Dominic Pettman, Culture and Media, Eugene Lang College of the Liberal Arts
This presentation explores how the convergence of old and new media simultaneously reinforces and undermines presumptions about humanity’s place in the Great Chain of Being. It assumes that questions of ontology are political, technological, and cultural, and should not therefore be quarantined in metaphysical debates. Professor Pettman’s previous book examined how “love” can be considered a form of technics: a prosthetic movement toward the other. His current project extends this concern by mapping specific “techtonic” shifts in the contemporary mediascape among humans, animals, and machines.
Dominic Pettman is Associate Professor of Culture & Media at the Eugene Lang College of the Liberal Arts, New School for Social Research. He is the author of Love and Other Technologies: Retrofitting Eros for the Information Age (Fordham, 2006); After the Orgy: Toward a Politics of Exhaustion (SUNY, 2002); co-author of Avoiding the Subject: Media, Culture and the Object (Amsterdam, 2004); and co-editor of International Cultural Studies: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2004).
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