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.