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Materia: Asynchronous Avant-Gardes



Justin Read (University at Buffalo), Chad Wellmon (University of Virginia)


Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Rm 216




Materia: Asynchronous Avant-Gardes

We are pleased to announce on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 6 pm we will be joined by Professors Chad Wellmon (German Studies, University of Virginia) and Justin Read (Spanish and Portuguese, University at Buffalo) for a session about knowledge, search, and the self-actualization of technology. The theme of this upcoming event will be Asynchronous Avant-gardes. 


Professors Wellmon and Read have shared the following descriptions of their talks:


Chad Wellmon (German Studies, University of Virginia)

“Googling Before Google: Notes on a History of Search"


Google did not invent search. In this presentation, Chad Wellmon probes and historicizes the origins of searching in German romanticism and beyond, leading to a critique of contemporary techno-Utopianism.


Justin Read (Spanish and Portuguese, University at Buffalo)

“Death Programs: In-Forming the Borderzone”


Following Vilém Flusser’s observations about the increasing self-actualization of technology, in this presentation Justin Read reads Mexican novelist Yuri Herrera’s Señales que precederán al fin del mundo [Signs preceding the end of the world, 2009] as a cartography of programmed reality along contemporary borderlands.




Dinner and wine will be served. RSVP here (encouraged but not required).


For more information, please contact the organizer Romina Wainberg.