writing.

Faces and Frames of Government: Aenigma, Imago, Lex

Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law, Director, Program in Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law

Returning to 1968, annus mirabilis, this divagation draws one of its scintilla from Of Grammatology and the latent theme of a generalized writing. Attaching myself to the contropiano where the letter becomes an image, the syllable a figure I will hint, by means of a history of common law effigies, at the fate of Monsieur Deconstruction in partibus infidelium, in the anglophone world.

Panel Discussion:  Derrida’s Desistance, Inherence, and Inheritance

Gil Anidjar, Emily Apter, Geoffrey Bennington, Allen Feldman, Juliet Fleming, Alex Galloway, Peter Goodrich, Ben Kafka


Friday, April 18 | Anarchism, Engagement & Theories of Mediation

The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication Lecture Series presents

Anarchism, Engagement & Theories of Mediation: Approaches and Questions
Friday, April 18 | 6:00-8:30
239 Greene Street, Floor 8

What might be spurred by bridging media theory and anarchist thought and practices? How might these two bodies of thought animate each other in potentially generative ways? How has anarchist thought influenced various media forms? We believe that the conversation generated by these questions will present us with a unique opportunity to reflect upon the politics of organizing, the shape of contemporary critical theory, and various alternative media practices. To give form to this discussion, the event brings together several individuals whose work can speak to these issues in different capacities.


6:00-6:15 pm INTRODUCTION 

6:15-7:15 pm ROUNDTABLE (lightning talks // 5-7 minutes each) 

Alexis Bhagat: The Words That We Use

Todd May: Anarchism and Academic Thought

Cindy Milstein: Anarchism as Media and Mediation 

Nick Mirzoeff: Are We All Anarchists Now?

Shiri Pasternak: Anarchy and Settler Colonialism: Being Against the State Means Being For Indigenous Sovereignty

Richard Porton: Defining Anarchist Cinema: An Impossible Task

 Laura Portwood-Stacer: Lifestyle as Medium: Performances of Everyday Life and Anarchist Praxis

7:30-8:30 pm OPEN FORUM for discussion and debate with public 

Wine reception to follow

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April 25 | Software Studies Retrospective with Matthew Fuller, Lev Manovich, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Please join us for the final event in this year’s PROGRAM lecture series, which will be a conversation between Matthew Fuller, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, and Lev Manovich on the history and futures of Software Studies.

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 5:00 PM 
239 Greene St, 8th Floor  | See Map


Perhaps more than any other object, software structures our everyday engagement with digital media technologies. Software is the interface through which technology becomes accessible for the vast majority of users, and it is through software that we produce, consume, and understand the complex workings of technical systems. Software Studies is a discipline concerned with the critical study of software objects. First proposed by Lev Manovich at the end of his foundational book The Language of New Media, the field has evolved to include a number of divergent methods and practices. This event brings together three key scholars in this emerging field to reflect on how Software Studies has developed and changed over the past ten years, and to look forward to the future of this significant field of practice.

Matthew Fuller is David Gee Reader in Digital Media at the Centre for Cultural Studies,Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Behind the Blip, essays on the culture of software (2003), Media Ecologies, materialist energies in art and technoculture (2005); and Evil Media (2012), as well as editor of Software Studies, a lexicon (2008).
Noah Wardrip-Fruin is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the world’s largest technical research groups focused on games. He also directs the Playable Media group in UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media program. Noah’s research areas include new models of storytelling in games, how games express ideas through play, and how games can help broaden understanding of the power of computation. He is the author of Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies (2009) and, along with Nick Montfort, editor of the foundational volume The New Media Reader (2003).


Lev Manovich is a Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Manovich published a number of books, including Software Takes Command (2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (2005) and The Language of New Media (2001). He also directsSoftware Studies Initiative, co-founded with Noah Wardrip-Fruin, which combines two research directions: 1) study of software using approaches from humanities and media studies; 2) development of methods and new software tools to exploration of large cultural data. The lab’s latest project is SELFIECITY.


PROGRAM is an interdisciplinary event series organized by graduate students in NYU’s departments of Media, Culture and Communication, Comparative Literature, and Cinema Studies. The series explores ongoing questions in the field of media studies, particularly the cultural, historical, aesthetic and political impact of software and programming.

Fwd: Friday, April 4 | Attention by Design – Natasha Schüll, Fred Turner, and Joseph Hankins

The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication Lecture Series presents 
ATTENTION BY DESIGN  Friday, April 4 | 1:00-6:00 pm | 239 Greene Street, Floor 8
We live in a world of seemingly infinite information and limited cognitive resource. Academic and popular discourses alike speak of this situation in terms of an “attention economy” in which agencies, corporations, and parties compete for human psychological capacity. From everyday places like classrooms, airports, casinos, urban centers and shopping malls to exceptional sites like political rallies, megachurches, and exhibition halls, theories of human attention are constantly being enlisted as a means of tying political or commercial purposes to aesthetic schemes. In other words, at the intersection of psychology and culture, design matters. Attention by Design will explore the ways that perceptual processes are used to build arguments about social worlds. Join us on the afternoon of April 4, 2014 for a conversation about mental life in the designed environment. 
Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication, Stanford University
The Family of Man and the politics of attention in Cold War America
Natasha Schüll, Associate Professor of STS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Caught in the zone: The attentional economy of machine gambling
Joseph Hankins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California San Diego
A sleeping public: Buraku politics and the disciplines of attention