A Reading Lab, V. 1: PALEOFUTURISM

When Apr 06, 2015 09:00 AM to
Apr 07, 2015 06:00 PM
Where 21c Museum Hotel
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Featured Keynotes: Siegfried Zielinski and Julian Murphet


Siegfried Zielinski, Universität der Künste Berlin, Institut für zeitbasierte Medien

"POTENTIAL SPACES: Deep Time as a Concept for Mediating between the Past and the Present"

Julian Murphet,  University of New South Wales


"Scripts of Life: the Persistence of the Letter in the Genome"


Paleofuturism is the study of past thinking about possible futures.  How did thinkers in the past imagine the technologies, lifestyles and ideas of the future?  How do these outmoded ideas affect and shape the present?  Join our speakers to discuss art, literature, theory, history and philosophy, taking stock of new critical histories and theories of technology, modernity and media archaeologies.



Monday, April 6

10 AM - Noon: PANEL 1

  • Aaron Worth, Boston University

A Prehistory of Media Horror

  • Mark Mattes, University of Louisville

Media Theory in the Making: Manuscript Periodicals and the Politics of Media Shift

  •  Charles Tung, Seattle University

Second Modernism and the Clock of the Long Now


Noon - 2 PM: Lunch Break


2 - 4 PM: PANEL 2

  • Justus Nieland, Michigan State University

Management Cinema: Film, Design, and Communication at Aspen

  •  Jen Fay, Vanderbilt University

Submergence Culture: Jia Zhangke’s Philopatric Cinema

  •  Mark Goble, University of California, Berkeley

The Endless 1968 of Michelangelo Antonioni


6 - 7:30 PM: KEYNOTE 1

Siegfried Zielinski, Universität der Künste, Berlin; Institut für zeitbasierte Medien

POTENTIAL SPACES: Deep Time as a Concept for Mediating between the Past and the Present.


Tuesday, April 7


10 AM - Noon: PANEL 3

  • Katy Price, Queen Mary University of London

Media Prophecy in Everyday Life

  •  Brian Hochman, Georgetown University

God's Telephone (and How to Tap It)

  •  Judith Roof, Rice University



Noon - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:30 PM: PANEL 4

  • Edward Comentale, Indiana University

Dirty, Depressing Phone Calls: David Foster Wallace and the Obsolescence of the Telephone/Novel

  •  Grant Wythoff, Columbia University

Tinkering and Scientifiction in the Hugo Gernsback Magazines

  •  Kate Marshall, Notre Dame University

Contemporary Fiction in Geological Time


4 - 5:30 PM: KEYNOTE 2

Julian Murphet, University of New South Wales

Scripts of Life: the Persistence of the Letter in the Genome